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The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp isn't here yet. Still, his presence is all around the 10,500-square-foot rented mansion at 16 Bishopswood Road in London's Highgate …

Alice In Wonderland

Rewarding failure has become an American epidemic

The proverb is simple: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But a teenage girl and her mom in New Jersey figured out how to circumvent …

New Jersey

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks

Anyone for a “glob”?<p>Throughout the 1940s, during the post-dinner lull, students and staff at Columbia University would make a beeline for Friedgen’s …

Ice Cream

Gentrification’s Empty Victory

One day in the summer of 1998, bidders had gathered in the auditorium of 1 Police Plaza for a public auction of city property. The Giuliani administration in those years had taken to selling off underused land for profit. But a few of the lots, including some community gardens and a cultural …

Real Estate

20+ Simple Yet Powerful Comics By Venezuelan Artist That Will Make You Think, And Chuckle Too

<i>The Unspoken Truth</i> is a series of comics created by Venezuelan artist Maria Guadarrama that feature a unique blend of emotional humor, taking the …

Venezuela

Michiko Kakutani Turns the Tables with The Death of Truth

From the MagazineSummer 2018<p>The legendary former book critic for <i>The New York Times</i> explains why she decided to become an author in the Trump era.<p>June 1, 2018 7:00 AM<p>Donald Trump has battled many a journalist, but he has not yet faced as eloquent and coruscating an authority as Michiko Kakutani, the …

Donald Trump

19 No-Context Anime Screenshots That Are Equally Hilarious And Weird

To be fair, pretty much ANY anime quote is weird out of context.

Anime

Werner Herzog’s First Day in Improv Class

From the moment I stepped foot inside the wretched classroom, a deep well of sadness within me began to spill over. I studied the visages of the individuals who would be my classmates for the next eight weeks and felt nothing but terrible despair. They were all too nubile, too unacquainted with …

Teaching

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View

Among the dozens of works on display in a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is one that is possibly the first depiction of a …

National Portrait Gallery

How 'Revenge' became the perfect thriller for the Time's Up era

In the action-thriller <i>Revenge</i> (out May 11) a young woman played by Matilda Lutz (<i>Rings</i>) is raped by an acquaintance of her married boyfriend and then …

Trump suggests revoking reporters' credentials

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his latest volley against the free press, President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him, calling such reporting "fake."<p>In a tweet, Trump complained that "despite the tremendous success we are …

Donald Trump

When 2 + 2 Might Equal 5

England is the mother country of the United States, and much American law is deeply rooted in that of its maternal forebear. But in few areas do the two systems diverge more than on freedom of expression. “No purpose,” the Supreme Court observed in 1941, “in ratifying the Bill of Rights was clearer …

Sex and the City exclusive: How the show found its perfect Fab 4

<i>Twenty years ago, Darren Star introduced the world to four unforgettable, unapologetically single women. Television — and standards for acceptable</i> …

Valentines Day Love GIF by Look Human

Free Thought Is for White People

I am free.<p>I am a black man.<p>Perhaps the biggest challenge a father raising a black child in America will ever face is conveying the difference between …

My favourite painting: Sigrid Rausing

'Nothing is hidden, except Adele Bloch-Bauer herself. She is still a mystery '<p><i>Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (‘The Woman in Gold’), 1907, by Gustav</i> …

‘Dream of the Red Chamber’: Why you should read a 2,500-page-long, 18th century Chinese novel

The sprawling novel is one of an immersive experience of Imperial China and one of literature’s most ambitious attempts at capturing the human …

We Don’t Need No Education

Matt Bevin, the conservative Republican governor of Kentucky, lost it a few days ago. Thousands of his state’s teachers had walked off their jobs, forcing many schools to close for a day, to protest his opposition to increased education funding. And Bevin lashed out with a bizarre accusation: “I …

Education

Fajita heist: Texas man sentenced to 50 years for stealing $1.2 million worth of food

A Texas man who plead guilty to stealing more than $1.2 million in fajitas while acting as a public servant has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.<p>Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was employed at the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center in San Benito, Texas, until August 2017 — when it was …

Crime

Someone Created 5 Ads For Dunder Mifflin To Step Up Their Advertising And Each One Is Better Than The Other

For years, Dunder Mifflin have been having huge problems while trying to adapt to the increasingly paperless world. To help the company, one internet …

These images of water pouring into New York subway stations show just how dire conditions have become

Pictures posted to social media by New York City subway riders during their commute Monday morning show just how bad the state of the city's subway has become.<p>A heavy rainstorm in the city caused water to pour into several underground subway stations, prompting service changes.<p>The Metropolitan …

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

He believed he could make the two groups sworn enemies via a series of well-timed 'frustration exercises'<p>All the boys I spoke to had an uneasy feeling about this experience. It has troubled people Author Gina Perry<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three …

Psychology

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Sailing

Trump mocks Martin Luther King’s dream

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, the White House issued a statement declaring that the slain civil rights icon understood that “for people to see one another as equals, they had to feel the tugs of a bond stronger than race. For King, that bond was America.” King, indeed, did have a dream …

Donald Trump

The Miracle, After All, of the Subway

The New York City subway system includes more than 6,000 cars and 665 miles of track, but when you’re riding it, every inch can seem like an epic journey. Is your express train making all local stops? Are you being held in the station because of an earlier incident? Or maybe the guy in the next …

What Sleeping With Married Men Taught Me About Infidelity

I’m not sure it’s possible to justify my liaisons with married men, but what I learned from having them warrants discussion. Not between the wives and me, though I would be interested to hear their side. No, this discussion should happen between wives and husbands, annually, the way we inspect the …

Relationships

Porn from the 1920s Was More Wild and Hardcore Than You Could Imagine

And the NSFW art form is disappearing.<p>Without even having seen it, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn the plot of the sexually explicit film “The Casting Couch.” In it, a young woman walks into a producer’s studio for an audition and is soon coerced into sex as quid pro quo for a part in …

Jews, Latinos and the Making of Modern New York

Since the beginning of the 20th century, New York has had the largest Jewish urban community in world history. Three new books explore the influence of the Jews and other immigrants on the city, from Jewish refugees first arriving here in the 17th century, to the 20th-century arrival of the Puerto …