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3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

To mark Black History Month, Penguin Classics is reprinting six early 20th century books by African-American writers. The five Harlem Renaissance novels, along with W.E.B Du Bois' 1903 masterwork, <i>The Souls of Black Folk,</i> are much more than a summons to reader-ly duty. Rather, they're a shake up and …

How Brexit Will Change the World

17 top economists, foreign policy gurus and historians look five years into the future.<p>The results of the Brexit referendum are in, and it is chaos. The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down. The Dow Jones has fallen 611 points in a day. The …

10 Fun and Crazy Adult Party Games to Try

<b>(SPOT.ph)</b> Are you playing party host this year? We’re sure you’ve got your guest list, food, and decor down pat, but have you figured out how to …

The 9 People You'll Date, According To Simone De Beauvoir

The eminent French intellectual breaks down your most recent relationship.<p>When you’re slotting your recent dates into their respective archetypes -- “She was a clear-cut Carrie.” “He’s such a jock.” -- the name Simone de Beauvoir is unlikely to enter the conversation.<p>Acclaimed for her feminist …

2 Things That Lead to a Happy Life, Backed By Research

I’ve posted a number of times about two nearly-lifelong studies: the Terman Study (covered in The Longevity Project) and the Grant Study (covered in …

How the 1 percent always wins: “We live in a faux democracy, which is why everyone’s so cynical and nobody votes”

<b>Jamie Dimon, Donald Trump, David Koch (Reuters/Yuri Gripas/AP/Dan Hallman/Evan Agostini)</b><p>The rich get richer, the middle class gets hollowed out. We all stay quiet. Steve Fraser explains why we allow it<p>Scott Timberg<p>April 4, 2015 1:15pm (UTC)<p>Why aren’t we getting angry about the steady shifting of …

Income Inequality

The greatest year for books ever?

Several years including 1862, 1899 and 1950 could be considered literature’s very best. But one year towers above these, writes Jane Ciabattari.<p>The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history. Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and F Scott Fitzgerald’s …

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a "safe operating space" for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …

Best Albums of 2014: Top Ten

<b>#50 – #41 // #40 – #31 // #30 – #21 // #20 – #11 // #10 – #1</b><p><b>10. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time</b><p>Todd Terje has been renowned by dance music fans for a …

Indie Music

Vivian Maier: The enigma behind the camera

Vivian Maier was a reclusive character who died in obscurity, leaving behind a vast trove of photographs – some of which are now recognised as masterpieces.<p>In 2007 amateur historian John Maloof acquired a box of photographs and negatives at a Chicago auction. It was the beginning of an …

Street Photography

Nine films to watch at Cannes

Film Festivals

The Epic Drama of the Imperfect Love Story

Author Mona Simpson talks about Chekhov's "Three Years," which plays on rom-com tropes to convey just how grand a story of two people learning to appreciate each other can be.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from</b> …

This Man Took 445 Photobooth Portraits of Himself Over 30 Years, and Nobody Knows Why

A mystery in 20th-century selfies<p>For three decades, starting in the 1930s, he did the same thing. He'd sit inside a photo booth. He'd smile. He'd pose.<p>And then—<i>pop! pop! pop!</i>—out would pop a glossy self-portrait, in shades of black and white. There he was, staring back at himself ... and grinning. …