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The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

How to Be Honest When the Truth Feels Risky

If we’re being honest, I lie all the time. I lie about why I’m late, why I’m bailing, where I’m going, what I was doing when I didn’t pick up the …

Kristen Bell

The 9 words of 2017, according to dictionaries

From fidget spinners to feminism, 2017 was a year unlike any other.<p>And although it's hard to find a single word to sum up the entire year, there are certain words that popped up time and time again, shaping the way we talk about current events and enriching our conversations.<p>Several dictionaries …

Feminism

The Rise and Fall of Hype Machine, the Internet's Forgotten Fave

From starting one of the most popular music websites of the 2000s to struggling to keep the lights on, Hype Machine’s founder explains what the fuck happened.<p>“A juggernaut of growing influence,” “[one of] 100 essential websites,” “the future of all media” – in the late 2000s, Hype Machine was being …

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

AP word cloud reveals the patterns in N. Korean propaganda

TOKYO (AP) — Kim. Nuclear. War.<p>The message embedded in North Korea's propaganda is summed up best in those three words. That's what the world hears — and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used by the Korean Central News Agency's English-language service.<p>The Associated …

North Korea

The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be.<p>The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with …

eCommerce

‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ — and the poster that sold it

Remembering The Champ’s historic comeback<p>In the darkest night part of morning they came 60,000 strong — to watch undefeated world heavyweight …

Confessions of a rock’n’roll biographer

For almost 40 years, Philip Norman has wrestled with icons, egos and artists (not to mention their widows) to reveal the untold tales of Britain's …

A sociologist explains why wealthy women are doomed to be miserable

The US is riveted by images of the rich and famous. But it also tends to be scornful of wealthy women. Bravo’s <i>Real Housewives</i> franchise is predicated upon the idea that women of leisure are catty, vain, and frivolous, jetting off on expensive girls’ weekends only to descend into vicious—yet …

Income Inequality

Canadian Filmmakers Get a View of North Korea Through Hockey

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The dated but majestic Pyongyang Ice Rink is adorned with timeless symbols of a country in isolation.<p>In the arena’s upper bowl, portraits of North Korea’s past leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, hang like championship banners.<p>On the ice below, the national men’s …

The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

trubek

Who Was Prince in Private?

In his fifty-seven years, Prince mastered the art of control—not merely the show of self-possession but the daily practice of it. The gravitational pull of racial, sexual, spiritual systems did not appear to act on him. In 1981, the questions he posed in “Controversy”—was he black or white, gay or …

Family

“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group

A new poll finds almost one in five Americans is spiritual but not religious.<p>Ava Lee Scott, an actress and theater-maker in New York, doesn’t practice an organized religion. Raised in both Catholic and Jewish traditions, Scott’s own spiritual life is far more eclectic. She studies ancient …

Religion

A Post-Obama Democratic Party in Search of Itself

On Nov. 9, 2016, about 12 hours after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat to Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, convened a conference call with her fellow House Democrats. Most of them were still back home in their respective districts and still in shock. Not only would Trump be …

Paris Hilton Is an Insanely Successful DJ. Here’s What Happened When We Went Clubbing With Her

Just after dawn on a Monday morning in Ibiza, you will find Paris Hilton decked out in a shiny bathing suit, standing high above thousands of …

Swimwear

Bitcoin's Coming Split: What You Need to Know

<b>(Important update</b>: The leaders of the SegWit2X faction announced on Wednesday, November 8 they would suspend their plan to split bitcoin in …

Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron

Is France’s new president a political miracle, or a mirage that is already fading away? By Emmanuel Carrère<p>The man does not perspire. I discovered that on 12 September, on the island of Saint Martin, a French territory in the Caribbean that had been devastated a few days earlier by Hurricane Irma. …

Emmanuel Macron

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.<p>One day in the spring of 2016 I mentioned to a friend that I needed a new mattress. Mine was a sunken hand-me-down that had become about as comfortable as concrete.<p>“I know a guy who …

Washington University in St. Louis

How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety

Aromatic oils have become big business. But are they medicine or marketing?<p>Twenty years ago, Carla Cohen fell mysteriously ill. She couldn’t put her finger on what was wrong; it felt as though some conspiracy between her mind and her body were eroding her capacity to work. Cohen, who was an …

Essential Oils

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …