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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one …

An Eighties Christmas

With a slick of red lipstick, pop-rock boombox beats and a whole disco ball of glitter, a wave of nostalgia has swept in and taken us back to the …

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014 | Inc.com

My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, with numerous groundbreaking titles. Here are the year's best:<p><b>Subtitle:</b> <i>Power Tips for Power Users</i><p><b>Authors:</b> Guy …

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Leo Tolstoy Creates a List of the 50+ Books That Influenced Him Most (1891)

<i>War and Peace</i>, <i>Anna Karenina</i>, <i>The Death of Ivan Ilyich</i> — many of us have felt the influence, to the good or the ill of our own reading and writing, of …

Bill Cosby speaks out against sexual assault claims

<b>Bill Cosby has spoken out for the first time against allegations of sexual abuse, saying he only expects the "black media" to remain "neutral".</b><p>In an interview with the New York Post, the comedian praised his wife Camille for her "strength" in standing by him.<p>Cosby, who has been accused of assault …

Bill Cosby

Al Qaeda-linked fighters seize two Syrian army bases

Fighters with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other Islamist groups have seized two major army bases in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, rebel activists said.<p>After two days of heavy fighting, the groups - including Jund Al-Aqsa and Ahrar Al-Sham - took control of the bases Monday in …