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Requiem for the backpacker: Today’s youths risk missing out on the joys of spontaneous travel

With international backpacking on the wane, we should lament the decline of dingy hostels and long bus rides<p>Thirty years ago, I backpacked around the Greek island of Crete. I returned there last week, finding it pretty much the way I remembered it: rugged, sun-bleached and beautiful.<p>There was only …

10 vegan recipes worthy of a cookout

For the non-animal product eating, summer cookouts can occasionally feel, how shall we say, limiting: ribs! Burgers! <i>Cheese</i>burgers! Ice cream! Potato …

Cook Out

Alice Through the Looking Glass

I removed my eyeballs from my head as soon as I got back from "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and cleaned them in a sink. I could have left them in …

Alice In Wonderland

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Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee: review of reviews

As the first reviews of Go Set a Watchman appear, read what critics made of Harper Lee's surprise novel<p>Tomorrow, Harper Lee's second published novel will be available for the general public to buy and read.<p>Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird have been astonished by the revelations in Go Set a Watchman's …

35 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime

Whether they're written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.<p>In a Reddit thread, users were asked what is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?<p>So in honor of World Book …

Short Movie, Laura Marling, review: 'a masterpiece'

The singer-songwriter has gone electric and created a thrilling new sound, says Helen Brown<p>When last <b>interviewed for this newspaper in 2013</b>, Laura Marling talked about retiring from the music industry. She was 23 and her feet hadn’t touched the ground since her astonishingly <b>self-possessed debut</b> …

What was mental state of Germanwings co-pilot?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Barring a revelation from his parents or girlfriend, we may never know what was going through the mind of Andreas Lubitz in the moments leading up to the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.<p>What we now know is that all indications point to Lubitz as the perpetrator of the crash, locking the …

Mental Health

The City Lights Books of Jack Kerouac

Most people think of <b>Jack Kerouac</b> as a novelist – and rightly so. His era-defining <b>On the Road</b>, foremost among a score of his other novels, is still in …

DIY Light Modifier You Can Do With Savage Translum Material

The thing studio product photographers hate the most is when undesirable reflections show up in their images. There are many ways to control these …

DIY

Map: More than half of states may roll back LGBT rights

The broader trend in recent years has been toward expanded rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including changing legal definitions of marriage and more civil rights protections. But as a new report from the Human Rights Campaign shows, many legislative proposals are …

LGBTQI

Roundup: Pope closes Sistine Chapel, Bjork at MoMA, and nude art tours

A group of homeless people is granted a special tour of the Sistine Chapel, a mysterious private investigator is digging dirt on critics of conditions in Abu Dhabi, and the Museum of Modern Art's Björk show continues as subject of debate. Plus, a look at Velazquez’s wonderfully strange “Las …

Art

HBO's 'Going Clear' documentary on Scientology sparks debate

Lawrence Wright didn't feel well. He'd just checked into his room at L'Ermitage in Los Angeles with a terrible cold, he said, and was trying to get some rest when the phone rang.<p>"Joe is here for you," the receptionist said.<p>Wright wasn't expecting anyone. He asked for Joe to be put on the line.<p>"I'm …

Religion

Psychedelic drug use 'does not increase risk for mental health problems'

An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants - including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms - …

What The Best Writers Know

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>The more I write, the more I realize how much I still have to learn about good writing.<p>And beyond just working out what I don’t know, there’s the even harder step of learning to put those things into practice. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked …

Einstein's Gravity Confirmed on a Cosmic Scale

Proof of dark matter and dark energy, study says<p><b>The theory of gravity proposed by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago can explain the dance of galaxies around one another just as well as it can model the motion of planets around the sun, according to a new study.</b><p>The finding suggests that the …

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

We came across the following article by Stephen King a little while ago. We believe it was originally published in a 1986 edition of The Writer …

Writing

College Student Accused Of Brutal Rape, Uses ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ As His Defense

A student at the University of Illinois has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in an incident that allegedly involved tying …

Shades of Grey

Your Brain On Marijuana Is Just Fine

Marijuana

‘Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Graham Moore Clarifies That He’s Not Gay

One of the most heartfelt acceptance speeches on Oscar night came from <i>Imitation Game</i> screenwriter Graham Moore who, when accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, revealed his suicide attempt at the age of 16, “because I felt weird and different.” Many assumed this to mean he identified with</i> …

Alan Turing

Scan reveals mummified Buddhist master in Chinese statue

Experts in Netherlands discover 11th century mummy of Master Liu Quan inside statue<p>A statue of Buddha, which is nearly 1,000 years old, contains the …

This Clever Video App Tackles One Of The Biggest Problems Of Modern Filmmaking

I’d rather not admit how many hours I’ve spent in After Effects, zooming into timelines and squinting my best to drop in keyframes–to mark when a graphic should pop in or a some special effect should start. But a new app, Nutshell, hides this laborious keyframing behind an action we already know: …

Darkroom: A New iOS Photo Editor with DIY Filters, Curves, and Infinite History

Darkroom is a new photo editor for iPhones that just launched today. The app offers a number of powerful features for editing photos on iOS, …

Mobile Photography

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie review

“Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James should count her blessings as she counts her millions.<p>Her best-selling book — which, despite its popularity, …

Movies

Ukrainian Ballet Prodigy Wins Everyone’s Hearts With His Terrific Interpretation Of ‘Take Me To Church’

Hozier’s beautiful and soulful “Take Me To Church” track is an international hit in it own right, but when coupled with this raw and expressive dance …

Timelapse Demo Shot with PhaseOne IQ180 Camera in 10K Resolution

In a video showcasing the immense power of the PhaseOne IQ180, SCIENTIFANTASTIC has compiled a<p>In a video showcasing the immense power of the PhaseOne IQ180, SCIENTIFANTASTIC has compiled a collection of 10k resolution footage around prominent landmarks in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Each shot in …

Time-lapse Photography

Jon Voight: Angelina Jolie deserved best director Oscar nomination

Voight said his daughter was a ‘great actor’s director’ who achieved ‘unbelievably difficult stuff’ with her prisoner of war drama Unbroken, which has been mostly overlooked this awards season<p>Actor Jon Voight has said his daughter Angelina Jolie deserved an Oscar nomination for her work on second …

Angelina Jolie

How meditation inspired the art of John Harris

John Harris was part of the 1970s art explosion in London that saw a number of visionary artists change the way people thought of all things …