Dr. Jeffrey J. Lusk

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“U Want Me 2 Kill Him?”

When a 14-year-old British boy was savagely stabbed, no one could have imagined the bizarre chat-room fantasy world that lay behind the attack. A story of a near-fatal Internet attraction.<p>Sometimes, as night falls over Greater Manchester, the ingenious adolescent returns to the place where he was …

Crime

“My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.”–Vanessa Marsh 

<i>“My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.”–Vanessa Marsh</i><p>In photography, as in all forms of art, one must travel their own path. Seeing the work of Vanessa Marsh for the first time, I immediately sensed that this young, Oakland-based artist was following a particular vision. It’s refreshing to see images that ask us to slow down, look and ponder what we see.<p>Her work, which combines a variety of techniques including drawing, sculpture …

45 Classic Library Design Ideas

See the most stylish ways to stack treasured reads.<p>Whether your home is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, we've got the ultimate book-curation inspiration.

Interior Design

Grown Brothers Hilariously Recreate Photos from Their Past

Then/Now is a series in which the Luxton brothers recreate moments from when they were very young. The personal photographs, reinterpreted in adult form, are hilarious depictions of grown men placed in unusual circumstances.<p>As children become adults, a certain uninhibited spirit can be lost amid …

Cute

How One Magazine Shaped Investigative Journalism in America

The following story comes recommended by Ben Marks, senior editor for Collectors Weekly:<p><i>Doris Kearns Goodwin’s most recent history,</i> The Bully Pulpit<i>,</i> …

6 Classic, Mad Men-Inspired Cocktails to Serve at Your Next Party

Try these fun new takes.<p>Classic cocktails made with whiskey, bourbon, rye, and gin are more popular than ever. Get to know them again, then try these fun new takes.

Chai

Dear Life

A childhood visitation.<p>I lived when I was young at the end of a long road, or a road that seemed long to me. Behind me, as I walked home from primary school, and then from high school, was the real town with its activity and its sidewalks and its streetlights for after dark. Marking the end of town …

The Hidden War Against Gay Teens

Private Christian schools are exploiting local laws to raise money while expelling kids for the crime of being not straight<p>A strange thing happened …

LGBTQI

Climate change: Sea ice, global cooling, and other nonsense

When I heard that the <i>Mail on Sunday</i> ran a climate change article over the weekend, I knew it would be bad. But when I clicked the link and saw it was …

5 Ways to Make a Manhattan

In which we acknowledge the recent surge in popularity of the 130-year-old drink, establish guidelines for making it, and offer a few ways to mess with the formula.<p><i>Published in the February 2013 issue</i><p><b>We don't have any hard numbers</b> for you, but countless hours of observation lead us to believe that …

Vermouth

Terry Castle · Rah, Rah, Cheers, Queers: On Getting Married

But the week’s big US story is the legalisation of gay marriage. We’re seriously thrilled. It’s a real new world order. The cat is finally out of the …

Photography Tips in a Pinch

Good photographers try to be prepared for almost any situation. Unfortunately, if you tried to carry everything you’d need to meet every possible …

Photography Tips

Nothing Like Being Scared | Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review

John Blow has forever lived in the shadow of Henry Purcell, his former student. His musical response to the Purcell’s death was partly competitive – …

Systematic Reviews

Lesbian Nation

When gay women took to the road.<p>There was a time, briefly, when women ruled the world. Well, their world, anyway. In the late nineteen-seventies, several thousand women in North America decided not to concern themselves with equal pay for equal work, or getting their husbands to do the dishes, or …

English Speakers Increasingly Use Self-Centered Words Like 'Get' And 'Choose'

What changes in language use can tell us about society<p>The words that consistently pop up in published literature can tell us a lot about individual and cultural trends and values. Are people talking about their emotions more? Are people feeling depressed?<p>Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor …

New teaser for season three of 'Sherlock'!

The last season of the BBC One series <i>Sherlock</i> left viewers with a lot of (<i>spoiler alert!</i>) questions. What happened to Sherlock? Did Watson see what he thought he saw? What was up with that red ball? And most importantly: Why are people on bikes so rude?<p>This teaser for the show's third season …

Drones to scour the skies for US businesses after FAA approval

The first commercial drones have been cleared for takeoff in the US. Last Friday, two unmanned aerial vehicles were approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which for the first time will allow businesses to fully operate drones over American soil. The FAA says that "a major energy …

Circumhorizon arc: A beautiful optics display in the sky.

<i>(After the unpleasantness of this morning's earlier post, consider this a Unicorn Chaser.)</i><p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an …

“ON THE ROAD WITH MEMÈRE” by Jack Kerouac – May 1965

<i>NOTE: the following was later included in</i> Desolation Angels. <i></i><p>My widowed mother’s name is now “Memère”— nickname for Grandma in Québecois—since her …