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If you want to live forever, move to this Italian town

Alan Maisel, a cardiologist and professor at the University of California at San Diego, had long believed a moderate diet, exercise and refraining …

A Watchfulness Routine for Writing

In her renowned book <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, urban activist and researcher Jane Jacobs wrote that safe and successful cities must …

Is There Wood Pulp In That Parmesan? How Scientists Sniff Out Food Fraud

If you've been following any of the big news stories on food fraud lately, you'll know that it's tough to know what exactly is in our food — and where it's been before it makes it onto our dinner plates.<p>Earlier this year, Wal-Mart was sued for stocking tubs of Parmesan cheese that contained …

10 Photographers Who Captured the Grit and Glamour of L.A.

The History of Aretha, in Ten Videos

Aretha Franklin, who turned seventy-four last week, has been making records for sixty years. A well-stocked jury of experts at <i>Rolling Stone</i> called her the greatest popular singer, and who’s going to argue? “The best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced,” as the late Billy Preston …

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Photographer captures dogs looking very skeptical of the camera

Yes, your dog notices that you take a lot of pictures of it. No, it's not cool.<p>If you've never gotten the feeling that your pup has grown tired of …

Three Places Obama Could Teach

As President Obama enters his final months in office, speculation about what he and Michelle will do once they leave the White House is growing. Even Obama has seemed uncertain of what direction his post-Presidential life should take, gathering a team of advisers as early as last year to help him …

Everything You Need To Know About Italian Prosciutto

So you know what you're getting on your next meat and cheese plate.<p>There’s Parma ham and then there’s San Daniele: both are delicious and widely loved in Italy and abroad. They look alike yet are very different. Here’s what you need to know to tell them apart. Both are PDO products (protected …

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The first colour photographs of America

If chardonnay’s a yawn, you haven’t met Chablis

Back in the late 1980s, after my interest in wine ignited during a day in Napa, I splurged on a $40 tasting sponsored by wineries of another California county and held at a hotel in what is now called the District’s West End. It seemed like an ideal chance to explore and learn about wine, and …

Mamma Mia! As Starbucks Looms, Italians Warm to U.S.-Style Coffee

Filtered java, caramel macchiatos and paper cups brew up a fuss in the land of espresso bars<p>MILAN—Giuseppe Disponetti has hewed to the same business model since opening his cafe here in 1989. Using a tried-and-true coffee blend, he sells mostly espresso and cappuccino to regulars who toss back …

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A Closer Look at Wagner and #OscarsSoWhite

The producers of Sunday’s Academy Awards made a curious choice in assigning “play-off music”—the coercive crescendo that fills the soundtrack when speeches exceed the allotted time. Several times, award winners rushed through their thank-yous while a tinny version of “The Ride of the Valkyries,” …

90-Year-Old Woman Decides to Take a Cross-Country Road Trip Instead of Cancer Treatment

In July 2015, a 90-year-old woman named Norma lost her husband and, a mere two days later, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Doctors advised the nonagenarian to undergo chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, but according to her daughter-in-law Ramie, Norma simply said, “I'm 90 years old. I'm …

A Day in Venice: From Tintoretto to Bardolino

Arriving in Venice on a cold winter’s day, I was looking forward to attending a wine tasting courtesy of <b>Venice Events</b>.<p>Gliding across the Ponte della …