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The Best Italian Islands You've Never Heard Of

You love Sicily, Sardinia and Capri—but so does every other tourist. Italy has more than 350 sea islands alone, so this summer, head to one of these equally beautiful, but lesser-known Italian spots to soak in all that Mediterranean wonder—without the crowds.<p>Ponza<p>Just an hour’s drive and a ferry …

Italy

East Sicily: what to see plus the best bars, beaches, restaurants and hotels

With baroque palaces, fine beaches and Mount Etna, the Ionian coast is home to most of the island’s crown jewels – underpinned by glorious local food and drink<p>Light reflecting off churches and palaces, views of craggy mountains and blue sea, smells of orange blossom, oregano and mint … Sicily is an …

Italy

Sicily's best beaches: chosen by readers

Winning tip: history and relaxation: Licata<p>On the south coast, this is close to Agrigento but far less touristy. The beautiful sandy beaches saw allied landings in 1943, but now attract locals for swimming and sunbathing (two sunbeds with a sunshade can be hired for €5). Grangela B&B (from €66 a …

Italy

Make the Best Pizza

Good morning. There are more than 2,500 five-star ratings on our best recipe for pizza dough (above), but I’m here this morning with a couple of notes about it all the same. (Some night soon you can use the result to make a plain pizza pie, or a pizza that is green and white.)<p>The first is, if you …

Salmon

Left alone in Cuba

<b>Sylvia Lamb, Dorset , writes</b><br>Last summer I booked an 11-day Best of Cuba escorted coach tour through The Holiday Place. It cost £1,974, including the single supplement. In late July I travelled to Havana, where I was met by a guide, Vladimir, and the driver of an ancient Datsun Cherry.<p>Vladimir told …

Top 10 things to do in Trinidad, Cuba

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, …

Cuba

Brothers Behind Bars

What happens when the only life you’ve known has been in an institution?<p><i>This is the second article in a six-part series about young people with siblings in prison. Read part one here.</i><p>“The only photograph I had of her, growing up, is from a scrapbook from a social worker,” Shelton McElroy says about …

Mental Health

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health Care System Dysfunction

Three times in the last two weeks, people — a patient, a colleague and my wife — told me stories about how out of control the price of EpiPens were. Monday, my New York Times colleagues recounted in detail how expensive the devices have become in recent years. All tell the tale of how much even …

Health Care

Portraits of Homeless People and Their Dreams of Old

For his new project <i>The Prince and the Pauper</i>, San Francisco-based photographer Horia Manolache connected with homeless people, learned their stories, …

Photography

Ayahuasca Tourism Is Ripping Off Indigenous Amazonians

Some groups are pissed about the influx of Westerners visiting the Amazon to dress up like the indigenous people and bastardize their rituals.<p>Increasingly over the past decade, Westerners have flocked to the Amazon for a taste of the region's most notorious elixir: ayahuasca. In the jungle, the …

Ethnology

This artist condenses whole movies into single photographs - and the results are amazing

Movies are art in their own right. But this artist has turned famous flicks into the kind you can actually hang on your …

Creepy photos show a fake 1950s city filled with mannequins to test nuclear bombs

Upon entering the unprecedented atomic age with the successful testing of the most powerful weapon known to man, the world lived in paranoia.<p>In order to better understand the blast and thermal effects of a nuclear bomb, the US dropped a 16-kiloton bomb on a fake town in the middle of the Nevada …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Iran TV series set in 1950s draws big audiences with echoes in politics today

With its depiction of Iran under late shah’s despotic rule comes Shahrzad, an independent online drama with parallels in current events<p>Footsteps resonate on cobblestones, snooker clubs are open, women and men go partying together, cabarets are full, the alcohol flows, chapeaux are fashionable, the …

Anachronistic

The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

For years you've been told to go for skim over full-fat dairy. Even the latest dietary guidelines for Americans urge people to avoid the full fat, …

Nutrition

13 Sleep Lessons From A Landmark British Sleep Report

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a third of Americans don't get enough sleep. And now, a British report finds that no one is faring any better across the Atlantic.<p>According to the Royal Society for Public Health -- one of the world’s oldest health …

Sleep

The Incredibly True Story of Renting a Friend in Tokyo

It's muggy and I'm confused. I don't understand where I am, though it was only a short walk from my Airbnb studio to this little curry place. I don’t …

Attention, Screenwriters: 7 New Scripting Tips, Straight from Oliver Stone, Mark Duplass, Cassian Elwes and David Seidler

At this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival, writer-directors<br>Oliver Stone (“Snowden”) and Mark Duplass (“Togetherness”),<br>screenwriter David Seidler (“The …

12 Photos Show a Side of North Korea You Haven't Seen

David Guttenfelder's award-winning photographs show how sports and recreation are a part of daily life in North Korea.<p>Photographer David Guttenfelder is one of the few westerners who has spent extensive time in North Korea. He first began traveling to the isolated country in 2000, and he helped …

‘I’d rather have prevented the Paris attacks than predicted them’ says film director

Nicolas Boukhrief explains how his powerful movie about jihadi plots, Made in France, plots had to be delayed in November and why it will now be made available online<p>On Friday 13 November last year, French film director Nicolas Boukhrief was asleep when the telephone began to ring at around 9.30pm. …

France

How actors are nominated for Oscars: A primer

Who nominates the actors for the Oscars? And how does the voting process work? Here's a step-by-step primer:<p>The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences has 6,261 voting members. The entire body votes for best picture.<p>Nominations for most of the remaining categories are determined by the …

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Fear old women in fairy tales. For as long as people have been telling stories, crones have been scaring the wits out of children. But why does the face of evil so often belong to an old woman?<p>Typecasting is one explanation. "What do we have? Nags, witches, evil stepmothers, cannibals, ogres. It's …

Books

Why People Pay to Feel Scared

A sociologist studies the allure of haunted houses.<p>People have been scaring each other on purpose for a while—ghost stories are part of many oral traditions—but the history of paying others to get scared is a bit shorter. One early instance of commodified fear dates back to the mid-1700s, when …

Horror

Here comes the scariest new horror movie of the year, according to everyone

Last week, we thought we had seen the scariest trailer ever. But now there’s a new contender for best / freakiest horror movie of the year, according …

The Wolfpack review – camera-ready subjects of a revelatory documentary

Raised in seclusion from the real world – but not from the world of movies – the six Angulo brothers make engaging fodder for this fascinating study<p>Director Crystal Moselle first met the long-haired Angulo brothers in <i>Reservoir Dogs</i> drag (shades and suits) as they enjoyed a rare outing on the …

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