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The lunchtime revolution at a school for children with autism

Photograph: Richard Saker for Observer Food Monthly<p>Lunch at Queensmill school.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/15/1436956033448/c2eeb42c-154e-481d-9175-03ce0db33d23-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Richard Saker for Observer Food Monthly<p>Lunch at Queensmill …

Autism

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

Mindfulness

Is depression a mental or physical illness? Unravelling the inflammation hypothesis

Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune …

Viewer Discretion

The trajectory of writer-worrier David Foster Wallace<p>Gideon Lewis-Kraus<p><b>BOTH FLESH AND NOT</b> is David Foster Wallace at his best and his worst, but the …

David Foster

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

Though only 10 percent of American forces see combat, the U.S. military now has the highest rate of post-traumatic stress disorder in its history. Sebastian Junger investigates.<p>The first time I experienced what I now understand to be post-traumatic stress disorder, I was in a subway station in New …

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

15 Netflix Movies That Will Help You Beat a Creativity Slump

Everyone loves a good Netflix binge. From <i>Friends</i> to <i>Orange is the New Black</i>, we’ve all spent a good amount of our Friday nights watching our favorite TV shows and movies. But while Netflix can get a bad rap for only providing mindless entertainment, they’ve got a ton of inspiring documentaries, …

Aziz Ansari: Love, Online Dating, Modern Romance and the Internet

By aziz ansari<p>My parents had an arranged marriage. This always fascinated me. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I …

Morality requires a god, whether you're religious or not

I have no religious convictions. I am, or try to be, a man of reason, not of faith. Nevertheless, I believe a few simple arguments demonstrate that …

The Inexplicable

Inside the mind of a mass killer.<p>Norway is a small country. It is also relatively homogeneous and egalitarian. This means that the distance from top to bottom is short, and that great disasters affect the entire populace. For example, every Norwegian knows someone who knows someone who died when …

Crime

The Pilgrimage of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X<p>with the assistance of Alex Haley<p>Grove, 455 pp., $7.50<p>Malcolm X Speaks<p>edited by George Breitman<p>Merit Publishers, 256 …

Religion

Nassim Taleb Is Annoying, but "Antifragile" Is Still Worth Reading

Nassim Nicholas Taleb can be a pain in the ass. After I invited him to speak at Stevens Institute of Technology a year ago, he made all kinds of …

15 Male Trendsetters To Follow On Instagram

The picture-based social network has become an ingenious platform for showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion, even among men, who — let's face it — probably aren't poring over glossy magazines for style inspiration.<p>From models to personal stylists to execs at the leading men's lifestyle …

Photographers

Take This Tinder Advice from Aziz Ansari

The comedian’s new book, Modern Romance, chronicles the challenges of looking for love in the Digital Age.<p>Aziz Ansari, who is among the most popular stand-up comedians in the country, met me for lunch at Cherche Midi, on the Bowery, New York, looking like a hip, surprised sprite. Mr. Ansari …

Nine films to watch at Cannes

Marion Cotillard

Iran: The Deal on the Deal

Inevitably, there was much self-congratulating last week when the Senate adopted by an overwhelming bipartisan majority a proposal that would allow …

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad · Diary: In Sanaa

Ansar Allah is the official name of the Houthis, the revolutionary movement which had recently taken over Sanaa, and the authority of the two lawyers …

Muslim Brotherhood

Mike Jay · The Wrong Head: Am I Napoleon?

The Revolution was the making of Pinel as it was of the French medical profession, which for the first time became a significant arm of the state. He …

Mental Disorders

Minecraft videos - why are they so addictive?

<b>Minecraft, the online world that most parents simply don't understand, is now officially the most watched game of all time on YouTube.</b><p>According to the video-sharing site, the game that allows children to build worlds made out of blocks - a bit like Lego - has also become the most searched-for term, …

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.<p>U.S. public schools and the neighborhoods in which they’re located are inextricably tied together. Growing up in economically segregated, low-income neighborhoods comes with a host of disadvantages, one of which is that local schools …

Income Inequality

The Great Pot Experiment

Photo-illustration by Brobel Design for TIME. Mouse: Getty, Lighter, Joint, Smoke: iStockphoto

The insults of age

The insults of age had been piling up for so long that I was almost numb to them. The husband (when I still had one): “You’re not going <i>out</i> in that …

Shame and Stigma on Struggle Street

‘Even if you’re well off, life’s getting tougher,’ opined narrator David Field during this week’s third and final episode of <i>Struggle Street</i>. Only it …

Price Index

The importance of civility: what we can learn from Japan

<i>When writer Rob Walker lived in Japan for two years, he was struck by the city of Himeji's seemingly boundless reserves of good manners and courtesy.</i> …