Manoj Shetty

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How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described in Their Screenplays

How do you create a memorable female character? It helps if you get it right from the very beginning, as Joseph L. Mankiewicz did in his screenplay …

Audrey Hepburn

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; …

Nutrition

20 Best 'Portlandia' Sketches

From binge-watching panic to bird-improved accessories, here are the funniest, most far-out bits from IFC's hit show<p>NOW PLAYING<p>20 Best 'Portlandia' …

Comedy

On Writer’s Block: Advice from Twelve Writers

<i>Our Writers at Work series, which spans sixty-five years of interviews with nearly four hundred writers, offers no shortage of advice. Should this multitude seem daunting, fear not! The editors of</i> The Paris Review <i>have combed through the series and sorted the best tips and tricks into tidy</i> …

Literature

The Running Novelist

Learning how to go the distance.<p>A long time has passed since I started running on an everyday basis. Specifically, it was the fall of 1982. I was thirty-three then.<p>Not long before that, I was the owner of a small jazz club in Tokyo, near Sendagaya Station. Soon after leaving college—I’d been so …

The 50 Best Jazz Guitarists Of All Time

Even the very best jazz guitarists rarely receive the attention and plaudits that the genre’s horn blowers – <b>saxophonists</b> and <b>trumpeters</b>, in particular …

Guitar

“You Want Order, You Work at Eleven Madison”: Inside Chef René Redzepi’s Mad Dash to Open Noma 2.0

It’s been a full year since the Michelin-starred, perennial top-restaurant-in-the-world contender closed in service of its founder’s next vision. For the past few weeks, its staff has been putting the frantic final touches on a new space with a new menu and a wait list several thousand names long. …

These Original Glamorous Street Style Photos Actually Came From a Famously Gritty Photojournalist

The name Gordon Parks is often associated with the civil rights movement, which took off not long after Parks had begun his decades of documenting poverty, segregation, and (often racial) injustice—all issues that are, unfortunately, still all too timely, as Kendrick Lamar made clear this summer …

Street Style

The Legacy of the Little Black Dress

With the year complete and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, what better time to celebrate the Little Black Dress, which we have the most iconic …

Yves Saint-Laurent

6 Classic Colognes Every Man Should Own

<i>Last Updated October, 2017: Prices and links have been updated.</i><p>The word <i>perfume</i> originates from the Latin word <i>perfumare</i>, meaning “to smoke through.” …

Beauty

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

Self-help

On Casablanca and Collaboration

The Oscar-winning film, which premiered 75 years ago, showed us who the good guys were. So why did we side with the bad ones?<p>You must remember this: at the end of <i>Casablanca,</i> Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart, of course) makes the hard choice, the right choice, in the fight for love and glory. He emerges …

World History

Monica Botkier, Handbag Expert, Shares Her Wisdom

In Handbags: A Love Story, the designer shares the hows and whys behind the Birkin and more<p>Plenty of people love handbags, but it takes commitment to start designing them yourself. Fifteen years ago <b>Monica Botkier</b> did just that, taking out her sketch pad and a copy of the Yellow Pages and getting to …

Bottega Veneta

A New Book Gives Us the World as Seen by Black Female Photographers

In 1985, Arthur Ashe’s widow, the photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, published a historical survey that she called <i>Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers</i>. <i>Viewfinders</i> chronicled the work of the (largely disregarded) black female photographers that Moutoussamy-Ashe had meticulously unearthed, …

What Each Slider on an Equalizer Does

When you’re listening to music through cheap headphones or speakers, an equalizer will help even out the sound. Most equalizers come with genre …

Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Buddy In Charge Of Shooting The Vacation Pics

Vacation photos are a visual reminder of our adventures abroad and a fun way to share what we saw on our travels with our friends and family, but if …

Comic Books

How Good Are Your Headphones? This 150-Song Playlist, Featuring Steely Dan, Pink Floyd & More, Will Test Them Out

Back in the <i>Mad Men</i> heyday of high-end home stereo, audiophiles could buy records full of sound-but-not-exactly-music, specifically engineered to test …

Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Uniqlo

To hear photographer Shoichi Aoki describe it, what killed Tokyo’s famous Harajuku style was basically what happens when a glut of factories set up shop at the head of a river that feeds vital waterways.<p>“In Tokyo there is a kind of flow of energy when it comes to fashion,” Aoki explains. “Harajuku …

Japan

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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In Defense of Facts

A new history of the essay gets the genre all wrong, and in the process endorses a misleading idea of knowledge.<p>John D’Agata has accomplished an impressive feat. In three thick volumes, over 13 years, he has published a series of anthologies—of the contemporary American essay, of the world essay, …

Literature

7 Apps to Download to Learn a New Hobby

Starting a new hobby often requires time and money—but if you don’t have much of either, you can skip the expensive in-person classes or tutorials, …

The Running Conversation in Your Head

What a close study of "inner speech" reveals about why humans talk to themselves<p>Language is the hallmark of humanity—it allows us to form deep relationships and complex societies. But we also use it when we’re all alone; it shapes even our silent relationships with ourselves. In his book, <i>The Voices</i> …

Connectivism