Mikhaila Crous

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1966: the year that pop imploded

Jon Savage's 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded is a captivating account of a year sick with psychedelia<p>One of the unexpected pleasures of Jon Savage’s anatomy of 1966 – a giddy swirl of op-art, pop-art and LSD-dropping psychedelia – is that you discover very quickly just how reactionary you are.<p>I …

Exploring English in the Age of Emojis

I'm part of the 1%. The 1% of people who don't know how to use emojis, that is. I'm that weirdo who uses correct punctuation in texts. I know and revel in the differences between except and accept, compliment and complement, and principal and principle. I memorized the spelling of …

A study forced people to quit Facebook to see if it made them happier

Can staying off Facebook make you happier? Apparently so.<p>Researchers from the ridiculous-sounding Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen recruited 1,095 daily Facebook users to look at the impact of the social network on happiness. They first looked at everyone’s usual Facebook behavior and …

Mapping the 'Urban Fingerprints' of Cities

Each city’s unique layout pattern has an effect on its successes and failures.<p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. While genes determine ours, a city’s mark is characterized by the relationship between buildings and open spaces. Think of it as “spatial DNA,” …

London School of Economics

Why exactly procrastinators procrastinate

<b>pro-cras-ti-na-tion</b> |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|<br>noun<br>the action of delaying or postponing something: <i>your first tip is to avoid procrastination</i>.<p>Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution.<p><i>Avoid procrastination.</i> So …

Procrastination

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards

Something seemed strange. Staring out of a hotel window in São Paulo, my eye was caught by an oversized digital display crowning the top of an undersized skyscraper. Steadily flashing the time, then the temperature, the display was incongruous in a way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.<p>It was …

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded …

Black History

The Selfie and the Self

At the end of June, millions of Facebook users changed their profile pictures to rainbows to show support for same-sex marriage—rooting themselves in a portraiture tradition that’s long used symbols to define and express identity.<p>In her 1967 film <i>Kusama’s Self-Obliteration</i>, the Japanese artist Yayoi …

Social Media

The 'Sherlock Holmes' of the art world hunts down art looted by the Nazis

The return of "Seated Woman" by Henri Matisse to the Rosenberg family was his work.<p>So was the restoration of "A Portrait of a Gentleman", by 16th-century artist El Greco, to the descendents of Jewish banker and art collector Julius Priester.<p>Two years after founding Art Recovery Group, a private …

Museums

12 Brownies That Are Totally OK To Eat For Breakfast

Want permission to eat brownies for breakfast? You're an adult, so you can make brownies part of your morning meal in any way you please.<p>And if you want a little help, we've rounded up some smarter ways to go about it. A few of these chocolate recipes are made healthier with snuck-in oats or …

Breakfast

Epic doodling

I’m a pretty big fan of doodling, but my stuff has nothing on Peter Deligdisch.<p>His YouTube channel is full of videos where he documents his …