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Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life Is Spring’s Must-Read Novel

“My friends joke this place is like the love child of <b>Vivienne Westwood</b> and <b>Edmund White,</b>” says <b>Hanya Yanagihara</b> with a laugh, sitting down to tea in her red-walled jewel box of a SoHo apartment, filled to the brim with books and an impressive collection of contemporary Asian photography, including a</b> …

Books

19 Reasons Why We're Thankful For Jon Stewart On "The Daily Show"

We'll need a million Moments of Zen to emotionally endure this loss.

Comedy

The surprising downsides of being drop dead gorgeous

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. David Robson reports.<p>Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case.<p>Yet the blessings and …

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

Captivating Portraits of Enigmatic Figures Lost in a Magical World

Inspired by the lush natural surroundings of her native Vilnius, Lithuanian photographer Viktorija Raggana captures incredibly emotive portraits filled with enchantment and mystery. Raggana, who calls herself a “photographer-witch,” weaves her spell over enigmatic scenes that seem to belong to the …

Tokyo Blur - Photographs and text by Cesar Ordoñez | LensCulture

“Tokyo Blur” shows a mysterious, sensual, rainy and blurred Tokyo — photographed in black and white, mostly at night, in spring during the cherry blossom time.<p>On a metaphorical level, this series of photographs attempts to capture those moments when we are out of our regular environment, “out of …

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

How body illusions can warp our mind

The human brain is a remarkable organ, but it can be easily tricked – making us believe we’re the size of a Barbie doll, or a statue. David Robson investigates.<p>The “rubber hand illusion” – is one of the weirdest and most-studied illusions in neuroscience. As Lawrence Rosenblum at the University of …

What it’s like to live on fruit

The best reads from around the web, including why mean people fail and what happens to the body when you live only on raw fruit and vegetables.<p><b>Internet</b><br>Aliens in the valley<br>Seth Fiegerman | Mashable | 3 December 2014<br>History of Reddit. Starts slowly but picks up speed in the second section. Reddit’s …

Psychology: Why boredom is bad... and good for you

Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.<p>I’ve met lots of people with a talent to bore in my time, but Sandi Mann is one of the few to have honed it as a craft. Eager volunteers …

Creativity

Psychology: Why does guilt increase pleasure?

Feelings of guilt can make our temptations feel even more seductive. So could we be healthier and happier if we just embraced a little bit of vice, asks David Robson.<p>This year, my New Year’s Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I’m forgoing my …

Psychology

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

How “Doing What You Love” Can Be A Realistic Career Option

Here’s a quote from a recent article I read titled “‘Do What You Love’ Is Horrible Advice“: “It’s easy to confuse a hobby or interest for a profound …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

The Far Side of Paradise

One of the things I like best about Hana is that there is nothing to do. This is intentional on my part. It's a small town on the far eastern end of Maui, with one general store and not much else. But for us city folk who are wedded to our iPhones and iPads and computers and all the connectivity in …

The Mediterranean and the Continuity of Man

Since we first published this series on LensCulture a few years ago, it has continually proved to be one of our most popular articles. Something about the project’s distinctive mix of deadpan humor and political, environmental savvy has made it stand out, again and again, for thousands of …

They're Not All Meathead Wankers: In Defence of Britain's Battered Bouncers

They might not like your trainers, but the most hated people in British clubland could end up saving your life.<p>There are plenty of situations that lend themselves to making new friends. A street fight in which three men are trying to stamp your face in is not one of them.<p>However, it was that exact …

How to Gain Healthy Weight and Build Muscle the Right Way

Shares 1.8K<p>Photo: Pond5<p>Whether you want to add muscle mass or simply look a little less like a string bean, gaining weight can be just as much of a …

Keshia Knight Pulliam fired on 'Celebrity Apprentice' over Cosby link

The 14th season of<p>"Celebrity Apprentice"began with a bit of controversy Sunday night when the first person fired, former "Cosby Show" starKeshia Knight Pulliam, was canned because of her refusal to contact her former co-star, Bill Cosby, for money.<p>Pulliam was her team's project manager for the …

How 2014’s Breakout Rap Star Spent Christmas In Prison

Bobby “Hot Nigga” Shmurda is currently incarcerated at Rikers Island and facing up to twenty-five years on conspiracy charges.<p>Bobby Shmurda has got to be in the running for most disappointing Christmas of 2014 . In case you missed it over the holiday season, Shmurda – who wrote “Hot Nigga”, …

Why Airlines Hate Hidden City Ticketing (and Maybe You Should Too)

You've probably already heard the David vs. Goliath "hidden city airfare" story that's been all over the news.<p>Briefly, a sweet-faced 22-year-old tech whiz kid in his spare time designed a website called Skiplagged that shows people how to cheat the airlines out of revenue using an insider strategy …

The 21 Principles of Persuasion

How is it that certain people are so incredibly persuasive? Can we all harness those skills? After studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, and trying countless techniques out myself, these are the 21 critical lessons I’ve identified to persuading people. …

How Your Language Affects Your Wealth and Health

Does the language we speak determine how healthy and rich we will be? New research by Keith Chen of Yale Business School suggests so. The structure …

Peer Pressure Affects Your Decisions And Purchases More Than You Think

We often think that we have far more control over our actions than we really do.<p>According to a new study, peer pressure has the power to weaken our resolve significantly, and even prompt us to buy things that we have no initial interest in purchasing. The study, by Pedro Gardete, an assistant …

7 Ways To Travel Smarter In 2015

We've always loved a good travel hack, whether it's the secret to a smaller suitcase or the trick that gets cheaper plane tickets every time.<p>We asked the pros at CheapAir -- and sifted through our favorite hacks -- for 7 tricks that will make 2015 the year you FINALLY get out there, and on a trip …

Best of the Best in Photos 2014: Part 2

Google's Greatest Travel Hack Will Make Flights MUCH Easier

We're not sure why we've never heard about this before -- but as they say, it's better late than never.<p>Unless you're dealing with a late flight, that is.<p>When you're in a hurry to find your personal flight info, it turns out you can turn to Google. Reddit user jasenlee pointed out the trick: If …