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When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing “the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death” (1963)

The “spiritual adepts” of Tibet’s modern period, writes Huston Smith in his comprehensive introduction to the <i>Bardo Thodol</i>, or “The Tibetan Book of …

Psychedelic Drugs

9 Epic Halloween Makeup Tutorials (No Costume Necessary)

Most of us at Byrdie HQ regard the first 30 days of October simply as pre-Halloween prep. Sure, fall is great and everything, but the second we hit …

Makeup Tutorials

The Davinci IQ is a masterful weed vape for the meticulous marijuana enthusiast

Sorry, what’s that? You <i>roll</i> your weed up in <i>paper</i>? And burn it with <i>fire</i>? Look, I admire the nostalgia, but it’s all about the vapes these days and I want to find the best the world has to offer. So, this time round, I’m going to be looking at the Davinci IQ.<p>While the vape market is as crowded as a …

Batteries

The Morphine Queen Who Defied the Nazis

Gertrud Gunther was born into a normal Prussian middle class family in 1881, but she made good when she married Baron Heinrich von Puttkamer and …

Morphine

The Best Pots and Planters on Amazon for Your New Amazon Plant

Strategist writer David Notis was understandably skeptical before ordering a fiddle-leaf fig from the new Amazon Plants Store, writing that “the idea …

Plants

12 Buddhist Books To Read On Your Path To Enlightenment

Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions. Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha, circa the 5th century BCE, Buddhism …

Meditation

Fitness pros have put together a home gym starter kit and nothing is over $25

In an ideal world, we’d get to work out every day at the best studios and gyms that are fully equipped with all of the latest props, machines, and …

A Brief Guide to Unprocessed Childhood Toxic Shame

Toxic shame is one of the most common debilitating feelings that people struggle with. <i>Toxic shame</i> is a term that refers to a chronic feeling or …

Self-esteem

5 cult korean horror movies to watch now

Korea has produced some of the most incredible horror films of all time.<p>Here’s a Korean urban legend that will strike terror into your soul. There once was a girl who was consumed by vanity and was eager to try any beauty treatment that could enhance her looks. Having heard from someone that …

Horror Movies

The Best Workouts That Don't Require Any Equipment, According to Personal Trainers

Airports. Conferences. Deserted islands? You just never know when—and where—you might need to get in a quick sweat.<p>Here's some quick physics fun: A body at rest tends to stay at rest. That's the fitness version of Newton's First Law, and it means that humans will find literally <i>any</i> excuse to not …

Workouts

Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami up for alternative Nobel literature prize

While the scandal-ridden Swedish Academy searches its soul after the cancellation of this year’s Nobel prize for literature, a replacement award set up by a host of Swedish cultural figures has unveiled a shortlist that includes British fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman and Japanese literary superstar …

Books

Improve Your Reading Retention With These 7 Tips And Tricks

Have you ever found yourself at the end of a book you’ve just finished wondering, <i>what did I just read</i>? (And not in a <i>Gone Girl</i> "what the hell just …

Writing

Two Separate Experts Say This $15 Amazon Lotion Is the Closest Thing to Botox

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, in 2016, seven million Americans received Botox injections and 2.6 million got soft-tissue …

11 New Science Fiction Books To Read If You've Never Tried Sci-Fi Before

So! You've heard a lot about this so-called "science fiction" genre and you're interested in checking it out. Or you're tired of your usual genres, …

'The Provocative Colette' Celebrates The Power of Beauty

Lusty, obstreperous and ambiguously liberated, Colette has always been a heroine for a certain kind of person: The kind who believes you can do anything if you do it beautifully. The grande dame of 20th-century French letters shocked <i>fin de si</i><i>è</i><i>cl</i><i>e</i> Paris with her literary and theatrical excesses, and …

The Next 'Game of Thrones' Could Come From China

Jin Yong had to wait six decades to see his fantasy trilogy, <i>Legends of the Condor Heroes</i>, translated into English earlier this year — nevermind that …

Game of Thrones

Hear the Aztec 'Death Whistle' That Mystified Scientists

In the 1990s, <b></b>archeologists in Mexico City unearthed a 500-year-old skeleton near an ancient Aztec temple—a victim of human sacrifice. A grisly …

So you think you know what reality is? This book on physics and philosophy will shatter your belief

In the process, you will also get to read a lucid history of the debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr over quantum physics.<p>When Albert …

The 5 Essential Oils for Allergies That Can Replace Your OTC Meds

Truth be told, my allergies basically ruin my life in the spring, and after over a decade of taking the same over-the-counter medication year-round, …

Essential Oils

Man becomes wild in the hypnotic thriller Bearskin: EW review

We gave it a <b>B</b><p>In the first chapter of <i>Bearskin</i>, the accomplished and evocative debut of James A. McLaughlin, we meet a man on the run named Rice, …

The Burning Heart of a Bodhisattva

On the 55th anniversary of Thich Quang Duc's self-immolation, Edward Tick shares what he has learned from his pilgrimages to the site of the famous …

This 2-step, 10-minute exercise creates immediate self-awareness

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …

11 Finished Book Series You Can Marathon-Read This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means we book nerds finally have time to read all those great series we have been meaning to get around to. On the list …

My Friends Don’t Get Buried

<i>Audio:</i> Read by the author.<p>My friends don’t get buried<br>in cemeteries anymore, their wives<br>can’t stand the sadness<br>of funerals, the spectacle<br>of wreaths and prayers, tear-soaked<br>speeches delivered from the altar,<br>all those lies and encomiums,<br>the suffocating smell of flowers<br>filling everything.<br>No more …

If You’ve Got Bad Credit, This Card Can Help You Fix It—and Won’t Charge an Annual Fee

Finding a good card if you have bad credit is hard—but not impossible.<p>Finding great credit cards for people with bad credit can be difficult. If you …

Interview: R. S. Ford on His Novel A Demon in Silver

R. S. Ford is the author of <i>A Demon in Silver</i>, volume one of <i>War of the Archons</i>:<p>In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in …

The 10 Most-Saved Vegetarian Recipes from May — Recipes from The Kitchn

We've rounded the corner into the unofficial start of summer, and last month your mind was definitely on light, bright salads, potluck favorites, and …

Physicist Brian Greene on the three biggest science mysteries he'd like to see solved

Space<p>From black holes to dark matter to gravitational waves, Greene dishes on some of the biggest questions in physics.<p>Brian Greene is a busy man. In addition to teaching at Columbia University in New York City, the theoretical physicist has written four books, starred in a handful of TV specials …

Black Holes

June 2018 New Moon Astrology Predictions That All Zodiac Signs Should Know

If you could use an extra sprinkle of pixie dust this month, the June 13 new moon in Gemini is going to deliver in a big way. Not in the know about …

8 Historical Fiction Books You Don’t Want to Miss

From ancient Egypt to the grunge era, historical fiction novels are a fun immersive way to experience the past! Even if you’re not into togas or …