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Cryotherapy Might Be the Best Way to Recover from Joint Pain

This is what it’s like standing in a -220 degree Fahrenheit chamber.<p>The other day while eavesdropping on a training session at the gym, I heard a statuesque trainer tell his client he recently started cryotherapy to help with his recovery. Since I was between sets—checking all of my social media …

Lebron James

Icelandic Artists Offer Their Recommendations For People Traveling For Secret Solstice Festival

Oh, hey, don’t look now but Iceland’s <i>Secret Solstice Festival</i> — the music festival with arguably the most eclectic lineup of any this season — is only a week away. If you’ve never been to Iceland, it’s one of the more naturally beautiful places on Earth and we’re huge fans of the island nation, so …

European Travel

Portraits of love and desire and what it’s like to be gay in Poland

Despite homosexuality being legal in Poland, 70 per cent of the population believe same-sex relationships are unnatural or immoral – and they are backed by the Catholic Church and majority of heavily right-wing politicians. Beyond belief, homophobia manifests itself on Polish streets, like pride …

LGBTQI

This IG documents the best unseen images from the 80s, 90s, and 00s

If you’re in search of lesser-shared images by the likes of Nan Goldin, Mark Borthwick and Boris Mikhailov, alongside archive pages torn from Dazed and <i>The Face</i>, it’s about time you followed @m__a__p.<p>An acronym for “media, art and people”, the account was founded by photographer Christina Trins and …

Eight Lesser Known Photo Locations in Kyoto and Tokyo

Tourism in Japan is growing, and fast. According to JNTO, the estimated number of international travelers to Japan in March 2018 was about 2.6 …

Japan

Luxembourg's Little Switzerland

2 places 4 days Staff Pick<p>Straight out of a fantasy novel<p>Timothy Cohen<p>April 24, 2018<p>What could possibly persuade you to go on an adventure in this little known country where nothing ever happens?<br>Well, let me tell you our journey...<p>Luxem-what?<p>Once upon a time... Oh the hell with it!!<p>The Grand Duchy …

Kyoto, Beyond the Temples and Shrines

The Japanese city known for its temples is also filled with under-the-radar shops, cafés, and markets.<p>Japan’s historic cultural capital is known for its interesting mix of traditional arts and an avant-garde scene, according to Lucille Reyboz, cofounder of the Kyotographie photography festival. …

Gay and inclusive rugby team a haven for marginalised players

Bastian Tremblay ended his rugby-playing days when a family member told him their team could not find out he was gay.

The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums

With many of the lists we’ve assembled over the past few years, the parameters have been clear. To be considered Britpop, for example, a record had to be guitar-based, from the UK, and released during a certain period. We can argue endlessly about what’s a mixtape and what’s an album, but in …

My Favorite Places To Visit in Kyoto During Summer

One of the most annoying parts about visiting Japan is that a lot of the traditional temples and shrines you would think are ideal for golden hour …

Japan

40 Slick & Shiny Men’s Hairstyle Ideas That Will Get Heads Turning

Sophisticated gents like Don Draper and Jay Gatsby have made the sleek, shiny, slicked-back look cool again and we're loving it. The current trend is …

10 traditional Paris shops where you can buy a piece of history

Evidence of the wave of young creatives opening coffee shops and concept stores that challenge Parisian traditions – and some would say bringing …

France

Metropolis: Bauhaus-inspired urban photography – in pictures

In his series Metropolis, photographer Alan Schaller interprets the disconnection between people in the digital age. The series examines the way in which we are dwarfed by the world around us, and how that feels. Schaller was born in London, where Metropolis also began. The majority of the …

Photography

Whatever Happened to Generation X?

As they head into middle age, the “slacker” generation of Philadelphians — sandwiched between the never-say-die boomers and the all-about-us …

Demographics

Public toilets and private affairs: Why the history of gay cruising deserves an exhibition

A new exhibition in Berlin celebrates the historical importance of anonymous same-sex hook-ups in toilets.<p>Men from all parts of society would meet in …

This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating

Google Maps is more powerful than you know<p>Most people who use Google Maps do so without much attention to detail. We just need the directions, the right subway route, or the name of that good sushi place. We don’t spend too much time pondering how Google got so good at mapping the world, and what …

Our best moments from Day for Night: the sights, the sounds, the jokes

Well, that was a hell of a time. Day for Night met and exceeded expectations at the 2017 edition, a fabulously run festival with few noticeable …

The Masterful Photo Compositions of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ever wonder what it is that makes Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment” photos “work”? Photographer Tavis Leaf Glover put out a two-part video …

How Sanrio Makes Anti-Capitalism Adorable, and Profitable

My new favorite cartoon character is a white-collar red panda with anger issues.<p>Her name is Aggretsuko, and she’s a young Japanese “office associate” who leaps, tail wagging, into her first job, only to suffer countless slights at the hands of her co-workers. In each online micro-episode — all are …

Watch the first trailer for Morrissey biopic ‘England Is Mine’

The film will focus on the musician's life leading up to when he formed The Smiths with Johnny Marr<p>The first trailer for the Morrissey biopic <i>England</i> …

Watch The Cure’s First TV Appearance in 1979 … Before The Band Acquired Its Signature Goth Look

Many fans of the Cure first encountered them with 1987’s <i>Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me</i>, a double album filled with bouncy pop confections like “Why Can’t …

The rugby buddy movie that tackles homophobia with a laugh

A while back, the director John Butler decided he wanted to make a mainstream buddy movie with a difference. It was to feature two teenage boys, whose sexuality would never explicitly be revealed, and the backdrop would be a fee-paying rugby-obsessed Irish school with a culture of unthinking …

LGBTQI

An Untouched Frank Lloyd Wright Home From 1960 Is on the Market

The noted architect designed the house and all the furniture and accessories inside it.<p>Paul and Helen Olfelt asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them in St. Louis Park, Minnesota nearly 60 years ago. Now in their 90s, the Olfelts have put the house on the market for the first time ever, …

Frank Lloyd Wright

The cult Japanese movies outfitted by Yohji Yamamoto

From the purists convinced it can’t live up to the original, to the controversy surrounding the Hollywood ‘whitewashing’ of the Japanese animation, the furore around the release of <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> has been unavoidable these last few weeks. Whatever your thoughts on the issue, there’s one thing …

This Irishman finished a 10-year journey to visit every country in the world

<b>Meet the Irishman who has spent the past decade bribing officials, hitching rides on cargo ships and surviving war-torn countries on his mission to visit every country in the world.</b><p>Ward, 33, from Northern Ireland has spent over ten years attempting to visit all 197 countries, and even managed to …

Bastian Schweinsteiger leaving Manchester United for Chicago Fire

MANCHESTER, England — World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger is leaving Manchester United to join the Chicago Fire.The Major League Soccer team is …

Japanese Designers May Have Created the Most Accurate Map of Our World: See the AuthaGraph

“The world is not an illusion,” said Alfred Korzbyski, "it is an abstraction." You may know Korzbyski for another famous maxim, “the map is not the …

Bad times make great art: The AIDS crisis and the New Queer Cinema

The movement’s complex protagonists were confrontational, in-your-face gay men and women who didn’t want to behave<p><i>On election night a murmur started just as the last gasp faded, “Well at least we can expect some great art.” At first the sentiment was a fatalistic one-off, a brave face, a shy hope</i> …

Kraftwerk Plays a Live 40-Minute Version of their Signature Song “Autobahn:” A Soundtrack for a Long Road Trip (1974)

“The joys of motoring are more or less fictional,” wrote Zelda Fitzgerald to Ludlow Fowler, a friend of her husband F. Scott, in 1920. But what an …