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More Frequent Fliers Pay for a First-Class Upgrade That Once Was Free

The perks of being a frequent flier are not as valuable as they once were. That is especially evident to travelers hoping to score a free upgrade to first class.<p>Airlines, more and more, would rather get money for those upgrades. So they are using last-minute deals to entice passengers to pay to …

Delta Airlines

My Writing Education: A Time Line

<b>February 1986</b><p>Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding <i>Back in the World</i> in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and …

Filmmaker Ken Burns Delivers Blistering Takedown Of Donald Trump At Stanford

The renowned documentary filmmaker offered a lengthy critique of Donald Trump while delivering Stanford's commencement address on Sunday.

Donald Trump

5 Family Vacations That Don’t Involve Disney World

I have never understood the hoopla over Disney World.<p>To me, teaching moments and travel go hand in hand. So our family vacations are designed to incorporate elements of enrichment: exposure to foreign culture, a brush with history, interaction with nature, discovery of new foods, engaging in …

Disney World

Why Tolstoy Took Up Tennis

Several years ago, while researching a book about trying to become a serious senior tennis player in my sixties, I happened upon a photograph on the Tumblr feed of The Millions, the online literary site. In the foreground, there stands an elderly fellow wielding a wooden racquet in his right hand. …

The Metamorphosis

What is it like to be an animal?<p>Thomas Thwaites first considered becoming an animal on a spring day in 2013. He was walking Noggin, his nieces’ Irish terrier, along the Thames when he found himself taking stock of his life. Thwaites was then thirty-three. A few years earlier, he’d launched his …

This Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Secretly Funding Hulk Hogan's Lawsuits Against Gawker

One of Silicon Valley’s best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler’s legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.<p>Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers of Facebook, has been secretly covering the expenses for Hulk Hogan’s lawsuits against online news …

Silicon Valley

Scientists say men with one intriguing characteristic are more attractive to women

And yet new research suggests that <b>storytelling prowess is a desirable quality in a guy — possibly because it signals that they're high-status</b>. Men, on the other hand, don't seem to be fazed by women's ability to tell a good tale.<p>Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and …

Science: Filler Words Are, Like, Actually Useful | Inc.com

This morning I was going to write a post about a nifty-sounding app that's basically a speech coach that fits in your pocket. It analyzes your speaking style, flagging up filler words like "um" and "just" so you can zap them from your vocabulary and sound more authoritative.<p>All I needed to kick off …

Public Speaking

A neon-fueled road trip along Route 66's most iconic spots

Route 66, and its 2,500 miles, is known affectionately as "The Mother Road." It's the quintessential cross-country road trip experience. From Chicago …

RVs

Bryan Cranston: From Walter White to the White House

The actor on his role as Lyndon Johnson in ‘All the Way’ and the benefits of delayed success<p>Three years ago, actor Bryan Cranston was half-hoping that he’d be assaulted. He was weeks away from playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way” in Boston, where it opened before a four-month run on …

The White House

Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism – Stuart Kauffman

We all sense something deeply deficient in our modern civilisation. Is it an absence of spirituality? Partly. A greedy materialism beyond what we …

Chemistry

15 questions with Alex Rappaport - CNNMoney

Alex Rappaport, 36, wants to get kids <i>really</i> excited about learning. He cofounded education startup Flocabulary more than 10 years ago, which uses hip hop to teach kids about things like dividing fractions or the history of ancient Egypt.<p>He also founded Big Idea Week, which pairs New York City …

Middle School

Why the German entry is a top contender for the Cannes Golden Palm

The German drama "Toni Erdmann" is a hot contender for the Golden Palm award at the 2016 Cannes film festival. Critics favor director Maren Ade's …

The New Performance Enhancer in High School Sports? Nutrition

Jordan Burg, 18, who plays varsity football and baseball and runs track, never used to think about what he was eating. But after he learned at school that nutrition was as important to his athletic performance as attending practice, he changed his diet.<p>Before, “I figured that I worked out so hard, …

How to get started investing...for $5

Investing isn't just for the top 1%.<p>A new app called Stash that launched today allows people to invest for as little as $5. It's the latest app trying to make investing simple -- and accessible -- to everyone.<p>"The idea for Stash came from the weight-loss industry -- make it easy to take a small …

Investing

Paris Review - Mary McCarthy, The Art of Fiction No. 27

Interviewed by Elisabeth Sifton<p>Issue 27, Winter-Spring 1962<p>Drawing by Hans Beck, 1962.<p>The interview took place in the living room of the apartment in Paris where Miss McCarthy was staying during the winter of 1961. It was a sunny, pleasant room, not too large, with long windows facing south toward …

Literature

The Peter Arno Cartoons That Helped Rescue The New Yorker

In the spring of 1925, the young cartoonist Peter Arno gathered together some of his drawings, stuffed them into a folder, and travelled uptown to drop them off at the offices of a new weekly magazine headquartered on West Forty-fifth Street. At the age of twenty-one, Arno had yet to make a dent in …

Draw Infinite Geometric Designs With the DuoGraph, a Compact New Drawing Machine by Joe Freedman | Colossal

<p>The DuoGraph is the latest drawing machine from inventor and designer Joe Freedman whose Cycloid Drawing Machine took the internet by storm a few …

The Sweet Solidarity of Barack Obama and Larry Wilmore

At some point soon after Donald J. Trump slid down that infamous escalator and into the anxious arms of the Republican electorate, farce became—and has, so far, remained—the prevailing genre of the 2016 Presidential campaign. The specifics of vying for the modern Presidency have always tended in a …

Why You Should Have More Empathy

Sensitivity to other people’s emotions helps relationships; you can learn to be better at it<p>I had a tough day recently. The computer crashed, the water bill was sky-high, and I got stuck in traffic, making me an hour late for dinner with my parents. Outside the restaurant, the parking meter spit …

Relationships