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Why Brazil’s Greatest Writer Stopped Writing

In 1984, at the height of his literary fame, Raduan Nassar announced his retirement, to become a farmer.<p>In 1973, the Brazilian writer Raduan Nassar quit his job. After six years as editor-in-chief at the <i>Jornal do Bairro</i>, an influential left-wing newspaper that opposed Brazil’s military regime, he …

Literature

Concrete-and-glass house in Argentina is spare and beautiful

Casa GS is meant to be ‘timeless’<p>Argentina is no stranger to beautiful, Brutalist concrete architecture. Showcasing the country’s rugged landscape, these homes often marry the indoors and outdoors through massive windows and a flat, low profile.<p>Casa GS in rural central Argentina follows this trend. …

The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

Books

Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!

"You shall know the truth," Aldous Huxley once said, "and the truth shall make you mad."<p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a quote more emblematic of the late English author, who was born 122 years ago today. Best known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," Huxley predicted some of the most …

Literature

10 Artists Who Create Striking Geometric Tattoos Spanning the Body

Geometric shapes are the building blocks of our world, and their brilliant simplicity makes them a popular choice for tattoos. Their historical …

Body Art

Puerto Rico makes historic default

Puerto Rico just did something that hasn't happened since 1933.<p>The deeply indebted island defaulted Friday on debt that is supposed to be guaranteed by the Puerto Rican constitution. In other words, Puerto Rico was supposed to pay creditors who hold general obligation bonds before paying anyone …

Meet the 18-Year-Old Girl Who Has a Painting in the Met

Cliffannie Forrester is a name you'll want to remember.<p>Cliffannie Forrester has had kind of a big week. On June 14, her painting <i>"</i>Uganda" debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition <i>P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids.</i> It was just one of 89 works in the …

Art

6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal

/ Aug 15, 2013<p>There’s no class in high school on how to not be a shitty boyfriend or girlfriend. Sure, they teach us the biology of sex, the legality …

12 Brilliantly Literary Hotels for Book Lovers

Add this grand, dramatic hotel set in a palace built in 1894 to your bucket list, not just for the regal digs, but for the massive library, which …

9 Pieces of Home Decor You Should Always Splurge On

How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

Imagine your bright young son or daughter comes to you, high school mortarboard in hand, and says, "Mom, Dad, I'm not going to college next year." What's your reaction?<p>If you're the commander in chief or first lady, the answer is, reportedly, supportive. Their older daughter, Malia Obama, made …

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

Forget steel and glass, open a different door

by Stephen Crafti<p>Black steel and glass doors have become a standard feature in many renovations.<p>Clear panes, heavily outlined in steel, first started …

Architecture

Repurposed Container Homes : recycled shipping container

The RDP House is an environmentally friendly project put together by architect Daniel Moreno Flores that utilizes recycled shipping containers to …

The love story Fever At Dawn would be unbelievable if it weren’t true

When Hungarian filmmaker Péter Gárdos’ father died in 1998, his mother gave him a collection of letters written when the two Jewish Holocaust …

Love Stories

Harper Lee: A Life in Pictures

Raw Photo Series Asks People To Take Off Their Clothes And Discuss Self-Love

Photographer Anastasia Kuba has learned that although body positivity is important, beauty is much more complex.<p><b>Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments.</b><p>Photographer Anastasia Kuba grew up feeling beautiful. She had light eyes, blond hair and big breasts, …

Mind

A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Abdulnasser Gharem doesn't have the background you might expect for a successful artist – let alone one famous for edgy work from Saudi Arabia. He was once a lieutenant colonel in the Saudi army. He went to high school with two of the 9/11 hijackers.<p>But his first major art work sold for a whopping …

Art

These Photos Of Perfectly Symmetrical Buildings Would Make Wes Anderson Squeal

Symmetry has long been an important part of architecture–see the classical architects who revered it, and the Modernists who rejected it. Research suggests that part of this longstanding fascination with order and balance is neurological: the human brain is just hard-wired to think that symmetrical …

Flooding 'worst in 50 years', as 150,000 flee in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1216000/1216415_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532488829_4fe2c9ea06a62f9cb2eb453e36d546f5<p><b>Vast areas in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil are being hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, forcing the evacuation of more than 150,000</b> …

Weather

26 Bad Workplace Habits To Kick In 2016

New year, new you, right? There's something so enticing about starting fresh on January 1, and resolutions don't have to be limited to exercise, …

The 15 Best Books of 2015

Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.<p>In the spirit of treating my annual best-of reading lists as a sort of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse, reflecting not aspirational priorities for the new year but what proved most worth …

Literature

20 Unusual Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

We've all got one, or a few, wanderers in our holiday shopping list. And sometimes, finding the perfect gift can be a little hard, especially since they have already been all over the world and have something to represent every place they've set foot in. Since we don't want you to go into full …

Travel

India and Pakistan agree to resume high-level peace talks

<b>India and Pakistan have agreed to resume high-level peace talks which stalled in 2012.</b><p>The agreement was announced at a regional conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.<p>Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said the foreign secretaries of both countries would meet to set an agenda for meetings …

Cubans Rushing To Enter U.S. Hit Roadblock In Central America

In one of the largest waves of Cuban migration in decades, more than 70,000 have fled the island this year, rushing to the U.S. out of fear that its preferential policy toward those escaping the Castro regime might change.<p>This time though, the majority aren't braving the Florida straits in rickety …

This award winning garden design uses concrete pipes to create seating, a water feature, and a fire pit

Alison Douglas has designed “Pipe Dream,” the winning entry in the Boutique Garden category, at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower And Garden …

Mexico: 'Breakthrough' in mystery over Aztec rulers' remains

Where did the ancient Aztecs lay their rulers’ remains to rest?<p>The answer may be at Mexico City’s Great Temple or Templo Mayor ruins complex, where a team of archaeologists have made a tantalizing discovery – a passageway leading to a ceremonial platform and what are thought to be sealed, royal …

The Force Is With Fashion: How 11 Designers Are Reimagining Star Wars Style

<i>Star Wars</i> might take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you needn’t travel to one to get your hands on some very stylish takes on the costumes from the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> film. A series of ready-to-wear looks billed under the #Force4Fashion label and created by Billy Reid, …

Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building 1km tall - CNN Style

Written by Daisy CarringtonTiffany Ap, for CNN<p>Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia.<p>1/13 – Step inside the Jeddah Tower<p>The world's next tallest building, the Jeddah Tower, is scheduled to be completed by …

'Crazy Che' ('El Crazy Che'): Film Review

An Argentinian doc about an American double agent in the '80s and '90s.<p>Anyone who’s ever suspected that the spying game is just that — an elaborate …