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Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine: 'It's like a state of transcendence' - video interview

Harmony Korine, the writer of Kids and director of Gummo and Trash Humpers, talks to Henry Barnes about American hedonism, escaping reality and why …

Marijuana Has Won The War On Drugs

Two states have passed marijuana legalization laws that fly in the face of national drug policy.<p>Polling on the issue shows a rejection of prohibition. The opinions of law enforcement commanders has begun to shift.<p>For some who want to cut the budget, the drug war is looking like a good place to …

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Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy

Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.<p>Many critics ridiculed the film <i>Deep Throat</i> when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Roger just wrote, "If you have to work this …

The Economic Paradox of Major League Baseball—Explained in 1 Word

Bulk.<p>Reuters<p>Baseball would appear to be in crisis. Viewership is falling fast, down 30 percent across ESPN, TBS, and Fox since 2007. But those same networks are signing new contracts to pay more than ever for the rights to broadcast baseball games. Why?<p>As David Bank explained in an RBC note from …

Should you wait an hour after eating until swimming?

We are told taking a dip on a full stomach is dangerous because we might get cramp or a stitch, or even drown. But is there any truth to this?<p>I can still remember how slowly time seemed to pass as a child when I was on the beach, and had to wait an hour after I’d finished my sandwiches before I was …

Will we ever… communicate telepathically?

There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go?<p>In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat’s tail<b>.</b> To send his command, he merely glances at a strobe light …

Mad Men Is Finally Back. Here's What to Expect (Or at Least Hope For)

It's been nearly a year since Don Draper and the gang graced us with their presence on <i>Mad Men</i>, but on Sunday night, the AMC '60s period drama returns …

Running Out of TIME: The Slow, Sad Demise of a Great American Magazine

The weekly was among the first to invest heavily in the Internet. So how come Time.com never figured it out?<p>I can still remember how jealous I felt. It was the mid-1990s, and I was a reporter at <i>Inc.</i> magazine in Boston. At <i>Inc.</i>, we had just convinced our owner to cough up a few dollars for me and one …

The Only Age Group With Higher Unemployment Than a Year Ago Is ... 20somethings

There's a small silver lining in here. We promise.<p>Each generation of Americans has suffered in its own way during these post-recession years, but only one age group has managed to go the past year without reducing its unemployment rate. It's 20-to-24-year olds. Life imitates <i>Girls</i>.<p>Young …

Here's Where Most of the Money Goes When Private Colleges Hike Tuition

Turns out, most it tends to get spent on financial aid. But the hikes still might be scaring off poor students.<p>(Reuters)<p>Why is private college tuition so astronomically expensive these days?<p>Ask an administrator, and they'll likely tell you that it's because they're taking money from the rich and …

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Stories

This morning, the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala passed away, at the age of eighty-five. Beginning in 1957, Jhabvala published thirty-one stories in <i>The New Yorker</i>; her most recent story, “The Judge’s Will,” was published only a few weeks ago, in the March 25th issue. She was also a novelist (her …

Learning from Ebert

The outpouring of affection for Roger Ebert, who died yesterday at the age of seventy, has to do not only with the quality of his work—Richard Brody eulogized him last night, and Mark Harris spoke of his “openness, fairness, knowledge, avoidance of cheap shots, and joy in being awed”—but also with …

7 Reasons to Become a Gentleman Gardener | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Porter.</i><p>With warm weather upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about gardening. …

The newsonomics of a news company of the future

The Financial Times is ahead of the curve in harnessing data on its customers — both readers and advertisers — to optimize revenue.<p>What will news companies look like in 2018? How will they operate differently?<p>That future is coming into focus. While many publishers’ vision is still quite blurry, …

In Mexico, tweeting about the drug war to fill the void of traditional media

Researchers found that Twitter users covering the violence start to take on some of the characteristics of traditional media.<p>A study on social media use in Mexico found that Twitter users are taking up the role of informal correspondents on the sidelines of the country’s ongoing drug war. In cities …

Intercontinental collaboration: How 86 journalists in 46 countries can work on a single investigation

Over 2.5 million files analyzed by a global team of journalists reveal financial information about politicians, fundraisers, and celebrities from over 170 different countries.<p>On Thursday morning, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — a project of the Center for Public …

A Dutch crowdfunded news site has raised $1.3 million and hopes for a digital-native journalism

Says the editor of De Correspondent: “I don’t believe in ‘the news’ in the objective sense of the word. You can describe the world in infinite ways, and ‘the news’ happens to be one of them.”<p>Rob Wijnberg thought his chances were 50/50. Getting 15,000 people to pledge €60 for a one-year …

The Best Writing on Roger Ebert and His Legacy

“He announced that he would be taking a “leave of presence” on the day before his death — a peculiar formulation. But Roger Ebert wanted like hell to …

Hollywood leaves pain of 9/11 behind by burning down the White House in Olympus Has Fallen

It has been a long time coming but American moviegoers are now ready to watch the White House being blown up again.<p>Twelve years after the 11 …

Was Stephen King right to hate Stanley Kubrick's Shining?

At book readings, Stephen King sometimes tells a story about his "only preproduction discussion" for the 1980 film adaptation of <i>The Shining</i>. At seven …

Why money can't buy you happiness

Hope a lottery win will make you happy forever? Think again, evidence suggests a big payout won’t make that much of a difference. Tom Stafford explains why.<p>Think a lottery win would make you happy forever? Many of us do, including a US shopkeeper who just scooped $338 million in the Powerball …

Game of Thrones: A Two-Season Synopsis of the Most Complicated Show on TV

Author: Laura Hudson and Erik Henriksen. Laura Hudson and Erik Henriksen Culture<p>Date of Publication: 03.28.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 …

Google Introduces Same-Day Shipping to Compete With eBay and Amazon

The people who brought you Android and Gmail now want to bring potato chips and diapers right to your home with a new same-day delivery …

News 2050: ‘Digital eye unveiled’

What will be the headlines of the future?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>In the fourth instalment, augmented reality contact lenses powered by the human body are unveiled, while cyborgs get legal …

Video: How Does Telecommuting Work?

In February, the Yahoo C.E.O. Marrisa Mayer banned employees from working at home. The decision, which bucked the growing trend of telecommuting in the corporate world, drew a great deal of criticism. James Surowiecki recently weighed in for the magazine, explaining how Mayer’s policy might work …

Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Story Revealed; Fox Searchlight to Distribute

The Oscar nominee's latest film, which was shot in Germany, stars Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jude …

The Doll That Helped the Soviets Beat the U.S. to Space

Meet Ivan Ivanovich, the mannequin who beta tested space.<p>Not long ago, though, when space travel was still one of humanity's most epic and frantic goals, the concept itself -- sending <i>a man</i> into <i>space</i>! -- alarmed people. Particularly those people who were responsible for making the travel happen in …

The Perils of Being a Male Teacher at an All-Girls School

"We could get away with more with the male teachers. It was almost like our female teachers knew our game better and weren't willing to play it."<p>CW<p>Let's all pause for a silent moment of compassion for young male teachers in all-girls high schools. Theirs is a difficult job.<p><i>Riiiiiight</i>, some of you …