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Marie Kondo’s illustrated guide to a home that sparks joy

An entranceway that sparks joy<p>As a self-proclaimed tidying freak, I can tell the state of a person’s closets the instant I set foot in the doorway. One client’s front entranceway was jammed with shoes and a bundle of newspapers ready for recycle. Keys, gloves, and delivery forms were strewn …

Minimalism

John Birdsall - America, Your Food Is So Gay

<b>I was ten in 1970, a shy kid growing up in a scrub-oak suburb south</b> of San Francisco. Our house was pitched on stilts sunk in a steep hillside, …

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – a house of ordinary horror

If I could give you one gift this Christmas, it would be a box of silver dollars, buried by the creek. Or perhaps a book nailed to a tree. Maybe a sugar bowl, brimming with arsenic. Perhaps I’d give you a game to play, under your breath, as you negotiated the chessboard of the high street under the …

Books

The world is going flat-fee... but how about airlines? | CNN Travel

(CNN) — You might be reading this article on a smartphone that runs on a monthly data plan, after using your public transport pass to get you on the train that's now taking you to the airport.<p>The traveler next to you is watching a movie from a video-on-demand provider that charges an …

‘Macbeth’ gave me a new way of thinking about an old text

Note: The following column discusses plot points of “Macbeth,” which is a play written over 400 years ago, so they’re not spoilers.<p>I spent four years as a high school English teacher; like nearly 50 percent of teachers, I left before the fifth. I had to — if I hadn’t, I would have killed a parent …

The First Language You Learn Changes How You Hear All Other Languages After

An MRI experiment shows that the language you hear as a baby makes a permanent imprint on your brain.<p>The first language you learn as a baby “locks in” certain patterns in your brain and affects how you will learn other languages in future. Even if you forget that first language, it will continue to …

The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015

2015 has been a truly great year for fantasy, with a number of stunning debuts, startlingly original standalones, and excellent new installments in beloved series.<p>Hawkins' fantastic debut novel <i>The Library at Mount Char</i> is the story of a deeply strange, highly unsettling family—the likes of which …

Teach Yourself Italian

For a writer, a foreign language is a new kind of adventure.<p>Exile<p>My relationship with Italian takes place in exile, in a state of separation.<p>Every language belongs to a specific place. It can migrate, it can spread. But usually it’s tied to a geographical territory, a country. Italian belongs …

This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …

National Parks

Sex Work Is a Job, Not an Invitation for Rape

Porn stars are not victims or villians. They're human beings with rights.<p>Last week, the professional mixed martial artist known as War Machine defended himself against allegations of sexual assault made by his porn-star ex Christy Mack by saying, essentially, that porn stars can't be raped.<p>Then, …

Feminism

The San Bernardino shooting is the second mass shooting today and the 355th this year

Authorities in San Bernardino, Calif., saying 14 people were killed and 14 others were injured in a mass shooting on Wednesday at a center for people with developmental disabilities. This is at least the third mass shooting since the rampage in Colorado Springs last Friday.<p>Here's a look at the …

A Turkish court appointed five ‘Lord of the Rings’ experts to figure out whether this Gollum meme is offensive

Turkish doctor Bilgin Çiftçi lost his job. He’s been put on trial. And whether he goes to prison hinges on one thing:<p>Is Gollum a good guy?<p>According to the Turkish news agency DHA, Çiftçi was expelled from the Public Health Institution of Turkey in October after sharing a meme comparing Turkish …

This might be the most controversial theory for what’s behind the rise of ISIS

A year after his 700-page opus "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" stormed to the top of America's best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic …