Akhil Srivatsan

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Synanon's Sober Utopia: How a Drug Rehab Program Became a Violent Cult

In 1970, George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movie <i>THX 1138</i>. He had trouble filling the roles at first, …

James Blake Debuts Jamie xx's "Girl" on Radio Show

<i>Photo by Tom Spray</i><p>During the March installment of James Blake's monthly BBC Radio 1 residency, he played a track called "Bloke" by someone named "Simon Tallywhacker". Last night, during the April installment, he revealed the truth: "Simon Tallywhacker" is actually Jamie xx, and "Bloke" is actually …

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Investigative journalist and author Matt Taibbi has long reported on American politics and business. With an old-school muckraker's nose for corruption, he examined the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in <i>Griftopia</i>. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered …

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand

A devastating earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 damaging the city’s iconic Christchurch Cathedral. Architect and 2014 Pritzker …

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Noah review – 'a preposterous but endearingly unhinged epic'

"The snakes are coming too?" Thus speaks Noah's wife, Naameh, as a carpet of slithering CGI serpents joins the menagerie of digital beasts in this utterly preposterous, often exasperating, but endearingly unhinged epic from the director of <i>Black Swan</i>. Adapted from a bizarrely enduring myth that …

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. But in <i>The Pope and Mussolini,</i> David Kertzer says the historical record and a trove of recently released archives tell a very different …

A History of the Quaalude, Jordan Belfort's Drug of Choice

By Angela Serratore January 28, 2014<p>On Drugs<p>The Quaaludes featuring the DT’s album cover, 2011.<p>When Jordan Belfort—played by Leonardo DiCaprio in a truly masterful moment of full-body acting—wrenches himself from the steps of a country club into a white Lamborghini that he drives to his mansion, …

Japanese man born to wealthy parents is accidentally switched at birth and endures life of poverty

Japanese man switched at birth and grew up in poverty, only to discover the infant he had traded places with had grown up in luxury<p>A Japanese man born to wealthy parents grew up in poverty after being given to another couple in a hospital six decades ago, while the infant who took his place went to …

The Most Expensive Book in the World Just Sold for $14.2 Million

A Sotheby's employee handles a copy of the Bay Psalm BookPHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)<p>The first …

Portraits of Children Around the World and Where They Sleep

<b>Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil</b><p>Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of …

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Why the Iran Deal Scares Saudi Arabia

After the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany concluded a preliminary agreement with Iran on Sunday, it did not take long for regional critics of the deal to react. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted the agreement as “a historic mistake.” Saudi …

Ashes 2013-14: I spent 10 years hiding depression on tour, says former England bowler Steve Harmison

Steve Harmison came close to taking the same decision as Jonathan Trott and wishes he had said more at the time but was scared of the reaction<p>I know what Jonathan Trott is going through because I have been through it as well.<p>Nobody knows more than me what it is like to be depressed while you are on …

Britons having sex less often

The frequency with which Britons have sex has declined over the past decade, in what is suggested to be a "recession impact", a result of depression or even a consquence of people playing with their iPads in bed instead.<p>The third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) found …

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