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'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses

There is a moment in <i>The Other Woman</i> in which Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, playing a wife and her husband's former mistress — now friends — fall into a hedge together. When they're spotted, there's a little bit of physical business that's legitimately funny. If you can ignore the fact that the …

The Real Rebels of Timbuktu

People dress like kings and queens in the capital of Mali, even in the dirt streets on the far side of the river. The women walk down mud lanes wearing immaculate gowns with puffed shoulders, gold detailing, and beadwork. The dudes are natty, too, in safari suits, crisp office boy outfits, or the</i> …

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?<p>These days, he is an <i>autoclaustrato</i>, a self-cloistered contemplative in an order with a membership of one.<p>His name is still Benedict, 15 months after he renounced the …

The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

<b>I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly.</b> At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve …

My Journey With a Life Altering Drug: Ayahuasca

Seekers from L.A. to New York are after a kind of rapture said to come only from a drug: ayahuasca, which devotees claim offers life-changing self-awareness, clarity, and insight. But first, you must get violently ill. Arianne Cohen takes the trip of her life.<p>My friend was glowing. Not postsex …

This Week in Review: Net neutrality under threat, and Aereo and the future of free TV

Plus: The Upshot and the explanatory journalism wave, Slate’s new membership model, and the rest of the week’s journalism and tech news.<p><b>This week’s essential reads</b>: The few key reads this week are Ryan Singel on the FCC’s Internet regulation proposal, The New York Times’ David Carr on the …

Week in Tech: 5 must-know things

LOS ANGELES — New ways of watching TV dominated the week's tech headlines, starting with Netflix, the company that streams movies and original shows to your TV set. Thirty-five million subscriber strong Netflix feels comfortable enough about the popularity of its streaming service that it will …