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MAC is launching a Marge Simpson-inspired makeup line

You have two reaction options here—disapproving grunt or “Woohoo!”<p>So, yeah: This summer, fictional housewife Marge Simpson joins a long line of …

Book Review: In California, the apocalypse can be hell on a marriage

After appearing on several of the year’s “most anticipated books” lists, being thrust into the middle of the Amazon-Hachette dispute, receiving a …

12 Insightful Books That Capture What It's Like To Be An Introvert

For the solitary dreamers who tend to live inside their own heads, books have always been cherished companions. In reading, introverts can indulge their need for a respite from socializing; even better, they can live vicariously through the characters on the pages, sharpening their powers of …

Big Little Lies

We gave it an <b>A</b><p>Like the kingdom lost for want of a nail, the troubles of <b>Big Little Lies</b> begin with one precarious shoe: a Dolce & Gabbana stiletto …

Book Review: Lev Grossman’s trilogy topper The Magician’s Land ends the series on a satisfying note

Lev Grossman’s 2009 bestseller <i>The Magicians</i> had one irresistible hook buried inside another. The book was tagged as “<i>Harry Potter</i> for grown-ups”—a …

REVIEW: Outlander Is Many Kinds of Show, All in One Kilt

The first hour of <i>Outlander</i> (Starz, Saturdays, 9 p.m. ET) may have viewers who haven’t read the source material wondering exactly what kind of story …

Doc Jensen on 'The Strain' -- and when real life interrupts TV

Horror has come in a variety of flavors this summer: Gory. Existential. Sharknado. FX’s <i>The Strain</i> is geek Neapolitan—a combo of all three. It’s a …

The Future of Iced Coffee

At its cafes, Blue Bottle might make one of the best iced-coffee drinks in America. But are artisan businesses doomed to fail when they try going mainstream?<p>I have seen the future of iced coffee.<p>There I was, wandering the grocery-store aisles—when suddenly, next to the kombucha, opposite the …

China earthquake death toll rises

The death toll from the earthquake that hit China's south-western province of Yunnan rose to nearly 600 people on Wednesday.<p>Rescue efforts in the remote region, where the 6.1-magnitude quake struck on Sunday, were badly hampered by traffic and landslides blocking roads.<p>Residents said school …