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At 50, Shah Rukh Khan is out to prove that he has the smartest business mind in Bollywood

For almost half his life, Shah Rukh Khan has reigned as one of Bollywood’s most successful actors. But Khan—who turns 50 today—has also emerged as one of the smartest business minds in India’s burgeoning Hindi film industry.<p>On Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid actors in 2015, Khan ranked 18 …

Bollywood

Hollywood and Indian regional films are stealing Bollywood’s thunder

Bollywood is not having the best of days.<p>Until the release of Salman Khan’s <i>Bajrangi Bhaijaan</i> two weeks ago, India’s predominant film industry had failed to make an impression at the box office this year. The only two exceptions were <i>Tanu Weds Manu Returns,</i> a May-release and the first film to …

Bollywood

I can’t sleep well either—and I have the numbers to prove it

In the future, we’ll outsource the burden of sleeping to our devices; we’ll lie on induction-charging mats for mere minutes and sit up, rejuvenated, perfectly calibrated to go out into the world and produce and consume. Until then, though, we’ll have to make do with letting those devices watch us …

Sleep

Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

The boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O’Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin. Inside Cathay Pacific …

University of Florida

Outrageous Humor Is an American Tradition

In the 1970s, Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon helped define groundbreaking, subversive comedy that wasn’t afraid to infuriate its audience.<p>Whether you found it brilliant or offensive, Louis C.K.’s <i>Saturday Night Live</i> monologue from May’s season finale made it abundantly clear that things …

Key & Peele and Hannibal Buress Highlight Comedy Central's Evolution

Wednesday night’s lineup features a fifth season from the engaging double act and a new show from the emerging star, representing the network’s renewed ambition and patience.<p>The biggest challenge every sketch show faces is success, and the longevity that comes with it. If you’re <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, …

SILFI - Lights Of Florence

11 Reasons Millennials Are The Best Generation Yet

It is hard to go more than a month or two without reading an article exposing Millenials as lazy, selfish, immoral, too sexually active, or generally ruining the otherwise-perfect fabric of American society with some combination of terrible characteristics. It is time to hear a bit more on the …

The Complexity of Being Richard Nixon

Often remembered as a brooding, vengeful, and almost cartoonish figure, his life was far more complicated than its caricature.<p>Richard Nixon liked to be alone. He rarely used the Oval Office, preferring his hideaway office in the Old Executive Office Building. A poor sleeper, he would wander from …

How Comedians Became Public Intellectuals

People look to Amy Schumer and her fellow jokers not just to make fun of the world, but to make sense of it. And maybe even to help fix it.<p>This week, in a much-anticipated sketch on her Comedy Central show, Amy Schumer staged a trial of Bill Cosby in “the court of public opinion.” Schumer—her …

Here's A Netflix Workout You Can Do On Your Couch

Watch Crazy Eyes while you get crazy toned.<p>BuzzFeed Life reached out to personal trainer and exercise physiologist Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., founder of SoHo Strength Lab and Naked Nutrition, and asked him to create a workout that can be done while watching any streaming show.<p><b>Warm-up</b><p>1. Walkouts (10 …

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak Are Writing a Book About Their Relationship

Throughout history, only a few romances have really captured our imagination. Antony and Cleopatra. Victoria and Albert. Liz and Dick. B.J. Novak and …

Writing

This was the biggest political science study of last year. It was a complete fraud.

Last year, UCLA grad student Michael LaCour and Columbia political scientist Donald Green published a startling finding, based on a experiment they ran: Going door to door to try to persuade voters to support same-sex marriage works, they found, and it works especially well when the canvasser …

Same-sex Marriage

The case for drinking whole milk

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Once upon a time, Americans drank a lot of whole milk. But when the anti-fat movement of the 1980s took hold, no-fat or lower-fat milks saw their popularity rise along with the cream that would soon be skimmed off the top. For most people, creamy, nutritious, delicious …

Nutrition

Cass Sunstein on Taylor Swift, Pandora-ization, and why choosing not to choose is sometimes the best choice

The American legal scholar Cass Sunstein has become one of the most influential non-economists toiling in the world of economics. Over the course of his career, his interests arced from constitutional law to a pioneering synthesis of behavioral economics and public policy developed in concert with …

Brown v. Board of Education

Why So Many Podcasts Are Brought to You by Squarespace

Or Mailchimp, or Audible, or LegalZoom<p>It’s by now a trope of modern listening: The soothing tones of Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig subside and make way for a sponsor mentioning promotional codes for online stamps, boxes of all-natural snacks, or tools for building a website. In the upper echelon of …

The Unexpected Pleasure of Doing Things Alone

People avoid going out by themselves because they think they'll appear antisocial, but it turns out they'll end up having a lot more fun than they expected.<p>Two years ago, a Dutch creative agency opened a concept restaurant in Amsterdam that would be, in the words of its founder, “the perfect place …

College admissions dean: We’re making some high school students lead lives of quiet desperation

Is today’s competitive environment making high school students pursue a polished resume and not their passion?<p>As a university vice president and an admissions dean, we’ve just finished contacting students whom we did admit, did not admit, and would have liked to admit, but simply …

College & University

Enter The Democratic Primary’s Liberal Alternative: Bernie Sanders!

Let’s be real right out of the gate: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. …

Middle-class

How successful people work less—and get more done

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.<p>What’s the …

Time Management

Forgetting and Remembering Your First Language

I recently spoke Russian for multiple days for the first time in more than a decade. It did not go smoothly.<p>Leaving Saint Petersburg for Moscow recently, I needed to determine whether our train tickets were for an assigned seat in a specific car, or if it was open seating. Unfortunately, I didn’t …

April 2, 2015

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

The Art of War in 7 Charts

A new version of the millennia-old classic—with Venn diagrams<p><i>The Art of War</i> may be one of the most adaptable books of the past two millennia. There's an <i>Art of War</i> for small businesses. There's an <i>Art of War</i> for dating. There's even an <i>Art of War</i> for librarians.<p>According to Jessica Hagy, author of the …

Fourteen secrets of really persuasive people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Whether you’re convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is a skill that’s instrumental to your success in life.<p>Persuasive people have an uncanny ability …

Emotional Intelligence

Steve Jobs would have loved the new MacBook

The new MacBook is an incredible feat of engineering. To build it, Apple essentially started with its sleekest laptop model to date, the MacBook Air (1.7 cm at its thickest part), and dreamed up ways to make it thinner. It removed the fan from the logic board, designed thinner yet larger keys, …

MacBook Air