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Gardening 101: How to Sprout a Seed

Launch a stealth attack on winter by sprouting seeds indoors (to get a start on your edible garden). It’s simpler than you may think.<p>Photography by …


DIY Planting Table from Scout Regalia

All you need to make a outdoor planting table is seven pieces of rough sawn wood (cedar or redwood recommended), a drill, a saw, a handful of screws, …


first flight

first flight

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

99 Problems, Humorous Illustrations of Jay-Z’s Potential Problems

Artist Ali Graham has created 99 Problems, a Tumblr blog collecting his illustrations of what he imagines Jay-Z’s 99 Problems might be. Currently …

There's a super moon at the end of the road


Marie Severin 1979 via Elliot R Brown y el tio Berni

Incredible Photos of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico

The jaw-dropping photo series “Tultepec” by Thomas Prior documents the fireworks-fueled chaos of the 2013 National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, …

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Racing The Bonneville Flats

Kelimutu Sunrise

Best of May 2013

National Parks

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

These five winning projects of the 2018 A+Awards celebrate local materials, knowledge and craftsmans hip.<p>Enter now and get your project seen by millions.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>These exceptional contemporary projects that take their cues from Kaufmann’s …

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Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical

Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical.<p>You’ll spot sharks, coral, and fish of the likes we’ve never seen before.

H. P. Lovecraft and the Northern Gothic Tongue

By Roger Luckhurst<p>There is a very specific language of Gothic and horror literature that has its roots buried deep in the history of English: <i>doom</i> has …

Etymology of “Wanderlust”

“Wanderlust arises as an emotional epidemic,” writes Daniel Garrison Brinton in his 1902 book <i>The Basis of Social Relation.</i> According to the Oxford …

Listen: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Covers Lee Hazlewood's "The Railroad"

In 1963, country/pop singer/songwriter/producer Lee Hazlewood released <i>Trouble Is a Lonesome Town</i>-- a collection of acoustic songs centered on a fictional outlaw town that Hazlewood hoped would be recorded by other artists.<p>On July 9, a tribute titled <i>Thriftstore Masterpiece: Trouble Is a Lonesome …

Smith Westerns - "Varsity" (Official Music Video)

David Foster Wallace's Legendary Graduation Speech Is Now An Awesome Short Film

Novelist David Foster Wallace gave a speech called "This Is Water" to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College.<p>The speech, which has become legendary, discusses how meaningless daily routines take over our lives and that we have to choose how we think, and what we pay attention to.<p>"This Is …

Attention, Attention

It is 1976. In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco<b>,</b> a group walks into a park. Some are carrying a coffin, and others dance around the …

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<i>Charles Ramsey</i><p>Meet Charles Ramsey. He helped Amanda Berry escape from the Cleveland home where she'd been held captive for more than 10 years. Ramsey …

Louis C.K.: The ESQ+A

A conversation with the stand-up and actor (and writer/director/producer) about Louie and failure and money and burgers and Bill Clinton<p><i>Originally published in the June/July 2011 issue</i><p><i>In Louis's Infiniti G35, on the way to get a bite to eat at the Comedy Cellar in New York.</i><p><b>LOUIS C.K.:</b> I love this …

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An Interview with Shaun Hill, Brewmaster at Hill Farmstead, the “Best Brewery in the World”

In January of this year, Hill Farmstead was dubbed Best Brewery in the World by—the world’s most comprehensive beer-review-and-rating Web site—just two years after being awarded the title New Brewer of the Year. In February, I sat down with its head brewer/founder/etc., Shaun E. Hill, …

A Closer Look At The Impoverished Biker Gangs Of Tanzania

British and London-based photographer Kit Oates recently (and bravely) traveled to Tanzania to discover the stories behind the biker gangs who roamed …

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E.B White and the Personal Essay

Brainpickings recent article “E.B. White on Egoism and the Art of the Essay” highlights and explores several timeless passages from <i>Essays of E.B.</i> …