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100 Documentaries Every Guy Must See

Documentaries are created to open the viewers’ eyes to certain issues, most of the time controversial. Sometimes, they are filmed to preserve …

The Post

Watch: What you need to know about ‘intersectionality’

It all started with black women<p>In the years since legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989, it has spread from …

‘I Would Prefer Not To’: The Origins of the White Collar Worker

<i>Nikil Saval | Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace | Doubleday | April 2014 | 31 minutes (8,529 words)</i><p><i>Below is an excerpt from the book Cubed, by</i> …

Literature

Comparing Glass Houses - The Fascination with the Transparent in Modern Architecture

January 16, 2017<p>Runs, does yoga.<p>Solid, useful and beautiful – those are the attributes Vitruvius used when he got to be the first one to officially …

Quickly Learn the Differences Between Most Home Design Styles With This Chart

Whether you’re hunting for a new home to rent or buy, real estate listings love to use specific design terminology like “traditional ranch,” or …

Real Estate

Inside Peru's modern-day Machu Picchu – is this the best new building in the world?

The soaring buttresses and hanging walkways of UTEC in Lima have earned it the RIBA international prize. And Grafton Architects, the Irish team behind it, have equally big plans for Britain<p>Listening to Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara speaking about their work, you could be …

London School of Economics

Incredible Frank Lloyd Wright house with 15 acres and waterfall asks $8M

The Tiranna house was built in 1955 and is located on 15 acres in New Canaan, CT<p>2016 saw a host of noteworthy Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes go up for sale—and the trend seems to be continuing into the new year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Tiranna, a 1955-built residence named after the …

Philly's top 10 midcentury modern homes - Curbed Philly

When people make their midcentury modern pilgrimages, it's often to the west coast or the idyllic estates in New England like those in Connecticut. But Philadelphia? Not so much.<p>Yet this region also experienced a burst of midcentury modern architecture during the late 1940s and 1950s, a time of …

Architecture

The simple steel box that transformed global trade

<b>Perhaps the defining feature of the global economy is precisely that it is global.</b><p>Toys from China, copper from Chile, T-shirts from Bangladesh, wine from New Zealand, coffee from Ethiopia, and tomatoes from Spain.<p>Like it or not, globalisation is a fundamental feature of the modern economy.<p>In the …

Trucking

Home Is Where the Fraud Is

<i>David Dayen</i> | Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud | The New Press <i></i>| <i>May 2016</i> | <i>26 minutes</i> …

A couple of strange and terrible things are happening to the Chinese economy all at once

This is all bad news for Chinese policymakers. For months they have been trying to ease the yuan's natural decline in value as market forces have guided it down. Capital outflows make this already "impossible mission" — as Societe Generale economist Wei Yao calls it — even more precarious.<p>The …

Stock Markets

Discuss: Who Would Win in a Fight—Frank Lloyd Wright vs. Le Corbusier?

We know it’s hard to choose, but who would you bet on if it came down to a match between these two iconic architects?<p>Whether it’s about their architecture, furniture design, philosophies, or their acclaimed personalities, who would win in a battle? Let us know what you think in the comments—and …

Frank Lloyd Wright

India Takes a Big Step Back from Cash

In the magazine’s Money Issue last month, I wrote about a strange new economic notion: a number of economists, led by Kenneth S. Rogoff, at Harvard, are advocating phasing out big bills in the U.S. and letting the remaining cash fall toward disuse. Their goal is partly to smother an increasingly …

India

How a Great American Theatrical Family Produced the 19th Century’s Most Notorious Assassin

<i>Below is an excerpt from the book</i> My Thoughts Be Bloody<i>, by Nora Titone, as recommended by Longreads contributor Dana Snitzky, who writes:</i><p><i>“This is</i> …

Profit

Aluminum House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A consolidated landscape surrounded by gardens with big trees within the metropolis of Madrid is the …

Too many clothes, nothing to wear? How to edit your wardrobe

Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. Sometimes you can’t see what to wear for all your clothes. This was the situation I had found myself in over the past few months. My wardrobe was a disaster. My clothes were so squashed that I had to iron them after they emerged from its depths. I was …

How to Listen to Music

There’s a distinct possibility that I would never have been able to finish reading “Moby-Dick,” in my early twenties, had it not been for the Guns N’ Roses song “November Rain.” Released in 1991, when I was a teenager open to anything offered by MTV, “November Rain” was one of the many unusually …

New Albums

Bill Gross: Americans are being "cooked alive" by the Fed's zero interest rates

Bill Gross of Janus Capital Group is not happy with Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve.<p>In his latest Investment Outlook, the famed bond trader is …

Interest Rates

What Everybody Needs

In 1994, <b>Sherwin Nuland</b> (1930–2014) — a remarkable surgeon and Yale clinical professor who in his nearly four decades of practice cared, truly <i>cared</i>, for more than 10,000 patients — received the National Book Award for his humanistic masterwork <b>How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter</b> (<i>public</i> …

Pulitzer Prize

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Van Gogh on Principles, Talking vs. Doing, and the Human Pursuit of Greatness

Albert Camus memorably admonished that those who prefer their principles over their happiness remain unhappy, suggesting that such rigid personal dogmas at the expense of actionable happiness are a form of especially dehumanizing self-punishment. Nearly a century earlier, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> (March 30, …

Dezeen's top 10 staircases of 2014

Architects love staircases, and this year we've seen all kinds – from smooth concrete curves and twisting corkscrews, to structures built from …

This CrossFit Video Will Make You Glad You Don't Do CrossFit

CrossFit®, the name-brand fitness craze that you shouldn't participate in for several reasons, is still growing in popularity, with more WODs killed …

What Goes On Inside a Dishwashing Machine? Also, Anyone Fancy a Glass-Fronted One?

A dishwashing machine is a luxury this blogger can't afford, but I've used these miracle machines at friends' houses. They are amazing and I've …

Personal Hygiene

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists

<i>“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),”</i> 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. <i>“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”</i> wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent <i>Art as Therapy</i>. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013

Got gift certificates to spend? James McBride, Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Diaz and many more have suggestions<p>Salon reached out to a bunch of writers who had new books out this year to find out what their favorite book of the year was. We saw a lot of books by big-name writers: Donna Tartt, Jonathan …

UPS says holiday backlog cleared, but customers remain angry

Angry customers are demanding refunds after shipper UPS failed to get their gifts to them as promised<p>Leaders of UPS say they've cleared a backlog of holiday packages - but angry customers are demanding refunds because some gifts did not arrive by Christmas.<p>"We are getting back to normal," said UPS …

Highways reopen in eastern Pa. after pileups

READING, Pa. (AP) — Highways in eastern Pennsylvania have been reopened after being shut down for hours because of chain-reaction pileups that ensnared dozens of vehicles on snow-covered roads.<p>No deaths have been reported.<p>Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say 35 vehicles piled up Thursday, blocking …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk