Boris Aleksandrovky

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The Frenchwoman who fell in love with Lucknow and launched many jihads in her lifetime

After taking the side of East Pakistan in 1971, Mariam Abou Zahab became an active sympathiser of the Palestinian liberation struggle.<p>In 2008, French …

Middle East

77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M'

Mass transit agencies around the world face the same conundrum: How to make what amounts to four straight lines distinctive.<p>The universal symbol for a city’s Metro system is a big “M.” If you see one, wherever you are, you know what to do. It’s like the world got together and agreed on a Bat Signal …

Ever Seen These Pics of MDMA and LSD? Dude, They’re Intense

Author: Joseph Flaherty. Joseph Flaherty Design<p>Date of Publication: 01.06.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Pictured: Ecstasy mixed with …

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Ape on Earth

Weird & Wild<p>A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on …

Orangutans

The Radical Paintings of Laura Owens

Since childhood, she has grounded her life in being an artist. Along the way, she’s forged new directions for her medium.<p>Serious but friendly, a woman who rarely jokes but readily laughs, the Los Angeles artist Laura Owens, forty-seven years old, was pleasantly dishevelled in mom attire: shirt, …

Los Angeles

How the four Warner brothers built a movie empire that conquered the world

I can imagine only one thing more pleasurable than reading this book: writing it.<p>The fun started, I suspect, when David Thomson thought to take liberties with Yale's Jewish Lives series, in which "Warner Bros" is the latest entry. Thomson concentrates less on the brothers than on the cinematic …

Albert Einstein

Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait

Most of us were bored at some museum at least once in our lives - except this guy! France-based photographer Stefan Draschan always keeps himself …

Art

What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

The most interesting thing about Herzog and De Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above …

Seven Days of Heroin

The Enquirer sent 60 journalists to cover an ordinary week in this extraordinary time. This is what an epidemic looks like.

Journalism

My Hunt After the Captain

Holmes describes his frantic search through Civil War-torn landscapes for his wounded son, the future Supreme Court Justice<p>In the dead of the night which closed upon the bloody field of Antietam, my household was startled from its slumbers by the loud summons of a telegraphic messenger. The air had …

Literature

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study

Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers<p>At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side …

Mathematics

When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election

It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.<p>Richard Nixon’s telephone calls came regularly during the 1968 campaign. And H.R. Haldeman took meticulous notes, jotting down the instructions he received from the candidate.<p>Sometimes Nixon needed …

The Obsessive Art and Great Confession of Charlotte Salomon

Painter, auteur, enigma, murderer. The work of the German Jewish artist, killed in the Holocaust, has long been overshadowed by her life and times.<p>In February, 1943, eight months before she was murdered in Auschwitz, the German painter Charlotte Salomon killed her grandfather. Salomon’s …

Comic Books

People Who Tried to Take Panorama Shots and Ended Up Opening the Gates of Hell

Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101

For decades, Frances Gabe did not clean her house, nor did anyone clean it for her. Yet for all that time, it was spotless.<p>Ms. Gabe, a once-celebrated inventor who died in obscurity late last year, was the creator, and long the sole inhabitant, of the world’s only self-cleaning house.<p>In January, …

The best African American figure skater in history is now bankrupt and living in a trailer

RICHLANDS, Va. — Debi Thomas, the best African American figure skater in the history of the sport, couldn’t find her figure skates. She looked around the darkened trailer, perched along a river in a town so broke even the bars have closed, and sighed. The mobile home where she lives with her fiance …

Jared Ruckit Alexander

Andrei Tarkovsky Answers the Essential Questions: What is Art & the Meaning of Life?

"An artist never works under ideal conditions," says Andrei Tarkovsky, who, even under his own set of less-than-ideal conditions, managed to make …

Extracted

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.<p>On a humid afternoon this past …

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? – John McWhorter

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is …

Language

Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road

Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. An adaptation from Nick Bilton’s new book shows how the empire collapsed.<p>I. …

Lessons of the Hermit

Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.<p>The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit<p>By Michael Finkel<p>Knopf<p>The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative<p>By Florence …

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare …

Parting Shot: On Japanese Death Poems and Famous Last Words

By Angela Chen February 9, 2017<p>Arts & Culture<p><i>“Famous last words” and Japanese death poems offer two strikingly different approaches to mortality.</i><p>Edvard Munch, <i>By The Deathbed (Fever) I</i>, 1915.<p>I was born in the middle of March in a small town in China. My parents didn’t give me a name; they simply …

Linguists have been discussing "Shit Gibbon." I argue it's not entirely about gibbons.

A top Putin critic on how to oppose Trump: “making him look like a loser is crucial”

A conversation with chess champion Garry Kasparov.<p>Garry Kasparov knows what it is to oppose an authoritarian ruler. The longtime world chess champion was arrested twice in his native Russia for opposing Vladimir Putin. Since 2013, he has lived with family in self-imposed exile in New York City, and …

The devil and Roger Federer

I know a grown man with not one but two framed images of Roger Federer in his house, the larger of which shows the sweatless Swiss revving up for a …

Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism / Georg • Scheel • Wetzel Architekten

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> New construction of the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism at Königsplatz in …

Luis Barragán’s iconic architecture recreated in evocative photography exhibit

Artist James Casebere uses “constructed photography” to capture the Mexican architect’s elusive work<p>Legendary Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragán’s work continues to enchant, a phenomenon fueled in part by the fact that his extensive archives are locked in a fallout shelter …

Architecture

How To Plan The Trip Of A Lifetime With Your DNA

As discerning travelers increasingly seek out journeys that speak to them in meaningful and unexpected ways, many outfitters—in response to a shifting definition of luxury travel that continues to evolve beyond five-star hotels and superior service toward ever-more-customized itineraries—are …