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The Art of Billie Holiday’s Life

Some biographies of artists take in the whole life—preferably with equal attention to the work, and integrating the two elements to the extent that the work invites it. Others offer a bio-slice or synecdoche, centered on one particular period, relationship, or field of activity to provide an …

Literature

MIT iPhone App Makes You Intimate With A Stranger

Over 20 days, MIT’s new app gives you a peek into someone’s life. Caveat: You never speak.<p>20 Day Stranger, an iPhone app by MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems group, wants to burst the sociographic bubble of our “friend” network.<p>Our social media world, after all, is highly curated–it’s filled with …

Stereotypes

Free at Last: The Robert Redford Story

He's always been obsessed with the American way of winning and losing, the blessing also being the curse. It's the subject of much of his career and the substance of much of his life. PLUS: The Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Photos of Redford from 1959<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><b>The war is over,</b> …

Vladimir Putin Wants to Ban Swearing and It's All Fucking Bullshit

There's nothing more high-brow and effective than a well-timed, subversive string of curse words. That's exactly why Putin is so afraid of it.<p><b>Russia has officially entered the cultural lunacy phase</b> of its current autocracy. Not content with brutally annexing the territory of its neighbours, and …

Exclusive: Listen to a Lost Roy Orbison Track

From the upcoming deluxe edition of his final album Mystery Girl<p><b>"Roy was just the sweetest guy,</b> and he had the most amazing laugh," Tom Petty told me at the launch party for his <i>Mojo</i> album in 2010 when I asked what his friend and fellow Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison was like. "He had the most …

Meet the Amazing Mom NBA MVP Kevin Durant Was Talking About

She’s been called his secret weapon, his biggest fan -- and his hero.<p>NBA Star Kevin Durant told everyone just how much his mom means to him -- just …

Ask a Boss: Read Rick Ross’ Advice on Love, Weed, Cheating and More

<i>For a limited time, Rick Ross is</i> Rolling Stone<i>‘s advice columnist! Here’s his first batch of answers to our readers’ burning questions:</i><p><b>I’ve been</b> …

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The Week in Review: The Immortal Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez

Inside Flipboard / April 25, 2014<p>Last Thursday, the Colombian author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City at the age of 87. But …

When Predators Bite Off More Than They Can Chew

Featuring a snake whose centipede dinner tried to claw out of its body and other… interesting examples<p>We were entranced recently by a report of a young snake that tried to eat an old centipede. It seems the snake managed to swallow the centipede live, but then the centipede fought back, attempting …

This High-Tech Countertop Greenhouse Lets You Crowdsource Your Growing Decisions

The MEG gives you pinpoint control of how you’re growing your plants. And if it’s not working, other gardeners are there to help.<p>If you’ve ever struggled to grow houseplants and wondered how the green-fingered do it, take solace in this: In the future, you’ll be able to call on the network to make …

Farming

A Packing Peanut Ocean And Other Amazing Images From This Week