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A Year in Culture

Lately, it feels like you can’t leave your house without hearing someone talk about the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, and with good reason—he’s written one of the strangest and most original books I’ve read in a long time. It’s the kind of project that should be an abject failure—the …

Happy Birthday, “O Pioneers!”

In the old days, women writers tended to start their careers late, and I’ll bet that, on average, they still do. When I was young, people trying to encourage us held up the example of George Eliot, whose first novel, “Adam Bede,” was published when she was almost forty. Later, we learned a more …

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Fox Tie - Dapper Fox Necktie - Men's Necktie - Men's Gift - Animal Art - Unique Gifts for Him

Fox Tie - Dapper Fox Necktie - Men's Necktie<p>A stylish, handsome fox adorns this original tie. He's suave and sophisticated and wears a tweed jacket. He is the dapper fox.<p>***This listing is for ONE necktie. Choose from the following colors:<p>(from left to right in first picture)<br>Rust<br>Silver<br>Ivory<br>Sand<p>Find …

Heisenberg Cuff Links - Men's Breaking Bad Walter White Cufflinks

The Heisenberg cufflinks are back! Now made with iron and enamel (instead of plastic)<p>I am SO honored to say Bryan Cranston himself owns a pair of cufflinks made by me! Check out the second photo in this listing.<p>"You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in …

Heaven Is Waiting; Hell Is A Different Question, Nun Says

Perhaps it's no surprise that Mary Catherine Hilkert, a Catholic theologian, a professor at Notre Dame and a Dominican Sister of Peace, believes that people can find love, mercy and union with God after death. In her eyes, however, the concept of hell is far less definitive.<p>As part of <i>All Things</i> …

Effective habits of great travel writers

When I was writing the first edition of <i>Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing</i>, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that readers would profit from hearing a spectrum of experiences and opinions.<p>We’ve continued this …

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What Makes a Great Essay?

Ah, the timeless power and joy of a great essay: <b>Joan Didion</b> on self-respect; <b>David Foster Wallace</b> on the nature of fun; <b>Susan Sontag</b> on courage and resistance; <b>George Orwell</b> on why writers write. But where, exactly, does that intangible magic of the essay reside?<p>Besides beautiful writing by such …

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

After David Ogilvy’s wildly popular 10 tips on writing and a selection of advice from modernity’s greatest writers, here comes some from the prolific writer and painter <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980)<p>In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, <i>Tropic of</i> …

George Bernard Shaw on Marriage, the Oppression of Women, and the Hypocrisies of Monogamy

For Darwin, matrimony was the victor of a careful and comical weighing of pros and cons; for Susan Sontag, “an institution committed to the dulling of the feelings”; for Charles and Ray Eames, a fairy tale of creative partnership; for Amelia Earhart, the product of medieval ideals which she was …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work

If it's a workday, chances are you hardly have an ounce energy left by quitting time. About 40% of workers report feeling fatigued at work on any …

Frugal Living

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

Hiking

Top 10 Benefits of Downsizing into a Smaller Home

Have you noticed there is a new push for downsizing the way we live? Homeowners are realizing that “living large” doesn’t always mean bigger is …

College Kids Are Having Sex and Not Majoring in English

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, American colleges are in crisis. This …

From Paris With Love: Part Deux

Bringing you the latest in global travel, Marie Claire has brought you more très chic scenes of Paris. Between exploring vintage shops on Rue Saint Paul to hitting up the local bistros on Place Saint Paul, we brought you the best sites of Paris.<p>Bringing you the latest in global travel, <i>Marie Claire</i> …

Alpine Abyss: 'Stairway to Nothingness' Opens in Austria

An Austrian resort opened a new attraction for andrenaline junkies on Wednesday. The suspension bridge and glass platform offer spectacular views of …

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

Should US colleges charge engineers more than English majors?

Imagine opening a restaurant menu and finding that every dish, from the steak frites to the frisse salad, costs $14.99. It would seem odd, right? After all, buying and cooking a ribeye is more expensive than throwing some lettuce in a bowl. Charging the same for each wouldn’t make sense.<p>Yet, that’s …

College & University

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

Hip-hop finds a home in Paris

The project to redevelop Les Halles in the centre of Paris is halfway through. While the transport links, green spaces and a revamped retail area may …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

That 200-year-old French exam everyone says is obsolete? It looks a lot like the SAT

The waiting game is on in France. More than 600,000 people in France have just wrapped up the test needed to secure a high-school diploma, the <i>baccalauréat</i> (better known as <i>le bac</i>) and results should be out next week. Today’s New York Times reports on general disillusionment with the exam, saying it …

Education

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

The Best Capital City Beaches In Europe