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50 Photos of Bono Being Bono-y

Rooftop parties and so much hair.<p>A look at what life is like when you're someone who does things his own way. Here's to you, Paul Hewson, aka Bono.

Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period”

“The great Tao fades away.”<p>So begins one translation of the <i>Tao Te Ching</i>’s 18th Chapter. The sentence captures the frustration that comes with a lost …

Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

Western music may have been changing the world in the 1950s, but if you happened to be in Russia you were out of luck. State censorship was in full effect in the Soviet Union, and sneaking in, say, an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few industrious music fans managed to find …

7 Deeply Spiritual Moments In Mary Oliver’s New Book Of Poems

"Prayers fly from all directions."<p>Mary Oliver's poetry can often read like prayers -- full of humility, yearning and awe.<p>Although her faith doesn't neatly fit into any one organized religion, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer still considers herself to be a deeply spiritual person. She embraces the …

What Great Artists Need: Solitude

The lesson author Dorthe Nors took from Ingmar Bergman: It's not drugs, poverty, or wild lovers that make a great writer. It's discipline and time alone.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Sherman</b> …

The man who ‘invented’ Impressionism

It’s hard to believe that Monet, Degas and Renoir once faced hostility from the art world. Alastair Sooke reveals how one man changed everything.<p>Few movements in the history of art feel as familiar as Impressionism. Barely a week goes by without Monet and his contemporaries generating headlines for …

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‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

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9 Great Yoga YouTube Channels

Interested in yoga but don't want to pay for an expensive class or be seen flopping around on your mat like a fish out of water?<p>YouTube has tons of yoga channels that are great for yoga enthusiasts who prefer to salute the sun from their own backyards.<p>Of course, not all yoga channels are created …

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Chai = Love

Chai (tea) was a staple growing up in our Indian household. We had chai when a neighbor stopped by to say hi. When I needed a break from studying or work, the answer was chai. Experiencing a three o'clock energy dip? Must be time for chai. After dinner, you got it -- chai time. I don't recall my …

Bleak Books to Read in January

January is bleak. Cold. Dark. Depressing. Gone are the merry, or mandatory, festivities around fireplaces; the warm glow of either love or alcohol has crystallized into the hard-eyed stare of a sober new year. Embrace it. Here is the time to look inward. Reflect. Drink cocoa and organize the apps …

5 Things the Dying Want Us to Know

<b>1. The 72-hour mark is when it begins.</b><p>After losing my sister and father within nine weeks, I spent five years investigating what happens when we die. …

Spiritual But Not Religious: Why Are So Many Marching for the Church Door?

In an ideal world being spiritual or religious would mean approximately the same. But with so many people identifying with being spiritual but not religious (see recent NY Times article) a statement is being made how far religion has separated itself from its spiritual roots. Many, many people have …

Is There an Afterlife?

My brother, a real estate attorney who lived on New York's Upper East Side, was the last person I would have expected to tell me he thought he would go somewhere after dying, especially someplace as undocumented and wooey-wooey as the afterlife. Jack went only to places covered in <i>The New York Times</i> …

Unique Pop Fine Art by Limpfish

It's always a great day when you find a real slick set of works like these by artist David Barton, aka Limpfish. These are his take on famous fine …

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How Jesus Became God

<i>Written in support of the new book How Jesus Became God : The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.</i><p>Jesus was a lower-class preacher from Galilee, who, in good apocalyptic fashion, proclaimed that the end of history as he knew it was going to come to a crashing end, within his own …

9 Chili Recipes That Are Like a Warm Hug

Is there anything better than a bowl of chili?<p>Really, though -- it's spiced, warm, and hearty; it's flexible enough to endure endless variations; and, above all, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or the dreaded picky eater, no one can turn up their nose at a bowl …

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The Best Home Improvement Websites and Apps

Renovations can be grueling. But a new crop of digital tools helps contain the chaos and keep things sane. See the latest and best home improvement websites and apps to check out or download.<p><b>Websites</b><p>While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved …

Bring On the Night: The Photography of Andy Summers

In 1958, Andy Summers took a bus across his seaside hometown of Bournemouth, England, grasping a guitar without a case. He was heading off to play with a dance band in a local hotel, and several people on the bus asked him how he was getting along with his banjo.<p>Only two years earlier, his uncle …

Pete Seeger and the American Soul

The folk singer, who has died at 94, had one defining feature: selflessness.<p>The singer-songwriter-folk hero Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94, always reminded me of Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's immortal <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. Not just Fonda's character, although surely …

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Embracing the Darkness of Winter Solstice

Darkness comes early as Solstice draws near. Lights are lit in windows, on trees, inside houses and along streets. We seek their comfort and warmth during these short days and long nights. The last month of the calendar is here and we eagerly anticipate the rebirth of a new annual cycle. We make …

Bill Moyers: “We are this close to losing our democracy”

<b>(trekandshoot via Shutterstock)</b><p>Legendary journalist Bill Moyers warns about the devastating impact of dark money and voter suppression<p>Bill Moyers<p>December 12, 2013 2:13pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a …

Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?)

David Hockney and others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas—the …

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed: A Rolling Stone Exclusive

Rolling Stone <i>pays tribute to Lou Reed, the outsider who changed the course of rock & roll, on the cover of our new issue. In an exclusive essay for</i> …

10 Reasons Why The 1980s Were The Ugliest Decade For Everything (PHOTOS)

It started out with a simple challenge: Find actual examples of good decor trends from the '80s. Three days of scouring the internet produced little more than a miniature obelisk (why were they so popular in the 1980s?) and a glass table. That was it. The only upside of this relatively fruitless …

20 Stunning Photos Of Modern Day Gypsies

A horse-drawn caravan and a Facebook account aren't often things we think of as belonging to the same person, but that was before we knew of the modern day gypsy.<p>This particular fraction of the population breaks with the conventions and responsibilities of a stationary life in favor of the open …

17 Recipes for Oktoberfest—i.e., They're Great with Beer

From schnitzel and sausages to cabbage and pretzel, 18 recipes for food that goes great with beer—for Oktoberfest or whenever you like<p>Oktoberfest: A time of beer, beer, and more beer, right? While there's a lot beer, there's also a lot you probably never even knew about this German brewfest. …

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