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John Waters’s Spectacular RISD Commencement Address on Creative Rebellion and the Artist’s Task to Cause Constructive Chaos

“Refuse to isolate yourself. Separatism is for losers.”<p>Joining the greatest commencement addresses of all time is John Waters’s spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos — annotated highlights transcribed below, please enjoy:<p>On …

Cher Looks As Glamorous As Ever In New Marc Jacobs Ad

We're going to count this as another major win for fashion: Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs.<p>On Wednesday morning Katie Grand, the editor-in-chief of Love magazine and Jacobs' longtime collaborator, Instagrammed a photo of Cher in a new Marc Jacobs ad from Women's Wear Daily. The 69-year-old …

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Traveling Doesn’t Make You A Better Person: What Our Generation Gets Completely Wrong About Travel

I remember discussing personal growth with a friend one day—someone I respected and admired—and gushing about how important traveling is to finding …

17 Things People Born In The Early 90s Are Currently Experiencing

8. In some way or another, it’s your first time living alone — at college, in an apartment, whatever — and you’re equal parts complaining about the …

First Cannes Reviews of Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster,’ With Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

First Cannes Reviews of Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster,' With Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz<p>High on cinephiles’ list of Cannes most-anticipated …

Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

Shortly after turning fifty, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia …

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18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs

From Asiatic Carpets, the Funk rug is hand-tufted in India and its thick pile is full of vibrant, pixelated colors making this all-white space look …

Being Alone Led Me To Good Company

There are times I wish I had a really good set of girlfriends to hang with every weekend and maybe 30 best friends who are always available to …

I Dropped Out Of University And It Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

I was 20 years old and hated my life. My third year at Dalhousie University had wrapped up and now I sat three provinces away at my parents’ house in …

MCM: The 'It' Accessories Brand the Celebs Are Crazy About - PAPER

You can't flip through an <i>US</i> Magazine, scan celebrity social media accounts or even ride the L train without spotting the bag brand MCM's signature logo. Their leather monogrammed backpacks are the current carryall of choice: Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, …

Who Knew Being 20 Would Feel So Hard?

Before you get there, you think college is going to be one huge party: getting pizza at 3 am #brokeandfat, consuming eight shots in an hour …

8 Things You Learn During Your Worst Semester Of College

1. If you fall behind, be prepared to work your ass off to catch up.<p>If you don’t, you won’t turn in that 2 page paper or submit your event website or …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

Patti Smith’s Advice on Life

In May of 2010, beloved performer, poet, and renegade philosopher <b>Patti Smith</b> got up in front of the graduating class at Pratt and delivered a short and exquisite masterpiece of a special modern art form: the commencement address. Transcribed highlights below — please enjoy.<p>She starts out with her …

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read

<i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> Isabel Allende advised, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> <i>“Inspiration is for amateurs,”</i> Chuck Close famously proclaimed, <i>“the rest of us just show up and get to work.”</i> <i>“When you work regularly,”</i> Gretchen Rubin asserted, <i>“inspiration strikes regularly.”</i> But as …

William James on the Psychology of Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Aristotle famously proclaimed. <i>“Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i> Perhaps most fascinating in Michael Lewis’s altogether fantastic recent <i>Vanity Fair</i> profile of Barack Obama is, indeed, the President’s relationship with habit — particularly his …

What Elvish, Klingon, and Dothraki Reveal about Real Language & the Essence of Human Communication

Language, Darwin believed, was not a conscious invention but a phenomenon <i>“slowly and unconsciously developed by many steps.”</i> But what makes a language a language? In this short animation from TED Ed, linguist <b>John McWhorter</b>, author of the indispensable <b>The Power of Babel: A Natural History of …

15 Times Beyoncé #WokeUpLikeThis

A collection of Queen Bey's best makeup-free shots on Instagram.<p><b>What is pretty?</b> How about any one of these <i>au naturel</i> shots from Mrs. Carter's <b>Instagram feed</b>? Since Bey is the queen of the ***flawless selfie, we've collected the best snaps of her makeup-free face to celebrate.

Times Two: Watch the Olsens Take a Twin Quiz

The pair appeared on an episode of Ellen.<p>Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen appeared on Ellen yesterday to promote their new fragrances, even laughing to the congenial host, "we haven't been on TV for a while," in reference to the shock they felt at watching Degeneres spraying their "perfume" into her …

David Fincher Gets The Girl

The darkly obsessive director of <i>Fight Club</i> and <i>The Social Network</i> takes on the biggest franchise since <i>Harry Potter</i>­—<i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i>. An exclusive first look from the set of the year’s most anticipated film. Read the full story here.

5 Reasons Why I Know My Mother Is My Best Friend

Even though my mother is my mother (and yes, I call her mother), she is also my best friend. I know I can count on her to be my biggest fan, my …

10 Reasons Why Traveling Makes You A Better Person

If you have the opportunity to pack your bags and go, do it. Go alone if you have to.<p>Don’t do it for vacation. Don’t do it for luxury. Don’t do it to …

Here's Exactly How The Most Recent, Huge Death In "Game Of Thrones" Was Pulled Off

This post is literally one gigantic SPOILER, even if you're caught up on the show. But aren't you kind of curious how they did it?<p>Huge shout out to all the very intrepid "detectives" over at the <i>Game of Thrones</i> subreddit.