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Best films of 2018 so far

All the Money in the World<p>Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.<p><b>What we said:</b> With the …

Comic Books

This 2-year-old has become the face of ‘zero tolerance’

The 2-year-old girl looks up at the adults around her with tears in her frightened eyes, her curls clinging to the side of her face and her mouth opened in a terrified cry.<p>The girl, who was with her mother and others, had rafted across the Rio Grande and were stopped in Texas by US Border Patrol …

Immigration

The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor

<i>Words by Erynn Brook | Illustrations by Emily Flake|</i> <i>Longreads | June 2018</i><i>Erynn Brook is a feminist and freelance writer who studies media, people,</i> …

Art

The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company

When Michal got married in August 2015, her family and longtime friends didn’t attend. The woman who walked her down the aisle, the dozens of beaming …

Sexual Harassment

Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland

Republicans’ political future looks a lot like this vibrant, fast-growing, Trump-friendly retirement community outside of Orlando.<p>The Villages is America’s largest retirement community, a carefully planned, meticulously groomed dreamscape of gated subdivisions, wall-to-wall golf courses, adult-only …

Sanctuary Cities

The Collapse of a $40 Million Nutrition Science Crusade

On Monday night Gary Taubes will board his second transatlantic flight in a week—from Zurich to Aspen—then eventually back to Oakland, where he calls …

Diabetes

You've Been Doing Lobster Rolls All Wrong

On the eve of lobster roll season, the annual debate over summer’s “perfect food” picks up: Who started it, how to make it, hot or cold, and what’s …

New England

The Surreal Collages of Lorna Simpson

MESMERIZING<p>The Surreal Collages of Lorna Simpson<p>From the pages of Ebony and Jet, an artist’s manipulated images reflect the complexities of beauty, …

Art

Unlocking the hidden life of Frida Kahlo

An exhibition in London displays thousands of the iconic artist’s clothes and possessions alongside her paintings.<p>“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best,” said the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. And Kahlo’s iconic, cult status owes much to her striking …

Mexico City

Behind the Personal Branding of Frida Kahlo

“People are talking about . . . Frida Kahlo de Rivera’s paintings looking like D. H. Lawrence on canvas,” wrote <i>Vogue</i> in 1938, “all fertility and gore.”<p>André Breton described Kahlo’s art as “a ribbon around a bomb” and claimed it for the Surrealists, but her intensely personal work was more or less …

Frida Kahlo

How the new World Cup ball was designed to not influence the games

The quest for the perfect soccer ball continues.<p>Every four years there’s a new ball for the World Cup—and every four years players are unhappy with it. Maybe it’s too light and has too much lift, like the 2002 Fevernova. Or maybe it wobbles unexpectedly in the air, making it harder for goalies to …

Cristiano Ronaldo

Odd Future: The Death of XXXTentacion and Rap’s Generational Crisis

Rap had never seen an XXXTentacion before. The rapper, who was shot and killed on Monday, was an anomaly for many fans, an artist who rose to …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The bottom line: What happens when families cross the border

Nearly 2,000 child migrants have been separated from their parents in the six weeks following the implementation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' …

Immigration

These Mushroom Clouds Are Made From Actual Mushrooms

A team of artists create horror out of fungi.<p>Photographer Henry Hargreaves plays with food often, especially the intersection of food and war. …

Mushrooms

America’s First Female Mapmaker

A recent item for sale in the rare-book trade caught my eye. Boston Rare Maps had a series of twelve maps created by America’s first female mapmaker, Emma Willard. They were to accompany a textbook she had written, first issued in 1828. The maps for sale were from the second edition.<p>Willard is …

Native Americans

This List Of The Top Tourist Attractions In Every Country Is Actually Super Fascinating

A vacation somewhere new is a great chance to explore and find your own path, stumbling upon unique, hidden gems along the way, and seeing things …

European Travel

Your Horoscope This Week

It’s another weird and intense week, stargazers! We’re entering the realm of oppositions, which, in astrology, are meant to show us how two different …

Self-help

Calpurnia: The Kids Are Alright

<b>Photo credit: Press</b><p><b>Photo credit: Netflix</b><p>“He was like, ‘Oh, by the way, I sent some of our demos to Royal Mountain and they really like our stuff and …

Music

Why Backers of Intermittent Fasting Believe It Can Slow Aging

"We’re trying to get more productive, more cognitive function, and potentially live longer."<p>At the offices for HVMN, the workplace culture is all …

Holistic Medicine

Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?

The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming …

Soccer

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

How We Watch Soccer Now

The World Cup shows how money and media saturation have changed the nature of fandom.<p>View more<p>In soccer terms, I am what is known as a “neutral,” someone who loves the sport but doesn’t follow any particular club or team. This comes with certain drawbacks—requiring me, for instance, to devote …

Soccer

Scoot Over: A Two-Wheeled Gold Rush in Silicon Valley

Venture capital pour into electric scooter firms at record pace; don’t try it when it rains<p>The hottest investment in Silicon Valley today looks like a kids’ toy, has only been tested in a few cities and is unsafe to use in heavy rain.<p>Venture-capital investors are pouring money into shared electric …

Venture Capital

Everything you need to know about broccoli coffee

We’re no stranger to outrageous coffee trends over here. Whether it’s butter coffee, mushroom coffee or even a splash of cockroach milk for your cup …

Coffee

This Is the Netflix Exec to Thank for Your Wild Wild Country Binge

Lisa Nishimura, the streaming giant’s head of documentary and comedy programming, is changing the way filmmakers and viewers approach nonfiction TV.<p>In July 2015, filmmakers Chapman and Maclain Way pitched a documentary series to Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura that they had spent the previous year …

Film Festivals

NASA is learning the best way to grow food in space

The Voorhes<p>Space<p>Can gardens help astronauts go farther?<p><b>“Our plants aren’t looking too good,”</b> astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted from the International Space Station on December 27, 2015. He was right: The attached picture showed four baby zinnias bathed in magenta light. Three of the four leafy stalks …

Middle School

How Patton Oswalt Did the Unimaginable: Write Stand-up About His Wife Dying

With a new special, <i>Talking for Clapping</i>, about to premiere on Netflix (which would eventually win a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and an Emmy Award …

Comedy Festival

Live Your Best Life with Fitbit and Win a Trip to San Francisco

Like us, Fitbit is seriously passionate about helping people invest in themselves and live their best lives. So we’ve teamed up to create a place to get inspired and inspire others to move more, eat well, and even sleep better.<p>Filled with wellbeing experts—like Caroline Jordan, one of the Fitbit …

San Francisco

Can technology help our garden grow?

The CNET Smart Garden has started to look like an actual garden. We set it up a couple months ago at the start of spring at the CNET Smart Home in Louisville, Kentucky. In the meantime, we used a couple of indoor planters to grow seeds into seedlings, and planted some lettuce in the garden while we …

Gardening

Germany’s Problems, Messi’s Solo Act, and the Brilliance of El Tri: Takeaways From a Wild World Cup Weekend

<i>Welcome to The Front Six. Every Monday for the duration of the World Cup, we’ll be publishing this column, which will offer six takeaways from the</i> …

Soccer