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The best fiction of 2015

There were rich pickings from a host of top names including Kate Atkinson, Jonathan Franzen and Margaret Atwood. Plus we said goodbye to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and revisted Harper Lee’s Scout Finch<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural …

What It Feels Like to Cover Gun Violence in America

<i>Since this story appeared in</i> Vogue’s <i>December 2015 issue, there have been 17 mass shootings in America, including the June 2016 rampage at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people, and the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip on October 1, 2017, where at</i> …

Guns

Tightrope Walk: the show that sums up art in 67 paintings

As De Keyser’s last works brood at the David Zwirner, a sweeping account of modern painting from Chris Ofili’s sexual fireworks to Lucian Freud’s meaty closeups lights up London’s White Cube<p>They are small things, clustered in an order that is like an interrupted thought. Hung just as they were in …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Hackers have dumped nearly 10GB of data from Ashley Madison, an extramarital affairs website.</b> The site was hacked in July, and huge amounts of user data was apparently stolen.<p><b>2. Google thinks it has an easier way of beaming Wi-Fi throughout your home.</b> The California company has teamed up with …

The Most Unique Natural Wonder in Each State

You don't have to travel far to find some truly magical landscapes.<p>Typical tourist destinations like theme parks and resort towns certainly have their charms, but sometimes, Mother Nature creates jaw-dropping attractions of her own. From caverns that feel like a cathedral to mesmerizing springs, …

In My Backyard: Iceland - Photographs and text by Agnieszka Sosnowska | LensCulture

For a long time I thought that photographs showed the viewer what the world looked like. It wasn’t until college that I learned that a photograph could tell a story. While studying photography at Massachusetts College of Art I began a series of self portraits that now span 25 years. I was 18 years …

10 things Italy does better than anywhere else | CNN Travel

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

<i>Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ever since the Citizens United decision. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)</i><p>When Supreme …

9 Essential Berlin Wall Stories

From the Aug. 31, 1962, issue of TIME<p>For a structure that stood only about 12 ft. high, the Berlin Wall left quite a mark on modern history. …

Germany

The Paintings of Filmmaker/Visual Artist David Lynch

<i>David Lynch</i><p>It was 1967, and David Lynch, a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, was up late in his studio when he had a vision. The …

10 Ways to Save Tons of Cash When You Travel in 2015

<i>By: Matthew Kepnes</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>OK, so 2015 is here. Maybe you made resolutions -- eat more bacon, quit smoking, whatever -- but traveling more is one you can definitely keep. Most people don't because they think they're too busy, or it's too expensive. Well, what if I told you saving money …

Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data

The NSA files,Encryption,UK security and counter-terrorism,Technology,Espionage,World news,Surveillance,GCHQ,UK news,NSA,US news,MI5,MI6,David Cameron,Politics<p>Newly uncovered Snowden document contrasts with British PM’s vow to crack down on encrypted messaging after Paris attacks<p>A secret US …

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much of the modern music revolution: From vinyl to …

Audiophile

Rock Band music store getting fresh tunes for the first time in 2 years

It's time to get your plastic guitars out of storage, or drop a dime at Goodwill on some new-to-you instruments, because Harmonix has three new tracks available soon for <i>Rock Band 3</i> and <i>Rock Band Blitz</i>.<p>The three new tracks include Arctic Monkeys' song "R U Mine" from their 2013 album <i>AM</i>, Avenged …

The psychology of big personalities will determine our global course in 2015

The world looks more unruly than in recent memory: oil prices are in free fall, and stock markets are gyrating; brutal rebel armies have created broad swaths of mayhem—in eastern Ukraine, northern Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria; the US is disinterested …

Geopolitics

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Murdoch says Muslims must be held responsible for France terror attacks

News Corp boss tweets to say even peaceful Muslims must bear burden of deadly Charlie Hebdo death toll ‘until they destroy growing jihadist cancer’<p>Rupert Murdoch has been strongly criticised after tweeting that “most Moslems” – even if peaceful – must be held responsible for the religion’s “growing …

The murder that obsessed Italy | Tobias Jones

On 26 November 2010, Yara Gambirasio, 13, went missing. Three months later her body was discovered in scrubland nearby. So began one of the most complex murder investigations in Italian history, which will reach its climax later this year<p>Yara Gambirasio should only have been gone a short while. On …

The Transcendent Style of David Bowie

On his 68th birthday we looked back at David Bowie's style and examined what it might have meant.<p><b>When David Bowie first found</b> acclaim with his novelty single "Space Oddity" in 1969, few fans could imagine what would come next. That's because what came next was totally novel, strangely beautiful, …

The 10 best films of 2014: No 8 – Ida

Some films are so delicate you are afraid they will collapse in the first puff of wind, or disintegrate like a soap bubble. Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida is one such: an achievement so subtle and intangible, it’s hard to understand precisely why it’s so powerful, and why it leaves such a lasting …

Iceland's Floating Northern Lights Tour Is The Definition Of Epic

We knew Iceland was both magical and relaxing, but this takes the country's natural wonders to a whole. new. level.<p>On a trip with Reykjavik-based Floating Tours, visitors embark on a journey to view the majestic Northern Lights... while floating in a secret lagoon. With an underwater music show. …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …