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India and the American Dream

I just returned home from a trip to Kolkata, India. I expected to feel completely out of place, in a world I didn't understand. But despite the constant stares and even a request for a picture (I felt like the bearded circus lady...) I was completely taken by the beauty of the culture. It made …

Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

I know a high school senior who's so worried about whether she'll be accepted at the college of her choice she can't sleep.<p>The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter to arrive.<p>Parents are also uptight. I've heard of …

College & University

This Man Has Won The Grammy For Album Of The Year The Past Three Years In A Row

The Grammys celebrate the best in the music world, but many don’t think of what that means outside of the famous faces and names associated with hit singles and successful albums. Behind every great track is a team of people, all working together to make sure it’s the best it can be, and that as …

Why Cities Around The World Are Suddenly Ditching Traffic Lights

“Naysayers said, ‘People are going to get hit,'” says Patrick Donohue, a project manager with Seattle’s Parks and Recreation department, which …

Urban Design

Gilbertville: A Billionaire's Drive To Rebuild The Motor City

<b>TO REALLY UNDERSTAND</b> Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, the nation’s second-largest mortgage lender, it helps to know a little bit about his pumpkin-carving. At least that’s what he tells 1,000 of his newest hires to kick off his latest day-long orientation, which he hosts every …

City Guide: 24 Hours in Grand Rapids, MI

Libby VanderPloeg is an illustrator, letterer and designer who grew up on the edge of the Great Lakes dunes in the lovely Grand Rapids, MI. Though …

How to Make an Attractive City: A six-point manifesto from Alain de Botton and School of Life. (VIDEO.)

In “How to Make an Attractive City,” a new video from the School of Life, London-based Swiss writer Alain de Botton offers a cheeky, …

Christian, or Feminist?

A new book about purity culture shows the difficulty of reconciling women's liberation with evangelical faith.<p>Last fall, Dianna E. Anderson wrote an article for a women's website about losing her virginity and realizing that sex outside of marriage can be holy. Commenters around the Internet …

Feminism

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids' Deaths

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids.<p>The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held to the …

Photographer Documents Days In The Life Of Elderly Women Living Alone In NYC

"Even with all the rush and fast pace of New York City, many elderly women manage to keep up with their lives in their own rhythm and grace," photographer Patricia Monteiro begins in a statement on her website. "'Life Ever After' documents a community of women that live alone after losing …

New York City

Draw

<i>Self-portrait, copyright Logan Nakyanzi Pollard</i><p>I met a homeless man once<p>who drew my picture in pencil on a subway<p>street people I have encountered<p>strangely have been the most peaceful people<p>to me<p>this man who drew me<p>it was beautiful<p>and yet weirdly<p>I got up and walked away<p>How could that be me?<p>I was …

Boyhood: The weirdest ‘best picture’ winner ever?

The indie hit is the frontrunner to score the top prize at the Oscars. But if it triumphs, it may be the most unusual film ever to win, Owen Gleiberman says.<p>I first saw Richard Linklater's Boyhood at the Sundance Film Festival last January, and if you had predicted back then that the film would now …

5 startups that are reimagining the world

Walk [Your City], as the name suggests, wants people to showcase just how walkable their city is.<p>It's the brainchild of Matt Tomasulo, an urban designer and activist.<p>"A big obstacle to walking is this perceived barrier of a destination being 'too far,' when in fact it is a walkable distance," said …

Startups

Post-Breakup Photos Capture Those Strangely Tender Objects Your Exes Leave Behind

When a relationship ends, what happens to the objects left behind? This was the question explored by photographer Sam Evans-Butler. In his series "Souvenirs," Evans-Butler captures a variety of subjects alongside a particular object, a memento of a past lover and a past love.<p><i>Nathaniel, blogger, “My</i> …

Photo Essays

What a 2-Year-Old Can Teach Us About City Planning

Eric Feldman is used to viewing his neighborhood through a designer’s lens. Lately, however, he’s found himself observing the streets, sidewalks, …