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Inside New York’s silent sex trafficking epidemic

Inside a handsome brick building on a tree-lined street near Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, lay one of the city’s dirtiest secrets.<p>As people strolled past …

Crime

50 incredibly beautiful small towns in Italy

Small Italian towns and villages get under your skin.<p>From north to south, bustling market towns and picturesque villages are capable of capturing …

Italy

Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike<p>Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent …

Hiking

Move over Barcelona: four great alternative city breaks

For weekends away, we tend to stick to the same old places. Why not dodge crowds and high prices at these less high-profile – but no less interesting – cities: Parma, Cadiz, Helsinki or Hamburg<p><b>BEST FOR AUTUMN SUN: CADIZ</b><p>The old town poking into the Atlantic like a finger is (famously, …

European Travel

A Northern Lights cruise is setting sail from Hull

A new series of cruises setting sail from Hull are giving people the chance to see the stunning Northern Lights in Iceland.<p>Destinations on the …

“What the Foucault?” and Other After-Dinner Musings

<i>Twenty-five years ago, Marshall Sahlins, professor of anthropology emeritus at the University of Chicago, devised some bons mots to deliver after a dinner at the Association of Social Anthropologists in Great Britain. They were soon collected and published in a book called</i> What the Foucault?<i>, now</i> …

Virginia Woolf’s Personal Photo Album Digitized & Put Online by Harvard: See Candid Snapshots of Woolf, Her Family, and Friends from the Bloomsbury Group

Some writers are restless by nature, roaming like Ernest Hemingway or Henry Miller, settling nowhere and everywhere. Others are homebodies, like …

14 reasons you must visit vibrant Venice for the Carnival

The Venice Carnival starts tomorrow, but this fabled city on the water has plenty to offer all year round.<p>1. See the original carnival<p>Venice was already a tourist honeypot by the 18th century. But visitors were also drawn by the courtesans, gambling dens and the original carnival. The party …

The Beautiful, Forgotten Color Language Of 19th-Century Naturalists

Veinous Blood Red. Broccoli Brown. Smoke Grey.<p>Color swatches seem like a modern invention. Pantone, for instance, is tied up with the emerging post-World War II economy that needed to standardize colors in products and print media around the world. Paint companies, using carefully standardized …

Indian Ocean

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Donald Trump

Trips in Europe everyone should take according to the world's top travel experts

The Ice Hotel, Finland.Flickr/bjaglin<p>No matter how many countries you've been to, there's always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so many cultures, countries, and landscapes to explore, it's hard to prioritise one dream destination over another.<p>Business Insider UK asked top travel bloggers and …

European Travel

Which Haruki Murakami Book Should You Read First? Here's A Guide To His Most Famous Works

Ah, the age old literary question: "Which Murakami book should I start with?" I've been asked this question many, many times. Even if you haven't …

Books

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Anime

States of Desire: An Interview with Anne Garréta

<i>Anne Garréta was the first person born after the founding of Oulipo to be admitted to the experimental literary group. The conceit of her memoir,</i> Not One Day <i>(2002), is consistent with that association: At the book’s opening, she vows to write five hours a day, every day for a month, each time</i> …

Death’s Footsteps

This is the fifth and final installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which has run every Wednesday this month.<p>Some weeks ago, before the first frost, before the days got dark in the late afternoon, I took a walk in an unfamiliar place. The dirt trail gave way to a narrow planked …

96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s <i>Your Erroneous Zones</i>. This book changed my …

Kids

On the First of November, the Ghosts Arrive

This is the first installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month.<p>November is a hinge in the year, and the door gets opened to ghosts.<p>It was a late fall weekend some years ago and lunch had gone long. A Spanish tortilla sat in the center of the table …

Literature

Redux: Joan Didion, William Faulkner, and Matthew Zapruder

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.<p>To celebrate the release of the …

Literature

The Dark Feels Different in November

This is the second installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month.<p>“I’m in the November of my life,” said Francesca, a fifty-eight-year-old curator with good shoulders and dark lively eyes and dark wavy hair and a laugh that came from deep in her …

Literature

The Alchemy of November

This is the third installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month.<p>Three uncarved pumpkins the size of candlepin bowling balls stud the mulch in the front garden of a neighbor’s house on the short street where I live. City creatures—squirrels, …

All This Blood and Love

This is the fourth installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month.<p>The field where I played soccer before I had breasts was called Metacomet Park. A nylon net full of balls would be spilled on the field for drills, and we ate orange wedges at …

Eileen Myles and Jeremy Sigler Go to an Exhibition

<i>Not long ago, I found myself reading Jeremy Sigler’s 2009 interview with Eileen Myles</i> <i>in</i> The <i></i>Brooklyn Rail<i>. The occasion was a new book by Myles, but the conversation opens with banter about clothing—“I’m pretty critical of the J. Crew catalogue, which I have to confess I love looking through”—as</i> …

Where Did the English Language Come From?: An Animated Introduction

If you've ever deliberately studied the English language — or, even worse, taught it — you know that bottomless aggravation awaits anyone foolish …

Language

How Can Alt-Right Women Exist in a Misogynistic Movement?

Days before the events in Charlottesville, <i>Harper’s</i> published the cover story from their September issue about the prominent women of the alt-right: …

Feminism

After centuries of neglect, are Scotland’s islands now on the road to recovery?

As the Scottish government introduces a bill to protect its islands, locals ask if the move will be enough to reverse their population decline<p>On a tiny island beyond the northern fringe of Scotland’s coast, a lone piper salutes the end of a dozen generations. North Ronaldsay is the northernmost …

Scotland

Top 10 autumn breaks in small UK towns and cities

We asked nature writers to choose their favourite market town or small city for a late-season break. Plus 10 more autumn breaks in the UK countryside<p><b>Knaresborough, North Yorkshire</b><p>School holidays saw my mother and me visiting my grandmother in Starbeck, a suburb of posh Harrogate, on the way to the …

England

The Incredible Benefits Of Riding A Bike.

Like<p><b>Like</b> <b>Love</b> <b>Haha</b> <b>Wow</b> <b>Sad</b> <b>Angry</b><p><b>2</b><p>(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) If you are looking for a cheap, easy, and enjoyable way of getting fit, why not take up bicycling? …

Why I Am A Vegetarian

"It just takes one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare others' lives. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view." -- Matthieu Ricard<p>My first Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a very strict …

Matthieu Ricard

Why Americans and the British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and color the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with …