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19 Best Documentaries of 2018

1 'Won’t You Be My Neighbor?'<p>Shoes off. Sweaters on. Let the freaking out commence. Morgan Neville, who won an Oscar for "Twenty Feet from Stardom," …

Fred Rogers

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018 That Are Actually Worth Your Time

As balmy summer nights give way to brisk autumn evenings, we're breaking out our woodsy-scented candles, filling our glasses with full-bodied red …


Aretha Franklin has died, at the age of 76

Aretha Franklin has died, at the age of 76. “Her voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life,” David Remnick writes. Photograph by Richard Avedon / © the Richard Avedon Foundation.<p>Read Remnick’s remembrance of the Queen of Soul.<p>Read Remnick’s 2016 Profile of the singer.

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash

The internet has forced another female celebrity out of the Twitterverse. The newly appointed Batwoman, Ruby Rose, has deactivated her Twitter …


Here are this summer's 11 hottest thrillers

Summer thrills


The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and creating an environment ripe for manipulation.


From Harlem to Herrang: An Original Lindy Hopper Blooms in Sweden

HERRANG, Sweden — The rhythmic boom boom of Count Basie’s 1930s big band echoed around the Folkets Hus community center here. Men in suspenders and trousers and women in beaded silk dresses fanned themselves in what meteorologists earlier that day had called record-breaking heat for Sweden.<p>The …

Los Angeles

The Marines Didn’t Think Women Belonged in the Infantry. She’s Proving Them Wrong.

MOUNT BUNDEY TRAINING AREA, Australia — First Lt. Marina A. Hierl watched a dozen Marines charge toward human silhouettes made of paper atop a nearby hill. Despite the early hour, the troops’ armored vests and camouflage uniforms were soaked with sweat. She stood back as they scrambled up the rocky …


The Stars of September

In a survey of the last 10 years of September issues of 10 of the top international fashion magazines, people of color appeared on September covers 26 percent of the time.<p>This September? A full 50 percent of the covers in this cohort have women of color on the cover.<p>As Maiysha Kai wrote on The Glow …

Women of Color

It's Women In Translation Month & You Can Celebrate By Reading These 5 Books From Japan, Egypt, Poland, And Beyond

Every summer, book-lovers all over the globe bask in the official season of reading by binging everything from mysteries and thrillers to historical …


'Lies My Teacher Told Me,' And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon

When I was a high school junior in New Orleans taking AP American history, my teacher assigned us a paperback book. Slim in contrast to our hulking required textbook, it was a funny, compelling, even shocking read. <i>Lies My Teacher Told Me</i>, by James Loewen, explained how history textbooks got the …

Southern States

From the bookstore to the silver screen: 12 not-to-be-missed movies based on books

It sounds like blasphemy, but even the most dedicated lover of literature has to put down their book once in a while. (Please. Your optometrist is begging you.)<p>But that doesn't mean you have to forsake all things literary. Books have always been reliable source material for Hollywood filmmakers, …


SC woman allegedly told cops she's a 'clean, thoroughbred, white girl' after being pulled over: report

A boozed-up South Carolina woman pulled over for blowing past a stop sign at 60 mph told cops she shouldn’t be arrested because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” according to a police report.<p>But Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw’s lecture didn’t convince officers from the Bluffton Police …


Not the Booker prize 2018 shortlist announced: time to start reading!

The votes have been cast and counted and we have an almost complete Not the Booker prize shortlist for 2018. Here are the five books moving through to the next stage of the competition, ranked by vote:<p>Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn (110)<br>Dark Pines by Will Dean (83)<br>Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca …


Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State

We only have 10-20 years to fix this.<p>This summer people have been suffering and dying because of heat waves and wildfires in many parts of the world. The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, and 2018 is likely to follow suit. What we do in the next 10-20 years will determine whether our …

Climate Change

11 New Science Fiction Books To Read If You've Never Tried Sci-Fi Before

So! You've heard a lot about this so-called "science fiction" genre and you're interested in checking it out. Or you're tired of your usual genres, …

Science Fiction

Japanese vintage shop staffer Maimai on the street in Harajuku wearing a ruffle top from Punk Cake with a vintage cherry print dress and…

Japanese vintage shop staffer Maimai on the street in Harajuku wearing a ruffle top from Punk Cake with a vintage cherry print dress and ruffle skirt from Kinji Shimokitazawa, Tokyo Bopper flower shoes, and a bag from Pinnap. Full Look

The Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of

This is the place where we put aside our anxiety about keeping up with the books that everyone else is reading, and celebrate books that haven’t …


A Series of Vintage Photos Documented a Day in the Life of a 1940s Housewife

In 1941, <i>LIFE</i> magazine sent photographer William C. Shrout to document the lives of one of the biggest single demographics in the U.S: the 30 million …


Pride and prejudice? The Americans who fly the Confederate flag

It was 1957 when little Lindy Luby’s great-uncle showed up at her house near Benton, Mississippi, where the family had lived for generations. He was a justice of the peace in Yazoo City, the gateway to the fertile, brutal lands of the Delta.<p>“Effie, it’s just been a bad day,” the lawman said to his …

Black History

An Indian artist put Spider-Man in a thong to call out sexist comic book covers

On the cover of a 1991 issue of <i>The Sensational She-Hulk</i>, the female counterpart of the superhero Hulk appears in a G-string bikini. With all her curves in sharp focus, she strikes a seductive pose with a strategically placed beach ball in her arms. While the covers of She-Hulk comics emphasise her …

Graphic Novels

The 50 books we're dying to see get adapted

What can Hollywood do with these?


A Sexual Underground Surfaces In 'Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood'

Cary Grant. Katharine Hepburn. Spencer Tracy.<p>They were movie stars immortalized by "the golden age" of Hollywood during the mid-20th century, representing fame and beauty.<p>Behind the glossy glamour, the stars were also connected by something else: a man named Scotty Bowers who worked at a small gas …


Take a Mental Vacation With These Enchanting Magical Realism Books

Magical realism is one of the most unique forms of narrative fiction. It also happens to be one of the easiest genres to fall in love with. Weaving …


In 'Orchid And The Wasp,' An Unapologetic Heroine Who's No Gentle Flower

There's a type of orchid that resembles a female wasp. And in rare occasions, it will attract a male wasp to pollinate the flower.<p>That's the image on the cover of Caoilinn Hughes' new book, <i>Orchid and the Wasp</i>. But the relationship represents something heavier in Hughes' novel.<p>"So I was using this …


Paris, Chicago and Beyond: How to Have a Luxury Trip for Much Less Than You Think

Luxury travel can be experienced in two ways: by paying top dollar or by paying less. Given the choice, wouldn’t you pick the latter?<p>Of course, the idea of what luxury travel is can differ depending on the person. For some, it means hotels with butlers and fancy sheets and flying first class; for …

Buenos Aires

Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

The voice, if I had to guess, belongs to that of a white American male in late middle age. The accent is faintly Southern, the manner taunting but relaxed. It’s also familiar: I’m pretty sure he’s left a message on my office number before. But the last voice mail left almost no impression. Not this …

Donald Trump

Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting.

GRAHAM, N.C. — Keith Sellars and his daughters were driving home from dinner at a Mexican restaurant last December when he was pulled over for running a red light. The officer ran a background check and came back with bad news for Mr. Sellars. There was a warrant out for his arrest.<p>As his girls …

North Carolina

Cher has redefined herself a dozen times, but always remained a true diva | View

<i>By David Ferguson</i><p>In a June interview with UK chat show host Graham Norton, Cher — born Cherilyn Sarkisian some 72 years ago — talked about the public reaction to her first dramatic role as an actress.<p>"It was terrible, actually," she said. As she and her sister sat at a screening for another film, …


The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation

They are, of course, super connected. But on their terms. Which is why college-bound iGens (Gen Zers, if you prefer) present a challenge to the grown-ups on campus eager to reach and teach them.<p>Consider orientation season. Katie Sermersheim, dean of students at Purdue University, has a mother lode …