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Filmmaker Parvez Sharma on Islam, homosexuality and the new 'A Sinner in Mecca'

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma crossed several dangerous lines when documenting his 2010<p>hajj pilgrimageto Mecca on his iPhone for the newly released “A Sinner in Mecca.”<p>Though it's discouraged by Saudi law to film inside Mecca's Grand Mosque and other sacred sites where Muslims complete their …

Religion

Salman Rushdie: These Days, 'Everyone Is Upset All The Time'

Salman Rushdie's new novel, <i>Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,</i> seems to transpose the Arabian Nights of long ago to modern-day New York City. A thunderstorm overturns the city and upsets the laws of the universe with myth and magic.<p>The jinn have come back after an 800-year exile, and …

Books

Watch Cake Sculptors Recreate Famous Works of Art in Chocolate

Baking duo Cory Polman and Olivia Bohnhoff are pushing the boundary between art and dessert at their Los Angeles-based company Bohnhoff & Kent. In this video by Mode Foodie, Polman and Bohnhoff demonstrate the making of one of their signature "gourmet stuffed candy bars" — a cake-filled chocolate …

These 18 photos taken by Ringo Starr show how The Beatles liked to chill and cut up behind the scenes

There's a reason why Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney look surprised in this photo. Copyright © Ringo Starr<p>The Beatles were constantly photographed by professionals and obsessive fans alike, but they liked to take their own snapshots, too.<p>Drummer Ringo Starr especially loved taking photos.<p>During the …

Guitar

Opinion: 11 secrets to happiness, inspired by the cheeseburgers of Warren and Jimmy Buffett

What makes Warren Buffett happy? He may have more money than you, but money doesn’t make the difference. He’d rather have a cheeseburger and a Coke …

The AP just put one million minutes of historical footage on YouTube — here are 17 of the best clips

That adds up to over one million minutes of footage.<p>On the AP's new Youtube Channel and the British Movietone Channel, people now have instant access to footage of some of the most pivotal moments in modern history, including news footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the kidnapping of the …

Videography

Humans LOST DNA as they evolved: Early species had the equivalent of thousands more genes than we do now

• <b>Geneticists analysed the DNA of 125 human populations around the world</b>• <b><br>They then estimated how much DNA has been lost since we split from apes</b>• <b><br>They</b> …

The Poet and The Murderer | Simon Worrall

The Poet and the Murderer<p>This remarkable piece of non-fiction tells the story of a forger of manuscripts who became a double murderer in order to …

Literature

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social groups, and …

Photographers

Coffee company allows customers to pay with a poem on World Poetry Day

Poets of the world, put away your wallets, and pull out your journals.<p>Julius Meinl, a Vienna-based coffee company that operates in more than 70 …