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Hans Talhoffer’s Fight Book, a Sixteenth-Century Manuscript about the Art of Fighting | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In Europe from the fourteenth century onward, the art of fighting was recorded in words or images, or a combination of both. These handwritten …

Martial Arts

Is Bruce Wayne an atheist? Batman #53 explores the Dark Knight's faith

Bruce Wayne is going through a hard time right now in the world of DC Comics. The last three issues of Tom King's run of <i>Batman</i> has examined some hard …

DC Comics

God Has Been a Woman Since the Beginning of Time

"God is a Woman," the single on Ariana Grande's new album, is a reminder that archeologists believe God was considered female for the first 200,000 years of human life on earth.<p>On July 13, 2018, Ariana Grande declared, in a four octave vocal range, “When all is said and done / You'll believe God is …

Ariana Grande

Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mmhmm'

Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?<p>Give up? Mmhmm.<p>You got it! Mmhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.<p>Once upon a time, English …

Language

H.P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror

H.P. Lovecraft's stories are among the foundations of modern horror. He has an entire subgenre named after him (Lovecraftian horror, also called cosmic horror). His stories can still wring shivers from the modern reader; his gods and monsters are cloned, adapted and mutated by new authors every …

Horror

THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT Taught Us That Fairy Tales are Necessary

In a 2015 Book Riot article, Morgan Jerkins asked, “Why do we sanitize fairy tales?” It’s an excellent question, although it might initially seem …

Fairy Tales

How Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better

Dr. Kirk Daffner, 61, paused briefly to center himself before he began the first of more than 108 carefully orchestrated maneuvers. He lunged, rolled, did one-armed push-ups and slapped the mat with his open hand. He jumped in the air spread-eagled, touching his feet, then grunted as he kicked at …

The Brain

How To Really Sustain Focus, According To One Japanese Martial Arts Method

Recently, I read another article about the advent of digital natives — those under the age of 10 who were born after the invention of the iPhone — and their ability to multitask and sustain it. While this newfound ability to sustain concentration across multiple inputs sounds enticing (and …

Martial Arts

I got beaten up at Black Hat in the name of cybersecurity

This is human chess. What are the little tricks used to beat a superior enemy?<p>Jeremiah Grossman, CEO, BitDiscovery

Black Hat

Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End by Ian Thomson – review

None of us today would have heard of Beatrice di Portinari had Dante, Italy’s greatest poet, not decided to retain the suggestive name (“Beatrice” signifies blessings) of a Florentine girl whom he conveniently first met at the age of nine – forms of three represent the Trinity in <i>The Divine Comedy</i>’s …

Literature

What Weed Does to Your Brain

Here's what it looks like before, during, and after.<p>In recent years, with the legal status of marijuana shifting, the scientific community has sought …

The Brain

The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind

Could changing your gut bacteria alleviate depression and anxiety?<p>Psychedelics—a class of drug that acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, causing hallucinations—have been steadily gaining attention in the research community over the past ten years for their potential to treat a host of …

Microbiology

Ouija Board Experiment Shows How Ghostly Messages Are Written by the Brain

You're in control, even if you don't think you are.<p>Depending on who you ask, Ouija boards are either an excellent way to communicate with the dead or …

Paranormal

Sizzle, spice and not very nice: 100 years of the tell-all biography

Unless a biography boasts a revelation, preferably of a sexual nature, then it’s as if the book has no reason to exist<p>A hundred years ago, Lytton Strachey published <i>Eminent Victorians</i>, a sequence of four biographical essays whose elegance belied their punkish intent. Strachey’s subjects, although …

Literature

Author Murakami talks music, running, novels on radio show

By Mari Yamaguchi | AP<p>TOKYO — Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favorite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, as in music and running.<p>“Murakami Radio,” a pre-recorded show broadcast Sunday night, featured as its themes …

Haruki Murakami

The Draconian Dictionary Is Back

Since the 1960s, the reference book has cataloged how people actually use language, not how they should. That might be changing. An Object Lesson.<p>In 1961, what newly published book was denounced as “subversive and intolerably offensive”? Was it the new American edition of <i>Tropic of Cancer</i>, Henry …

Language

Losing My Son to Reading

Do you remember when you learned to read? Like most of us, I don’t. Still, many people can take comfort in knowing that this event, beyond memory, involved our parents. The parents who took us to school, who read books to us at home, who could speak to us in a shared language. But in my case, one …

Books

This Epic Movie Score Playlist Will Make You Feel Like Rocky

If you're a runner, you're probably familiar with the struggle of keeping your playlist fresh. No matter how much you're in love with an artist, hearing the same words every workout is bound to get old.<p>In my search for inspiring running music, I decided to try something different: a playlist with …

Mad Max

Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving U.S. ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.<p>President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian …

Russia

Alan Garner: ‘I just let the voice settle and listened’

Alan Garner’s glittering career started nearly six decades ago with <i>The Weirdstone of Brisingamen</i>, one of the great children’s books of the second half of the 20th century. Since then, he has written further fantasy novels including <i>Elidor</i> and the Carnegie-winning <i>The</i> <i>Owl Service</i>. His books for adults, …

Books

It's Never Too Late to Be a Reader Again

It was a book that drove me away from books. This wasn’t a trauma of distaste, or indulgence: not a literary bad mussel, not waking up on the floor …

Books

25 Writers On The Books That Inspired Them To Write

“I remember… thinking, man, writing a story like this has to be the best job in the world”<p>There is no single reason anyone becomes a writer, and yet for so many authors, there are distinct moments in their lives when they realized they had stories they wanted to tell. For many, these moments come …

Books

How Prehab Exercises Prevent Embarrassing Gym Injuries from Happening to You

The smartest way to treat a pulled hamstring? Don't pull that hamstring in the first place.<p>Prehab is one of the more popular buzzwords in fitness circles of late, especially those dominated by your gym’s token Paleo-eating minimalist shoe enthusiasts. It is, in effect, performing rehab exercises …

Exercise

How Lolita Seduces Us All

A new book about a terrible crime sheds light on the novel’s enduring allure.<p>Let us now reread the old texts, examining them with a cold eye to determine what they reveal about the #MeToo transgressions of the artistic past. Even the popular entertainments must be probed for common savagery. Molly …

Literature

It's Time to Talk About How Goofy Batman Begins Is

Sometimes the best superhero movies are even more fun when you take them less seriously.<p>Today, you can stream <i>Batman Begins</i> on Netflix for the first time since the <i>last</i> time you could stream <i>Batman Begins</i> on Netflix. I would encourage you to do this, not because you haven't seen it before, or because …

Water

From Maus to Tamara Drewe: the 10 graphic novels everyone should read

The recent hoo-ha about the Man Booker prize’s longlisting of a graphic novel for the first time, the chilling, understated Sabrina by Nick Drnaso, may have piqued your interest in exploring this ever-expanding medium further, or perhaps for the first time. Not everyone has grown up reading comics …

Graphic Novels

The 17 Best Video Games to Play High

Don't bother playing anything stoned if it's not on this list.<p>Your favorite video game probably isn’t on this list. Waluigi will not be mentioned beyond this paragraph, and getting a Hollywood adaptation doesn't cut it here. As with sci-fi, anime, and really any kind of entertainment, the …

Grand Theft Auto

Workout of the Month: The Heavy Bands Circuit That Works Your Entire Body

Most gyms have a set of bands. Grab three: light, medium, and heavy. For each move, choose the one that lets you get through the reps, but not …

Workouts

8 Fascinating Chemical Differences Between Smoking Weed Vs. Vaping Weed

With vaping on the rise, and the current side effects of vaping still unknown, many people are left wondering what, if any, are the differences …

Cannabis

A novel that’s a lot like life: Jumbled and challenging and wonderfully real

As titles go, “Conscience” is a burdensome one. It sounds blandly moralistic, but Alice Mattison’s new novel wrestles with the irreducibly complex demands of having a conscience in an age of political depravity. Given the moral idiocy that’s infected Washington, her theme couldn’t feel more …

Books