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'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

From Airbnb To Warby Parker: 7 Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs

In Kern and Burn, two designers compile pearls of wisdom from the biggest players in the field.<p><i>For the modern-era business to succeed, design has to be built in from the ground up. It’s a tall order for designers, who now–more than ever–need to nourish their inner CEO. Graphic designers Jessica</i> …

America in the 1970s: The Southwest

Welcome to Day 2 of Documerica Week on In Focus -- a new photo essay each day, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. Today's subject is the American Southwest, including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and California. …

Natalie Wood relaxes on a sailboat during the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. See more photos here

Natalie Wood relaxes on a sailboat during the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. See more photos <b>here.</b><p>(Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Tumblr Founder Calls Yahoo Purchase 'Awesome,' Drops F-Bomb

Meanwhile, Marissa Mayer officially announces the $1.1 billion acquisition, promising "not to screw it up."<p>How does the CEO of Tumblr sign off on a …

Scarlett Johansson to Direct Her First Feature, an Adaptation of Truman Capote’s Lost Novel

After nearly two decades behind the camera, Scarlett Johansson has announced that she will direct her first feature film. For the debut, Johansson will adapt Truman Capote’s first novel, <i>Summer Crossing</i>—which was thought to be lost for more than 50 years after Capote tossed the manuscript in the …

Christopher Hitchens’s Handwritten Notes in The Great Gatsby

In preparation for his May 2000 column “The Road to West Egg,” the late *V.F. *contributing editor and cultural luminary Christopher Hitchens combed the yellowing pages of his 1953 Scribner edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's <i>The Great Gatsby</i> for themes that, despite their age, had resonance in the …

Entertainment console by @pickettfurniture blends modern audio tech with retro furniture design. #BKLYNDESIGNS

4th Annual L.A. Vegan Beer and Food Fest Celebrates Animal-Free Food and Drink

As mentioned in our preview of the festival, beer is sometimes not vegan because of the use of gelatin finings or fish bladders to clarify cloudy …

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Patti Smith Talks About Her Greatest Success

<b>Banga draws from so many disparate sources. The album and title song are named after Pontius Pilate's dog in Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and</b> …

10 places you should visit before you die

<b>UPDATE</b>: Discover the best places on earth and receive personalised travel recommendations with HomeAway’s new microsite Places to See Before You Die, …

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Star Wars Vintage Action Figure Paintings

6 Cooking Techniques to Master...from the Masters

A French cooking legend, a Brooklyn egg cream guru and other pros come right to your kitchen to deliver essential advice.<p>Photo: Thinkstock<p>Make a …

Recipe of the day simple quick and delicious Spaghetti with prawns and rocket (Spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola) http://bit.ly/ZT4eKc nice one #jamie

A natural history of love – a must-read: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/04/29/a-natural-history-of-love/

7 Reasons to Love L.A.: Going on a Field Trip

There are thousands of stories to tell in Los Angeles, but sometimes a picture says so much more. Thanks to our LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr, …

'Build the Past Today' with 'New' Neutra Designs

Kauffman House, Palm Springs. This house, designed for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann, was the last domestic project by …

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World's 50 Best Restaurants List Announced: Noma Loses Its #1 Spot

You know how Noma is often referred to as the "best restaurant in the world"? That's thanks mainly to the World's 50 Best Restaurants List, an annual …

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About That Time Elizabeth Taylor Custom-Ordered 200 Pairs of Mink Earmuffs

And now, a moment to reflect on the glamour of Old Hollywood—a time when celebrities apparently stockpiled luxury cold-weather accessories instead of unflattering leather wear, shirtless selfies, and tour offenses that include abandoning a pet monkey in Germany. A simpler, more elegant time that an …

The Americans Season 1 recap: Episode guide and review for Episode 12.

When I spoke with Joe Weisberg, creator of <i>The Americans</i> (and brother of Jacob Weisberg, editor in chief of the <b>Slate</b> Group), just before the show …

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30 Greatest Quotes About Women

There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature. <b>Henry Miller</b><p>Being a woman is a …