Maki Oikawa

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Celebrity Feminists: A Handy Guide To Fame And The 'F' Word

A lot of powerful women who act like feminists in the sense that they "believe in the strength of women" seem to be afraid of the word. "I'm not a feminist, but ...," they cautiously clarify, before introducing feminist sentiments. In light of Farrah Abraham's inability to distinguish between …

Is Spinning Making You Fat?

A growing number of indoor-cycling devotees are abandoning the bike, convinced it's making their backsides bigger.<p>Indoor-cycle much? Unless you've been locked in a room with only step aerobics tapes for company, someone has probably tried to convert you to the Cult of Spin. Maybe you're already …

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

Why Checking In With Yourself Is So Important | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>Checking Your Facebook Timeline More Often Than You Check In On Yourself?</b><p>How truly connected do you feel to yourself and those around you? If, like …

What United Airlines Knows About You And What They Don't Want To Know

When airlines started frequent flier programs in 1981, they just wanted to identify their top customers to market to them most effectively. In the early years of these pioneering loyalty programs, airlines knew only who went where and how often. People volunteered their information gladly to …

40 years on from the party where hip hop was born

It is 40 years since a ‘back to school jam' in New York’s west Bronx kickstarted a movement and spawned a whole culture. BBC Culture’s Rebecca Laurence looks back on a party that changed the world.<p>On a hot August night in 1973, Clive Campbell, known as DJ Kool Herc, and his sister Cindy put on a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Which Products Do You Love So Much You Finish? We Ask the Experts!

There are some products that we love so much, we shake, squeeze, and scrape the very last bit out of the container. We polled a variety of beauty …

Makeup

Reinventing the bookstore

The best arts and literature reads, including a bold proposal for the future of bookselling, the man behind an elaborate Dickens hoax and Clive James on Dan Brown.<p>Reinventing the bookstore<br>Virginia Postrel | Bloomberg View | 15 July 2013<br>People still want to browse, so monetise that. “Separate the …

Books

Justin Timberlake: The secret of his success

Teen pop idols tend to disappear when their fans grow up. So how did child star Justin Timberlake become one of America’s biggest stars? Greg Kot explains.<p>Justin Timberlake is only 32, but his CV is already stuffed with Grammy Awards, critical accolades and multi-platinum albums. His recent one, …

Justin Timberlake

What do conductors actually do?

The best arts and literature reads, including sound advice for poets, what every spy story is secretly about, and how the Bitcoin is changing the art market.<p>What do conductors actually do?<br>James McConnachie | Spectator | 20 July 2013<br>Review of Inside Conducting by Christopher Seaman. “The conductor’s …

Literature

The quiet revolutionary design classic

It is a simply-styled, silent camera that has produced some of photography’s most memorable images. Jonathan Glancey writes in praise of the Leica.<p>Richard Nixon doubted its authenticity, but then as the US president who stepped up the bombing of North Vietnam by the USAF that Christmas to levels …

Henri Cartier-Bresson