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19 Incredible Things About Music In May

Catch up on the month’s best songs, albums, and moments with new music by Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Laura Mvula, and more.

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65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

The books that will move you, inspire you, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now that you're Out In The World. (Trust me.)<p><i>With extra-special thanks for their suggestions to the BuzzFeed</i> …


The Spreading Consequences of Syria’s Civil War

The first car bomb in Reyhanli exploded in the early afternoon beside a government building. The second went off in a crowded market square a few minutes later. It was a Saturday; the square was full. Fifty-one people were killed and many more injured.<p>After the explosions, which took place last …

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Cell-Phone Smashing of 2013

New York folk heroes are born with an act of brazenness. And not just any kind: the heroic act has to give voice to the voiceless (or at least the passive-aggressive), display moxie where others have buried their heads in frustration. You will recall Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who, …

The Letters of Italo Calvino

<i>This week on Page-Turner, we’ll have a series of excerpts from “Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985” translated by Martin McLaughlin. What follows is an introduction by Michael Wood, and the first installment of letters from Calvino to his friend Eugenio Scalfari, written when Calvino was a</i> …