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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

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50 Summer Salads You'll Actually Enjoy Eating

No more sad, wilted greens.<p>No more sad, wilted greens.

Celebrate Twins Day With Vintage Photos of Identical Twins

Caption from LIFE. At a party, teen-agers of the Bounds twins' set munch doughnuts and sip Cokes whenever they are not d<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Nina Leen—The …

The vanished streets of Old Paris

Lost streets of Old Paris<p>Eugène Atget's record of a city about to be swept away<p>1902<p>1902<p>Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt …

Vintage Photos Fuse to Create Fantastically Surreal Landscape Collages

California-based collage artist Eugenia Loli fuses vintage photographs to create fantastically surreal compositions. Her colorful scenes often depict people in strange lands that conjure vivid dreams, where outer space is just outside our window and entire cityscapes are at the bottom of a cave. In …

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Mad Men is Back: Pictures

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See the Year the Eisenhowers Returned the Easter Egg Roll to the White House

Caption from LIFE. In spring clothes, Eisenhower's grandchildren display their finery. Baby Susan, held by her mother Ba<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Mark …

Meet the real Don Draper

Ahead of a London exhibition of his work, 101-year-old illustrator Mac Conner tells Hermione Hoby about life as one of the original Mad Men on Madison Avenue<p>The Upper East side of Manhattan can feel like a place that time forgot. Here are the green curves of Central Park, same as they ever were, …

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Knock knock.<p>Who's there?<p>Joe King.<p>Joe King who?<p>Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.<p>The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and understood — by …

'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

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George Hurrell: the master of the Hollywood still

George Hurrell didn't just photograph Hollywood's greats: as a new collection of his work reveals, he also imbued them with their mysterious allure<p>At 16, George Hurrell couldn’t decide whether to become a priest or an artist. A Chicago resident, he applied to both the Quigley Seminary and the Art …

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

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17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Clara Bow: The original ‘It Girl’

The 1920s actress became a new kind of down-to-earth Hollywood idol. Her film It established a female archetype that’s still with us, Nicholas Barber reports.<p>What is an It Girl? According to the dictionary installed on a MacBook Pro, she is “a young woman who achieves celebrity because of her …

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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

Georgia O???Keeffe Painting Sells for $44 Million Setting New Record for Female Artists

Well, this is awesome news: A piece by artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) titled "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1" sold yesterday for $44 million, smashing the previous auction record for work by a female artist, according to Sotheby's.<p>Pinterest<p>As <i>Bloomberg reports</i>, seven people bid for the …

This Baby Officially Has the Best Halloween Costume of 2014

Well, pack up your skeleton hands, Miley Cyrus ice cream pasties, and even your human size Cheeto suits, folks, Halloween/the Internet has officially been won. By a baby. Dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ruth Baby Ginsburg. Dead. Done. Dying.<p>Now who's going to start the Notorious Ruth Baby Ginsburg …

Sophia Loren Shares the Story Behind Her Iconic Photo With Jayne Mansfield

Photo: Rex USA<p>It's the most famous side eye ever caught on camera: Sophia Loren, seated next to a beaming Jayne Mansfield, sneers at the blonde bombshell's breasts as they spill out of her gown. Now, 57 years after that iconic photograph was taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Loren reveals exactly …

'Death Becomes Her' Explores the Bygone Era of Mourning Clothes

The "Black Ascot,"1910; Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Images<p>Descending the steps into the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's newest exhibition, "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," feels like entering a funeral procession frozen in time. White, …

The 15 Most Fashionable Films on Netflix

Binge fashionably with a stylish movie marathon. Plus, see the best new films on Netflix this month.<p><b>1) How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)</b><p>If there's anything more stylish than a Marilyn Monroe movie, it's a Marilyn Monroe movie that co-stars Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable. The powerhouse trio is …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

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Shopping With Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea

The art director (and reigning Bazaar style crush) shares what she's buying now.<p>I love Odraz Vesmir's handmade clutches; they're like nothing I've seen before. Dolce & Gabbana's booties are exquisite—a favorite. A statement necklace from Aracano will elevate any look, and Christopher Kane's black …

Truly Vintage Street Style

A look back at the ladies who ruled the street style scene first.<p>Long before Bill Cunningham hopped on his bicycle or Tommy Ton launched Jak & Jil, photographers captured stylish women in black and white film sporting Dior and Balenciaga on the street. Take a look back at the ladies who ruled the …

14 Most Powerful Fashion Families

Blame it on good DNAthese are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.<p>Blame it on good DNA—these are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.