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“Do it again or I’m gonna call your wife”: Inside the world of financial domination

In the world of BDSM, where pretty much anything goes as long as it’s consensual, one fetish still remains taboo<p>“Slap yourself in the balls, loser,” Akara Fang commands to a voice on speakerphone. She’s in her early twenties, with a slender nose and cyan-hued hair that hangs around her face in …

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The man of the story”

<i>A documentary on Adoor Gopalakrishnan eschews biographical comprehensiveness in favour of fascinating glimpses into the filmmaker’s mind.</i><p>How do you …

“Man of Steel”: Truth, justice and the Nietzschean way

Superman gets a massive, expensive reboot from Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder that feels way too “Dark Knight Lite”<p>If no movie like “Man of Steel” had ever been made before – an attempt to darken up a superhero legend with a little mythological depth, some cutting-edge cinematic skills and a whole …

Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree.<p>Addressing the controversy over widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic Friday, Obama said, "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a …

Scheherazade: From Storytelling 'Slave' To 'First Feminist'

The stories of <i>One Thousand and One Nights</i> are among the world's most famous works of literature. They start with a king who discovers that his wife is having an affair. In a fit of rage, he has her executed. Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh explains what happens next:<p>"From that night, he decreed a …

கம்பனுக்குள் வந்த கதை (1)

அந்த காலத்தில் நான் தீவிர நாத்திகன். நம்பித் தொடர்ந்த திராவிட இயக்கத்தின் எச்ச சொக்கம். ரா.பா.வுக்கும் அது தெரியும். முதல்நாள் வகுப்பில் …

கம்பனுக்குள் வந்த கதை (2)

ஜெயமோகன் தமிழுக்கு வாய்த்த அற்புதமான படைப்பாளிகளில் ஒருவர். இதை நான் ஆயிரம் கோயிலில் சொல்லுவேன். ஏழெட்டு ஆண்டுகளாக ஊட்டி மலைகளில் மஞ்சண கொரே …

பறவைச்சரணாலயங்கள்

அன்புள்ள ஜெமோ,<p>வணக்கம். நான் பூபாலன்.ஏற்கனவே சில கடிதங்கள் தவிர கணிணி,செல்லிடப்பேசி குறுந்திரை என தினமும் தொடர்ந்து உங்களுடன் உரையாடி …

Externalism and Self-Knowledge (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Given the tension with SK, why should we accept EXT in the first place? One reason is that EXT is more or less entailed by many contemporary theories …

Surreal Wildlife Paintings by Tiffany Bozic | Colossal

<p>Self-taught artist Tiffany Bozic explores a wide range of natural themes in her tightly rendered depictions of wildlife. Drawing inspiration from …

Internet addiction is just the next evolutionary step

New research reveals that the uncontrollable desire to click may be a part of our biological makeup<p>Having trouble shutting down your computer? Can’t stop refreshing your Facebook and Twitter streams? Did you close Reddit in your browser window … only to open Reddit right back up again? If you’re …

Life Advice From Raymond Carver

Were it not for his untimely death, tomorrow would have been the 75th birthday of Raymond Carver, whose work has shaped readers and writers for many …

Creative Writing

Pictures: Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2012

Glowing cockroaches and a destructive fungus make the grade in Arizona State's list of top 10 new species of 2012.

The best of Tumblr porn

Sex educators, writers and porn stars share their favorite adult Tumblrs<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>May 26, 2013 12:30am (UTC)<p>Earlier this week, in light of worries that Yahoo's purchase of Tumblr would mean an end to porn on the micro-blogging platform, I reviewed its most popular adult blogs. I slogged …

பெரிய புராணக் காட்சிகள்

‘International Society for the Investigation of Ancient Civilizations’ என்ற இண்டியானா ஜோன்ஸியப் பெயரைக் கொண்ட ஒரு பதிப்பகத்தால் 1993இல் இந்தப் …

உன்னதமாக்கல்

அன்புள்ள ஜெ,<p>நம் ஊட்டி கூட்டத்தில் ‘sublimation of lust’ என்ற கருத்தைப் பற்றிப் பல எண்ணங்கள் பகிரபட்டன. எனக்கு அடிப்படையாக ஒரு கருத்து உண்டு. …

Now We Know What Early Earth Smelled Like

When one kind of microbe fed on another, the result was a rotten-egg stench—and a pathway for complex life.<p><b>P. U.</b><p><b>Early earth had a distinctive aroma. And it wasn't very nice. That's what scientists have now determined, using advanced imaging techniques to examine fossils nearly 1.9 billion years old</b> …

Photos Created by Coating Negatives with Gasoline and Setting Them On Fire

Lisle, Illinois-based photographer Peter Hoffman‘s “Fox River Derivatives” project is a series of abstract photos that question mankind’s …

Octopus: The Footed Void

The closer you look at an octopus, the more you see.<p>Consider its anatomy: the “head,” a sack resembling a human scrotum that can shift through the …

Academia does porn

An editor at the first peer-reviewed journal on smut talks about why the topic deserves scholarly attention<p>If ever there was a sign of the mainstreaming of pornography, this is it: British publishing house Routledge is producing an academic journal about smut.<p>No, this is not the plot of another …

Best places to get naked

It's not news to point out that the human body has been fetishized by advertising, consumerism, cinema, etc. There is, however, no better way to realize the folly of this fetishism than to get naked with others (in some non-sexual way) and see how quickly the symbolic becomes hyperbolic. Here are …

How Much to Tattoo My Trademark On Your Body?

Tattoos are, quite literally, brands. The news today is reporting about companies which are paying employees to brand themselves with the companies’ logos. Not like branding cattle, exactly, but using the modern day branding iron: a tattoo needle. Putting such a permanent logo on your skin, in …

Apply Now For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One has begun accepting video applications for a mission to colonize the red planet in 2023.<p>Want to live and die on Mars? Mars One has officially begun its worldwide search for astronauts who will fly to Mars in 2023—and never come back.<p>The first humans on Mars may be reality TV stars.<p>The …

The Underwater Project

Deep<p>Photographer Mark Tipple dove beneath breaking waves in order to capture the contorted poses and expressions of ocean swimmers. Learn more about his series, <i>The Underwater Project</i> (on Facebook), by reading an interview with Tipple at "Galleries We Like: The Underwater Project."<p>Dust<p>"After being …

Fake News

A Poet of Consciousness: Wisława Szymborska

For the fourth week of our National Poetry Month celebration, we will be focused on the work of <b>Wisława Szymborska</b>. Szymborska was born in 1923 in …

We tried to weaponize the weather

Cold War secrets: Melting polar ice cap with nukes, changing the sea level, even LSD weapons were all on the table<p>The years between the first hydrogen bomb tests and the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963 saw more than just increased anxiety about the effects of nuclear testing on weather. They also saw …

When Derrida discovered Marx

Revisiting the post-structuralist’s legendary lecture “Specters of Marx”<p>ON THE OCCASION of the 20th anniversary of the “Whither Marxism?” conference conceived by Stephen Cullenberg and Bernd Magnus and organized by the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside, we …