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Fantastic Fables: The 10 Best Magical Realism Novels of All Time

<b>* Magical Realism novels from classics to contemporaries</b> <b><br>* Modern myths and surrealist romances</b> <b><br>* Masterpieces of the genre from around the …

Literature

The Best Ways to Convert Your to Photos Black & White [And 2 Ways to Avoid at All Costs] - Digital Photography School

Black and White photography is something that is never going to go away but in a digital age how is the best way to convert your images from colour …

10 Then-And-Now Sites Of Famous Movie Scenes, From 'Psycho' To 'Pulp Fiction'

One of the perks about living in Los Angeles is that everywhere you turn is the filming site from some iconic movie or another. There's an app that …

Bloomsday: how fans around the world will be celebrating James Joyce's Ulysses

From offal breakfasts in Dublin to ‘Molly and Poldy’ cocktails in Croatia, Ulysses fans are set to make Bloomsday memorable this Tuesday. ‘If it’s so hard to read, then why are so many people having so much fun with it?’ says one participant<p>James Joyce chose to immortalise his first outing with …

Tom Waits: 10 of the best

From the drunken balladeer to the Brechtian surrealist – here are 10 highights from the career of one of music’s true individuals<p>What’s most remarkable about Tom Waits’s 1973 debut album, Closing Time, is just how unremarkable it is. There are some great songs, sure: the instrumental title track, …

Photographic Portraits of Famous Artist’s Paint Palettes by Matthias Schaller | Colossal

<p>Since 2007 photographer Matthias Schaller has photographed raw, abstract paintings. The paintings however are not found on canvas, but rather …

Art

Why CDs May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl

Years later, when Ludwig was hired to provide the final edit (known as mastering) for a greatest-hits package for The Band, he got the album's master …

Audiophile

How does the iPhone hold up against a serious camera?

A couple of notes on my methodology. One of the main advantages of interchangeable lens cameras is that, well, the lenses are interchangeable, letting you obliterate backgrounds into nothingness with wide apertures, or shoot far-off subjects with telephoto zooms. Another advantage of pro cameras is …

Get Ready For The First L.A. River Boat Race

We thought paddling down the L.A. River in a kayak was already pretty cool, but now there's an actual race between kayakers, canoeists and …

I Played Tennis Against Drug Kingpin Freeway Rick Ross

The book is a good read, and taught me something new about the man: He was a high school tennis star. Hipped to the game by a generous local …

Downtown LA Comes Alive for Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE

Celebrate summer in Downtown LA at <b>DARK NIGHTS</b> at L.A. LIVE on Friday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to late night. Enjoy $5 Food & Drink menus, $5 parking and live entertainment throughout the night. The local bands, DJs, live artists and entertainers will set the tone for this unique event. Bring friends …

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls | Colossal

<p>Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and …

Meet the Mudpeople

<i>Gif from "MUD PEOPLE explore the Los Angeles River."</i><p><i>A segment on KCET's award-winning TV show "SoCal Connected" was based on this story. Watch it</i> …

Santa Barbara

Someone Is Putting Creepy Dolls Resembling Little Girls In Front Of The Houses Where They Live

In what is probably the creepiest news of the day, someone has been putting porcelain dolls that resemble actual human girls in front of the houses …

Stunning Photo-Realistic Graphite Drawings by Monica Lee | Colossal

<p>Malaysian artist Monica Lee is obsessed with details. But then again, I guess you have to be in order to create some of the most stunning …

Watch These Skateboarders Ride Through The Completely Empty Freeways And Streets Of L.A.

Even in the wee hours of the morning, it's hard to catch an empty L.A. freeway completely devoid of cars. However, in filmmaker Russell Houghten's …

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman

IN 1972, when I saw fellow <i>Los Angeles Free Press</i> writer Charles Bukowski's book in the window of a bookstore in West Hampstead in London, my first reaction was one of jealousy. The book was called <i>Notes of a Dirty Old Man</i>, the same title as his column in the paper. It was a City Lights book, with …

The Ghosts of the Manson Murders, Next Door to Where Sharon Tate Was Killed

Fascinated and curious, he went to the LAPD to see if items from the murder had been left on the once-vacant land that held his house. If a bloodied …

Dogs Digs Up Human Remains, Creepy Doll Head And Possible Ritual Objects In NorCal Backyard

In a story that sounds ripped from the pages of a “True Detective” script, renters of a home in Yuba City got a shock when their dog led them to …

Speedy snaps: photos developed in energy drinks – in pictures

They're not just for keeping your eyes pinned open at 3am ... energy drinks can be used to develop photographs too. Stephen Gill's psychedelic new series is fuelled by the fizzy orange stuff. Take a trip through a world soaked in Red Bull, Monster Rehab and the rest

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Grovemade Modern Wood Watches Made From Domestic Hardwoods

<b>Grovemade wood watches</b> offers beautiful handcrafted watches made from domestic hardwoods. It offers a cutting-edge take on traditional timepiece. …

Watches

What We’ll All Look Like In 2060

Photographer Cyjo‘s “Mixed Blood” portraits make a frank, sweeping statement about the evolution of ethnic identity–and in particular, the melting-pot that is our families.<p>Taken from 2010 to 2013 in New York and Beijing, these photographs reveal how the average person is likely to look in the …

Visual Artist Anders Krisár

The visual art of Anders Krisár.<p>Anders Krisár is a Swedish visual artist who lives and works in Stockholm. He achieved his artistic skills largely as …

Art

L.A.'s First Medical Marijuana Farmers Market Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

<i>Medical marijuana (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)</i><p>This 4th of July weekend will see Los Angeles' first medical …

Fakes Flowers From 99-Cent Stores Turned Into Dazzling Psychedelic Images

Ninety-nine-cent stores are often treasure troves of weird tchotchkes you never knew you wanted. Ceramic angels? Out-of-season Easter baskets? Cheap calculators? They’ll all come in handy someday.<p>New York-based photographer Melissa Eder is an avid collector of such objects–she scours 99-cent stores …

Logo Design: The Work of Mike 'Logomotive' Erickson

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you …

Graphic Design

Escape The Zombie Screen-Gaze: Stare At An Animated Sunset Instead

There are only a handful of places where you can see a sunset on the water here on the East Coast. I mean, after all, the sun sets in the West. (This is regionalism at its most offensive.) Our options? A few islands off the coast and parts of Cape Cod.<p>Thank goodness, then, for artist and developer …

Landscape Photography

Tranquil Scenes Of Life Off-The-Grid

Since 2010, French photographer Antoine Bruy has been traveling throughout Europe, documenting life off the grid for rural farmers, many of whom had left urban lives to forge a very different existence.<p>Bruy found his subjects through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), a network of …

Off-grid