Melissa Sears

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Documentaries Have Always Been Fake

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s extraordinary series “Art of the Real,” which runs from today through April 26th (and which I write about in the magazine this week), is nourished by deep roots extending to the very source of the history of cinema. Already in 1895, the primordial documentary, …

The Science of Mood in Animals: Can Pets Be Depressed?

<i>“What were the secrets of the animal’s likeness with, and unlikeness from man?”</i> John Berger pondered in his influential meditation on our relationship with animals. <i>“The secrets whose existence man recognized as soon as he intercepted an animal’s look.”</i> And yet for all the progress we’ve made, for …

Here's The First Official "Girl Meets World" Trailer

Our first look at the new Disney Channel show for the long-awaited Boy Meets World spin-off has arrived.<p>A decade after <i>Boy Meets World</i>, Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. The younger child, a daughter named Riley, faces life lessons through her family, friends, and school, …

How Rwandan Women Got Their Power

Twenty years after Rwanda’s genocide, the country’s women have made huge strides in politics and law. But culture changes more slowly.<p>KIGALI, Rwanda — Alphonsine Mukarugema, the outgoing president of Rwanda's Women's Parliamentary Forum, never aspired to politics. She was a teacher, like her …

USA Network Is Television's Best Answer To The Shifting Social Order

AMC’s celebrated dramas reflect anxieties of modernity, but Psych, Burn Notice, and White Collar offer resilience strategies for the same circumstances.<p>If you looked at the critical acclaim its original series have received over the past decade or so, you might think AMC is the top basic cable …

How Rigid Gender Expectations Harm Our Daughters And Sons

Reminder that strict notions of roles harm both women and men, by The Representation Project.<p>Patriarchal notions of manhood don't just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That's …

How Underrepresented Are Black People In Film Today?

The New York Film Academy, which created an insightful infographic about gender inequality in film, has produced one to take a look at race on screen.

Tragic Photos Of The South Sudan Conflict From The Starving Town Of Ganyliel

Fighting breeds hunger.

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Three Simple Ways To Create Customers For Life

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Happy customers translate into repeat business. For small businesses, truer words were never spoken. So why do some business owners view customer service as an unnecessary cost, believing in the adage that “a great product should speak for itself”?<p>“Many companies …

8 Southern Islands You Should Be Visiting This Summer

If you want to get away for a bit this summer, why not explore the barrier islands throughout the South? Sure, some of them are overrun, but others remain practically untouched and removed from society. The beaches are -- by and large -- pretty exquisite and each has their own flavor to entice you. …

21 Reasons Aussie Environmentalists Are Really Angry Right Now

Australia's government has environmentalists up in arms. Justifiably?<p><i>The office of Environment Minister Greg Hunt has been contacted for comment.</i>

27 Photos Of A Ghost Town That Was Once The Sochi Olympic Village

Only a few weeks ago, it was inhabited by thousands of volunteers, Olympic officials, and athletes. Now, it is a ghost town.

The Hard Truths Maisie Williams Learned While Growing Up On "Game Of Thrones"

The 16-year-old British actress talks about how she de-Arya Starks herself, the struggles she’s faced at school, and why she has a lot of admiration for Miley Cyrus.<p>Maisie Williams has been playing one of the youngest and certainly most audacious of the noble Stark offspring since George R.R. …

20 Best Second Albums of All Time

A knockout debut album is like love at first sight. But classic second records are like amazing second dates, the ones when you really get to know …

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - Book Contest

<b>About The Book</b><p>Twenty-four-year-old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled by student loan debt and still living at home along her two sisters - …

The six types of Twitter conversations

Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? A new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the …

What to Expect in Your First Yoga Class

The first Internet search I think I ever did, back in the mid 90s, was “yoga.” I was a teenage basketball player and even though I wasn’t too shabby …

What will our cities sound like in the future?

I have heard the future, and it sounds like dog food sliding slowly out of a can. In Terminator 2, that's the sound the film-makers used when the liquid T-1000 walked straight through the bars of a prison cell.<p>Should you live long enough to get your own Tie fighter, you will (according to Star Wars …

Obama Goes Normcore

<b>Allen, Lily</b><br>Revealed that she accidentally lost her Chanel Couture wedding dress. No one tell Karl.<p><b>Bieber, Justin</b><br>Wore Dries van Noten for his memorable deposition. No press release included.<p><b>Carra, Alessandra</b><br>The CEO of Emilio Pucci steps down, leaves room for more members of the Pucci clan to rise …

23 Reasons March Madness Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Sports fans are about to embark on a long and glorious month.

Ten Reasons Why No One Likes Your Startup on Social Media

If your marketing plan doesn’t include a social aspect, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to promote your startup. If you’ve incorporated social as part of your marketing strategy, that’s great. But what happens if no one is liking or following your social presence?<p>Social media can be …

27 Pictures That Prove The Czech Republic Will Be The Most Beautiful Place You Ever Visit

From Prague to the mountains of Bohemia, The Czech Republic is the most beautiful place on earth.

22 life quotes from famous American women

In honor of Women's History Month in March, USA TODAY Network looks at inspiring quotes from prominent American women.<p><i>Follow @AshMWill on Twitter</i>

Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color

The mission of 'Nepantla' is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. | Check out 'Nepantla: A Journal for …

Here Are The 10 Best States For Clean Energy Jobs In 2013

Clean energy investments had it rough in 2013, and US job growth in that sector is having a bit of trouble too.<p>That’s at least according to evidence in a new report out today from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2),an environmental advocacy organization for businesses. While the clean energy industry …

Adopted Kitten Gobbles Food Like a Turkey

A stray kitten has gone viral thanks to the adorable sounds she makes when she eats.<p>On Monday in Orlando, Fla., the Orange County Animal Services …