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How Yellow affects your state of mind

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ever heard that if you looked at the color yellow for too long, you might begin to feel anxious or irritated? Or that babies are more likely to cry in yellow rooms and a colleague sporting the color would be judged deeply? Or considered a coward?<p>The rumors are out there, and have been for …

University of Washington

The Story of ‘Ella and Louis,’ 60 Years Later

<i>Tom Maxwell | Longreads | November 2016 | 7 minutes (1,807 words)</i><p>Nineteen fifty-six was a defining year for American popular music. The foundations …

Great Depression

Why you can’t get that one song out of your head: The science of earworms

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. “Don't Stop Believin' ” by Journey. Katy Perry's “California Gurls.”<p>If you spend the rest of the day with the words “Just a small town girl/living in a lonely world” or “Ra ra ah-ah-ah/Ro ma ro-mah-mah” running an endless loop through your head, we're sorry. But know …

University of London

Should We Teach Kids About Porn?

With pornography potentially just a click away from our kids' eyes online, should we explain what it is? And how?<p>While in the "olden days" kids may have sneaked a peek at their dad's nudie mag or happened upon a racy scene on late-night Skinemax, today's tweens and teens have a frightening amount …

Parenting

The No-Brand: 11 Brilliant Ads From The Early Days Of Muji

The graphic design great Ikko Tanaka, who died in 2002, defined Muji’s anti-branding. Now, his work is getting an exhibition.<p>One December day in 1980, the readers of one daily newspaper in Japan opened it up to discover a simple one-page ad, featuring a thick, monochrome line drawing of a hand, …

Graphic Design

Going off-grid in Iran

It's the most-talked-about destination of the year. As Iran opens up to visitors its monuments top every travel hitlist - but we skip the sights and …

Travel

James Dean, the Actor as a Young Man: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Director Nicholas Ray Remembers the ‘Impossible’ Artist

In honor of the 61st anniversary of the death of James Dean, read legendary director Nicholas Ray’s moving essay about the talented, curious actor he …

Movies

Around The World In 16 Shaves

How people shave and trim in countries around the globe.<p>Earlier this summer, Photocrowd.com and Captain Fawcett organised a global photo competition called Barbers of the World, calling for images that show barbers and barbershops working their trade in the age-old art of shaving.<p>Last month, they …

Why Sony Pictures Classics Thinks Backing Female Directors Is Good for Business and Art

When Tom Bernard and Michael Barker saw “Equity” at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, they knew immediately that the thriller about women …

Filmmaking

Meg Ryan Is Moving Past Her Movie Star Days, And You Should Too

The former romantic-comedy mainstay is reinventing herself as a director—beginning with her most personal project yet.<p><b>Meg Ryan</b> didn’t mean to be a movie star. In the early 1980s, the Connecticut-raised ingénue was studying journalism at New York University when the part-time job she stumbled …

Filmmaking

Mel Brooks: Why 'Blazing Saddles' Is the 'Funniest Movie Ever Made'

Legendary filmmaker talks taking his classic comedy to Radio City Music Hall, Gene Wilder and why farts still equal comic gold<p>"It's a good thing …

The Night That Obama and Hillary Founded ISIS

It was late one night in the White House when Obama first came up with the idea for ISIS. He hadn’t been sleeping well. Michelle told him to take …

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish<p>• Peter Bradshaw pays tribute to Kiarostami: a sophisticated, self-possessed master of cinematic poetry<p>Abbas Kiarostami, the …

Filmmaking

What It Was Like to Be Photographed by Bill Cunningham

<i>This article was first published in 2002.</i><p>He calls grown-up women child, and his coterie of young friends muffin. Bill Cunningham has been a habitual presence on the streets of New York for nearly 50 years, and Paris and London know him, too. But as a subject, he has been elusive, a shadow on the …

The Arts

No Wonder Taylor Swift is Smitten with Tom Hiddleston

There's a reason why everyone — Taylor Swift included — wants a piece of Tom Hiddleston, star of The Night Manager and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, and it's not just his acting chops. (Though those help.) Here, in this W photo shoot, our British crush proves he's just as …

Tom Hiddleston

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

How Great Photographers Do Food Porn

If good photographers can make food look great, can they also make it taste great?<p>That's the question that inspired <i>The Photographer's Cookbook</i>, a …

Hot Dogs

Pop Goes The Movies: The Best Songs In Films

From the mid-40s through to the 60s, Hollywood musicals revelled in a golden age, bequeathing the world a host of songs – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, …

Universal Music

Letter of Recommendation: Movies Alone

When your apartment doubles as your office, a workday can decay into a deserted arena for rival compulsions. Eventually you need to be among people again. That’s why I head to the movie theater at weird hours, seeking some semblance of ceremony. One ticket buys the ability to be privately public. …

The Arts

Why Did America’s First Supermodel Disappear from History?

On June 8, 1913, the New York Sun printed a full-page article that made Audrey Munson’s reputation as an artist’s model. The banner headline read: “All New York Bows to the Real Miss Manhattan.” It was Audrey’s twenty-second birthday.<p>The occasion of the article was the building of the Manhattan …

How A Color Designer Creates The Perfect Backdrop For Famous Art

At major museums around the world, the color experts at Farrow & Ball train their discerning eye on the walls behind the artwork.<p>White walls may reign supreme at art galleries, but at major art museums, colored walls are standard practice. And while you might be hard-pressed to remember what color …

Art

The Way Way Backstage: 17 Years Behind the Scenes of Fashion Shows

With all the chaos swirling behind the scenes at fashion shows, one constant presence remains unfazed: the veteran backstage photographer Matt Lever. In his new book "Behind the Runway,” out April 1st, the quiet, dry-witted Brit has edited the past 17 years of shooting backstage into 160 moments of …

The Birth Of Midcentury Modernism, As Photographed By Its Architects

If Instagram existed back in the day, Pierre Koenig and Fritz Block would’ve been blowing up your feed with their architectural snapshots.<p>Architectural photographers can make us fall in love with buildings–and today, smartphones and Instagram have given the medium new life, letting us act like …

Architecture

This Tumblr recreates film posters in emoji

How do you translate overly-complicated tentpole films into something even iMessage obsessives can understand? Enter Emoji Films, a Tumblr that has recreated iconic film posters in emoji. Distilling some of the most iconic scenes into shareable visuals ain’t easy, but whoever is behind Emoji Films …

In Iran, a Women’s Soccer Revolution

In a country where women aren’t allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level—in part thanks to an Iranian-American<p>Tehran<p>Women, and women’s sports, still face stiff winds of resistance in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hard-liners supported by the highest echelons of …

Women's Sports

What It Looks Like to Use the Internet for the First Time

"I've heard of the internet, but don't know what it's for."<p>It's easy to know when you've encountered a wifi hotspot in Cuba, if only because they're the only places that feel even remotely like you're walking through an American city. It's here that Havana's chaotic streets—full of neighbors …

Cuba

All fuse and no bang? Sophia Loren interview: archive, 29 August 1974

Sophia Loren talks to Ian Woodward about Peter Sellars, Richard Burton and overcoming her shyness on screen<p>There are those who maintain that Sophia Loren is all fuse and no bang: she never seems to be ill, or fed up, or bored. Her answer is that she has never suffered from the feeling that she is …

Italy

Photos: When the US last had diplomatic relations with Cuba

Today, the US and Cuban governments will re-open their embassies in each other’s countries, formally establishing diplomatic relations that have waned since the 1959 Cuban revolution and subsequent US embargo.<p>This diplomacy—and the economic connections many hope will follow—could help bring new …

Cuba

50 Stunning Instagrams from #NationalDanceDay

Ballerina badasses, right this way.<p>Yesterday was #NationalDanceDay, and the dancers that seems to have taken over Instagram lately celebrated by sharing photos of their most impressive arabesques, attitudes, pliés and grand jetés. Get inspired by the incredible grace and athleticism of the best …

Dancing