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27 Gifts Every Book Lover Should Ask For This Year

In addition to all the books, of course.

750 Years in Paris Illustrates the Historical Transformation of the City

French illustrator Vincent Mah <b></b>has long been fascinated by the narratives that cities and their architecture offer to the observer, providing glimpses into our history. Walking through the streets of Paris, Mah began to develop the idea of creating a book that relied on imagery alone to tell the …

16 Can't-Miss European Destinations

Europe has so many fabulous places to visit that it can be hard to choose a spot for your next escape. Here are some of Fodor's favorite destinations.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>16 Can't-Miss European Destinations<p>Follow Fodor's on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fodorstravel

Europe

The 6 Best-Kept Secrets in European Travel

<i>By: Barbara Woolsey</i><p>Some parts of Europe just get all the lovin'. But while Paris and London may see upward of 40 million tourists a year, there are a lot of other cool places across the continent that rival both in history and culture -- yet nobody talks about them. Until now. Because we decided it …

European Travel

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

Fiction, memoir and books that blur the lines between both.<p>Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series? We'll be spending the latter half of 2015 huddled up inside, thankyouverymuch), we …

Books

What Is the European Union, Exactly?

The question is at the center of the Greek crisis.<p>In 1961, the economist Robert Mundell published a paper laying out, per the title, “A Theory of Optimum Currency Areas.” In it, he inquired about the appropriate geographic extent of a shared unit of money. Was it the world? A country? Part of a …

Economics

The Ethnic Cleansing Going On Right Now You Probably Haven't Heard About

<b>EDITOR'S NOTE May 16, 2015:</b> <i>TakePart originally published this article in June 2014. With thousands of Rohingya now fleeing their country in boats,</i> …

41 Times The Duchess of Cambridge Dressed Like Princess Diana

Kate Middleton often pays subtle sartorial tribute to her late mother-in-law.<p>As the wife of the future King of England, The Duchess of Cambridge is bound to draw comparisons between herself and her husband's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Here, we're looking back at all the times Kate …

Five Things American Travelers Should Know if They’re Visiting Greece

Greece-bound tourists could be in for some hassles—or worse.<p>The crisis in Greece has caused the closure of local banks and brought about the worst …

My Top 5 Art Museums to Visit While in Paris

*<p>Art plays an integral role in my life - and my travels. When traveling, an art museum (or series of them) holds a crucial importance to me second only to food. As I plan my first trip back to Paris in several years, I have been researching a few old favorite art museums and some new gems to check …

Museums

This map shows 4,000 years of world history

John B. Spark's Histomap , originally published by Rand McNally in 1931 and preserved today by the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, is a five-foot long map documenting the history of seven different civilizations.<p>The map illustrates what Sparks believed were crucial historical events of the …

Maps

10 Fun & Affordable Restaurants in Paris

“People who love to eat are always the best people,” said Julia Child, the American chef who mainstreamed French cuisine. Via this theory, we may …

When Hollywood sold America on evil: Stunning PBS Frontline doc reveals the depths of CIA propaganda

<b>(PBS)</b><p>“Secrets, Politics and Torture” tells the deeply disturbing story of an intelligence community’s craven lies<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>May 20, 2015 3:46pm (UTC)<p>In recent days, there's been quite a bit of discussion about the 2011 raid in Abottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin laden, based upon …

19 Free Art Museums You Should Visit This Summer

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage," Lyndon B. Johnson famously proclaimed, while signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts. "For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation."<p>Art museums across the country …

Gábor’s Budapest

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Gábor Dory</b> is head of communications at the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest, one of the Old World grande dames that inspired Wes Anderson’s <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>.<p>In Hungary’s capital, “there is something for absolutely everyone,” Dory says. “From the historic thermal …

10 Alternative Tours of Prague (and 1 to Avoid)

There are so many ways to see a city - museums, walking tours, guidebooks - but experienced travelers want authenticity with their history. This alternative guide to Prague tours includes passionate individuals who can introduce you to the Czech capital through different eyes, no matter what your …

Watching homeless people read mean tweets about themselves will leave you in stunned silence

"I'll never understand why homeless people smell of piss when you can literally piss anywhere."<p>That awful tweet was one of the handful read by people living with homelessness for a campaign created by "Humans for Humans."<p>The heartbreaking video is a play on Jimmy Kimmel's popular bit where he has …

The Warrior Imams On The Battlefields Of Iraq

Imams have joined Shiite militia on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS, tasked with stoking the religious passions of the fighters – but also working to keep them in line. BuzzFeed News' Mike Giglio reports from Iraq.<p>SADAAN, Iraq — The imam stepped through the broken village holding an …

I Completed a 30-Day Minimalism Challenge In Order to "Live More Simply" And Have Less Stuff

It is just dawning on me that my life will never look "chic," "effortless," or "minimal." Though I like to think that Future Claire will have a wardrobe of expertly-tailored basics in muted tones — shirts and sweaters in shades like "pebble" and "bone" — I will always be the girl who impulsively …

Minimalism

Seville, Spain

Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'

An Indian woman who uploaded a brutally honest ‘Marriage CV’ has been widely praised for issuing a war cry on behalf of young Indian women against …

Garry Winogrand: the man who defined street photography

In the decades following the Second World War, Garry Winogrand, a towering figure in the history of street photography, portrayed New York – and the rest of America – in an innovative and widely influential new way<p>During the 1950s and 1960s the photographer Garry Winogrand stalked the sidewalks of</b> …

“I consider myself a mipster”: How Muslim hipsters are forging their own identity

Urban, mostly professional, 20-something Muslim Americans are embracing Islam, and celebrating diversity (UPDATED)<p>Justin Slaughter<p>March 6, 2015 4:56pm (UTC)<p><b>3/10/15: This post has been updated to increase clarity and accuracy, as indicated in the text below.</b><p>Abbas Rattani has hosted plenty of events …

Religion

Joe Biden on climate deniers: “It’s almost like denying gravity”

<b>(Vice/YouTube)</b><p>The vice president spoke with VICE founder Shane Smith in a new documentary about sea level rise<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>March 6, 2015 4:05pm (UTC)<p>In an interview with VICE founder Shane Smith, Vice President Joe Biden responded to Sen. James Inhofe's claims that global warming is the "biggest …

Joe Biden

“No means yes, yes means anal!”: This new film will change how you think about rape culture

<b>"The Hunting Ground" (Radius)</b><p>“The Hunting Ground” reminds us what a culture that rewards aggression and non-consent looks like. It isn’t pretty<p>Katie McDonough<p>March 4, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>There is nothing subtle about “The Hunting Ground,” a new documentary about sexual violence on campus. The film …

College & University

Free Things to Do in Paris

Traipsing around pricey Paris might sound like serious damage to your wallet, but that's only if you don't know where to look (and when to go). Indulge in some of the City of Light's sweetest luxuries <i>gratuit</i>—from hidden nooks of authenticity to world-class museums and sights.<p><b>Art</b><p>Admission is waived …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …