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Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read<i>By Frank Furedi</i>Read at Aeon

Books

10 Travel Apps That Save You Time and Money

From trip planning to packing to getting around a foreign city—and even speaking the language—let these easy-to-use apps power your next vacation!

10 Favorite World Music Albums Of 2013

"World music" can mean pretty much anything. French club tracks. Field recordings captured on remote Pacific islands. Bollywood soundtracks. Argentine tangos. Or, for that matter, pop, traditional, classical or religious music from anywhere on the globe — as long as the lyrics aren't sung in …

National Geographic Travel

Listen: Talking Heads’ unreleased song from 1976

A never-before-heard instrumental track from Talking Heads has been dug up and posted online. According to talking-heads.nl (via Slicing Up …

FLXXDS- Two Coins (City & Colour Cover)

Arcade Fire's Late Night Special Was Bizarre And Wonderful

It's amazing anything this strange was aired on network television. But, in fairness, it was on at 1 a.m. in the morning.

Fall Music Preview 2013: The 26 Albums You Need to Hear

Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Pearl Jam and 22 more of the season's biggest albums<p>Every year, the music industry kicks into overdrive right …

Negative Space: Weekly Photography Challenge

This week we explored the idea of Negative Space in composing images so now it is time to put that into practice with our weekly photographic …

Farewell, Philip French: the film critic's critic answers your questions

After 50 years as the Observer's film critic, Philip French is retiring. Here he talks about his life and career and answers questions from readers and film-makers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach<p>Film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Danny Boyle pay tribute to Philip French<p>It says a lot about …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

La Vogue playlist de l’été

Alors que le beau temps gagne enfin les villes, que l'heure est à la flânerie et aux soirées en plein air, découvrez la playlist de l’été …

Le Nouveau Romantisme, choc musical et visuel made in London

A l'occasion de la sortie du numéro d'août de Vogue spécial Londres, Frédéric Sanchez, illustrateur sonore et complice des plus beaux défilés dresse …

Terrence Malick And Every Man's Journey 'To The Wonder'

The voiceovers from Terrence Malick's <i>To the Wonder</i>, which has a lot of them, are intoned on the soundtrack while the characters stare into sunrises or sunsets — whenever the light is right, what cinematographers call, "the magic hour." This film and Malick's last, <i>The Tree of Life</i>, suggest that he's …

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

Around The Earth, That Moon Was Pretty Super

As if "supermoon" isn't cool enough, the technical term for the moon when it's closest to the Earth is: perigee-syzygy<i>.</i><p>It happens about once a year, and this year it fell on June 23, though the day prior wasn't bad, either. According to NASA, this year's supermoon was "14% larger and 30% brighter …

Iconic Records on the Turntables That First Played Them |  Kai Schäfer 

HIV/Aids drugs: WHO to recommend earlier treatment

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/990000/990842_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522318464_0b154013eb62409b61da86628cab1ba1<p><b>New guidelines for HIV treatment could see millions more people in developing countries getting life-saving medicine.</b><p>The World Health Organization …

Public Health

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly1 day agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly24 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Grammys<p>Turtlenecks and gold chains as far as the eye can see.<p>18 Photos21 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>John Jeremiah Sullivan contemplates the secret, …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Tattoos<p>A brief chat with JonBoy.<p>By Alex Wong1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Mark Anthony Green argues that it’s as essential and old-school as it gets.<p>By Mark …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly18 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Singer Sarah Vaughan came up in the 1940s alongside bebop lions Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, starting out in Earl Hines' big band. Hines had hired her as his singer and deputy pianist, while Gillespie praised her fine ear for chords as she grasped the arcane refinements of bebop harmony. …

'Before Midnight,' Love Darkens And Deepens

In the 1995 Richard Linklater film, <i>Before Sunrise</i>, a young American man named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and a young Frenchwoman named Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on a train from Budapest. Intrigued by one another, they get off the train together in Vienna and spend the night wandering the city, talking and …

Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

Arctic Records opened for business late in 1964. The label was the brainchild of Jimmy Bishop, the program director of WDAS — at the time Philadelphia's No. 1 black radio station. If that sounds like a conflict of interest, you don't know much about the music business in Philadelphia back then. …

Bondi Haze A light study of haze covering Bondi Beach by Irenaeus Herok

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