Pablo O'Brien

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Philip Roth, a Writer All the Way Down

One time, I was having a conversation with Philip Roth about lane swimming, a thing it turned out we both liked to do, although he could swim much farther and much faster. He asked me, “What do you think about as you do each length?” I told him the dull truth. “I think, <i>first length, first length,</i> …

Literature

How to Find a Job With the U.S. National Park Service

If you enjoy being in nature and meeting new people, U.S. National Park Service jobs may appeal to you. The work provides opportunities to learn …

National Parks

Can the San Francisco Bay Be Saved From the Sea?

A massive wetlands-restoration effort aims to protect wildlife, people, and real estate from the worst effects of climate change.<p>“The scale of what we are proposing to do out here scares people,” says John Bourgeois, the executive project manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, the …

Sea Level

Fiction Book Review: Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante. Scribner, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5011-9088-9

Half Moon Bay<p>Alice LaPlante. Scribner, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5011-9088-9<p>In this well-crafted novel of psychological suspense from bestseller LaPlante …

Books

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Pie Recipe

"One of the most delicious and easiest pie recipes I know. I got this wonderful recipe from my mother Pauline, who I believe got it from my Aunt …

Baking

San Francisco chefs reveal their favorite meals in the Bay Area

San Francisco has established itself as a true foodie city, offering up some of the most unique (and delicious) culinary creations in the entire country. Behind every dish that has earned a cult following in the Bay Area is a mastermind chef, who has to live and breathe good food.<p>While chefs are …

San Francisco

The Most Beloved Genius Dessert of All Time

The most popular dessert in Genius Recipes history? Why, surely it must be Dorie Greenspan & Pierre Hermé’s World Peace Cookies! (Everyone’s <i>still</i> talking about them.)<p>Or maybe it's Alice Medrich’s fudgy Best Cocoa Brownies, or some other recipe that’s already been celebrated hither and thither …

Dessert

How to download all your Flickr photos

Even if you're happy SmugMug now runs Flickr, you might want to retrieve your own copy of your photos from the former Yahoo site. Here's how.<p>If you're one of the 75 million or so people using Flickr's photo-sharing service, you might be fretting about the future of your online photo collection …

Mobile Photography

"The Cheese Thing" Is Very Much a Thing, and Our Editor in Chief Is Obsessed with It

By Adam Rapoport<p>It's an unholy combination of cheese, pasta, and tomatoes, and you probably need it today.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a weekly column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: a recipe for The Cheese Thing, the gooey baked pasta dish that editor in</i> …

Cooking

Why I'm Obsessed with This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Most of the internet food world has spent the last six months going gaga over Alison Roman's salted chocolate chip shortbread cookies, but as a mom …

Dessert

Enjoy Paris Without Letting Language Get in the Way

Travelers headed to a destination where they don’t know the language can often have a hard time feeling plugged into the local scene. Communicating with locals can be a challenge, and so can finding insider information like that off-the-beaten restaurant that serves the tastiest food in town.<p>In …

France

Yale Is Letting Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for Free

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to truly be happy.<p>When Yale began offering a new course this semester, over 1,000 students jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't about business, technology or innovation. It's about how to be happy.<p>Nearly a fourth of the undergraduate student body …

Living Rooms

Ten Women Whose Tongues and Pens Were as ‘Sharp’ as Knives

<b>SHARP</b> <b><br>The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion</b><br>By Michelle Dean<br>362 pp. Grove Press. $26.<p>“One must have a mind of winter,” Wallace Stevens writes in his poem “The Snow Man.” It’s the cold eye that beholds, without sentimentality or fear, “Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” In …

Literature

Angel Biscuits II Recipe

"These are a delicious cross between a roll and a biscuit. You roll them out like a biscuit, and they rise like a roll."<p>Ingredients<p>1 (.25 ounce) …

Caring for—and Expanding—Berkeley’s Hidden Network of Hillside Paths

The California city has over 130 different woodsy shortcuts cutting through its hills and streets.<p>If you want to get from the edge of the city in …

Buttery German Apple Cake

8 servings<p>This gorgeous cake was unanimously crowned the best of the best from this year’s Readers’ Choice Week recipe submissions. We love the simple method to get that professional shingled look without having to layer each individual apple slice. Make sure the butter is truly room temperature, …

Dessert

Travel Companies Face a Trust Deficit Unless They Reset Use of Customer Data

The travel industry is littered with brands that have broken the status quo. Former online travel start-ups, Expedia and Booking.com, top the brand …

REI’s $20 lifetime membership comes with amazing travel and adventure deals — here are some of the best ones

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Chances are you're familiar with REI Co-op, the consumer-oriented outdoor gear company, for its great customer service and wide selection of …

How To Block All The Companies Tracking You On Facebook

Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives. …

How Well Do You Know English? The Origin of 'Bite the Bullet' and 15 Other Common Expressions in English

You probably think you know where 'mad as a hatter' is from ... but you're wrong.<p>English is not an easy language to learn. Not only do you have to contend with compound expressions (like "make out" or "turn up"), but you must understand expressions that barely seem tethered to reality.<p>Imagine …

Kenji Lopez-Alt’s colossal beer hall opens tonight in San Mateo

Image 1of/7<p>Caption<p>Close<p>After months of testing recipes (and sharing a few hilarious epiphanies associated with process on social media), Serious Eats …

All the Things You're Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

The globe-trotting TV host shares his advice for all types of budgets.<p>Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower …

The Best Pizza in San Francisco - for every occasion

Best Pizza Places in San Francisco, for every occasion<p>Whether you're looking for the best pizza outside of Italy, or in need of a hangover fix, these …

How to Make a Perfect Key Lime Pie

It's easy as pie. Truly.<p>Fact: When asked, “What’s your favorite type of pie” approximately 80% of all humans will respond: <b>Key. Lime. Pie.</b><p>OK, this may …

Napa's Most Beautiful Wine Tasting Rooms

From an art-filled atrium to a subterranean space inspired by Roman architecture, here are the most beautiful places to drink wine in the Napa …

Wall Art

Our favorite cheap eats in the Bay Area

One could argue that the Bay Area has so many food options, it could be easy to never revisit an eatery.<p>But let's face it, we all fall into a pattern of gravitating to places that are unpretentious, close to home and easy on the wallet.<p>Take a look above at some of the cheap eats beloved by members …

An Artist Sees Data So Powerful It Can Help Us Pick Better Friends

There has been a lot of scary news about big data — about corporations or government invading your privacy. But imagine if we could use our data to make our lives better.<p>That is at the center of artist Laurie Frick's work — she wants to help create a future in which self-delusion is impossible. In …

Blond Hair

These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best?

100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.<p>Most folks think of 60-watt light bulbs as the basic standard for common household lighting. If you want something brighter, you upgrade to, say, a 100-watt bulb. The thing is, most …

Home Automation

Our favorite hidden gems in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that can excite you forever — it's one of those wonderfully dynamic places that's always ready to surprise. It's why, despite the rising costs and million other little complaints, the city sticks with you.<p>But even the most beloved places can get a little worn. You've been to …