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America Is Not a Democracy

How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back<p>For years, the residents of Oxford, Massachusetts, seethed with anger at the company that controlled the local water supply. The company, locals complained, charged inflated prices and provided terrible service. …

Political Science

Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more <i>—Megan Krigbaum (with</i> …

Wine

Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany

Few wine regions have the instant name recognition of Tuscany’s Chianti, first legally defined in 1716 (but recognized as a wine region as early as …

Italy

Top five harvest festivals in South America

Escape the winter and head to South America where the harvest festivals will soon be in full swing. Amanda Barnes picks out the best wine festivals …

South America

The best ways to counter the negative effects of aging and live a long time — starting right now

The keys to a long and healthy life are right in front of you.<p>Instead of expensive face creams, a cache of vitamins and supplements, or a hard-to-follow diet, all you need are some research-backed tools to help you stay healthy as you age and fight cognitive decline.<p>These solutions involve simple …

Wellness

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Strangest Blockbuster in Hollywood History

Despite delays, maxed-out budgets, radical re-writes, and some early bad reviews, Stanley Kubrick’s outer-space epic went on to set records and propel a generation of cinema lovers—a big gamble of a movie that still resonates 50 years later.<p>Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> took more than four …

Stanley Kubrick

These Gorgeous Vases Are Made By Reblowing Used Wine Bottles

In 2010, the Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken became fascinated by old wine bottles. He began driving around to Italian restaurants, picking up their old two-liter wine bottles–the ones that hold the cheapest wine on the menu–so he could experiment on them. He recalls having hundreds of them in his car …

Wine

Rod Serling: human rights activist as science fiction showrunner

Science fiction author Hugh Spencer (previously) has published an essay on how Rod Serling's activist views on human rights were embodied in <i>The</i> …

Science Fiction

Asking yourself this one question can help you lead a fulfilling life

We’re often told to live everyday like it’s our last. I think that’s bad advice.<p>Most of us still have a long way to go, and a good way to make it miserable is through shortsightedness. That said, I do think we can build on the idea.<p>When I’m unsure about how to move forward, I like to ask myself a …

Self-improvement

Creativity is the engine of progress in modern society—and our best bulwark against automation

Creativity is the engine of progress in our modern society.<p>A controversial statement, to be sure, and one that would certainly be made by a designer. Yet I find that the definition of creativity is generally too narrow and restrictive. In the popular imagination, a creative is more likely to be Don …

Creativity

Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul

Former Google and Facebook executives are sounding the alarm about the pervasive power of tech. Will we listen?<p>One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present …

Math Says You're Driving Wrong and It's Slowing Us All Down

Ah, the phantom traffic jam. You know, that thing where the flow suddenly slows to a halt and you inch forward for a half hour and then things pick …

Mathematics

20 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could …

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

Universe

7 Dishes You Have to Eat in Iceland

Everyone knows about Iceland's dramatic natural beauty—from the cascading waterfalls thundering down the jagged mountain cliffs to the vibrant, colorful dancing auroras illuminating the Arctic sky, to the icy fragmented glaciers flanked by black sand beaches and rugged lava rocks. But most people …

European Travel

For irreligious evangelicals, Christianity is about politics—not God

Growing up, I was what today you’d call an evangelical Christian. As a child, I went to Bible camps; as a young adult, I attended a Christian college. Today I teach psychology at a science-supportive college that identifies with an “ever-reforming” religious tradition—but also with an evangelical …

Religion

Where to have brunch on Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list

If you're a fan of weekend brunch, here are 54 restaurants on Jonathan Gold's new 101 Best Restaurants list that will serve you a weekend menu of avocado toast (of course), or <i>galbi jjim</i> (Korean short-rib stew), tacos or excellent pastries and pancakes, or dim sum.<p>The pork terrine with purslane, the</i> …

California

The top 10 picks on Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants in L.A. list

Jonathan Gold’s new 101 list is finally here. The fifth edition of The Times restaurant critic’s 101 Best Restaurants is now available for subscribers. This year, we have a new map, new photography and, best of all, lots of new restaurants — including a new No. 1 restaurant. (Want to talk about …

Jonathan Franzen

The 10 essential tracks to listen to with new headphones

10 essential tracks to try when sampling a new pair of cans<p>As <i>The Verge</i>’s resident headphones obsessive, I hear a few questions quite often: what are the best Bluetooth headphones, where can I find those $1,000 cans for less than $100, and what music do you use for testing in your reviews? The first …

Silicon Valley’s fasting craze is proof that self-denial is the new indulgence for elites

Eating well has always been a marker of success. Our prehistoric ancestors received praise and renown based on the size of gazelle they hauled home, while the 1st century Roman gourmand and nobleman Marcus Apicius fed honeyed wine and figs to his pigs to fatten their livers. To eat well is to live …

Silicon Valley

The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

American Psychological Association

Cruel and Wise, Rick and Morty Remains TV’s Best Animated Comedy

“Well, you should select a different timeline. I mean, if your father and I achieved our dreams, there’s a chance you weren’t even born.” She …

TV

I’m a partisan news addict—but I’m taking five steps to break my addiction, and so should you

My name is Ben, and I’m a partisan. You could go so far as to call me an addict.<p>I’ve been ‘using’ for years—inhaling my self-selected and exclusively progressive Facebook newsfeed and injecting my narrow perspective into the debate.<p>My addiction has numbed me to the complexity of many critical …

Working-class

The feminist case for not using 👍

Last week, I did an experiment: I decided to stop using exclamation points and emoji. In an office that’s completely reliant on Slack, this was difficult.<p>I often felt anxious and rude. When my boss asked me to proof an article, I’d feel guilty for responding “ok” instead of “absolutely!” When my …

Language

A handy list of 2017’s excellent, must-watch TV and movies (and how to watch them all)

It’s only July, but 2017 has already provided us a full year’s worth of great movies and TV shows.<p>More than usual, the first six months in entertainment has transcended genre lines, as a number of versatile films and shows have hit theaters and TV screens. In the last few weeks alone, the heartfelt …

Lost City of Z

California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor

During the 1850s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers.<p>It’s going to be a long summer for California …

Native Americans

These 10 Great Online Specialty Food Stores Have Everything

From saffron to heirloom corn tortillas and really, really good grits—we've got just the place.<p>Once upon a time in a pre-kale era, before we were mixing miso into our pastas and topping our toast with kimchi, iceberg was the standard lettuce and fresh ginger was nowhere to be seen (or so says my …

Food & Dining

Without Hokusai’s Great Wave there would be no modern art

By the time Katsushika Hokusai painted The Great Wave he was already a celebrity in Japan. The iconic print was produced in 1831 as part of a print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, when the Japanese artist was 71 years old. Within a few years of his death at 89 in 1849, Hokusai’s fame had …

Art History

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

Alcides Moreno and his brother Edgar were window washers in New York City. The two Ecuadorian immigrants worked for City Wide Window Cleaning, suspended high above the congested streets, dragging wet squeegees across the acres of glass that make up the skyline of Manhattan.<p>On 7 December 2007, the …

Medical Journals