Renata Earnshaw

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Did the Internet kill Amy Winehouse? The director of a heartbreaking new documentary on the rise and fall of a “digital girl”

Director Asif Kapadia on “Amy,” his extraordinary portrait of a musical genius destroyed by a new kind of fame<p>If it sounds overly dramatic to suggest that Amy Winehouse died for our sins, that’s not too far from the emotional impact delivered by Asif Kapadia’s rich and surprising documentary “Amy,” …

The Bedtime Ritual: Parenthood’s Big, Fat, F**k You

Image via Shutterstock<p>At the end of the day, my kids happily trot to bed, hair wet from a bath they didn’t have to be forced into or out of. I lean …

7 Side Effects Of Parenthood No One Talks About

Listen, nobody is perfect. But that concept extends especially to parents. Not because we screw up more, mind you, but we have a living reminder of …

Butts

Koala baby won't let go of mom while she undergoes surgery. Both survived being hit by a car.

A heart-melting story and series of photographs out of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. A 6-month-old koala joey named Phantom keeps clinging to …

Bright Sky, Starry City: An Illustrated Love Letter to Our Communion with the Cosmos, Celebrating Women Astronomers

A warm and wonderful ode to the universe for the modern urban astronomer.<p>When trailblazing astronomer Maria Mitchell began teaching at Vassar in the 1860s, where she was the only woman on the faculty, the university’s official handbook forbade female students from going outside after dark — a …

The Magic of Moss and What It Teaches Us About the Art of Attentiveness to Life at All Scales

“Life [exists] only because of a myriad of synchronicities that bring us to this particular place at this particular moment. In return for such a gift, the only sane response is to glitter in reply.”<p><i>“Attention without feeling,”</i> Mary Oliver observed in her magnificent memoir of love and loss, <i>“is</i> …

Bertrand Russell on Love, Sex, the Good Life, and How Moral Superstitions Limit Our Happiness

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid yet luminous thinkers, his ideas tracking between the timeless …

Mark Twain

Beware the Rise of the Pseudo-Intellectual: Tom Wolfe’s Boston University Commencement Address

“We live in an age in which ideas, important ideas, are worn like articles of fashion.”<p>Few things bypass our culture’s codified shell of cynicism more elegantly and powerfully than the commencement address — that singular mode of intravenous wisdom-delivery wherein an elder steps onto a stage and …

Consider the Octopus: A Little Boy’s Moving Case Against Eating Animals

Disarming wisdom from a tiny-bodied, huge-hearted human animal.<p>Several months ago, a stirring <i>New Yorker</i> article by Sylvia Killingsworth stopped me dead in my bipedal tracks and made me — a longtime pescaterian aglow with the self-satisfied illusion of siding with “sustainable” seafood — suddenly …

The Light of the World: Elizabeth Alexander on Love, Loss, and the Boundaries of the Soul

“Perhaps tragedies are only tragedies in the presence of love, which confers meaning to loss.”<p><i>“I am not saying that we should love death,”</i> urged Rilke in his clarion call for befriending our mortality, <i>“but rather that we should love life so generously, without picking and choosing, that we</i> …

I, Pencil: An Ingenious Vintage Allegory for the Invisible Hand and How Everything Is Connected

“If you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing.”<p>For an object this seemingly simple, the pencil is not only an artifact with a remarkably fascinating history but also an enduring staple of creative culture — from John …

The Big Green Book: Robert Graves and Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Vintage Children’s Book About the Magic of Reading

A subversive celebration of how books transform us.<p>In 1962, the revered British poet and novelist <b>Robert Graves</b> was sixty-seven, with his greatest works long behind him; <b>Maurice Sendak</b> was an insecure young artist of thirty-four, with <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> — his greatest work, which would turn him …

The Value of a Compassionate Lie

A poignant reminder that a life of nuance in a black-and-white culture is the greatest art of all.<p><i>“Anybody who travels knows,”</i> Pico Iyer observed in his altogether marvelous <i>On Being</i> conversation with Krista Tippett, <i>“that you’re not really doing so in order to move around — you’re traveling in order</i> …

Teenage Sylvia Plath’s Letters to Her Mother on the Joy of Living and Writing as Salvation for the Soul

“I want to be affected by life deeply, but never so blinded that I cannot see my share of existence in a wry, humorous light…”<p>Whether because we are wired by our cognitive circuitry or conditioned by our culture of cynicism, we tend to be profoundly incapable of recognizing that contradictory …

Literature

On Being Too Much for Ourselves: Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Balance and the Necessary Excesses of Life

“There are situations in which it is more dangerous to keep your balance than to lose it.”<p><i>“Something is always born of excess,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in June of 1945 as she contemplated the value of emotional excess, adding: <i>“Great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great</i> …

Oliver Jeffers on the Paradox of Ownership and the Allure of Duality

“We only own something because everybody agrees that we do.”<p>Oliver Jeffers is one of the most talented and thoughtful children’s book authors and artists of our time. Whether he is exploring love and loss in his unusual stories for young readers or the facts and fictions of memory in his fine art, …

The Blue Whale: A Loving Science Lullaby for Our Planet’s Largest-Hearted Creature

An affectionate tour of an alternate universe right here on earth, where it’s possible to grow by nine pounds an hour and never sleep.<p><i>“The world is blue at its edges and in its depths,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful meditation on the color of distance and desire. No creature compresses the …

8 Real-Life Ways to Put Organizing on Autopilot

Surprisingly, it's what you add to a room that can change your bad habits for good.<p>It's obviously not your desire, capability, or common sense that prevents you from finally decluttering your home — it's the effort that's often the major roadblock. Here's how to change your habits and organize your …

Minimalism

6 Cleaning Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Stuff

Even innocuous products like dish soap can lead to big (and expensive) problems if you use it for the wrong task.<p>Even innocuous products like dish soap can lead to big (and expensive) problems if you use it for the wrong task.

10 Peaceful Cabin Designs That Immerse Themselves In Nature

Cabins are, by definition, small shelters found in wild or remote areas and this makes them incredibly charming. We often find ourselves attracted to …

Sea Level

Judy Blume Talks About The Incredible True Story Behind Her New Novel

"From [In the Unlikely Event], I would like people to take away the same idea that my father always said to me: 'Life goes on.'"<p>For the first time in seven years, Judy Blume has gifted the literary world with a brand-new addition to her already exceptional collection of books. After decades of …

Books

IKEA Plans to Start Hacking Its Own Furniture

New kits will help intrepid DIYers do what they've been doing all along.<p>Our love of building things — and then rebuilding them — starts early. As young kids, we make towers out of Lincoln Logs. Turn LEGO spaceships into cars, tossing the directions aside. So when IKEA first introduced their …

In the Kitchen With: Rosie Birkett’s Semifreddo

When I recently came across the Instagram feed of Rosie Birkett, a London-based food writer, food stylist, and cook, the first image I saw was of …

18 of the Most Charming Small Towns Across America

Small town America is alive and well.<p>Our friends at CountryLiving.com asked their Facebook fans to share their favorite small towns in America. Here are some of the nominations, all with populations of under 13,000.

Even Grandma Would Love This Amazing Graffiti

This street art is for the craft enthusiast.<p>There's nothing hardcore about this graffiti: Polish street artist NeSpoon covers urban buildings in large-scale, lace-inspired designs using stencils and spray paint. Her work can be found in cities across the globe, from Mumbai to Warsaw to Perth — …

Table of Contents: DIY Landscaping

Own it. It’s your outdoor space and you can do whatever you want with it–all summer long. This week, we’ll share a few of our favorite DIY …

Landscaping

Rhode Island Roses: A Seaside Summer Garden in New England

Built in 1930, a shingled seaside cottage and its sprawling gardens in Little Compton, Rhode Island had seen better days by the time Dara and Dan …

New England