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BRAZIL has gone surf crazy.
In December, when a 20-year-old Brazilian named Gabriel Medina won the world’s premier surfing title, becoming the first South American man to do so, the country erupted in celebration. Mr. Medina’s path to the championship had been followed closely in Brazil throughout …Brazil
Thank you for publishing an On the Spot column about wheelchair travel on airplanes ["Smoothing the Way for Wheelchairs," by Catharine Hamm, March 15]. It is very welcome and very overdue.
Thirteen years ago, my husband became paraplegic. It can happen to anybody, any time.
Since then, we have …North America Travel
Sneak peek at upcoming 007 adventure offers first look at new characters played by Monica Bellucci and, in silhouette, Christoph Waltz
Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond saga, is scheduled to hit theaters November 6th, and although the latest 007 flick is still in the midst of shooting, …James Bond
When the Los Angeles Review of Books Web site debuted in 2012, I thought it was quixotic and unnecessary, but its smart essays and elegant design …Literature
The road to publication is often paved with rejection, says myfirstbookdeal.com blogger Caroline Madden, where she interviews authors such as Donal …Writing
Tim Cook is planning to give away all of his near $800m fortune before he dies, the Apple boss said in a surprisingly frank interview, in which he also described his sexuality as a “yawner”.
Cook, 54, who took over as Apple chief executive from Steve Jobs in 2011, told Fortune magazine that he …Tim Cook
When we interviewed Elle Luna in October 2013, she had recently left her day job to dive into painting full-time. Prior to that, she had helped …IDEO
My name is Rafael Marques de Morais. I am an Angolan investigative journalist, and this week I may be jailed for a book I wrote in 2011 exposing human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich areas of the Lundas.
Tomorrow seven powerful generals, including the minister of state and head of the …Human Rights
A dinosaur may have once snacked where you're sitting. A founding father may have argued for freedom, right where you stand. Fifty years from now? It …Graphic Novels
The Sportswriting MachineMost game recaps stick to a well-worn formula. This is not to say that sportswriters are automatons—but what if they could …Algorithms
13 things we learned from the producer's interview with Big Boy
Dr. Dre recently sat down with L.A. radio DJ Big Boy for a wide-ranging chat, discussing everything from his beginnings in N.W.A to producing Eminem. He spoke at length his involvement in the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. …Eazy-E
The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama The Wire, David Simon. Simon is the interviewee, and speaks frankly about the nation's policing problems, from the drug war to over-incarceration. Who's to …David Simon
As the slow grey East River passes in the distance, as the white smoke from some faraway factory rises into the white winter sky, as a lone man in a grey jacket wanders through the power plant across the street below us, Sufjan Stevens, inside his studio four floors up, shows Technicolor home …Music (UK)
JK Rowling has offered hope to aspiring authors everywhere, after revealing that the first literary agent she sent the manuscript of Harry Potter to responded with just a slip of paper rejecting it.
To add insult to injury, the agent also held onto the folder she submitted her work in, Rowling wrote …Harry Potter
Poetry workshops held in prisons, libraries and bookshops are becoming increasingly important therapy for those who suffer from anxiety and depression
Ten of us are sitting on plastic chairs around a table; one woman is weeping. She has just read aloud Derek Walcott’s moving poem Love after Love to …Poetry
The pain of admitting to a mortgage officer "I write realistic fiction" for a living is almost too much to bear
The mortgage broker is very polite and very young. He grew up in town and graduated high school a few years ahead of one of my kids. His initial questions regarding the refinancing of my …Writing
For the longest time, I’ve wondered about those massage chairs at airports — the sad, vacant pleather kind that rattle around for five …Filmmaking
Bondage is so last year. Publishers who spent much of the past year in search of the next Fifty Shades of Grey are now seeking to exploit another literary phenomenon: the British public’s seemingly unfettered desire for nature writing.
In the past couple of years the genre has moved towards the …Nature
Despite the college tournament generating $1 billion in TV ad revenue, student athletes aren't paid a penny
The maddest thing about March Madness is that, despite bringing in over $1 billion in television ad revenue, student athletes aren’t paid a penny because they’re considered “amateurs” by NCAA …John Oliver
Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
The growing use of turf fields …Turf
Hockey parents who swear and yell at coaches, referees and players during their kids’ games will face stiffer penalties next season from a B.C. association that is taking aim at “rink rage” and inspiring officials across the country.
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association’s stand garnered …Canadian Hockey
Nigerian writers, bloggers, activists at work. Photo by Luis Antonio Delgado. Used with permission.Barbara Ruehling, a filmmaker and Book Sprint …Authors
We’ve chosen to focus our relaunch around the theme: EVOLVE. Transformation is core to who we are, and we put it out to The Inertia’s influencers and …Autism
The key to becoming a successful and fulfilled independent filmmaker is shooting films on your mobile phone for $3 and never giving in to the temptation of studio schmaltz, according to Mark Duplass, the co-creator of Togetherness.
In his keynote speech at SXSW in Austin, the filmmaker outlined his …Film (UK)
One might expect that this is the beginning of a tale that ends in broken dreams and heartache. But the heartache wore off, the dreams have evolved and Gena is today a remarkable 16-year-old with a story to tell. I have been photographing “Gena, In Constant Motion” since 2012. Below, Gena shares a …Proms
Their three-year fling — which ended when he died in her living room — has shaped my life in immeasurable ways
Whenever I teach “The Great Gatsby,” as I have so many times in my forty years in the college classroom, I always wonder if I will tell the students my story. It’s my mother’s story, …Literature
'Dear Thief’ was one of the best novels published last year. So why haven’t you heard of it? Gaby Wood meets its author, Samantha Harvey
Last year, when literary fiction seemed to fall either into the category of formal experiment (Ali Smith’s How to Be Both; Will Self’s Shark) or into an …Book Publishing
The pontiff is the first non-European to lead the church in 1,200 years. He's also a fan of trippy dystopian novels
The 2013 election of Pope Francis marked a number of firsts for the Catholic Church: the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first to have worked as a nightclub …Catholicism