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Real Everyday Sexism

Aggregation sites have been making hay this week of a short French film called “Majorité Opprimée,” which translates to “Oppressed Majority.” The conceit is straightforward: the world is turned on its head so that women hold authority and privilege while men are harassed, controlled, and …

We are our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer’s by Dick Swaab, review

This book claims that brain chemistry determines who we are, an opinion to take issue with<p>In 1947 <b>Lionel Trilling</b> described a reductive “spectre” that, he said, “haunts our culture. People will eventually be unable to say, ‘They fell in love and married’, but will as a matter of course say, ‘Their …

Sounds Intriguing: The World's Most Interesting Noises

Trevor Cox has heard it all. He's a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford in England, and he delights in discovering unusual noises. He's also author of <i>The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World,</i> which describes some of what he's found.<p>In the book, Cox …

Lord of the Rings: Arwen and Aragorn's romance nearly didn't happen

An unpublished letter from JRR Tolkien to his publisher shows the difficulties the author faced while writing The Return of the King<p>The romance between Lord of the Rings characters Arwen and Aragorn is one of the most famous and bittersweet in the history of fantasy fiction. However it was also an …

Top 10 vicious literary hatchet jobs

To celebrate the Hatchet Job of the Year Award, Rupert Hawksley doffs his cap to the writers whose poisoned barbs have hit home over the centuries<p><b>1. Aristophanes on Euripides (405 BC)</b><p>Just a year after the death of the celebrated tragedian, Aristophanes ignored all warnings never to speak ill of the …

8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Quotes From Winnie-The-Pooh

A.A. Milne was born this week in 1882. In honor of the Winnie-the-Pooh creator's birthday, here are 8 adorable quotes from his books:<p><b>“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”</b><p><b>"...when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find</b> …

Top 15 most depressing books - Telegraph

Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words, by Boel Westin, tr by Silvester Mazzarella, review

The wartime childhood of the Scandinavian cartoonist Tove Jansson made her want to escape into another world<p>There’s a great passage in the second of Tove Jansson’s Moomin books, in which a fiery comet approaches the idyllic valley. In search of answers from distant astronomers, Moomintroll and the …

The Brooding Black and White Photography of Guy Cohen | Colossal

<p>Photography student Guy Cohen lives and studies in Jerusalem, and travels to locations around Israel and elsewhere in the world to capture some of …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Roadmap

Condé Nast photography comes to Paris

From March 1 until May 25, Paris fashion museum Palais Galliera will be celebrating a century of fashion photography from Condé Nast, with an …

50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …

Star Trek

Stainless: Hypnotizing Slow-Motion Footage from Trains Pulling into Stations | Colossal

<p>These videos by Adam Magyar are one of those things that are difficult to explain verbally, but as soon as you see it, you realize how completely …

Mother's Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

Farm Animals

National Portrait Gallery - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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