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Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional "women writers." I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause. It reminded me of last year's Wikipedia controversy over categorizing "American …

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Its Success?

No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize. But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review—are deeply dismayed by The Goldfinch …

13 Rarely Seen Photos of Marilyn Monroe

So no, not the one of her in the white dress blowing up over the subway grate.<p>Marilyn Monroe rose to fame in the '50s and '60s, becoming one of America's most favorite actresses and most beloved blondes. Today, on what would've been her 89th birthday, we've rounded up some images of her that aren't …

#flipshopping: Spring Fever

Inside Flipboard / March 21, 2014<p>Spring is finally here, and for those who’ve dealt with a frigid winter, the warm weather can’t come soon enough. …

On the Red Couch with Quartz Publisher Jay Lauf

Inside Flipboard / April 17, 2014<p>The future of journalism lies in code. That’s the mantra Jay Lauf uses inside the sleek Lower Manhattan offices of …

Frozen Hot Chocolate (and Coffee and Mocha) Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> This is a drink I’m fairly certain most people have made in the summer. Nothing better than a freshly made frappé (I’m convinced no one actually uses this word) on a summer’s day, amiright? Until this summer, I’ve always made frozen hot chocolate the same way: put cooled hot chocolate …

CafeCats, Adorable Marshmallow Kitties That Float Atop Hot Beverages And Pop Up To Say Hello

Yawahada, a confectioner in Nagano, Japan has created CafeCats, a line of adorable marshmallow cats that float to the top of a favorite hot beverage …

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Milkshake Recipes That Live Up To Your Greatest Expectations

Photo credit: How Sweet It Is, Half Baked Harvest<p>If we had to name the single most decadent dessert, we would crown that title to the milkshake -- no question. Milkshakes are everything ice cream ever wanted to be, and more. Sure, we enjoy digging into epic sundaes as well as the simple pleasure of …

Flourless Chocolate Cake

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: Jenny's famous chocolate cake for Mother's Day -- and all other days.</i><p>Babies crawl and then they walk, and then they get their braces off and refuse to eat fondue with …

dark chocolate coconut macaroons

2014 has been mostly about the chocolate thus far, which is the kind of thing that happens when you outsource what-to-cook-next decisions to my …

double chocolate banana bread

I have a theory that Mondays are for repentance, for undoing whatever damages to your liver, psyche or saddlebags you’ve done over the weekend. …

chocolate peanut butter cheesecake

This birthday cake was assigned to the side of the family whose dessert preferences can be roughly summarized as <b>chocolate + anything else</b>, but if …

Muffuletta Grilled Cheese Recipe

<b>Note:</b> Giardiniera is a pickled vegetable mix that can be found in Italian delis or jarred in supermarkets. If unavailable, it can be omitted. Substitute 2 to 3 seeded and stemmed pepperoncini in its place. This recipe will produce far more olive salad than you need for one sandwich. Extra salad can …

Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese Recipe

It's a Cubano sandwich but without the roasted pork and with the addition of a buttery, grilled crust.<p><b>Read more: Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese Sandwiches</b><p>Ingredients2 tablespoons butter, cut into three even pieces2 slices French or Italian bread2 slices Swiss cheese3 slices ham1 tablespoon yellow …

21 Ways To Take Mashed Potatoes To The Next Level

Hulk smash that mash (...or just add some cheese & chives).

Fried Radish Cake (菜头粿)

4.6 <br>65<p>Fried Radish Cake – radish, rice flour, egg, garlic, fish sauce, chili sauce, onion<p>Ingredients:<p><b>Part 1 – Making the Radish Cake</b><p>1 medium radish …

Recipes

10 Smoothie Recipes That Won’t Pack On the Pounds

We love smoothies, but if you expect us to be all “strawberries-and-kale this” and “blueberries-and-bananas that,” stop expecting. Instead, ready your blender and grab a bendy straw. From mojitos to Almond Joys, we’re taking you on a nutritious tour of smoothies that we swear are actually good for …

Here's How To Make Very Good Crispy Tofu Without Deep Frying

Most foods are made exponentially more tasty once deep-fried (hello, state fair food), but I feel that this is especially true for tofu. A crispy …

12 Baked Eggs Recipes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Your new favorite breakfast looks super fancy, but barely requires any cooking skills to pull off.<p>Saturday morning is the time to really have breakfast. It is not the day for scarfing down a granola bar or cereal out of a plastic cup at your desk. The weekend means it's time to do breakfast right. …

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Elaborate Paper Design Forms Gorgeous Garden Fence

Fences are often used to protect our gardening areas, however, it's not often that one of these enclosures is more delicate than the actual flowers. Shanghai based multi-discipline design company Super Nature Design recently developed this elaborate design, entitled <i>The Garden</i>, as part of the Paper …