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Sigrid’s Strangers: picking up where Robyn left off

Also this week: Björk channels Now That’s What I Call Spa Music, while Jidenna has one of the catchiest choruses of the year<p><b>TRACK OF THE WEEK</b><p><b>Sigrid</b> <b><br>Strangers</b><p>Thank God we have Sigrid picking up the slack since Robyn is too busy remixing her old songs to put out any new music. There’s a muted Dancing …

Björk

A Very Chic Insider’s Guide to Lagos, Nigeria

As a fashion-forward businesswoman, Sal Gbaja is constantly on the move. Traveling between the country’s political and administrative capital, Abuja (where her café and bookstore, Salamander, is one of the city’s cultural guideposts), and the bustling cultural and financial center of Lagos—all …

The surprising truth about American manufacturing

Donald Trump is doubling down on his assertions that free trade is destroying US manufacturing. But data show manufacturing is strong – and getting …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Bieber

This past week, Justin Bieber once again took a walk down memory lane and posted a vintage Instagram of himself and his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, mid-smooch. The “Sorry” singer captioned the photo “Feels.” His series of quizzical, nostalgic social media posts have many fans—who also happen to …

Upgrade Your Easter With This LEGO Egg Decorating Machine

We may not agree on the origin behind the Easter tradition of decorating eggs, but we can probably all confess that the fun activity can seem a bit …

Easter Bunny

In Scary Old Sex, Writer Arlene Heyman Confronts a Timeless Taboo

When Arlene Heyman was an undergraduate at Bennington College in the early ’60s, she published a short story in the student alumni magazine about a defrocked Spanish Jesuit priest who ends up in New York in the arms of a prostitute. One of the school’s board members objected on the grounds that the …

Ciara Turns a Nigerian Street Into Her Own Dance Floor

ciara<p>It’s perhaps an understatement to say that Ciara can turn any locale into her own dance floor. Whether levitating in a desert or elevating en pointe like a trained ballerina, the dexterous performer has always been quick to jump to her feet and showcase her gravity-defying, backbreaking moves. …

Courtney Tait

It’s an illusion, right?<p>That a new year can wash away any parts of the past that cling to your heart like tar.<p>The election.<p>The negative pregnancy …

James Corden

Leaves

Notes on reading, writing, books & publishing<p>Recently I spent a good amount of time watching the great PBS food series The Mind of a Chef. The show …

Writing

Kaye Blegvad

Blog - Tina Henderson LLC book design & production

For the past ten years, I’ve had the privilege of typesetting books designed by the very talented Katy Homans, so I was thrilled when she agreed to …

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

Why Obama is placing new limits on standardized testing

President Obama on Saturday announced new federal guidelines that would limit the percentage of class time taken up by standardized testing and help …

Education

Trying To Change, Or Changing The Subject? How Feedback Gets Derailed

Pour yourself a cup of tea, turn your (right) ear toward your speakers and take a listen to the very first episode of the Hidden Brain podcast. We're talking a lot about feedback. First, we'll hear from author Sheila Heen about a common communication problem that pops up in many relationships.<p>Then, …

Body Language

The Backstory to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt on the personal experiences behind their September cover story for The Atlantic<p><b>Greg Lukianoff’s Story</b><p>In the winter of 2007–08, I slipped into a deep depression. I had struggled with bouts of depression my entire life, many of them quite severe, but this was in a …

The Children of Strangers

Sue and Hector Badeau adopted twenty children who needed a home—but there were always more.<p>When Sue Hoag was twelve, she read a book, “The Family Nobody Wanted,” about a couple in the nineteen-forties who adopted a multiracial posse of twelve children, despite having very little room or money. Sue …

Erik Blegvad

My grandpa Erik, my dad's dad, the first & oldest & greatest of the Blegvad illustrators, died on Tuesday morning. He was 90 years old. I should be …