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How Bo Burnham Turns Anxiety Into a Work of Art

“This is a very sad and beautiful story,” says Bo Burnham. We are watching an instructional video on how to tie a necktie. The narrator is pointing …

Middle School

The Best Biographical Documentaries Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

From "Amy" to "What Happened, Miss Simone?," we're in a golden age of biographical docs. Our panel of film critics picks the best ones ever.<p><i>Every</i> …

Biographies

Eight hidden Italian islands where you can escape the crowds

With more than 450 islands, Italy is home to some incredible beaches and coastlines, many with fascinating ancient history — but the secret’s out for many of them. For a quieter, more authentic experience, head to these eight Italian islands before the crowds do. Gelato, ocean vistas, and seclusion …

Italy

40 books, TV shows, and movies for people who care about the future of tech

In an interview earlier this year with the New York Times (paywall), Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he could have never imagined a future in which the software he developed would be used to interfere with elections. But many have warned about the potential for misuse, and it’s not a stretch …

Artificial Intelligence

Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese

In 1896, Tamamura Kozaburo, a highly successful commercial photographer in Yokohama, received an order from a Boston publisher for what eventually …

Japan

Lisbon: Tracing the Roots of an Imperial Cuisine

<i>Lisbon is one of the world's greatest food cities, and you'll experience the very best of it. Visit markets and farms, meet fishermen and bakers,</i> …

European Travel

7 audiobooks to take along on a summertime ride

‘The Death of Mrs. Westaway’<p>+6<p><b>By Ruth Ware</b><p><b>Read by Imogen Church</b><p><b>Simon & Schuster Audio • 14:14</b><p>The best book yet by Ware (“The Woman in Cabin 10,” “The …

Books

Journalism has a trust problem. The podcast In the Dark proposes a compelling solution.

The terrific series, examining flaws in the criminal justice system, stands up for old-fashioned reporting.<p>In an era when the media isn’t trusted by huge swathes of people and when the president himself cries “fake news” at every opportunity about stories he doesn’t like or finds inconvenient, I’m …

Journalism

Go Here Not There: Five Brilliant Alternatives To Expensive Destinations...

Goodbye, pushy tourists…<p>Social media has changed the world more than anyone could’ve ever fathomed. It’s not only turned tragically cat obsessed …

European Travel

Sacred Games Is Netflix’s New Narcos, With A Twist

A new series promises to take you into depths of India's underworld. <i>Sacred Games</i> dropped on Netflix on July 6, marking the very first Indian original …

TV

Avoid Crowds at Popular Destinations and Try These Hidden Gems

Travel<p>Skip the crowds of Venice and escape to the romantic waterways of Ljubljana, Slovenia.<p>While we have the potential to positively impact the places we visit—infusing money into local economies, supporting conservation projects and local artisans, and building bridges across cultures, we also …

European Travel

In Pictures: 7 Most Picturesque Train Routes in India

01/07<p>Chennai-Rameswaram, Sethu Express - This bridge has historical significance and as per mythology, this bridge was built by Lord Rama so as to …

India

First Album, First Song: The 150 Best Lead-Off Tracks

Over the years, some bands who've released recording debuts have launched their careers with a single from the album that, in many cases, was the first song on the first side of their record. In the business, these songs are called "lead-off tracks," denoting the first in a series of songs on an …

Music

What Tech Insiders Are Reading Right Now

We asked 10 people doing good work in the industry to recommend 5 books each. The result is a goldmine for summer readers.<p>Whether you’re staring at some vacation time or just always on the hunt for something good to read, we’ve got some suggestions for ya (big surprise, right?). But this time, we …

5books

Read 'The Cabin At The End Of The World' And You Won't Sleep For A Week

The worst kind of horror plays for shock — for extremes of blood and gore and screaming nonsense. It is instantly recognizable for existing in a universe too far gone from our own to truly haunt anyone still tethered to the everyday.<p>The best kind of horror is soft. Quiet. Almost gentle in its …

Books

These Are The Best Audiobooks As Read By The Authors

Some books are just meant to be listened to.<p>Some books are meant to be read, others are best listened to. The audiobooks below are all narrated by their authors, adding another form of intimacy to the experience. In their expert voices, they might deliver a great joke, or emphasize a great sentence …

Books

Joseph Heller’s Handwritten Outline for Catch-22, One of the Great Novels of the 20th Century

We remember <i>Catch-22</i>, more than half a century after its publication, as a rollicking satire of American military culture in wartime. But those of us …

Literature

How Anthony Bourdain Changed Travel

Anthony Bourdain

The 50 best podcasts of 2018

<b>2 Dope Queens</b><br>Comedy panel hit<p>Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams’s podcast is a perfect storm of comedy and representation, with the two US comedians hanging out with their mostly female, often non-white and LGBT guests to chat “race, gender, sex, and other less serious topics”. Recorded in front …

Comedy

The big picture: We're getting closer to AI doctors

It’s not unrealistic to think that 80% of what doctors do will be replaced by algorithms and artificial intelligence. The idea, evangelized by …

Artificial Intelligence

'Drink a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out': 22 of Anthony Bourdain’s wisest quotes about travel

Anthony Bourdain first rose to fame with his searingly honest memoir about life as a chef, <i>Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly</i>, but as his career progressed, it became evident that travel was a passion he held just as dear to his heart as food.<p>“If I am an advocate for …

Anthony Bourdain

6 Books That Explore the Power of Chance Encounters

Gayle Forman<p>The three characters in Gayle Forman’s new young adult novel <i>I Have Lost My Way</i> have all these excuses, plus several more, for not getting to know each other. But when aspiring pop star Freya falls off a bridge, landing on runaway Nathaniel, and Harun is the closest witness, the three …

CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> In death, as in life, Anthony Bourdain brought us closer together.<p>On his award-winning series, "Parts Unknown," Bourdain brought the world home to CNN viewers. Through the simple act of sharing meals, he showcased both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, yet how …

Anthony Bourdain

PODCAST: Ken Burns And Lynn Novick Talk 'The Vietnam War' And The Secrets Of Storytelling In The Digital Age

Listen to the full episode here:<p>Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent ten years making their ten-part PBS documentary series, <i>The Vietnam War.</i> To do it, they spent countless hours poring over endless footage, documents, photos and interviews (from all sides of the conflict) to produce a film …

If You’ve Never Read Philip Roth’s Books, Here’s Where to Start

Philip Roth died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85. According to The Times’s obituary, he “was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers — Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others — who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th …

Literature

LeBron James, the Warriors and How the Modern NBA Happened

Once upon a time, the NBA wasn’t cool.<p>It was only a decade ago that the game was slow, the style of play was ugly and the players themselves weren’t cultural icons. Twitter was something that birds did. But it already feels like such ancient history that NBA players could have been wearing short …

Basketball

7 Inspiring Podcasts That Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to This Summer

Make the most of your summer with these informative and entertaining podcasts.<p>Summer is around the corner, which means beach getaways and family vacations are also on the horizon. While the rest of your friends search Amazon for their summer book list, you should find great podcasts to fill your …

Self-improvement

The Most Expensive Cities in Europe and Their Cheaper, Cooler Alternatives

When it comes to popular European cities, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome grab all the headlines. And while these destinations have the cultural offerings …

European Travel

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in June 2018

A lot of movies are coming to Netflix this month, but they all pale in comparison to a certain epic from a galaxy far, far away.<p>A solid variety of …

Native Americans

Here are the 5 books you need to read this summer, according to Bill Gates

With summer fast approaching, it's time to start compiling your vacation reading list. And fortunately, Bill Gates is here to help.<p>On Monday, the …