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The U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War

The CIA has concluded with “high confidence” that Russia intervened covertly during the presidential election to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy. They based this assessment on the discovery that Russian security agencies had hacked the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National …

The secret history of Salvador Dalí’s Disney film

It’s difficult to picture what a Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney collaboration would have looked like. Yet the two artists did collaborate, and the outcome – a short film called <i>Destino</i> released in 2003 – is beautifully weird.<p>Before their fateful meeting, Disney dabbled in WTF. There’s an entire …

An Encyclopedia of Every Literary Plot, Ever

How many plots are there in fiction? Millions, two, or 36, depending on whom you ask. There’s William Wallace Cook’s chart-crazy <i>Plotto,</i> first …

We gathered six directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Ridley Scott, in a room. Here's what they said.

Filmmaking is a collaborative art. Yet most movie directors work alone, in the sense that there is only one. So when a group of directors get together to talk about how they do what they do, it is with a genuine interest and curiosity in how others might approach the same problems and …

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22 Hearty Cold-Weather Slow-Cooker Recipes

Jack Kerouac, misogynist creep: Inside his ugly infatuation with Marilyn Monroe

Five years after publishing “On the Road,” the Beat icon penned a letter so vile it demands we reexamine his legacy<p>THE EDIFICE OF Columbia University’s Butler Library still had the glimmer of freshly quarried limestone in the early 1940s, when Jack Kerouac traipsed around the Manhattan campus with …

46 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) was a German philosopher. In his brilliant but relatively brief career, he published numerous major works …

How to grill burgers: Secrets to the perfect patty

Grilling can be a bit intimidating, but with a few tips, you can make THIS your summer for success. We spoke to barbecue expert Rick Browne, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Grilling,” and he shared with us his essential tips on grilling summer staples. First up: burger basics.<p><b>Choosing cuts:</b><p>When …

10 ways America can stop terrorizing its citizens (and the rest of the world)

We refuse to think of ourselves as barbaric, and yet our War on Terror is exactly that. It’s time we put it to rest<p>Dear American Patriot,<p>I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start …

Unconventional Ways To Open a Bottle of Beer When a Proper Bottle Opener Isn’t Available

The Watercooler offers a number of unconventional and surprisingly effective ways to open a bottle of beer when a church key isn’t available. …

Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand

Imagine the amount of patience that's required to create such highly detailed art such as this! To promote healing and world peace, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, travel the world creating incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. For …

The best punk films

Lukas Moodysson's <i>We Are the Best!</i> hits UK screens this Friday. Adapted from the graphic novel <i>Never Goodnight</i> by his wife Coco, it sees three teens in '80s Stockholm form a punk band. A tender take on youth rebellion and the spirit of DIY, it's not the downer that the Swedish director's brutally …

25 Books Every Writer Should Read

The hard work, the MFA vs. NYC debate, the negativity, the importance of a good Twitter account, the parties you have to go to, the readings you have …

Cannes 2014 lineup: 'A mouth-watering selection'

The announcement of the Cannes competition list is an event that becomes more tinglingly tense and exciting every year. These are the films that will, for good or ill, dominate world cinema conversation in the coming 12 months. They're an alternative canon to the English-language "awards season" …

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

India's electronic music scene: 10 essential tracks

This may be the biggest year yet for Indian electronic music. Most of the leading international names have toured the country in the last few years, but the scene has recently been dominated by quality, independent releases from local producers looking to carve their own identities into the …

Trailer released for James Gandolfini's final film The Drop

The trailer for The Drop, featuring James Gandolfini's final film role, has been released. The film stars Gandolfini opposite Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, in a crime drama centered around Brooklyn's gangster underworld; Gandolfini plays the bar-owning cousin to Hardy's bartender, allowing 'drops' of …

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

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The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

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Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

Just because she's nearly the same size as her instrument doesn't mean this Japanese girl's metal solo won't melt your face clean off.<p>Known on YouTube only as Li-sa-x, the 8-year-old shared this video last December in which she covers "Scarified" by Racer X. Despite her diminutive stature, she …

27 Jaw Dropping Works Of Street Art So Big They Will Never Fit In A Gallery

Sydney-based artist Fintan Magee is redefining street art.

Have Paul Scholes and Gary Neville taken first step towards coup to wrest back control of Manchester United?

David Moyes took over at United wondering if Sir Alex Ferguson's shadow would overwhelm him when in fact it is members of 'Class of 92' who are most obvious threat<p>Paul Scholes missed the key date on his calendar by a mere 10 days. The Ides of March fall on the 15th of the month.<p>No matter, whether …

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Winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Part I

The Sony World Photography Awards have announced the winners of their Open, Youth, and National Award competitions today. The winners were selected from over 70,000 entries submitted by photo enthusiasts and amateurs from across the world. Overall winners and the judging of the final categories are …

If Instagram and Google were Invented in the 1980s

The World’s Most Talented Barista Is Drawing This Year’s Best Picture Nominees In Coffee

Mike Breach, barista extraordinaire, is stepping up his game as the Academy Awards approach. He’s in the process of “painting” this year’s Best Picture nominees — in lattes. So far he’s finished <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <i>Gravity</i>, <i>Her</i>, and <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> (see below).<p>Lest you think this is all just …