Jessica Townsend

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The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat

I dumped meat a few weeks ago, and it was not an easy breakup. Some of my most treasured moments have involved a deck, a beer, and a cheeseburger. But the more I learned, the more I understood that the relationship wasn’t good for either of us. A few things you should never do if you want to eat …

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of …

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The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

The Best Book I Read This Year

Staff selections from a year of reading<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.

Meet Smørrebrød, the Best Sandwich You're Not Eating

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Lined up in café windows, served in specialty restaurants, and packed into their very own custom lunch boxes, sandwiches are everywhere in Denmark. They're piled high with pickled herring, spoonfuls of sharp …

Longreads Best of 2014: Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily?

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is what staff at Kew Gardens call a honeypot. The world’s largest and most prestigious botanical garden, Kew receives 2 million visitors each year, and a huge proportion of these, perhaps 30,000 a week, make sure they see the conservatory, a large armadillo-like …

Tracing the Steps of Lost Explorers in Miserable, Beautiful Siberia

<i>Da</i>, <i>Da</i>, there it is,” Andrey says with a smile as he idles the outboard engine. He puffs a cigarette and points at a bulge on the horizon. “Amerika Khaya—America Mountain.”<p>I look where Andrey is pointing, but I’m distracted by clouds of insects. In this part of the Siberian Arctic, there are only …

The Best Novels of 2014 (So Far)

“I don’t believe a book lives until it’s been read,” bestselling author Brandon Sanderson told <i>Paste</i>. We couldn’t agree more.<p>Once read, books …

Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn't cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a …

Clare Boothe Luce’s Struggle: Ambassadorship, LSD, and Marriage to Henry Luce

What Clare Boothe Luce wanted, Clare Boothe Luce got: a man, a seat in Congress, an ambassadorship. A literary star in her own right, she had become half of America’s premier power couple when the Time-empire founder Henry Luce left his wife to marry her in 1935. But, reveals Sylvia Jukes Morris, …

Greens for Breakfast | Kale, Oat, and Blueberry Smoothie

So…I did something crazy last night in the wee hours of the morning. It was one of those second-wind moments. I was all ready to tuck myself into …

Watch These 13 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

By Ted Pillow,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1aPdssL<p>1. Man on Wire<p>I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning …

11 Novels That Will Creep You the F*ck Out

Halloween! A horror writer's favorite holiday. Maybe you're thinking about the record of scary sound effects your dad used to play on the stereo before suiting up in his dashed-together mummy outfit and filling the crab-boiling pot with Hershey's Kisses and candy corn. Maybe you're remembering …

“The Invention of Murder”: Homicide, Victorian style

An endlessly absorbing new history of the notorious killers and legendary detectives of the 19th century<p>Laura Miller<p>July 21, 2013 10:00pm (UTC)<p>"There is such a grand murder in the paper," says a well-bred elderly lady in Emily Eden's nearly forgotten 1859 novel, "The Semi-Detached House. "A whole …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

White supremacy, meet black rage

<b>Defense attorneys Don West (L), and Mark O'Mara address the media following George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict (Reuters)</b><p>How does black life come to have value in a white supremacist system, where the rules only apply to us?<p>Brittney Cooper<p>July 14, 2013 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Yesterday, six women in the …

Domestic Bliss: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at Home

The Steven Klein shoot that started it all: Mr. and Mrs. Smith costars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play house in Palm Springs. (July 2005)

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