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Djuna Barnes Interviews James Joyce in 1922: The Iconic Irishman’s Most Significant Interview

<b>Djuna Barnes</b> might be celebrated as a pioneer of modernist writing, her 1936 novel <i>Nightwood</i> a beacon of both modernist fiction and queer literature. But few know that Barnes was also a formidable journalist — a practitioner of literary journalism decades before Gay Talese pioneered the genre. In …

Marketing the Moon: How NASA Sold Space to Earth

It wasn’t until the soft <i>beep…beep…beep</i> of the <i>Sputnik</i> satellite reached Earth on October 4, 1957 that the Soviet Union could declare the first unequivocal success of their space program. The Soviets had launched <i>Sputnik</i> in secret, and the news took the United States by surprise. It was Soviet policy …

Schopenhauer on Style

What does it mean to write with style? For Kurt Vonnegut, it was about keeping it simple yet interesting. For Herbert Spencer, about harnessing the economy of attention. For E.B. White, about mastering brevity without sacrificing beauty. One of the most timeless meditations on style comes from …

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> — prolific author, champion of the creative life, disciplined writer, sage of literature — is one of the greatest storytellers of our time. At TED 2014 in Vancouver, he hosted a semi-secret late-night event where he read a ghost story and a brilliant short essay titled <b>“Ghost in the</b> …

The world’s youngest billionaire appears to be a human tax dodge

The youngest billionaire in the world is 24 years old. Sound too good to be true? Precisely.<p>Perenna Kei Hoi-ting, a resident of Hong Kong, arrived on the Forbes’ billionaire list in style with the IPO of her Chinese real estate firm, Logan Property Holdings, in December. Her 85% ownership stake in …

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Happy people are more productive—especially if you give them chocolate

Economists at the University of Warwick have found happiness increases productivity by around 12%.<p>Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi carried out a number of experiments to test the idea that happy employees work harder. Their study, involving over 700 participants, is the first causal …

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Drone warfare is why we can’t find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

The long and frustrating hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 might be a sign of what’s to come, thanks to our growing obsession with drone imagery at the expense of the quaint technology of satellite radar data.<p>While today’s high-resolution image satellites can take very detailed …

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Asian Inspired Bedrooms: Design Ideas, Pictures

Asian design is arguably one of the most popular styles that is currently making the rounds. With interior designers borrowing generously from the …

In the Future, You Might Charge Your Cell Phone by Stroking It

The U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation

The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionately believe

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>The U.S. is the last remaining highly developed country that hasn’t abandoned this problematic belief<p>CJ Werleman<p>March 18, 2014 12:32pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a survey conducted among …

This is the scientific consensus on climate change

A new report clarifies the facts and urges Americans to take action<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>March 18, 2014 1:47pm (UTC)<p>How's this for a scientific consensus? The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society with a membership of 121,200 scientists and …

CO2 levels reach a record high in record time

<b>(f11photo/Shutterstock)</b><p>Atmospheric carbon levels have already crossed the 400ppm milestone this year<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>March 18, 2014 4:38pm (UTC)<p>It was a big deal, back in mid-May of last year, when atmospheric levels of CO2 temporarily surpassed 400 parts per million. It marked the first time in 55 …

Who was the real St Patrick?

The details of St Patrick’s life remain murky – but tracking his legendary footsteps across Ireland is both peaceful and spectacular.<p>Those who wish to pay homage to St Patrick on 17 March could attend a parade, don an outlandish green costume or swig a pint (or several – twice as much Guinness …

Her Again

The unstoppable Scarlett Johansson.<p>These are exciting times for Scarlett Johansson. In the past year, she has played the girlfriend of a porn addict, in “Don Jon”; she has played an operating system, using nothing but the honey of her voice, in “Her”; and she has seen her friend Scott Stringer …

The Surprising Lessons of the ‘Muslim Hipsters’ Backlash

I made a music video to share my own story as a Muslim woman in America. In doing so, I was expected to share every other Muslim woman’s story, too.<p>“See you, Mama—tonight is the playoff game…” I mumbled as I hopped on my skateboard toward the soccer fields. I pinned my <i>hijab</i> extra tight and pulled a …

Is Alaska's Pebble Mine the Next Keystone XL?

The push to open a gold-and-copper mine in a rich fishing area has split Alaskans along unusual political lines.<p>Alaska's Bristol Bay region, adjacent to the Bering Sea in the state's southwest corner, is rich with large and productive reserves of natural resources. One of those resources, the …

America’s untapped millennial gold mine: Our cities can’t seem to figure out festivals

<b>(Reuters/Jim Urquhart/Vadim Georgiev via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Outside of SXSW, the most important festivals are all in the middle of nowhere. Why aren’t more cities cashing in?<p>Henry Grabar<p>March 16, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>If you were driving on an American highway last weekend, you probably passed one. They …

Why Cloud Browsers Are The Wave Of The Future

A tiring bit of Internet security advice one often hears suggests using a separate and dedicated browser for sensitive transactions such as online banking or checking your medical data. In the past this meant sorting out which was the secure browser and then avoiding it for other purposes or even …

UC Davis Will Offer Classes Dedicated To The Science Of Coffee

Coffee is the lifeblood that powers much of the modern workforce. It keeps our brains lubricated and is generally considered good for our health when consumed within reason.<p>And yet, we still understand relatively little about the science behind it–its chemical composition, how it metabolizes in the …

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NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, new documents from Edward Snowden's leaks on government surveillance reveal.<p>According to documents published by The Intercept on Wedesday, Turbine created "implants" that let it gain …

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More bad news for millennials: College is actually making inequality worse

<b>Graduating student Abel Charron displays a "Hire me" sign written on his mortar board before commencement at the University of Southern California, May 11, 2007. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)</b><p>It might surprise you, but higher education is actually widening the gap between the haves and the …

Why South Koreans are killing themselves in droves

Suicide represents the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death. Cultural mores offer an explanation why<p>Geoffrey Cain<p>March 15, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>SEOUL, South Korea — The headlines are regular and morbid: a shamed celebrity or politician takes her own …

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Stefan Zweig, Wes Anderson, and a Longing for the Past

What’s Hungarian about the Grand Budapest Hotel, the most glamorous vacation spot in Wes Anderson’s fictional Republic of Zubrowka? At first, I suspected that the resort was a wink at another cinematic Budapest, one from classic-age Hollywood: the insulated haven of nostalgic charm perched on the …

How Reebok Became The Brand For Crossfit Junkies

For only the second time in the company’s 120-year-history, Reebok has changed its logo. It might look familiar.<p>Reebok is a 120-year-old brand, but it was only in the last 30 years that the sports apparel maker traded in its classic Union Jack logo for something new. Released in 1986, the vector …

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Lack of Diversity in Medical Research Is Bad for Your Health

Minor­ity groups are severely un­der­rep­res­en­ted in clin­ic­al tri­als, and the dis­crep­ancy poses ser­i­ous risks for drug safety and pa­tient …