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Maurice Sendak on Storytelling, Creativity, and the Eternal Child in Each of Us: His Marvelous Forgotten 1970 Conversation with Studs Terkel

On the lifelong pleasure of “having your child self intact and alive and something to be proud of.”<p><i>“One of the most powerful men in the United States is a dark-haired young bachelor with a mobile face, who was born in Brooklyn in 1928.”</i> So wrote Brian O’Doherty in his 1963 <i>New York Times</i> profile of</b> …

Literature

13 Vintage Photos Of Paris That Will Make You Wish For A Time Machine

Ahhhhh, please take us back.<p>Paris, France, has more than a few nicknames. You may know it as the City of Love. It's official nickname is the City of Light because of its role in the Age of Enlightenment. (Though some say it's also because Paris was the first European city to be lit by gas lamps.) …

France

John Dee painting originally had circle of human skulls, x-ray imaging reveals

Enigmatic Tudor polymath known in his day as ‘the Queen’s conjuror’ is subject of exhibition at Royal College of Physicians<p>Hidden beneath a painting of the enigmatic Tudor polymath John Dee performing an experiment for Elizabeth I is a dark and slightly terrifying secret, research has …

Imaging

Conversation With Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest

The opportunity came up to interview Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest right before the Christmas holidays. For those of you who live under a rock, A Tribe Called Quest are widely considered one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time. Below is an excerpt from my …

The Best Under-$20 Natural Beauty Products

Anytime you hear that something is sustainably farmed, hand-harvested, 100 percent organic, and cruelty-free, it can only mean one thing: It'll cost you. After all, kindness can be quite pricey. But some of the best natural products are also some of the most affordable. To prove it, we picked our …

Natural Beauty

The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015

While putting together our Best of the Year coverage, the documentary list has been possibly the one most tussled-over amongst The Playlist staff, …

Burma's Hard-Line Buddhists Are Waging a Campaign of Hate That Nobody Can Stop

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Asia

The 20 best fiction books of 2015

To compile the list, Goodreads' editors nominated titles frequently reviewed on the site, which were then voted on by readers.<p>This year's selections cover everything from immigration to disease to true tests of friendship.<p>Scroll to see the 20 fiction titles you need to add to your reading list …

Books

The 15 New Products That Changed Our Lives This Year

Getting a group of people to agree unanimously on something isn't easy. Case in point: the 2016 elections. But in the Allure offices, we freakishly all agree that there were a number of new products this year that changed the course of our lives forever. OK, that's dramatic, but they did give us …

Hair

What If Getting a Gun Were as Hard as Getting an Abortion?

After multiple shootings across the country in the past week, including a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people, a …

Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English for the first time

Ethiopian noblewoman Walatta Petros left her husband to stop the spread of Roman Catholicism, possibly fell in love with a fellow nun and was elevated to sainthood<p>The earliest known book-length biography of an African woman, a 17th-century text detailing the life of the Ethiopian saint Walatta …

Princeton University

The 17 best books of the year, according to readers

Book recommendation sharing website Goodreads just released its 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards chosen by readers themselves.<p>Goodreads users rated books that were published this year in a number of genres; the highest-rated book in each was declared the winner.<p>Keep …

Essences: The Korean Skin Care Product You?re Not Using but Should

The flood of Asian skin care imports has changed the beauty game for the better, thanks in no small part to their new, novel technologies. The thing is, though, that while some products are super-straightforward (hello, sheet masks), others can be pretty tricky to figure out—like essences. Are they …

10 Must-Watch Horror Movies from the 1990s

The 1990s was an interesting decade for the horror genre. While some critics will say there were entirely too many sequels and retreads in the …

Dash Snow: sex, semen and secrets

As you walk across the manicured lawns, past the private polo field and up the steps of the pristine stone barn at the Brant Foundation Art Study …

Wu-Tang Clan's secret album brings millions in private sale, auction house says

Wu-Tang Clan's ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album "Once Upon A Time in Shaolin" — of which only a single copy was produced — has been sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure that was in the millions, private auction house Paddle8 announced on Tuesday.<p>Earlier this year, the group …

The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About

There's this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women's issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Aren't there more important things to worry about? Is this really that big of a deal? Aren't you being overly sensitive? Are you sure you're …

New Documentary Chronicles the Story of the Pogues' Shane MacGowan Getting New Teeth

The Pogues' Shane MacGowan will star in <i>Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn</i>, a documentary about the quest to fix his notoriously broken teeth. The doc will air next month through Sky Arts in the UK and will feature "footage of operations in the dentist chair," as well as interviews with Johnny Depp and …

Documentaries

The 10 best books of 2015

Between the World and Me<p>By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>Between the World and Me” is a riveting meditation on the state of race in America that has arrived at a tumultuous moment in America’s history of racial strife. What it does better than any other recent book is relentlessly drive home the point that …

Books

Why do cats love boxes?

My cat-lady selfie with Harlem.Amanda Macias/Business Insider<p>Nearly 100 million cats are kept as pets in the US.<p>My temperamental calico cat, Harlem, is one of them.<p>And while she's the only one I have, she embodies many of the most common, and most perplexing, cat stereotypes.<p>So why does she — and …

If elected, Bernie Sanders wouldn’t be America’s first socialist president

Following the first Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13, YouGov published a new poll which surveyed Americans of three political persuasions (Democratic, Republican, and independent) on whether they favored capitalism over socialism, or vice versa.<p>The results:<p>Following its publication, some …

Middle-class

Guillermo del Toro's Guide to Gothic Romance - Rookie

Illustration by Allegra Lockstadt.<p>Do you ever wonder what goes on in the wondrous mind of director, producer, and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro? …

The 21 Best Korean Skin-Care Products That'll Transform Your Complexion

Along with swapping out lightweight lotions for rich, heavy creams, this spring we're looking to South Korea for some much-needed skin-care inspiration. "Koreans are serious about their skin care," says Charlotte Cho, the founder of sokoglam.com, an online retailer specializing in Korean beauty …

Skin Care

The 25 Best Horror Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: June 14th</b><p>Sometimes you just want to binge whichever good scary movies Netflix has to watch on a dark, stormy night. From ghosts to vampires, zombies, and Babadooks, just about every morbid fantasy that your demented mind can conjure has representation. We’ve watched the best horror …

Horror

The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

“I feel that I have the right to have just as much as a man. There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights and colored women not theirs, the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as …

Books Becoming Movies in 2015 and 2016

When the number one and number two movies at the box office (<i>Goosebumps</i> and <i>The Martian</i>) are both based on bestsellers, it's time to check in on what else Hollywood has lifted from the literary world for our future viewing pleasure. These novel-to-movie properties are ordered from "coming soon to …

Bambi: graffiti artist on why she's more than just a 'female Banksy’

Street artist, whose fans range from Robbie Williams to Rihanna, reveals importance of social issues and feminism to her work – but offers few hints as to her identity<p>Her work decorates the streets and underpasses of north London, as well as the homes of everyone from Kanye West and Rihanna to …

Streetwear

Compassionate Portraits Of The Homeless That Will Affect You Deeply

Photographer Lee Jeffries who lives in Manchester UK, initially started out his photographic career shooting the beautiful game. Masterfully using …

25 Things You Absolutely, Positively Have to Do in Paris

The City of Light, the City of Love, the city with a certain je ne sais quoi: There’s perhaps no place more adored on the planet, as evidenced by the millions of visitors Paris draws each year. You could spend a lifetime exploring the French capital, but whether you have a day or a year, we’ve got …

Ten Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

<i>Mugshot of Albert Fish, 1903 | Image: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Documentary film is my favorite genre, and the linked list of ten …

Horror