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How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

Clint Eastwood

Under pressure, Silicon Valley workers turn to LSD microdosing

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Psychedelic Drugs

4 books that feel like travel

WHEN I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL, I find myself casting about for cheaper ways to discover something new about myself and the world. The obvious choice …

Books

How To Transform Your Flat (Without Spending A Fortune)

With the average age of first-time house buyers having risen to 35, there have never been so many of us renting. But even if you have got on the …

Home Decorating

Loops and Animated GIFs by Markus Magnusson

Well illustrated and animated GIFs of funny loops created by Markus Magnusson.<p>Markus Magnusson is a Swedish freelance graphic designer, illustrator, …

Last Film, Best Film?

A friend and fellow-critic, Forrest Cardamenis, recently tweeted a mention of something that I wrote some time ago: “If you think that someone’s first or second film in a long career is their best, you don’t really like their work. Artists grow.” I’m glad he did so, because the idea hints at vistas …

Charlie Chaplin

The Lessons of Film School, Distilled In One Speech

One of the best things I saw at South by Southwest wasn’t a movie but a speech—the keynote address delivered by the director Joe Swanberg. Its subject, as Swanberg announced at the start, was money. Its form was autobiographical: Swanberg, whose career started at SXSW when the festival showed his …

Video on Demand

Technology is eroding our ability to understand what's real and what's just an illusion

If we were to take a television back in time — to the Middle Ages, say — and show off a Blu-Ray film (our time machine has a power supply), we might imagine that those medieval people would have no idea how we created such a stunning illusion.<p>Our audience would presumably want to try to look inside …

25 Amazing Treehouses You Can Actually Rent

Perched high above the ground, these dreamy cabins have views for days.<p>Your childhood dream of having a tricked-out treehouse can totally come true — these lofty escapes are outfitted with amazing amenities, and they're available to rent for an epic vacation.

Hudson Valley

Mountains Shot in Infrared Look Haunting as All Get-Out

Andy Lee's otherworldly landscapes bathe some of the Earth's grandest peaks in an unearthly light, one invisible to the naked eye yet beautiful just …

'When People Can See Time': Photographer Captures Day, Night In One Image

Of all of the arts, photography may be the discipline most accustomed to the nudge of technology, and photographer and artist Stephen Wilkes fully embraces the challenge. His latest project, "Day to Night," takes on the idea of showcasing, in one composite still image, the transformation of a place …

National Parks

Photographer Shoots ‘Bullet Time’ Using a Ring of 100 Pinhole Cameras

For his master thesis project at Hochschule Mannheim in Germany, photographer and communication designer Andreas Neumann decided to create bullet …

Lale Akgün: 'Muslim migrants need to accept German social norms'

The men who attacked women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve have internalized an Islamist fundamentalist view of women, says Lale Akgün, an expert on …

Religion

Perspective and Light Help Turn the Surface of Water Into a Magical Mirror

For his project titled “Mirrors,” Montreal, Canada-based photographer Robin Cerutti took his camera underwater and shot sideways photos of models …

Photography

Modern Pin-Up Beauties Flaunt Dresses Made Out of Milk

London-based artist Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz blends modern interpretations of the classic pin-up girl with high-speed liquid photography. Founder of AurumLight Studio, Wieczorkiewicz produced this playful concept, entitled <i>Milky Pin-Ups</i>, in which gorgeous models flaunt chic liquid dresses made out of …

High Fashion

18 of the best sports pictures - Telegraph

The 20 best countries to visit in your lifetime

The awards are based on the ratings and feedback of more than 128,000 readers — the highest level of participation in the magazine's history.<p>Other Readers' Choice Awards include the world's best cruise lines, hotels, spas, and airlines, all of which you can check out here.<p>Keep scrolling to see a …

A Cuba tour guide with an expert's eye on art and architecture

I recently returned from visiting Havana and must share one of its best-kept secrets. He's an American by the name of Michael Connors, who leads custom-tailored art and architecture tours in Havana and throughout Cuba. He has written several books that feature Cuba ("The Splendor of Cuba" and …

Interview: The Illustrious Career of Photographer Rodney Smith

With an illustrious career spanning over 45 years, New York-based photographer Rodney Smith has produced countless images that are a perfect blend of sophistication and whimsy. Shooting on film with a medium-format Hasselblad, Smith creates enchanting portraits of classically styled figures posing …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Caffeine High: Photos Show the Universe Bound By Swirling Coffee

For her series <i>Coffee Universe</i>, photographer Flora Borsi creates arresting manipulations from swirls of morning coffee, blanketing the world in a rich …

The Minimalist B&W Self-Portraits of Noell Oszvald

Noell Oszvald is a 25-year-old visual artist from Budapest, Hungary. “I’m not a photographer,” she says, but she does use a camera to create her …

This app lets you visualize the WiFi signals pulsing around you

A new exhibit titled the "Architecture of Radio," created by Dutch artist Richard Vijgen, visualizes the overlapping signals that envelop us — from cell towers, WiFi routers, and even satellites flying overhead, using an iPad app.<p><i>Video courtesy of Richard Vijgen</i><p><i>Follow BI Video:On Facebook</i>

Annie Leibovitz On Photography

“I’ve never been that interested in the technical end as much as I’ve been interested in how important it is to see – and how you see.” A little …

Gianni Berengo Gardin Talks About His Love of Film Leicas

Gianni Berengo Gardin is an Italian photographer who has worked for <i>Le Figaro</i> and <i>Time</i> Magazine. Considered a artistic heir to Henri Cartier-Bresson, …

Street Photography

A Model Held Her Breath For 5 Minutes for this Single Take Music Video

Typically, tying a model up and throwing her to the bottom of a pool isn’t a recommended practice for both legal and moral reasons. However, this new …

Music Videos

My Most Important Photograph: Lauren Greenfield, Los Angeles, 1993

Mijanou and friends from Beverly Hills High School spending their Senior Beach Day at Will Rogers State Beach in Los Ang<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Lauren …

Los Angeles

Urban Pulse: Rome - Photographs and text by Lara Kantardjian | LensCulture

<i>When I speak of poetry I am not thinking of it as a genre. Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality.</i> <br>—Andrei Tarkovsky<p>Wandering the streets like a spectator from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, always seeing, feeling, and connecting to everything. I’m in …

The Inspiring Story Behind the Iconic Baltimore Riots TIME Cover Photo

When protests and riots erupted in Baltimore earlier this year after the death of Freddie Gray, 27-year-old photographer Devin Allen began capturing …

10 Tips for Doing an Underwater Photo Shoot

My brain is officially underwater. Photographically, that is.<p>I see everything in terms of underwater. A friend shows me the gorgeous wedding dress …