Culture

The Mysterious Death of a Tantric Sex Guru

Psalm Isadora escaped a Christian cult and grew to become a sex and healing guru to the masses. Then she was found dead. Many of her disciples aren’t convinced it was a suicide.<p>Most viewers watching a charismatic tantric sex expert featured on a CNN program about “sexual healing” earlier this month …

No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

To read <i>The Butchering Art</i>, you should have a stronger stomach than mine.<p>The book makes no bones (pun unfortunately intended) about what you'll find inside — it's subtitled <i>Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine</i>, so you're duly forewarned. And I thought I knew more …

Books

‘The Snowman’ Is the Most Unintentionally Hilarious Movie of the Year

Michael Fassbender as a detective named “Harry Hole.” A serial killer who puts snowman heads on their victims. How the hell did this get made?<p>Who doesn’t love an awful movie—especially now that some movie theaters serve liquor? You can fill up on enough wine to make you forget that you paid actual …

Movies

Sailor tattoos decoded

Tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's gorgeous "The Art of the Sailor" is an informative guide to the meaning of sailor tattoos. It …

Tattoos

Musician Performs an Impressive Continuous Solo on a Really Odd Triple Neck 6-String Bass

Davie504, the talented bassist who is constantly performing in new and creative ways, successfully answered an online challenge to play a continuous …

Guitar

Watch Kate, Naomi, and Cindy Pay Tribute in New George Michael Documentary

When Kate Moss is asked to describe the late pop icon George Michael in three words, the supermodel was relatively straightforward: "My first crush."<p>That's probably a sentiment that many of the star's fans related to. The singer rose to fame in the '80s and '90s as one part of Wham! and the next …

George Michael

What the California Fires Mean for the Weed Industry

The devastating Northern California wildfires couldn't have come at a worse time for the area's cannabis farms<p>Ashley Oldham, one of only a few dozen …

Cannabis

5 Novels of Supernatural Serial Killers ‘Mindhunter’ Fans Might Love

Dexter Morgan is a forensic blood splatter analyst for the Miami-Metro Police Department. He’s a conscientious and careful professional who notices …

Books

Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, 'Equel'

The world Philip Pullman created is back—in his hands, and now ours.<p>The His Dark Materials trilogy, which was introduced more than 20 years ago with a book called <i>The Golden Compass</i>, is set in a world ruled by theocratic overlords collectively known as the Magisterium, and in which children often …

Books

Bill Maher: Trump’s Call to a Gold Star Widow Is Worse Than Harvey Weinstein Sexually Assaulting Women

A terribly faulty comparison.<p>“I am hesitant to say ‘the president has hit a new low,’ because you’ll think it’s a repeat,” cracked Bill Maher at the top of his <i>Real Time</i> monologue Friday night.<p>The political satirist was addressing reports that President Trump called the pregnant widow of a U.S. …

Bill Maher

These snapshots from the last moon landing show the astronauts having a great time

The final Apollo flight was hard work and a ton of fun for three lucky men<p>Apollo 17 almost didn’t happen. Once Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took …

History

Courtney Love And Frances Bean Cobain Are Still Fighting to Keep Kurt Cobain's Suicide Photos Private

More than 20 years after Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home, Courtney Love and their daughter, Frances Bean, are <i>still</i> fighting to keep …

Kurt Cobain

In 'Only The Brave,' The True Story Of Fated Wildland Firefighters

The ongoing wildfires in Northern California have reminded many Americans of the courage — the heroism — of the men and women who fight fires in forests and wilderness.<p>A new film called <i>Only The Brave</i> is based on the true story of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled, and …

Josh Brolin

'I'm not always going to play swords and horses': Kit Harington on life after Game Of Thrones

The man behind Jon Snow talks about Thronesmania, being a sex symbol and his personal link to the gunpowder plot<p>Kit Harington is reminiscing about his drama school days. “You think you know the world, and you’re so overly serious about what you’re doing, and how important it is, sitting on the …

Game of Thrones

Did Lou Reed’s Honda Ad Make Him Rock’s First Sellout?

The Velvet Underground veteran had a solid rep as one of the hippest bad boy rockers to ever don a leather jacket. So what was he doing in the 80s shilling for a Honda scooter?<p>Lou Reed is well known for annihilating all limitations on the subject matter rock & roll could address. Such songs of his …

Rock & Roll

Kirkus Changes Review After 'American Heart' Draws Outrage As 'White Savior Narrative'

Young adult novel <i>American Heart</i> has been at the center of a storm on Twitter and the recommendation engine Goodreads. Kirkus Reviews had originally given the book a star, but after a controversy, removed it.

Political football

While fans have loudly decried the NFL in opinion polls, they are not spending less time or money on the sport.<p>On August 14 and again on August 20, …

Elections

The 10 best things to do this week: Grace Jones, back on the big screen

The iconoclastic singer gets her own sublime documentary. Plus, Oscar-tipped gay drama Call Me By Your Name<p><b>Film</b><p><b>Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami</b><p>This Sophie Fiennes-directed documentary offers a fascinating insight into the life of one of music’s most enduring icons. Built around a specially …

Culture (UK)

500 Years Since 95 Theses, Martin Luther's Legacy Divides Some Of His Descendants

Five centuries ago, Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation. The anniversary prompted a recent meeting of his descendants to discuss the legacy Luther left when he nailed his theses on a church door.

News (U.S.)

15 Subatomic Word Origins

In July 2017, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) found evidence for a new fundamental particle of the universe: …

Language

Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Amy Tan; 'Death In The Air'; Director Noah Baumbach

Fresh Air Weekend <i>highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</i><p><b>'I</b> …

The Tragic Legacy of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently | The New Yorker

“Life in Raqqa before the war was as normal as any city in the world. We had schools, universities, parks, bars, and cafés, though, of course, Raqqa was not a big city like Aleppo or Damascus. Raqqa was a somewhat forgotten city even though it has oil and gas and an agricultural base. The Euphrates …

Business

Jack Kerouac’s Hand-Drawn Cover for On the Road (1952)

This falls under the category, “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."<p>In 1950, when Jack Kerouac released his first novel, <i>The Town</i> …

Jack Kerouac

Myth-ed Connections: 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer'

We need to talk about Keoghan.<p>That would be Barry Keoghan, the 25-year-old Irishman who has given two superb but wildly different performances this year playing characters about a decade younger. Pockmarked of cheek and heavy of brow, Keoghan's face looks like it hasn't quite set yet. In <i>Dunkirk,</i> he …

Skin Care at Every Age

<b>Twenties</b><p>At this point, your skin care needs are fairly minimal. A good cleanser and light moisturizer should do the trick. Exfoliate once a week to keep pores looking fresh. Be sure to wear sunscreen!<p><b>Thirties</b><p>Hopefully you’ve been wearing that sunscreen. It’s crucial for protecting your skin at this …

Skin Care

How Steve Bannon's Time In Hollywood Changed Him

If there's one constant throughout Steve Bannon's career, it's his ability to reinvent himself. His resume includes time in the U.S. Navy plus jobs working with Goldman Sachs; Biosphere 2, a Florida maker of nasal sprays; and a Hong Kong company that employed real people to earn virtual gold in the …

Politics

Weekend Rec: A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

The weekend is here!<p>Like many of you, I try to use the weekend to catch up on reading. Therefore, every week, I will feature a paperback or ebook …

Books

These Are the Only Airbnbs You Have to Stay in in Biarritz

Charming pied à terre in Biarritz Centre<p>Recently renovated, this quiet and comfortable studio near the Grande Plage is ideal for relaxing after a …

Hotels

Moon Shot: Race, a Hoax, and the Birth of Fake News

Few people today remember that in 1835, men first walked on the moon. That year, however, it was all anyone could talk about. Reports in the <i>Sun</i>, the New York newspaper founded just a couple of years before, described sightings of men with bat wings, unicorns, and bipedal beavers on the moon’s …

Business

This Could Be Your Next Job!

<b>Who We Are</b><p>Interface Portal Modalities is a neutral ecosystem and trans-platform facilitator of mixed-use, real-time content aggregation and “pay for play” handoffs for business networks, global N.G.O.s, and open-source application enhancements. We utilize a transparent blockchain taxonomy of …

Business