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8 September 2014

sports & culture

An incomparable pep talk for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015

2 September 2014


On a coastal road near Canterbury, at an inn that has served visitors for more than 350 years, Chef Stephen Harris is bringing renewed emphasis to eating locally

23 July 2014


Boyhood: Richard Linklater’s audacious, epic cinematic journey

Audiences might think they’ve seen this kind of coming-of-age story before. But they’ve never seen a film like “Boyhood,” which in the hands of writer-director Richard Linklater turns from classic cinematic portraiture into something epic, transcendent and monumental. Filmed for a few days every year over 12 years, “Boyhood” breaks open a brand new genre: a fictional drama contoured and shaped by reality; a lightly scripted ensemble piece executed by both professional and non-professional actors; an experiment in time, narrative and cinematic practice that utterly transforms the boundaries of what film can look like and feel like and achieve.

15 July 2014

nature & sustainability

A Disappearing Planet

Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would be expected under natural conditions.


How to Criticize with Kindness

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

8 July 2014

culture & sports

Sad Brazilians

2 July 2014


Belgium dominated possession versus the United States

humor & language

William Safire Orders Two Whoppers Junior

27 June 2014

music & film

OK Go’s new song The Writing’s On the Wall is accompanied by this incredible new video, as has come to be expected from the band.

And the behind the scenes is a must see:

26 June 2014


Shinji Kagawa & Hiroshi Kiyotake VS 55 Kids

23 June 2014

film & culture

What Pixar’s Next Movie Will Do for Girls


What it’s really like inside the peloton

17 June 2014

food & sustainability

Massive Honey Shortage Due to Hottest California Year Ever


Keith Olberman Remembers Tony Gwynn

16 June 2014

technology & business

Peak PC. Intel Fork.

health & culture

Miles O’Brien on Life After Losing a Limb

typography & culture

On Times New Roman

11 June 2014

media & technology

All about BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti

5 June 2014

culture & nature

Holy tusks, Batman. This makes me sad: Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?

If you are the sort of person who harbors prejudices against people who blow sums greater than America’s median yearly income to shoot rare animals for sport, let me say that Will and Robyn Waldrip are very easy people to like. They didn’t grow up doing this sort of thing. Robyn’s dad was a fireman who took her squirrel hunting because it was a cheap source of fun and meat. Will’s father was a park ranger. In his twenties, Will went into the architectural-steel business, and now he co-owns a company worth many millions of dollars. They look like models from a Cabela’s catalog. They are companionable and jolly, and part of the pleasure of their company is the feeling that you’ve been welcomed into a kind of America where no one is ever fat or weak or ugly or gets sad about things.


Billy Jean on Beer Bottles