WE HIT THE road to celebrate America’s best music destinations, taking in the sweet sound of jazz in New Orleans, the tenacious, gritty rap of New York, good ol’ Memphis rock, and Chicago’s inimitable blues. So put on your dancing shoes and head to these 10 sweet-sounding cities.
In school, “popularity” is a slippery concept, with kids falling in and out of it for no apparent reason. The hierarchies of middle and high school can be as mystifying years later as they were at the time. … But researchers have been studying “popularity” in a systematic way for a while now, and one… Read More >> 0 comments
The message power of a gesture. “We only know about this one because it was caught on video and shared,” he added. “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Could this affect my career? What if it never grows back? … I quickly assessed the situation to be beyond repair and so, using my tears as clipper lubricant, got rid of the beard completely. I was sans chin squirrel for the first time in a decade. I looked at the stranger in the mirror… Read More >> 0 comments
For thousands of years the Nenets people have migrated with their reindeer herds across the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. In October 2016, Alegra Ally travelled to north-west Siberia to join a family and document their way of life as autumn turned to winter.
According to historian Gordon A. Craig, many people dismiss diplomatic notes as “a form of literature scarcely more exciting than seed catalogues.” Yet the exchanges, Craig argues, can in fact be riveting. Part of the pleasure comes from reading between the lines, or even counting the number of lines. “The shorter the note, the deeper… Read More >> 0 comments
The color and flair of traditional ceremonies give brides and grooms a way to express a vibrant cultural heritage.
The fightback against male domination of serious literature is on – and women are winning battle after battle
Time was when we knew where we were with books. Big, important men wrote big, important masterworks about science, politics and history that, if enough people bought them, would swiftly be absorbed into the canon. Women writers, meanwhile, were viewed as niche and thus awarded their own specialist categories, among them “romance”, “chick-lit” and “women’s… Read More >> 0 comments
There’s another sinister development in France in recent years that explains why women are not only reluctant to go topless but frightened at the thought. It’s what Jacqueline Costa-Lascoux, a director for a governmental research organization, described in 2015 as ‘a police of mores who are principally targeting young women on the issue of modesty’.
Outfits countless teenagers have worn for decades are suddenly a symbol of sexlessness and ‘queer’ identity. … ‘Nonbinary’ supposedly refers to ‘people whose gender is not male or female.’ But of course your clothing and makeup don’t change your sex, making the term ‘nonbinary clothing’ innately rather silly.
Genitals are an altogether different story. Modesty, of course, is legislated differently in every place and time. (In one era, for instance, French police arrested women on beaches for wearing body-baring bikinis and in a later one exploited modest body-concealing burkinis as a means of pitting constitutional secularism against freedom of religion.)
“I think it’s awesome,” said Duplessis, 38, an insurance agent. “She walks into day care and has an immediate sense of community. She belongs.” … Public schools, charters and child-care centers across the country are increasingly requiring uniforms, remaking back-to-school shopping traditions that have long emphasized individuality and self expression. More than 40 percent of… Read More >> 0 comments
The media must recognise it shapes the world we live in, as well as reflecting it. Hyperbolic coverage of terrorists and school shooters and people who take their own lives will encourage copycats. Hysterical coverage of populism, recession and mental illness risk turning into self-fulfilling prophecy. … When we report progress, more progress ensues. What… Read More >> 0 comments
The smog of praise that permeates the upper echelons of society is a product of perverse incentives. As individuals, we tend to praise others and to court praise, because we want to win good will from others and receive confirmation of others’ good will. What’s more, we have an even stronger incentive to praise people… Read More >> 0 comments
Still, there is evidence that rereading — and rewatching and relistening and reconsuming all types of culture — might actually be somewhat beneficial, or at the very least comforting. … Finally, they posited that there is an existential purpose in reconsumption: By re-engaging with the same object at different times, we can more easily understand… Read More >> 0 comments
These amulets were probably collected and used by a woman, either as a type of jewelry or to protect her from bad luck. Archaeologists are now studying their likely symbolism to “understand their meaning and function,” Massimo Osanna, the general director at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, said in a statement.
Quentin Tarantino’s movies are about the power of stories to mold reality. Especially in unexpected ways.
The second half of his career, beginning with “Inglourious Basterds,” is dedicated to revealing the power of stories, including the movies he references, to shape our reality and mold our perceptions.
If I started a sentence with “Ermahgerd,” misspelled “the” as “teh” or dropped a “1” in a string of exclamation points, and that sentence made sense to you — or even made you smile a bit — congratulations: You’re an Internet Person. And if you grimaced or winced, thinking those references dated or tragically unhip,… Read More >> 0 comments
A study claims that adding emojis to communications allowed people to reach a deeper level of intimacy with one another.
However, Nick does think that a new wife being expected to take her husband’s name is a worrying continuation of the notion of possession. “The whole practice is so archaic,” he says. “I didn’t even tell my parents before I asked Laura about it, and I didn’t have any intention of asking her dad, either…. Read More >> 0 comments