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Moscow on the Pacific
A new book chronicles Russia’s failed attempts to colonize California.
True Confessions From the Wolf of Wall Street
Hookers, money, and line after line of coke. A glimpse at the beginning of the hard-partying, rule-breaking life that inspired the Scorsese movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Colombia’s Next Drag Superstar
Through events like Miss Gay Internacional, Colombia's LGBT community pushes tolerance via tiara.
The Internet of Everything Holiday Shopping Guide
Our gadget guru scours the earth for newfangled connected devices. A Porkfolio for the person you love?
Gadget Lust: Kitchen Doohickeys for All Seasons
Ridiculous stocking stuffers you never knew you needed.
Lindsey Vonn’s Uphill Battle
Will the rebuilt right knee of America’s best skier and most intriguing athlete be ready for the Winter Olympics?
Show of Indian Treasures Explores the Contradictions of the Corporeal
Mysticism and intense spirituality persist in an India where MRI services line city streets and an obsession with all things bodily prevails.
‘American Hustle’ Continues Long Tradition of ‘American’ Movies
A ranking of the Top 10 ‘American _____’ movies.
You Never Give Me Your Money: How Allen Klein Played The Beatles and The Stones
The groups wanted money. They enlisted a pit bull businessman to get it, and lived to regret it.
The Day Peter O’Toole Wasn’t Drunk
Behind the scenes with one of our greatest actors.
South Africans Send Off Mandela With a Hallelujah Chorus of Approval
The long days of mourning and sadness have been lightened by endless singing and toyi toyi.
What Scares You Might Scare Your Kids
A new study suggests fear may be a heritable trait.
Vivian Maier Created Art In Secret For More Than 50 Years
The photographer was rescued from obscurity when a Chicago real-estate agent bought a crate of her negatives for at a storage-box auction in 2007.
Gadget Lust: Pressed Into Service
The Mercedes of waffle irons really makes an impression.
Pow! Zap! Kerrash! Enter Madiba, Comic Book Hero
Move over Batman and the Green Lantern, Nelson Mandela enters the graphic biography pantheon.
On the Road With Cut Copy, the Beatles of Electro-Pop
A decade ago, none of the members of Cut Copy had any musical training. Now they're turning down gigs with Gaga.
Norman Rockwell Portrait of Ike Heading for Public Display
Two of the American artist’s best loved pictures was snapped up by one of the brothers who were selling them.
Fighting for the Good, Green Land
A new documentary recounts the history of the American environmental movement.
New York City’s War On Artists
A recent court ruling could make it impossible for street vendors to sell their work in New York and across the nation.
Gadget Lust: The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer
No cutlery puns were spared in examining the cutting edge of science.
Soccer Punch: How Qatar Came to Host the 2022 World Cup
FIFA has taken heat for its decision to hold its main event in a small emirate with big money.
Going to That Great Cocktail Lounge in the Sky
A colorful history of Northwest Airlines and flying’s more glorious days.
Will American Art Lovers Ever See Rockwell’s 'Saying Grace' Again?
Mystery buyer pays a record price for the American masterpiece that broke all records at auction.
An Evening With Rembrandt And Vermeer
"Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis," runs until January 19 at the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side.
Reviewing the Goodreads Best Books of 2013 Without Having Read Any of Them
Our resident bibliophobe reviews the GoodReads winners without actually cracking the jackets.
Hotels Contend With a Surge In Flash Travel
As smartphones get smarter, travelers are upending the hospitality industry with last-minute bookings.
Leonard Bernstein’s False Confession to a Crime He Did Not Commit
For more than 20 years the FBI hounded the composer of 'West Side Story' over the company he kept.
Going, Going. The Tragedy Behind a Sale of American Art
Bidding will be fierce as rare Norman Rockwells go under the hammer.
Goodreads Best of 2013 History & Biography Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best historical and biographical books of the year.
White House Turkey Pardoning Goes Hunger Games
The choice is yours.
Audubon On Display in Republished 'Birds of America'
A new edition of the prized ornithological volume is a lavishly illustrated history of the nation.
Gadget Lust: Power of the Press
The Aeropress makes you the perfect home coffee maker.
Divorce, Doggy Style
Pet custody mediators train former partners not to fight in front of the puppies.
Goodreads Best of 2013 Historical Fiction Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best historical fiction of the year.
Some Art’s Painful by Design
To protest the police state a Russian performance artist mutilates himself in a way that is shocking, but not as novel as it sounds.
One for the Books
The National Book Award winners bring literature a new currency on Wall Street.
Goodreads Best of 2013 Nonfiction Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best nonfiction books of the year.
A Good God Is Hard to Find
While studying writing in Iowa, far from her native Georgia, Flannery O’Connor kept a prayer journal that has only recently been discovered.
Sarah Palin Has a Lump of Coal For Atheists
Palin's "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," will help you get into the holiday spirit of hating everyone who’s not exactly like you.
Refugee Ballerina Makes It On The World's Stage
After losing her family in the civil war in Sierra Leone, Michaela Deprince fought for a new life.
This Turkey Fryer Can Save Your Thanksgiving
Waring's Pro Turkey Fryer/Steamer lets you fry in the comfort of your kitchen. But beware the turkey trussing.
'Vanished' Explores Grief Felt By Families of MIA Soldiers
Of the 83,000 soldiers listed as missing in the past century, 73,000 disappeared in World War II.
Vino? No Thanks. We’re Italian
As the nation’s wine exports soar, the beverage is getting less amore at home.
Black MIDI Will Overload Your Brain – And Your Computer
An inside look at the frenetic music of the Internet’s geek hivemind.
Bettie Page Gave Naughty A Good Name
A new documentary highlights Page's enduring mystique, while revealing (as always) just enough to keep us interested.
'Thank You for Your Service' Highlights Soldiers' Struggle
The veterans in David Finkel’s new book contend with drug abuse, alcoholism, PTSD and suicide.
What Happened To Just Being Hungry?
Foodism has turned every restaurant outing into an adventure, and every dish an epiphany.
Let’s Talk About Sex on the Internet
A filmmaker hopes openness, and a bit of social media, can curtail sexual violence.
Self-Help for the Woody Allen Crowd
Jennifer Michael Hecht's 'Stay' offers arguments against shuffling off one's mortal coil.
The Lush Life of William T. Vollmann
He’s written about prostitutes, crack, and war zones; is it time for a Nobel Prize?
The World’s Best Poker Player Has Beginner’s Luck… and $8.4 Million
Just a year ago, Ryan Riess had less than $400 in the bank.
Diana Movie Slammed for Telling the Truth
Are Brits still in denial about the true nature of the self-styled Queen of Hearts?
This Halloween, Racism Went Viral
Why were Americans paying more attention to blackface this year than, say, “too-sexy” costumes for kids?
What Happens to Banksy’s Balloons?
The last artwork in his New York City residency, likely worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, might wind up at an online police auction.
Banksy Makes Us Uncomfortable. That’s a Good Thing
Banksy pisses people off because they can’t tell who he is. Instead, they have to think and analyze and talk about him. About art.
The 10 Scariest Movies and Why They Creep You Out
The scientific underpinnings of horror flicks.