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This Week's Edition
The History of the Fart Joke
Why do film critics scorn fart jokes?
Remembering John Berryman, a Giant of American Poetry
John Berryman, whose "Dream Songs" remain one of the most celebrated yet enigmatic achievements in American verse, is ready for his close-up
'Your Hour May Be at Hand': Winston Churchill's Letter to Boris Johnson
Via the medium of our political editor, Sir Winston Churchill dictates a remarkable letter to the London mayor, bursting with pithy advice about ambition, enemies and champagne
Annie Lennox is Red, Hot and Blue
Having traveled the world and the seven seas, Annie Lennox finds her roots in American blues and her passion in women’s causes everywhere
Story Festivals Herald the Return of the Spoken Word
Across the UK and in America, Audiences Are Rediscovering the World’s Oldest Form of Entertainment
Green Cuisine Sweeps the Fleshpots of Paris
Top chefs are ditching meat in favour of artichokes and arugula. Just don’t call these vegetables humble
Aga Khan Museum: Enlightened Islam Fights Back Against Jihadist Brutality
A new museum in Toronto aims to showcase many of the greatest treasures of a thousand years of Muslim history
A Panel of Dads Reviews the New Tweedy Album
Is the band Tweedy, with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son, really dad rock? We investigate.
The Suit Is Back (If It Ever Really Went Away)
“The most successful and enduring fashion garment ever devised” stands up to time, trends—even basic cable
Reality Is Awkward
Dan Hoyle wants you to put down your phone and talk to people—just not while he’s performing
The Prodigy Glut
Virtuosos are getting younger, but will they have the legs and chops to blow away audiences 20 years from now?
Jesus Was Crucified Because Disciples Were Armed, Bible Analysis Suggests
A new scholarly analysis suggests that Jesus was not strictly a pacifist.
How Italy Became the Sick Man of European Football
Once the game's spiritual home, the country's national sport has been marred by corruption and violence
A Bridge to Maher
The host of Real Time With Bill Maher has repeatedly told us the sky was falling, and the events of August have sort of proved him right
Turning the Tables on the Tasting Menu
Haute cuisine? Haute boredom. The fight against endless courses and minuscule portions begins
Now for a New Undertaking... Welcome to the Ideal Death Show
An alternative funeral industry offers the bereaved a modern service, complete with bamboo shrouds and banana caskets
Putting Themselves Second: Meet The Guides Racing Alongside Blind Athletes
Blind people have dogs, blind athletes have fellow sprinters. Why do guide runners put themselves second?
Beauty in Tragedy
The ruins of the Catskills great resorts make for stunning photographs and grim history lessons
I Replied to Every PR Email I Received for a Week
Every press release. Every event invite. Every media alert. Everything.
Who’s Your Sugar Daddy?
A new documentary wants you to think differently about what it means to pay for sex
Ice Cream Wars Lead to Cultural Meltdown
Who would have thought the universal, frozen dessert had such ethnic divides in its culture and preparation?
Musical Prodigies Find Plenty of Youthful Company
Virtuosos are getting younger. But will these precocious maestros blow away audiences in 20 years’ time ?
The Aristocats Who Call the Ritziest Suites Home
Every hotel wants five stars and loyal customers, and a cat on the concierge’s desk may be the way to win them
Joseph O’Neill’s latest novel, 'The Dog,' Falls to Poor Messaging
The shortcomings of Joseph O’Neill’s latest novel, "The Dog," mirror those of the Obama administration
Yuppies Are Killing the Dive Bar
As American cities become increasingly yuppified, the dank but illuminating dive bar threatens to become an extinct species
XKCD’s "What If?": The Best Bathroom Book You Can Buy
A former NASA scientist answers questions like how best to build a Lego bridge from London to New York.
The Ghosts of Petrograd
A century ago today, St. Petersburg, Russia’s most Western city renounced its name
Gadget Lust: Nothing to Sneeze At
New weapons to keep germs (and hypochondria) away.
A Beautiful Way to Die
You can soar like a bird in a wingsuit... and be pulverized like a jet going head-on into a mountain side
The Music Festival Where Food Takes The Mainstage
At the Wilderness festival, chefs have the same pulling power as rock stars and the music is almost a sideshow