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Photographs by Franck Bohbot of an Unusually Deserted and Wintry New York City

Photographs by Franck Bohbot of an unusually deserted and wintry New York City.

Who Invented Chess and When Did It Start Being Played?

There are few pursuits...

Graffiti Spray Paint Layers on a piece of the Berlin Wall

Take a Peak: The Mountains and Mysticism of Nepal

Despite no real climbing experience, photographer Bastiaan Woudt went in search of the Himalayas’ highest peaks … and himself

The Guardian's Best Books of 2020

A panel of writers who published new work this year share their own favourite titles of the past 12 months

Lockdown Reads: Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century

The 100 Books of the Century (French: Les cent livres du siècle) is a list of the one hundred most memorable books of the 20th century, according to a poll performed during the spring of 1999 by...

Secrets From Tel Aviv’s ‘Eclectic’ Era Are Hiding All Over the City

Briefly popular in the 1920s, these beautifully patterned tiles have made a comeback.

Soviet Hotels Fit for a KGB Officer — In Pictures

Pink Seesaws Across the US-Mexico Border Win Design of the Year 2020, on Trump’s Last Day

The Teeter Totter Wall by Rael San Fratello and Colectivo Chopeke allowed children on both sides of the border to play together.

Watch: Daily Life in Egypt, 1925

New York Subway busker spontaneously accompanied by dancer

One of those New York Moments...

The Folding Process of Origami Samurai Warrior

New Irregular Verb Conjugations

To smile Simple past: I smiled. Present: I smize behind my mask. Present continuous: I am squinting jovially and half-nodding at strangers on the s...

Why Do We Keep Reading the Great Gatsby?

‘The Great Gatsby’ is not a book about people, per se. Secretly, it’s a novel of ideas.

The 'Trump Baby' Blimp Will Live on in the Museum of London

A giant blimp depicting Donald Trump as a diaper-clad baby, which followed the outgoing US President on his visits to London and symbolized international opposition to his administration, has...

Fran Lebowitz to Fleeing New Yorkers: “Don’t Come Back. Ok?”

The acclaimed New York writer Fran Lebowitz on her new Netflix show created by Martin Scorcese, "Pretend It's A City,' delves into old New York history, its culture and its obvious annoyances. She...

My Failed Attempts to Hoard Anything at All

It helps to look at which shelves are bare. That teaches you, I suppose, what you should be hoarding.

Saving the Songs of South Korea’s Female Divers

Three elderly women are teaching the music of these famed fisherwomen.

Even I, Satan, Am Appalled at the State of the Republican Party

These past two weeks have been dark. And I know a thing or two about darkness, because I’m the prince of it. And while I enjoy chaos and carnage as...

Wiki Wormhole: The Feast of the Ass Isn’t as Filthy as It Sounds

Headlines that write themselves...

Five Tips to Get Reading Again if You’ve Struggled During the Pandemic

The good news is you read a lot more than you think

Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs

Inside the Forgotten Ghost Stations of a Once-Divided Berlin

The old adage of “what you see on the surface tells only part of the story” couldn’t be more true for a city like Berlin.


Celia Townsend’s mother brought up the subject of debutante balls for the first time in June. It was the day after graduation, and they were discussing when Celia would have to be home from Maine...

The Secret Society of Lightning Strike Survivors

After the sudden and intense drama of getting hit, they suffered from devastating symptoms that wouldn’t go away. It seemed like no one could help—until they found each other.

The Secret Letters of History's First-Known Businesswomen

New research gives us insights into history's first well-documented businesswomen, who made their mark earlier than you may think.

Embrace Reading for the Sake of Reading

It’s rare that I read a book without a pencil in hand, eager to underline and take notes and think about ways I can turn that reading into some practical benefit. Would this author be good on the...

The Microphotographic Wonders of Vermont’s ‘Snowflake Man

Wilson Bentley was the first to claim that each snowflake is unique—and provided evidence.

Batman No. 1 Sells for $2.22 Million

The Art of Whaling: Illustrations From the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships

The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for...

Photographs of Flowers Submerged Underwater Look Like Classic Oil Paintings

Known for her serene underwater portraits of women, artist Barbara Cole has recently explored a different approach by capturing submerged flowers instead. Partly out of curiosity, partly due to...

The Rise of Apocalyptic Novels

In our times of uncertainty, the latest fiction about climate disaster is unsettling – but also strangely comforting. Hephzibah Anderson speaks to the authors.

Inside the Hyper-Local World of Facebook’s ‘Buy Nothing’ Groups

In an age when people rarely know their neighbours, a ‘buy nothing’ group is one way to acquaint yourself with those living on your street

Color Me Beautiful's Social Media Revival and Long Fashion Legacy

When Carole Jackson was a girl, she wanted “so much to be pretty,” but her reflection in the mirror—especially when she was wearing her school uniform—always let her down.

The Secret Artists Creating Miniature Buildings for Street Mice

From record stores to pharmacies, secret artist group AnonyMouse have been creating little places for mice.

A Line in the Sand: Snapshots of Life in Kalmykia, Europe’s Only Man-Made Desert

Sergey Nazarov travelled to southwestern Russia to document the reality of a region on the brink of becoming a wasteland

Why Do We Travel?

Travel is commodity, a privilege, and a state of mind; a comfort to some and a trial to others.

Apollo Landing Sites Now Protected by U.S. Law, but What About the Flags?

Bob McDonald's blog: Fading flags open the question of how to preserve the legacy of the landings.

The Photos That Made David Bowie an Icon

The pop pioneer was as remarkable in front of the camera as he was behind a microphone. To mark the fifth anniversary of his death, Laura Studarus talks to those who photographed him.

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