What Does Hell Look Like?

What Does Hell Look Like?

Six out of ten Americans believe in an afterlife in which people are punished for evil deeds, a 2014 Pew survey found. Whether your sense of hell is literal or metaphorical, the concept predates Christianity, according to the new Penguin...
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Syrian refugee chocolatier’s treats are literally going out of this world

Syrian refugee chocolatier’s treats are literally going out of this world

Few companies ever pass the milestone of breaking into the outer space market. But now, the Hadhad family, who fled their home in Syria six years ago, can count themselves among that group. Back in 2016, they opened up a...
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A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Time

A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Time

Since it was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, the Grand Palais, a soaring ode to glass and steel just off the Champs-Élysées, has evoked a particularly Parisian glamor. So when another French icon, the fashion house Chanel, granted...
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Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows

Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows

It was 1999 when the artist Sean Scully approached the edge of a grassy cliff in Norfolk, England, out to the blue-green of the North Sea and the steely gray sky above it. “I saw a beautiful cliff and a...
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The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today

The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today

Stop any American on the street and they’ll have a definition of the “American Dream” for you, and they’ll probably have a strong opinion the slogan “America First,” too. But how did Americans develop their understanding of these slogans? What...
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Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday

Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday

On Saturday, September 22, more than 1,500 museums will open their doors for free as part of Museum Day. Organized by Smithsonian magazine, the annual event includes free admission to museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states. Participating museums...
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The Afterlife of Beetlejuice

The Afterlife of Beetlejuice

While we were shooting, I’d say to myself, what the hell is this?” the actor Alec Baldwin recalls of his starring role in Beetlejuice. “Even trying to explain to people what the movie was about—it was difficult. People gave me...
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The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece

The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece

Not far from Johanna Basford’s home on the northeast coast of Scotland lies a parabola of golden-ocher sand where the proportion of sky to land is unlike anything you’ll likely see outside of a Bertolucci film. A wildlife Eden, this...
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Why ‘Little Women’ Endures 150 Years Later

Why ‘Little Women’ Endures 150 Years Later

When Louisa May Alcott lifted her pen after writing the last line of Little Women, she never would have believed that this piece of autobiographical fiction would remain in print throughout the 150 years after its September 30, 1868 publication....
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City of Calgary turns manhole covers into art

City of Calgary turns manhole covers into art

We drive over them every day and hardly pay any attention to them, but in Calgary, manhole covers are being turned into pieces of art, ones the city hopes get lots of notice. The City of Calgary replaces around 2,000...
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