A beautiful shot of cliff-diving in Thailand.
Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind. A handsome old mission church is all that disrupts the eternal present of the materially fortunate. The beauty almost eclipses the money. But for an hour or so it did, as I perched on a large rock facing the ocean and was thoroughly saturated in the noontime light. In the distance oil platforms, like ghost ships, rudely marred the pristinity of the marine expanse.
David O. Russell's American Hustle is little bit Martin Scorsese, a little bit Preston Sturges.
The social web used to be about broadcasting your life. Maybe not any more.
Last week, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed three lawsuits seeking "legal personhood" for four chimps who live upstate and are used for research—or, as the NRP puts it, are “imprisoned”— but this week New York judges denied the animal-rights group’s claims. Just how much do chimps have in common with people, though? Consider the following studies:
The New Republic staff brings you the best books of 2013.
Gustave Flaubert remained misunderstood for decades.
Stop laughing, he says. It's not funny.
Silicon Valley's ugly treatment of homeless people has a long history.
Techies: The new puritans.
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Apparently getting hit by a car is as natural as breathing.