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  1. Avidly

    Avidly, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, is a weekly publication that specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling about culture.

    Culture
    Photo by Roger W. CCB-BY SA 2.0
  2. Thoughts on Belonging

    Writer and educator Monna McDiarmid, a Canadian based in Yokohama, Japan, reflects on her shifting sense of belonging to the various places she’s lived in.

    Culture
  3. Authors Talk: Randon Billings Noble

    In this podcast, author Randon Billings Noble discusses her essay “The Sparkling Future, the Eternal Present” and how older work can continue to have value for readers. “The writer might no longer be the same person by the time the writing is published, but its message can still be relevant to those who read it.”

    Authors
  4. OpenTable Blog

    The blog of the online restaurant reservation service delivers stories, trends, and tips from the frontlines of the food world.

    Food
  5. Big Night

    Jill Sisson Quinn’s essay, “Big Night” — on the process of adopting a child and her fascination with salamanders — was recently selected for the “Best American Essays 2016” anthology.

    Essay
    Illustration by Phillip Taylor
  6. A Half Baked Idea

    Blogger Livvy’s recipes and posts tell “the story of how I patched up a mummy-shaped hole in my heart with pastry, bread dough and icing.” She pairs photos and recipes with quirky, candid, relatable stories about life and love.

    Food
  7. Life in a Forgotten Corner of Europe

    When your country’s border is perpetually redrawn: “Katija’s sister lives less than a mile away, in what is now Belarus. Despite the short distance, Katija has to make an almost 90-mile round trip in order to reach a border crossing.”

    Commentary
    Photo by Aleksander Klug
  8. When the Girls Rule

    Over 40? At When the Girls Rule, Julia can help you learn how to dress for your age, body, style, budget, and comfort.

    Fashion
  9. The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

    From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

    Academia
  10. Futurism

    A leading web destination for the latest news, infographics, and videos on the science and technology that are shaping our future, from artificial intelligence and robotics to virtual reality.

    Culture
  11. Four Pounds Flour

    Author and historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman writes about the fascinating and complicated history of food and flavor in America, with a particular interest in immigrant food cultures.

    Cooking
  12. The Geography of Connection

    “There’s a lot happening in the world right now that would lead us to believe how disconnected we are from each other — but if this map says anything, I believe it’s that connection is real, alive, and important to us all.” Candace Rose Rardon illustrates a map of her readers’ travel stories.

    Art
    Map by Candace Rose Rardon
  13. The Silent Contentment of Being Home Again

    Hanny Kusumawati ponders her need for downtime and what the concept of “home” means to her: “I live best the way I travel best: slowly.”

    Jetpack
  14. The Uses of Patriotism

    “If there’s something contradictory about being a white supremacist and loving America, the people who chanted U-S-A while Donald Trump insulted Muslims and Mexicans haven’t gotten that memo.”

    Current Events
    Image by fuseboxradion (CC BY-SA 2.0).
  15. Charles Eisenstein

    Author and speaker Charles Eisenstein publishes thought-provoking essays on politics, current events, international issues, science, the environment, and more.

    Authors