• Buddhist monks release a lantern into the air at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 15, 2014 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
    May 30, 2015   BY Wendy Thomas Russell 

    Although Buddhism is unlike any other religion (in that it does not require belief in a deity), it’s still got some of the classic markers — and the celebration of holidays is one of them. So here, as part of our Holiday Cheat Sheet, is a brief rundown on one of the most important holidays in the Buddhist world: Vesak Day. Continue reading

  • American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program "MTV Unplugged" on Novemeber 18, 1993. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
    April 4, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    On April 5, 1994, the life of Kurt Cobain ended abruptly with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His band Nirvana, which had only months earlier released its third studio album, In Utero, redefined 1990s rock, establishing the raw, dark, bohemian musical subgenre that came to be known as grunge.On the eve of the anniversary of his death, we reached out to musicians, radio hosts and music producers, and asked them to reflect on Kurt Cobain, his impact and his legacy. Among them, Jack Endino, who produced and recorded Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach, and David Lovering, drummer of the rock band, the Pixies, who powerfully influenced Cobain’s musical style.
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  • Photo by Seattle Police Department
    March 21, 2014   BY Frank Bi 

    As the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaches in early April, police in Seattle have released new photos from the scene of the musician’s death. The lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana was 27 years old … Continue reading