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Rock ‘n’ roll, drugs and sex (in that order)

Whether you’re interested in tales of salaciousness and debauchery or only care about the music, you’ll get satisfaction from “Life,” the new memoir by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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Bali: Island of the spirits

Need to Know presents VII Magazine, a journalistic partnership with VII Photo, which gives our readers unprecedented intimate access to the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. Every day, our partners at VII showcase a new photo, and each week, a new video or audio slideshow. This week: John Stanmeyer lived with his family among [...]

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The year in culture: 5 must-read profiles

From James Franco’s enigmatic star turn to Stanley A. McChrystal’s sudden self-implosion, 2010 was a particularly good year for the in-depth magazine profile. We selected five of the year’s best.

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  Accidental imagery

A van on fire, kids ankle-deep in an inflatable pool, provoked people (mooners not included in the slideshow above), many apparent prostitutes, swimmers, climbers, congregators, arrests in progress, and many simply gawking at the camera, including penguins on an ice floe and one ear-flapping elephant. Powerful visual compositions existing at one moment, in one place, from one angle. Each has been found in the colossal repository known as Google Street View.

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  Crafting and life with Amy Sedaris

Comedian Amy Sedaris sits down with Alison Stewart to discuss her decidedly unique take on crafting, and her new book, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.”

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  First look: Amy Sedaris answers reader questions

Comedian and crafter Amy Sedaris answers reader questions on an upcoming episode of Need to Know.

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Fashionable Paris

For more than seven days, photographer Stefano de Luigi dodged needles and irons, surly models, racks of clothing and dozens of workers documenting the chaos backstage at Paris Fashion Week, “Prêt-à-Porter” Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

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Julie Taymor on ‘Spider-Man’ and her new Shakespeare adaptation

In this extended web version, Alison Stewart interviews Julie Taymor about her new productions of Broadway’s “Spider-Man” and new movie, “The Tempest.”

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An American in Buenos Aires

Benjamin Kunkel exploded onto the literary scene in 2005 with his debut novel, “Indecision.” Jeanne Park spoke with him in Buenos Aires about his forthcoming projects, the global sovereign debt crisis and his adopted country’s love affair with psychoanalysis.

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Undead men walking

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” proves that zombies and cable TV are a perfect match.

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Taking aim: Highlights from Art Basel

From the black market of Bogota where guns are currency to the fractured political “puzzle” of Israel, here are five standout works of social commentary found amid the array of dazzling art at Art Basel in Miami.