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Arts May 315 ways to add the Swedish love of balance into your life
The Swedish idea of “lagom” -- the endeavor to find balance -- is being touted as the “new hygge." Here are five ways to embrace lagom.
Arts Apr 25Why this American cereal heiress amassed a huge Russian art collection
Marjorie Merriweather Post "was in Moscow at just the right time, when Stalin and his government were selling objects for hard currency.”…
Arts Apr 19PHOTOS: Inside the devastation of the Great Lakes — and the cautious recovery underway
In "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," journalist Dan Egan crafts a cautious yet hopeful narrative using history, reporting, and his own experiences to highlight the threats posed to the world's largest freshwater system.
Arts Apr 162018 Pulitzer Prizes go to #metoo coverage, Kendrick Lamar and more
The winners of the annual Pulitzer Prize awards in journalism and the arts were announced Monday, and coverage of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the resulting #metoo fallout led the way with a joint win for the Public Service Prize…
Arts Mar 166 books that remember women’s oft-forgotten WWI contributions
This year marks 100 years since the end of World War I, the first time women were directly involved in the war effort. A detailed estimate of women’s total efforts is hard to come by, but these books shed light…
Arts Mar 09‘A Wrinkle in Time’ director Ava DuVernay picks 3 must-see movies by black directors
“A Wrinkle In Time,” the highly anticipated film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, opens today under Ava DuVernay’s stewardship. We asked the director for her recommendations on must-see films by black filmmakers.
Arts Mar 05At Oscars 2018, #MeToo dominates conversation — and ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture
'The Shape of Water' won best picture, and Frances McDormand won best actress in a supporting role. See the full list here.
Arts Feb 22David Grann reflects on the painstaking research that sparked his true-crime book
In researching “Killers of the Flower Moon." author David Grann says he found the most telling information in boxes of unorganized archives.
Arts Feb 1613-year-old founder of #1000blackgirlbooks shares some of her favorite reads
Marley Dias, a 13-year-old girl who has collected more than 11,000 books that showcase black female lead characters, can now add her own book to her list.
Nation Jan 305 important stories you may have missed
These days, it’s hard to stop news from Washington, D.C., from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.