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Chronicling the high-heeled path to drag-queen superstardom, the new memoir also reveals a celebrity infatuated with his sense of a special destiny.THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS: A Memoir, by RuPaulAs “The House of Hidden Meanings” is RuPaul’s fourth book and his first straightforward memoir, it’s understandably being marketed as an opportunity to see the pop culture icon in a new light. The striking, almost intimidating, black-and-white cover photograph notably subverts the expectation of seeing Ru in glamorous technicolor drag. All the artifice has been stripped away, we’re being told: This is RuPaul stripped bare.But the meanings laid bare in the…

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Rachel Lyon’s novel “Fruit of the Dead” updates the Greek myth with a pharma tycoon who lures an aimless slacker to his private island.FRUIT OF THE DEAD, by Rachel LyonQuick: What do Edith Wharton, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Geoffrey Chaucer and the Australian experimental rock duo Dead Can Dance have in common? Answer: All have been inspired by the tale of Persephone, Demeter and Hades. The art resulting from this inspiration has ranged from prose to poetry to haunting darkwave jams.Joining these luminaries (and still others, Ezra Pound and Dante Gabriel Rossetti among them) is Rachel Lyon, whose second novel, “Fruit…

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SEOUL —  In February 2014, a British YouTuber known as the “Korean Englishman” uploaded a video that would change the fate of an instant noodle company halfway across the world.The video features his friends and family eating a cup of Korean instant noodles against the backdrop of familiar London sights. The noodles, shipped to him by his subscribers, are intensely spicy. The idea is to see if his guests can take the heat.Among them is the Englishman’s father, whose “really nice” soon turns to “ooh, that’s getting hotter.” Milk is gulped, then shot out the nose. Tongues are wiped. Noodles are…

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Colbert joked that justices were “again shoving their gavels up the election” by ruling that former President Donald Trump can appear on all state ballots in 2024.Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now.‘The Only Place Where Trump Can Win the Popular Vote’On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that former President Donald Trump can appear on all 2024 election ballots.Stephen Colbert said the justices were “once again shoving their gavels up…

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Rei Kawakubo, Stella McCartney and Marine Serre make some noise and score some points.“I have anger against everything in the world, especially against myself.”Such was the explanation by Rei Kawakubo for a Comme des Garçons collection that was an explosion of chaotic femininity — bows and bustles and puffs and flounces — all in black, scarified by prints of barbed wire and chains, legs bound by ribbons. Like the emotion, however, the clothes were (in the spectrum of Comme des Garçons) strikingly recognizable: a pair of pants here, a dress there. It was impossible not to look at them and…

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This model stands in stark contrast with isolated, well-protected “fortress” parks, which lack dispersal opportunities, posing challenges to elephants and humans. With no room to roam, an increasing population of elephants slowly degrades the vegetation and environment within the park and starts visiting nearby areas, which often leads to increased conflict with local communities. That’s why Huang and colleagues favor a different solution. Besides protecting elephants in national parks, they say we also need to connect these parks so that populations can stabilize naturally. This is known as the core-buffer model, and it’s already being implemented on the ground. A…

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This post may contain affiliate links, please see our privacy policy for details. Frosted Chocolate Fudge Pop Tart Bars. Homemade and delicious chocolate fudge sauce sandwiched between two layers of chocolate sugar cookie dough, baked until flaky, and finished with a sweet milk chocolate frosting. These easy-to-make pop-tart bars are sweet, salty, very fudgy, and heavy on the chocolate. Finish with a sprinkle of pretzel salt or course pearl sugar for that classic “pop tart” look. Every chocolatey bar is so delicious. Some might even say they’re addictive! You guys! How sticking cute, fun, and delicious do these bars look…

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50 years ago today, a very special performance was held at Berkeley University to witness the singing of the Hymn to Nikkal. It had been some time since the public last enjoyed this piece of music; more than 3,000 years to be precise. The Hymn to Nikkal is an ancient piece of Hurrian music, and the oldest annotated music sheet ever found. Dating roughly to between the 14th and 12 centuries BCE, it was discovered in the library of Ugarit, one of the world’s oldest urban settlements, now located in Syria. LISTEN to the piece… (1974) The Hurrian cuneiform tablet containing…

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Archaeologists in Israel have revealed a production site for one of history’s most luxurious, and smelliest, colorants.The most prized pigment of antiquity was processed not from a tangle of root or the frothy extract of a weed, but by drawing out a slimy secretion from the mucus glands behind the anus of murex sea snails — “the bottom of the bottom-feeders,” the historian Kelly Grovier has written. The common name of the dyestuff, Tyrian purple, derives from the habitat of the mollusks, which the Phoenicians purportedly began harvesting in the 16th century B.C. in the city-state of Tyre in present-day…

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Rain fell all day and black cloud turned our world prematurely dark as we walked to the hide at Kilnsea Wetland. The field in front was a temporary lake and seemed almost devoid of colour, yet at odds with all this winter dullness were 150 redshanks feeding in extraordinary fashion along the shallows.Redshanks’ size and shape occupy a midpoint between those of the much bigger curlew and smaller dunlin. When close like this, you see how a redshank is elaborately patterned, the back and wings with refined black laddering along each feather margin, while the throat and chest are intricately barred.At…

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