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'My wish is to serve you': A dominatrix reveals her clients' most intimate fantasies - Profiles - People. BOOK RIOTNo, I Won't Read Your Book if I Think You're a Monster. Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.

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It is open not only to regular Book Riot contributors, but to guest posters from the publishing industry, authors, and….you. If you are interested in telling us about a book that has been influential in your life, please contact us: community (at) bookriot (dot) com. Love and Math: Equations as an Equalizer for Humanity. By Maria Popova “Mathematics is the source of timeless profound knowledge, which goes to the heart of all matter and unites us across cultures, continents, and centuries.”

Love and Math: Equations as an Equalizer for Humanity

Sherlock – The Empty Hearse – Time Out London. How did Sherlock survive the fall?

Sherlock – The Empty Hearse – Time Out London

Benedict Cumberbatch ‘I’m terrified about [the reaction]. The Best of Brain Pickings 2013. Top 10 Instances of Open and Unapologetic Celebrity Cultural Appropriation in 2013! Thanks to Halloween, outdoor music festivals and the college Greek system having access to social media, people of color are constantly bombarded with acts of cultural appropriation, but with the help of rich and ignorant celebrities, 2013 had to be cultural appropriations’ most visible year yet!

Top 10 Instances of Open and Unapologetic Celebrity Cultural Appropriation in 2013!

So, to those who attempt to add an entire race’s marginalized dress, dance or religious adornments to their own personal walk-in closets for the sake of ‘fashion’ and more importantly, to all the people of color/allies who haven’t been able to enjoy a moment’s peace on Facebook or YouTube this year without having to shout ‘REALLY?!” At your computer screens (be sure you have a pillow to scream into handy), I bring you my Top Ten Instances of Open and Unapologetic Celebrity Cultural Appropriation in 2013! 10. Selena Gomez Refuses to Research the Backstory of the Bindi 9. It doesn’t take a fashion designer or textile major to recognize this is straight up REDFACE. 30 Under 30: Humans of New York Photographer Brandon Stanton. Why New York City Is Known as “The Big Apple”

Teachers' concern at child sexualisation. New research has revealed that many teachers are becoming increasingly concerned about the sexualisation of children, with a growing number of their pupils displaying behaviour that they view as inappropriate.

Teachers' concern at child sexualisation

A team at Alder Hey Children's Foundation Trust in Liverpool interviewed 22 teachers from primary, secondary and special schools. They found that a majority reported an increase in the frequency and intensity of sexualised conduct, including lewd language and pressuring behaviour. Social networks and the wider media were seen as contributing to this, with children's ideas of right and wrong being changed by cultural and technological influences. The study also suggested that not enough is being done to help teachers in fighting this. Find out about becoming a member of the British Psychological Society. How to Pack Like Nellie Bly, Pioneering Journalist.

By Maria Popova Two Victorian women race against each other around the world, countering the cultural inertia of their era.

How to Pack Like Nellie Bly, Pioneering Journalist

“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real,” science fiction godfather Jules Verne famously proclaimed. He was right about the general sentiment but oh how very wrong about its gendered language: Sixteen years after Verne’s classic novel Eighty Days Around the World, his vision for speed-circumnavigation would be made real — but by a woman.

The Ropes at Disney: 1943 Walt Disney Employee Handbook. By Maria Popova “If you unwittingly slip off the beam, it will give you painless nudge in the right direction.

The Ropes at Disney: 1943 Walt Disney Employee Handbook

Please read it carefully.” In 1943, Walt Disney Productions’ personnel department set out to eliminate confusion for the company’s workforce with the publication of an employee handbook titled The Ropes at Disney. It was an effort to reconcile the need for organizational order with Disney’s effort to craft an image of an informal, irreverent, fun employer who seeks to “maintain a friendly relationship between Company and employee” (but, apparently, deems only the former worthy of capitalization). Actress Maria Bello "Comes Out," Writes About What "Partnership" Even Means. The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers. By Maria Popova “Like a bee that settles on the fragrant pistils of a flower, and sips in the nectar for honey, so should you sip in the nectar from between the lips of your love.”

The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers

Life After Dating: Dealing With Crushes When You're In A Relationship. So you’ve finally found The One (or at least The One For The Foreseeable Future) and you’ve committed to a serious relationship.

Life After Dating: Dealing With Crushes When You're In A Relationship

Dangerous Minds. Michael Gira’s band Swans have shape-shifted but plenty.

Dangerous Minds

A Bewitching History: Why Witches Ride Broomsticks. Among the throngs of this year's trick-or-treaters, hundreds of Americans will be dressed as Miley Cyrus or a minion from "Despicable Me," but more will go with a fail-safe getup. "Witch" once again reigns as the No. 1 costume for adults, according to the National Retail Federation's 2013 Halloween survey. Many of the pointy-hatted sorcerers who roam the streets this Oct. 31 will be carrying broomsticks or besoms.

But few likely know the murky tale of how witches came to be associated with those familiar household objects. The story — full of sex, drugs and Christian inquisitors — starts with poisonous plants like black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), sometimes called stinking nightshade. Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life. By Maria Popova. Modern Masterpieces of Comedic Genius: The Art of the Humorous Amazon Review.

By Maria Popova. 1001 things not to do in London: hit on people at the British Library. Time Out’s award winning columnist Michael Hodges has been at it again. This week’s thing not to do in London – No 55: hit on people at the British Library. Adda girl: Del Rey UK celebrates Ada Lovelace and female led Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Monday, October 21, 2013 Most people, when asked, probably wouldn’t be able to tell you the link between modern computer programming and a 27 year-old Victorian woman. But this might not be the case for much longer, as 15th October is now Ada Lovelace Day, a day commemorating the woman who invented the first computer program before the machines themselves had even been invented! Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s. A look back at Dennis Wheatley's black magic novels. Little Boys Learn A Lot From Watching 'Star Wars,' And It Isn't All Good.

Tony Wilson Interviews The Smiths. The girls of Storyville: Haunting pictures from New Orleans' red-light district reveal how prostitutes lived 100 years ago. By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 18:01 GMT, 27 March 2013 | Updated: 21:48 GMT, 27 March 2013 From luxurious palaces to decaying shacks, a series of intimate black and white photographs taken in 1912 reveal how New Orleans' prostitutes lived more than a century ago. Dark and Mesmerizing Short Film EACH TIME AGAIN. The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers. Poets in Partnership: Rare 1961 BBC Interview with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes on Literature and Love.

By Maria Popova “Two people … who are compatible in this sort of spiritual way, in fact make up one person … one source of power, which you both use and you can draw out material in incredible detail from the single shared mind.” Disney Princesses In Men's Costumes. And Why It's Dangerous For Women. I hate Strong Female Characters. I hate Strong Female Characters. As someone spends a fair amount of time complaining on the internet that there aren’t enough female heroes out there, this may seem a strange and out of character thing to say. My Girlfriend Weighs More Than Me. So What? Huffington Post. My secret life as a graffiti artist. Partners Swap Makeup Routines for Genius 'MADE UP' Project. THE NATURE OF YOUR OPPRESSION IS THE AESTHETIC OF OUR ANGER: The Art of Crass. XoJane. Fuck You, Men's Rights Activists. “Men’s Rights Activists” and the New Sexism.

Gender balancing the books. Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers. Daddy-Daughter Christian ‘Purity Ball’ celebrates virginity and intact hymens. Lego people are right to be angry – they have to live with Barbie. WAM! Hacking Group Declare War On EDL. Meet the new girl. Is NBC Trying to Stake Dracula Through the Heart With New Adaptation? Mr Bloom, the sex god of CBeebies. How Can Consumers Tell if a Company Is Socially Responsible Abroad? How Coca-Cola's Ruthless Business Tactics Created a Despicable Global Powerhouse. 10 Psychological States You've Never Heard Of... and When You Experienced Them. The queerness of love: A Jewish case for same-sex marriage.