Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil

Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil

After a long slump and a tragic accident, the entertainment company is embarking on bold new ventures. Michael Joseph Gross lifts the curtain on Cirque du Soleil’s gravity-defying aerial choreography—and weaves his way through the investigation into how an acrobat fell to her death during a live performance.

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The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers are still well-known, but who were the other stars of the interwar gilded age of crime fiction? This is a book full of forgotten gems, real-life dramas and the enthusiasm of highbrow admirers

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Ramy Essam Needs To Stay Famous So He Doesn’t Get Killed

Ramy Essam Needs To Stay Famous So He Doesn't Get Killed

It’s a cold, damp March night in Malmö, Sweden, but Ramy Essam props open the balcony door to his third-floor apartment to let a little of the outside in. “I like to hear the street,” he says. Truth be told, there’s not much to hear on this Wednesday evening: car tires rolling over the slick road, the click-clack of pedestrians’ heels on the sidewalk, the odd squawk from one of the rather large pigeons that live precariously balanced on the bare branches of the trees that abut the building.

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California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

Photographer Fritz Hoffmann writes: "On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me. Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take myself out of my own patterns and habits, to change my perspective, to observe, to listen, to understand, and to share this place of quiet."

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New Gardening Books

New Gardening Books

Gardeners have active fantasy lives to keep us going despite constant setbacks. Fifty shades of green don’t begin to capture what’s looping through our brains. This season, a few glorious new books are sure to ignite further desire.

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Porn stars will have to wear protection. Eye protection that is

Porn stars will have to wear protection. Eye protection that is

A handsome delivery man arrives offering more than just a pizza. A pretty young woman opens the door. Flirtation ensues. Clothes are cast off. Then out come the goggles. Goggles? Porn stars could soon be forced to don far more protection than just condoms in California. New rules proposed last week by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) would require adult film actors to wear eye gear for many scenes.

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