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When actress and socialite Marthe de Florian’s granddaughter fled to the South of France from Paris at the start of WWII, she left behind her grandmother’s picturesque, lavishly furnished apartment.

Although payments were maintained for decades, no one returned to the apartment until 2010, after the granddaughter’s death, when auctioneers came to take inventory of the estate. What they found was preserved physical snap shot of a particular time, its state only altered by spiderwebs and dust.

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A large portion of the common stale well of advice we dip into and serve up to each other is to forsake regret. Contemplating untaken paths and unsnatched opportunities can leave us forlorn and stuck; staring endlessly into the limitless alternate worlds our imagination brews up for us. But these “might-have-been” world don’t actually exist, and getting distracted by them can take the color out of this life we have now. The Land of Regret is surely no place to reside, but does that mean we should abandon regret altogether?

Bill ==== “Bill! I’ve been meaning to text you.” Jason said as he turned around, pointing with his beer. His eyes burned into Bill, and his attention was sudden and startling. Jason and Bill often saw each other at these church barbecues, they’d sometimes exchange a polite word or two, but Jason was coming right for him with warmth and recognition, as if they were really friends after all. It was everything he had wanted, and he hated himself for it…. Read more »

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29-year-old terminally ill Brittany Maynard is bringing massive national attention to the issue of our right to choose when we die in the face of imminent death. Should we have the legal choice to peacefully end our own lives when diagnosed with a fatal illness sure to bring a painful death?

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He was said to be a charming scholar and heir to English nobility, but Edward Mordrake suffered from an uncommon malady that drove him to suicide at only 23. This Victorian legend was spread mostly by whispers and apocryphal texts and now circulates on the internet as boiled down “creepypasta” attached to a wax rendering of the mythical man driven to madness by a second “demon” face. Was there a real Edward Mordrake, or is this just fantasy?

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A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a dingy, murderous clown locked in a masked sardonic grin of terror. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.
A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a grim clown incarnation nodding to both real life terrors like John Wayne Gacy, and the fiction and mythos of Stephen King’s It and a urban legend about a murderous clown posing as a statue to murder a babysitter. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.

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Foxcatcher is a film about obsession, and its making required an intense obsession of its own. Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote,) has been working on getting this movie complete for eight years, and it all started when a fan gave him a packet of newspaper clippings. In many ways it’s the perfect follow-up to Capote because Bennett Miller became immersed in a contemporary true crime story much like Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood.