• If walls could talk, there'd be 600 years' worth of chatter to fill your time at The Temple Hotel in Beijing. UNESCO-awarded conservation meets bursts of contemporary China in this gem. [1 of 3]
 

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design 10 Nov 2014

Claire Russo & Liza Serratore are the designers behind LuRu Home, a boutique home textile company championing Chinese craft. They split time between Shanghai, where they work with artisans, and New York, where they work with the trade. INSTAGRAM  FACEBOOK  TWITTER

 
  • Drifting through this Shanghai warehouse-turned-hotel, you may lose your sense of place. Don't fret, the Neri & Hu-designed Waterhouse celebrates blurred lines. [2 of 3]
 
  • See China undressed at this LEED-certified getaway nestled amidst the bamboo sprawl of Moganshan. China is more than its glitzy big cities; head to the mountains west of Shanghai for a comfortable wander. [3 of 3]
 
 

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style 5 Nov 2014

Meet The Sabah Dealer, aka Mickey Ashmore.

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VSL Editor Alexa Jaccarino celebrates Halloween.

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Megan Wright invites you to meet the next billion.

 


  • Jed Foutz is a 5th generation art dealer who takes an old approach to business. Through long-standing relationships and with an amazing eye, Jed curates an incredible array of ancient and contemporary Native American textiles, ceramics, artwork, and jewelry at his gallery in Santa Fe. (Image) [1 of 3]
 

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style 5 Nov 2014

Mickey Ashmore is the creator of Sabah, a niche brand of handmade, high-quality leather slip-on shoes for men and women. Inspired by his travels and time living in Istanbul, Mickey sought to revive the traditional Turkish slipper for today's international traveler while maintaining the integrity of materials and craftsmanship. Mickey lives in the East Village and frequently travels to Gaziantep, Turkey, to meet with his craftsmen. INSTAGRAM

 
  • A secluded estate in South Austin, the Hotel Saint Cecilia has an eclectic and vivacious community of regulars for a reason: wonderful design, intimate and personal service, and irreverence for the norm. [2 of 3]
 
  • Born in the 1930s from the hospitality of the Deetjen family, the Big Sur Inn evokes a nostalgia for how simple you may imagine life once was. For accommodations or a meal, Deetjen’s is a true, untainted, and seemingly unchanged gem along the classic Highway One. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 31 Oct 2014

VSL Editor Alexa Jaccarino celebrates Halloween.

tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright invites you to meet the next billion.

culture 27 Oct 2014

John Supko listens to a few generative music engines.

 


  • Happy Halloween! Give a listen to episode 319 of This American Life for some good scary stories that are all true, including the time that David Sedaris walked among the dead. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 31 Oct 2014

Alexa Jaccarino is the editor of Very Short List, and she loves to hear from you! TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
  • If you're still looking for a costume, I officially challenge you to come up with a better space race reference than the instant classic Spudnik. [2 of 3]
 
  • I could watch Halloween make-up tutorials all day. Especially UnlimitedElizabeth's. [3 of 3]
 
 

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tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright invites you to meet the next billion.

culture 27 Oct 2014

John Supko listens to a few generative music engines.

food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber finds harmony with the land.

 


  • The World Wide Web turned 25 in 2014. Since its introduction in 1989, the internet has transformed nearly every aspect of life... in the US. While 87% of American adults now use the internet, adoption isn’t nearly as widespread around the world as it is in the US. [1 of 3]
 

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tech 29 Oct 2014

Megan Wright is on the marketing team at Quartz, a digitally native news brand that launched in 2012 for people who are excited by change in today’s global economy. TWITTER  LINKEDIN

 
  • However, this is expected to change soon. Technologies and services are developing that will bring more of the world’s population online—largely via mobile devices in emerging markets. One example of this is Firechat, an app that allows users to send texts and images to each other using peer-to-peer wifi. [2 of 3]
 
  • Join Quartz at The Next Billion event in NYC on November 5 to explore more technologies, services, and strategies that will increase connectivity around the globe. As a subscriber of VSL, you have the opportunity to receive first come, first serve complimentary admission by registering with the code VSL. We hope to see you there! [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 27 Oct 2014

John Supko listens to a few generative music engines.

food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber finds harmony with the land.

culture 22 Oct 2014

The Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain tries on Hanukkah sweaters and public radio names.

 


  • The earliest example we have of a complete, notated musical score happens to have been chiseled on a tombstone sometime around the first century C.E. in present-day Turkey. The so-called Seikilos Epitaph sings to you across millennia here. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 27 Oct 2014

Composer John Supko is on the faculty at Duke University, where he teaches subjects ranging from 16th century counterpoint to electronic music and multimedia. His newest album s_traits, a collaboration with media artist Bill Seaman, was created with bearings_traits, a generative music engine designed for the project. s_traits comes out on November 4.

 
  • Fifty-five years before John Cage scandalized a concert audience with the premiere of 4’33”, which plunged them into the stuffy “silence” of their own environment, the French writer Alphonse Allais published his Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1897). [2 of 3]
 
  • The brainchild of Japanese musician and visual artist Yamataka Eye, noise band Hanatarash (“snot-nosed”) became infamous in the 1980’s for destroying the venues of their performances, and incorporating the sounds of real-time demolition into their music. This technique reached its ecstatic zenith in a 1985 concert, when Eye introduced a bulldozer into the proceedings by driving it through a wall and onto the stage. Here is an ear-laceratingly beautiful performance from 1996. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 24 Oct 2014

Gavin Macomber finds harmony with the land.

culture 22 Oct 2014

The Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain tries on Hanukkah sweaters and public radio names.

culture 20 Oct 2014

Sonia Epstein visits the world's coolest science museums.