Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us

The long read: The 10,000-hour rule says intense, dedicated practice makes perfect at that one thing. But what if breadth actually serves us better than depth? Lets start with a couple of stories from the world of sports. This first one, you probably know The boys father could tell something was different. At seven months, he gave his son a putter to fool around with, and the boy dragged it everywhere he went in his little circular baby walker. At 10 months, he climbed down from his high chair, trundled over to a golf club that had been cut down to size for him, and imitated the swing he had been watching in the garage. Because the father couldnt yet …

‘Living joyously is a radical act’: why America’s gay bars still matter

Fifty years after Stonewall, and with Trump trying to roll back LGBTQ rights, Dominic Rushe visits three gay bars in different states and finds them as vibrant and vital as ever The gay bar is in trouble. Fifty years after the Stonewall Inn in New York became the symbol for a new wave of gay activism, the three horsemen of the gay bar apocalypse gentrification, assimilation and technology have hollowed out their numbers. Rising rents have shuttered gay bars; more straight venues are accepting of gay patrons; and dating is something people now do with their phones. Even the term gay bar looks a little tired as the LGBTQ community finally comes to terms with its many rainbow stripes. Bare …

‘No one buys albums’: why pop stars are selling cannabis

From Jenny Lewis to Margo Price, pot is musics new money-spinner. And its targeting women Bid farewell to the merch stand mainstays of T-shirts and tote bags and say hello to pops latest money-spinner: weed. Noted musical marijuana enthusiasts Willie Nelson and the High Times are now getting involved. Many artists sell clothes or shoes, some sell wine and beer, others advertise for fast-food companies, explains Margo Price, who has a strain named after her last album All American Made. Me, Im into selling a plant that God grows, she says. Currently, Prices product is only available on her merch table in California, but its proving popular. From what I understand, its selling very well! she says, and shes hoping …

David Severn’s best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer

Theyre out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners I started my postindustrial parts of England often focuses on deprivation, and its usually from the perspective of a concerned outsider. Thanks Maggie is semi-autobiographical my dad worked in the pits, as a shaftsman and I wanted to take photos that were more of a celebration of the people and places I grew up with. The project looks at different ways that people interact with this landscape. This is one of the first photos I took, of locals hunting rabbits on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. When I …