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Freedom from distraction may in fact be the new, sought after bourgeois luxury. In… “The Joy of Quiet,” Pico Iyer says that the future of travel lies in “black hole resorts” where you pay exorbitant amounts for remote beautiful rooms that are offline. The principle is that freedom from the Internet is so rare and exotic and impossible that it is becoming a commodity: It’s not iPhones or iPads we have to worry about buying, but peace from them. Freedom, then, is a poor man’s fabulous hotel room on a cliff on a beach without wireless.

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Nearly half of the four-square-mile town’s residents are employed by adjacent Mammoth Mountain’s skiing and related operations, which rank among the nation’s most-visited ski areas. Every Friday night in winter, thousands of vehicles stream across the Mojave Desert from Southern California, bringing an estimated 1.5 million skiers to the region during the season.

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How has the story of Zavikon Island (via Atlas Obscura) not been used for a Miramax movie filled with talented and charming British actors yet?: Zavikon Island is home to a bridge that, at only 32 feet in length, is considered the shortest international bridge in the world. It connects a Canadian island with an […]

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2010 IN PICTURES: A layer of fog floats into Victoria harbor in Hong Kong late on March 15, 2010. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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