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The Man Who Would Be Emperor -- CAR's Jean Bokassa

ADST | Posted 12.02.2016 | World

Jean Bédel Bokassa ruled as President-for-life and later as Emperor of the Central African Republic from 1966 to 1979. In his youth he served in the French Colonial Army earning the rank of captain fighting in what would become Vietnam.

Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

There are also those who tease materials all the way up to the boundary of constituted imagery, like sculptor Cullen Washington, Jr. who accentuates the abstract properties of overabundance through conceptual hoarding.

What I Learned From 10 Days Without Shampoo

Grace Li | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Grace Li

Backpacking has taught me a lot, and I will carry all of those lessons with me into the future, but here's the thing -- I don't plan on carrying much else.

Playing Golf, and Other Mistakes CEOs Make

Adam Grant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

When you become the head of a major company, you instantly join the ranks of the rich and famous. Ethical questions aside, new evidence shows that the perks of celebrity life are bad for companies. Here are six situations that CEOs might want to refuse.

The Magic of Simplicity

Mimi Raad | Posted 02.17.2014 | Style
Mimi Raad

We are so wrapped up in our consumerist and narcissistic society that we forgot the beauty of simplicity.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- Or Is it?

Deni Carise | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Most of us are guilty of some overindulgence during this happiest of seasons. We may eat more than usual, drink more than usual or spend to excess. And while sometimes we can reign in our overindulgences, it doesn't mean we aren't affected by our friends, family and colleagues who don't.

Simplify Your Life: Get Rid Of The Clutter

Intent | Posted 09.30.2012 | Healthy Living

We should measure our success in life by the good deeds we have done and the people whose lives we have touched instead of measuring it by the goods we possess.

How Out of Touch Is Wall Street?

Dave Lauer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Dave Lauer

Here are eight things you might not know about Wall Street and the trader culture. Is Wall St. out of touch with the plight of middle-class America? Y...

The Balanced Life

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

How can we understand our relationship with excess? How do we continue to believe that more money or cars or shoes or food or sex will make us happy? Why are we the only animal that can be made ill by our appetites?

Chew Your Way to Losing More Body Fat

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

Three research studies from the last few years have explored an interesting tool that could potentially be used to combat the obesity epidemic in our culture.

PHOTOS: SKWAK's Grotesque, Adorable Excess

Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts

Via Beautiful/Decay: If you’ve followed Beautiful/Decay you know that Skwak has collaborated with us dozens of times creating apparel, posters, g...

Slowly Balancing Our Goals and Lives

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

Philosophers have never been known for speed. You can't go that fast in a toga, or a tweed jacket. We take our time. A professor at Yale once explaine...

When a friend's gifts are over-the-top

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, A friend of mine spends a lot of money on gifts even when it's not a special occasion. She is not wealthy and her husband recen...

The Architect's Dilemma: Part 2

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Cameron Sinclair

Will architecture retrench to just super-rich clients or is there a role to play for the expanding architecture into realms that are more relevant to the current climate?

The Architect's Dilemma: The Architecture of Excess vs. an Architecture of Relevance

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Cameron Sinclair

There has been a split forming in the profession for quite sometime. While some pushed the boundaries of how to build, a new younger group of professionals began to question why we build and who to build for.

Reflections on Reconciliation: Paradox of Excess & Deprivation

Terry Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terry Leach

I wonder if Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's colleagues' pensions are secure. Somehow, I doubt it. Although airlines were the companies we used to loved to hate, airline employees are part of the family, too.

Learning To Live Without Your Eight Inches

Tracey Jackson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tracey Jackson

There are many who say we were not the savers grandparents were. There is truth to that. But we were also earners and innovators and for the most part good citizens.

Help For Oprah: 'Tis the Season of the Binge

Eli Davidson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eli Davidson

The more you demean yourself for having a 'food mistake' the more you fuel having a binge. One binge fuels the next and all of a sudden you can't fit in your Inauguration dress.

What Does the "It Bag" Have to Do with the Economic Crisis? More Than You Think

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Biggs Bradley

Deluxe was published last year, but it is an interesting book to be reading in this time of tumbling markets, as they will surely bring the curtain down on an era of excess.