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    Watch Chilling Footage of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings in Restored Color

    "You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing," says Eiji Okada in the opening of Alain Resnais' Hiroshima...

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    The Philosophy of Photography with Amir Zaki on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #61

    Amir Zaki teaches at UC-Riverside and has had his work displayed in numerous galleries, in his...

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    The Liberal Arts Can Make People Less Susceptible to Authoritarianism, a New Study Finds

    “Correlation does not equal causation” isn’t always a fun thing to say at parties, but it...

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    Is Mail-In Voting New in the United States?: It Actually Goes Back to the Civil War

    Let’s say you go home for the holidays. Anything’s possible, who knows. It’s a wild world....

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    An Animated Introduction to Albert Camus’ Existentialism, a Philosophy Making a Comeback in Our Dysfunctional Times

    When next you meet an existentialist, ask him what kind of existentialist s/he is. There are...

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    Watch 31 Buster Keaton’s Films Free Online: “The Greatest of All Comic Actors,” “One of the Greatest Filmmakers of All Time”

    The greatest of the silent clowns is Buster Keaton, not only because of what he did, but...

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    How Bong Joon-ho’s Storyboards for Parasite (Now Published as a Graphic Novel) Meticulously Shaped the Acclaimed Film

    In Seoul, where I live, the success of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite at this year's Academy Awards — unprecedented...

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    The Internet Archive Will Digitize & Preserve Millions of Academic Articles with Its New Database, “Internet Archive Scholar”

    Open access publishing has, indeed, made academic research more accessible, but in “the move from physical...

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    Why The Wire is One of the Most Brilliant TV Shows Ever

    There were a lot of moments during my first view of The Wire when I realized...

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Favorite Opera Recordings (and Her First Appearance in an Opera)

    U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has thrown an unbearably fraught political year into...

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    Blockbuster Courses on the U.S. Presidential Election Getting Started at Stanford Continuing Studies This Week

    This fall, Stanford Continuing Studies presents 150+ courses in the Liberal Arts & Sciences, Creative Writing,...

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    If Werner Herzog Reviewed Trader Joe’s on Yelp: “Madness Reigns. The First Challenge Your Soul Must Endure Is the Parking Lot”

    I like the Internet for various things, but it’s limited. I’m not on social media, but...

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    The Life, Work & Philosophy of Bill Murray: Happy 70th Birthday to an American Comedy Icon

    Image by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons "Bill Murray is to me what calculators are to...

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    A Long, Guided Tour of New York City Captured in Original Color Film (1937)

    So much classic black and white footage has been digitally colorized recently, it’s hard to remember that the...

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    Free Jazz Musicians Intentionally Play Terrible Music to Drown Out the Noise of a Danish Far-Right Politician

    Art makes a way where politics fail. I don’t mean that in any mawkish sense. Sure,...

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    High-Resolution Walking Tours of Italy’s Most Historic Places: The Colosseum, Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica & More

    The global tourism industry has seen better days than these. In regions like western Europe, to...

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    Watch Rare Footage of Jimi Hendrix Performing “Voodoo Child” in Maui, Plus a Trailer for a New Documentary on Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary Maui Performances (1970)

    In June of 1969, the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, the band that introduced the sixties to...

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    A Side-by-Side, Shot-by-Shot Comparison of Denis Villeneuve’s 2020 Dune and David Lynch’s 1984 Dune

    As a longtime fan of all things Dune, there’s no living director I’d trust more to...

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    Good Movies as Old Books: 100 Films Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers

    At one time paperback books were thought of as trash, a term that described their perceived...

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    A Short Introduction to Manga by Pretty Much Pop #60 with Professor Deborah Shamoon from the National University of Singapore

    One of our goals on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast has been to look into...

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    Debbie Harry Demonstrates the Punk Pogo Dance for a U.S. Audience (1978)

    Each generation takes what it needs from early punk and discards what it doesn't, so that...

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    The Pentagon Created a Plan to Defend the US Against a Zombie Apocalypse: Read It Online

    For keen observers of pop culture, the floodtide of zombie films and television series over the...

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    Steal Like Wes Anderson: A New Video Essay Explores How Wes Anderson Pays Artful Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman & Other Directors in His Films

    Although not the debut film of director Wes Anderson, and certainly not of star Bill Murray,...

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    In a Brilliant Light: Van Gogh in Arles–A Free Documentary

    Courtesy of the Met Museum comes the 1984 documentary, In a Brilliant Light: Van Gogh in...

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    David Byrne’s American Utopia: A Sneak Preview of Spike Lee’s New Concert Film

    First came the album and tour in 2018. Then the Broadway show in 2019. And now...

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    The Curious Death of Vincent van Gogh

    The story of Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, like the removal of his ear, has been integral...

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    The Joy of Watching Old, Damaged Things Get Restored: Why the World is Captivated by Restoration Videos

    The internet has given us a few new ways to watch things, but many more new...

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    Explore Dozens of Drawings by Charles Darwin’s Creative Children

    Charles Darwin's work on heredity was partly driven by tragic losses in his own family. Darwin...

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    David Lynch Tries to Make a List of the Good Things Happening in the World … and Comes Up Blank

    David Lynch's weather report for Sunday September 13th: "Here in LA, grey. Again, smoke-filled sky. Very...

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    Monty Python’s Michael Palin Is Also an Art Critic: Watch Him Explore His Favorite Paintings by Andrew Wyeth & Other Artists

    Many a parent who caught their kid watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the 1970s felt,...

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    Four Classic Prince Songs Re-Imagined as Pulp Fiction Covers: When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette & More

    There’s a book-lined Knowledge Room in the late Prince Rogers Nelson’s Paisley Park, but the Prince-inspired faux-books that artist...

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    Behold the First Underwater Portrait in the History of Photography (Circa 1899)

    The image above may at first look like a plate from a Jules Verne novel, or...

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    Watch Lime Kiln Club Field Day, One of the Earliest Surviving Feature Films with an All Black Cast (1913)

    For some of us (no names) the world of TikTok is baffling and bizarre. Why does...

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    Central Park Bird Watcher Christian Cooper Writes DC Comics Graphic Novel: It’s Now Free Online

    Write what you know. It’s oft-cited advice for writers both beginning and established. Thus, Jules, the...

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    19th-Century Japanese Woodblocks Illustrate the Lives of Western Inventors, Artists, and Scholars (1873)

    For more than 200 years between the mid-17th and mid-19th century, Japan closed itself to the...

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    Drone Footage of San Francisco Set to the Music of Bladerunner 2049

    When real life and dystopian cinema become one and the same... Related Content: 42 Hours of...

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    Sounds of the Forest: A Free Audio Archive Gathers the Sounds of Forests from All Over the World

    Some of my fondest memories are of hiking the Olympic National Forest in Washington State and...

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    Leonardo da Vinci’s Elegant Studies of the Human Heart Were 500 Years Ahead of Their Time

    Leonardo da Vinci didn’t really have hobbies; he had passionate, unpaid obsessions that filled whole notebooks...

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    Watch the First Trailer for Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s Adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Classic Sci-Fi Novel

    It takes a fearless filmmaker indeed to adapt Dune. Atop its rich linguistic, political, philosophical, religious,...

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    Watch Dan Aykroyd & Bill Murray Goof Off in a Newly Unearthed Ghostbusters Promotional Film

    If you weren’t in the indie cinema exhibition industry in the 1980s, you probably haven’t heard...

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    Discover the Longest Song in the World: A 639-Year Performance of the John Cage Composition Called “Organ/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)”

    In 2016, Laurie Anderson recreated the experience of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music in Saint Mark’s...

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    In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats

    Here in Korea, where I live, cat owners aren't called cat owners: they're called goyangi jibsa, literally...

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    David Lynch’s Popular Surrealism Considered on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #59

    Pretty Much Pop hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt--along with guest Mike Wilson--discuss the...

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    The Fall of Civilizations Podcast Engagingly Explores the Collapse of Civilizations & Empires Throughout History

    Now the country does not even boast a tree. —Robert Browning, “Love Among the Ruins” Every...

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    How Charlie Parker Changed Jazz Forever

    Jazz has often moved forward in seismic shifts, powered by revolutionary figures who make everything that...

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    IKEA Digitizes & Puts Online 70 Years of Its Catalogs: Explore the Designs of the Swedish Furniture Giant

    The timeless modernism of the IKEA catalog, its promise of tidiness, clean, economical lines, and excellent...

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    MIT Presents a Free Course on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Anthony Fauci & Other Experts

    Most of us use the terms "coronavirus" and "COVID-19" to refer to the pandemic that has...

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    Paul Schrader Creates a Diagram Mapping the Progression of Arthouse Cinema: Ozu, Bresson, Tarkovsky & Other Auteurs

    The dozens of filmmakers in the diagram above belong to a variety of cultures and eras,...

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    Watch an Epic Drum Battle, Pitting a 9-Year-Old Girl Against Foo Fighter Dave Grohl

    Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, formerly of Nirvana, and Nandi Bushell, an Ipswich elementary schooler, have something in common besides...

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    A Medieval Metropolis Existed In What’s Now St. Louis, Then Mysteriously Disappeared in the 14th Century

    In our current epoch of human history, when populations of major cities swell into the tens...