Bookmarks (2093)

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    1960s Schoolchildren Imagine Life in the Year 2000: Overpopulation, Mass Unemployment, Robot Courts, Rising Seas & Beyond

    Westerners today entertain nothing but grim, dystopian visions of the future. This in stark contrast to...

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    The Cramps Legendary Concert at a California Psychiatric Hospital Gets Revisited in the New Documentary, We Were There to Be There: Watch It Online

    “Somebody told me you people are crazy, but I’m  not so sure about that. You seem...

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    Take an Intellectual Odyssey with a Free MIT Course on Douglas Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    In 1979, mathematician Kurt Gödel, artist M.C. Escher, and composer J.S. Bach walked into a book...

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    757 Episodes of the Classic TV Game Show What’s My Line?: Watch Eleanor Roosevelt, Louis Armstrong, Salvador Dali & More

    What would the host and panelists of the classic primetime television game show What’s My Line? have made...

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    Don Felder Plays “Hotel California” at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a Double-Neck Guitar

    Pete Townshend played one. Jimmy Page famously brandished one. John McLaughlin basically started his own post-Miles...

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    Watch the Live TV Adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Most Controversial TV Drama of Its Time (1954)

    “Wife Dies as She Watches,” announced a Daily Express headline after the broadcast of Nineteen Eighty-Four,...

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    A Gallery of 1,800 Gigapixel Images of Classic Paintings: See Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring, Van Gogh’s Starry Night & Other Masterpieces in Close Detail

    Far be it from me, or anyone, to know the future, but several signs point toward...

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    An Animated History of Writing: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Writing Systems

    He would be a very simple person, and quite a stranger to the oracles of Thamus...

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    The Sounds of Space: An Interplanetary Sonic Journey

    There are those of us who, when presented with dueling starships in a movie or television...

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    Are We All Getting More Depressed?: A New Study Analyzing 14 Million Books, Written Over 160 Years, Finds the Language of Depression Steadily Rising

    The relations between thought, language, and mood have become subjects of study for several scientific fields...

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    Discover the Stettheimer Dollhouse: The 12-Room Dollhouse Featuring Miniature, Original Modernist Art, Including Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase

    The Stettheimer Dollhouse has been wowing young New Yorkers since it entered the Museum of the City of...

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    Tony Hawk Breaks Down Skateboarding Into 21 Levels of Difficulty: From Easy to Complex

    Thirty or so Christmases ago, I received my first skateboard. Alas, it was also my last skateboard:...

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    The “Conjuring” Film Universe Digested — Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #101

    With the release of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, your Pretty Much Pop hosts...

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    Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings Collects the Painter’s Entire Body of Work in a 600-Page, Large-Format Book

    Most of us who know Frida Kahlo’s work know her self-portraits. But, in her brief 47...

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    How ABBA Won Eurovision and Became International Pop Stars (1974)

    Eurovision, the flashy original song contest that captivates Europeans, tends to get roundly mocked in the...

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    The Making of a Violin from Start to Finish: Watch a French Luthier Practice a Time-Honored Craft

    Two families have been credited with making the greatest violins of the classical period: the Stradivari...

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    What Makes Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks a Great Painting?: A Video Essay

    “Even though you may live in one of the most crowded and busy cities on Earth,...

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    Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600: A Free Online Course from Yale University

    From Yale University comes an unfortunately timely course, Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600. Recorded before the...

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    Sylvia Plath’s Tarot Cards (Which Influenced the Poems in Ariel) Were Just Sold for $207,000

    We celebrated my birthday yesterday: [Ted] gave me a lovely Tarot pack of cards and a...

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    How The Pink Panther Painted The Mona Lisa’s Smile: Watch the 1975 Animation, “Pink Da Vinci”

    Just a little fun to send you into the summer weekend. Above, we present the 1975...

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Oldest-Known Work of Literature in World History

    You’re probably familiar with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the story of an overbearing Sumerian king and...

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    Discover The Grammar of Ornament, One of the Great Color Books & Design Masterpieces of the 19th Century

    In the mid-17th century, young Englishmen of means began to mark their coming of age with...

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    When David Bowie Played Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Film, Basquiat

    Many actors have played Andy Warhol over the years, but not as many as you might...

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    What’s the Role of a Director in Constructing Comedy? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #100

    What makes for a good comedy film or show? Funny people reading (or improvising) funny lines...

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    The Aesthetic of Evil: A Video Essay Explores Evil in the Films of Bergman, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Scorsese & Beyond

    Movies have heroes and villains. Or at least children’s movies do; the more sophisticated the audience,...

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    Explore Divine Comedy Digital, a New Digital Database That Collects Seven Centuries of Art Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy

    The number of artworks inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy in the seven hundred years since the...

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    Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Artist

    Frida Kahlo has been a martyr to art history. Her twinned self-portrait The Two Fridas sits...

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    They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell Releases an EP of Songs in Latin

    Those who know Latin know Wheelock’s Latin as the time-honored resource for learning the language of...

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    The Meaning of Hieronymus Bosch’s Spellbinding Triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights

    Hieronymus Bosch was born Jheronimus van Aken. We know precious little else about him, not even...

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    When Rage Against the Machine Interviewed Noam Chomsky (1999)

    “The first great [economic] experiment was a ‘bad idea’ for the subjects, but not for the...

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    Watch 11 Hours of The Pink Panther for Free

    Remember Saturday mornings? If you’re an American of a certain age, you probably spent a good...

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    An Introduction to Japanese Kabuki Theatre, Featuring 20th-Century Masters of the Form (1964)

    The English language has adopted kabuki as an adjective, applied to situations where exaggerated appearances and...

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    Neil Young Plays “Hey, Hey, My, My” with Devo: Watch a Classic Scene from the Improvised Movie Human Highway (1980)

    For Neil Young fans, the words “Human Highway” can mean one of three different things, two...

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    Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: A Deluxe New Art Book Presents Hokusai’s Masterpiece, Including “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”

    Like most Japanese masters of ukiyo-e woodblock art, Katsushika Hokusai is best known mononymously. But he’s...

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    A Dancer Pays a Gravity-Defying Tribute to Claude Debussy

    Most dancers have an intuitive understanding of physics. Choreographer Yoann Bourgeois pushes this science beyond the standard lifts,...

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    How American Bandstand Changed American Culture: Revisit Scenes from the Iconic Music Show

    In a Pontiac advertisement that aired just before the 1969 episode of American Bandstand above, the...

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    Hear Isabella Rossellini Sing “Blue Velvet” in Its Entirety

    Blue had a big moment in 1990’s European arthouse cinema, in films like Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three...

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    Discover Japan’s Oldest Surviving Cookbook Ryori Monogatari (1643)

    Maybe your interest in Japan was first stoked by the story of the seventeenth-century shōgun Tokugawa...

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    B.F. Skinner Demonstrates His “Teaching Machine,” the 1950s Automated Learning Device

    The name B.F. Skinner often provokes darkly humorous references to such bizarre ideas as “Skinner boxes,”...

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    Do We Outgrow the Music of Our Youth? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #99

    What long-term effects do songs that we’re exposed to early have on our adult tastes? As...

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    Carl Sagan Tells Johnny Carson What’s Wrong with Star Wars: “They’re All White” & There’s a “Large Amount of Human Chauvinism in It” (1978)

    Is Star Wars science fiction or fantasy? Different fans make different arguments, some even opting for a...

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    Andy Warhol’s Art Explained: What Makes His Iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans & Marilyn Monroe Diptych Art?

    Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it...

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    Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Releases a Super Creepy Version of “Creep”

    Like many bands with a killer, career-launching debut single, Radiohead has had a long, love-hate relationship...

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    What the Eagles’ “Hotel California” Really Means

    During the Satanic panic of the 1980s, a new breed of witchfinder cast a dragnet through...

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    An Introduction to Nicolas Bourbaki, One of the Most Influential Mathematicians of All Time … Who Never Actually Lived

    In 20th-century mathematics, the renowned name of Nicolas Bourbaki stands alone in its class — the...

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    Watch Blondie Perform a Classic Concert During The Breakout Year: “Dreamin,” “One Way Or Another,” “Heart of Glass” & More (1979)

    When Blondie took the stage at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ in 1979, the audience...

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    Hear Louis Armstrong’s Last Reel-to-Reel Tape, Made Hours Before His Death (1971)

    When Louis Armstrong first recorded “Hello, Dolly!”, in 1963, he “found the song trite and lifeless,”...

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    A Billion Years of Tectonic-Plate Movement in 40 Seconds: A Quick Glimpse of How Our World Took Shape

    We all remember learning about tectonic plates in our school science classes. Or at least we...

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    The Life & Art of Hilma Af Klint: A Short Art History Lesson on the Pioneering Abstract Artist

    Like many artists whose abstractions cemented their legacy, Hilma af Klint was trained to paint portraits, botanicals, and...

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    Hunter Thompson Explains What Gonzo Journalism Is, and How He Writes It (1975)

    There’ve been any number of aspiring “gonzo journalists” over the past half-century, but there was only...