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    Traditional Inuit Thoat Singing and the Modern World Collide in This Astonishing Video

    Let’s just get this out of the way… Musically speaking, Inuit throat singing—or katajjaq—is not going to be...

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    “Don’t Try”: The Philosophy of the Hardworking Charles Bukowski

    If Charles Bukowski were alive today, what would you ask him? Best to avoid the standard...

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    Steve Martin on How to Look at Abstract Art

    The standard “anyone could do that” response to abstract art generally falls apart when the person...

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  • Why Should We Read William Shakespeare? Four Animated Videos Make the Case

    Sooner or later, we all encounter the plays of William Shakespeare: whether on the page, the...

  • Bill Gates Recommends Books for the Holidays

    For the holiday season, Bill Gates has selected five book titles that you’ll hopefully enjoy reading....

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    Malcolm Gladwell Admits His Insatiable Love for Thriller Novels and Recommends His Favorites

    When Malcolm Gladwell appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience last month, he admitted something about himself that...

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    Masterclass Is Running a “Buy One, Give One Free” Deal

    FYI: Masterclass is running a Buy One, Give One Free. It was supposed to end on...

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    David Lynch Turns Twin Peaks into a Virtual Reality Game: Watch the Official Trailer

    When David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks premiered on ABC in 1990, viewers across America...

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    Meditation for Artists: Learn Moebius’ Meditative Technique Called “Automatic Drawing”

    Meditation and art have an ancient, intertwined history in China, where the beginnings of Chan Buddhism...

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    Author Imagines in 1893 the Fashions That Would Appear Over the Next 100 Years

    The world of tomorrow, today, has been the promise of so much futurism of the modern...

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    Pretty Much Pop #22 Untangles Time-Travel Scenarios in the Terminator Franchise and Other Media

    Time-travel rules in The Terminator franchise are notoriously inconsistent. Is it possible for someone from the...

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    Plants Emit High-Pitched Sounds When They Get Cut, or Stressed by Drought, a New Study Shows

    Image via Wikimedia Commons Are plants sentient? We know they sense their environments to a significant...

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    82 Vintage Cookbooks, Free to Download, Offer a Fascinating Illustrated Look at Culinary and Cultural History

    With the holidays fast approaching, two interns at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at...

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    How Martin Scorsese Directs a Movie: The Techniques Behind Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and More

    How does Martin Scorsese direct a movie? Younger filmmakers have been studying at his feet trying...

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    Watch an Incredible Performance of “Take Five” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (1964)

    In 1959, pianist and composer Dave Brubeck “made one of the coolest and best-selling jazz albums...

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    How to Improve Your Memory: Four TED Talks Explain the Techniques to Remember Anything

    Offered the ability to remember everything, who among us could turn it down? For that matter,...

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    Revisit the Infamous Rolling Stones Free Festival at Altamont: The Ill-Fated Concert Took Place 50 Years Ago

    The Tate-LaBianca murders and the violence at Altamont in 1969 have become emblems of the end...