Brandon Cook

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The Great Chinese Art Heist

Strange how it keeps happening, how the greatest works of Chinese art keep getting brazenly stolen from museums around the world. Is it a conspiracy? Vengeance for treasures plundered years ago? We sent Alex W. Palmer to investigate the trail of theft and the stunning rumor: Is the Chinese …

Museums

Being 30 then and now

In the mid-to-late-20th century, the American economy and culture were ripe for 30-year-old men, who — more than European and Japanese — typically …

Demographics

Pictures of the Week 7.12.18

The Wild and the Wonderful at Comic-Con: Pictures

Los Angeles

Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

A Radical Black Arts Renaissance Is Reshaping a Fractured St. Louis

You ought to be paying attention.<p>When I arrived at Damon Davis and Katherine Simóne Reynolds’s adjacent studios in South St. Louis, the artists were already deep in conversation. They finished each others’ sentences, like siblings for whom most thoughts don’t need to be spoken, as they talked about …

An Afro-Surrealist Project Deifies God-Like Bodies of Color

Damon Davis, “A Prayer for Rain” (2018) (all photos courtesy of Brea McNally)ST. LOUIS — The term “Afro-Surrealism” can be credited to Amiri Baraka …

Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field

Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind …

Spiders

The Inventor Who Wants to Measure Your Vibe

<i>This OZY original series brings to you Medical Breakthroughs – and the people behind them – that could change how doctors treat us, find fixes to</i> …

Albert Einstein

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.<p>Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues …

Child Care

Rewriting Racist Headlines

The artist and media critic Alexandra Bell revises biased news coverage.

Journalism

Black Wall Street: The African American Haven That Burned and Then Rose From the Ashes

“Don’t you realize that Greenwood was Wakanda before Wakanda?”<p>It’s a sweltering May evening in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a local poet named …

Wall Street

The Changing Sound of Male Rage in Rock Music

Linkin Park introduced new ways of expressing male angst into the mainstream—an evolution that continues today.<p>At the end of 2017, U2’s Bono made one of his periodic pronouncements about the state of rock and roll. “I think music has gotten very girly,” he told <i>Rolling Stone</i>. “There are some good …

Music

Yale Assyriologist discovers evidence of lost city in Iraq

At the invitation of the U.S. government, Eckart Frahm recently got the chance to examine ancient cuneiform tablets recovered after looting in …

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing

A new movement strives for simplicity.<p>“Persistence is one of the great characteristics of a pitbull, and I guess owners take after their dogs,” says Annetta Cheek, the co-founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Plain Language. Cheek, an anthropologist by training who left academia in the …

Academic Writing

Why Have There Been No Great Black Art Dealers?

IN 1966, TWO BROTHERS, Alonzo and Dale Davis, set out from Los Angeles on a road trip across the United States, seeking out other artists of color like them. They meant for the trip “to broaden our limited art history experience,” Alonzo says, since African-American artists had been conspicuously …

The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, …

Macedonia and Greece: Deal after 27-year row over a name

<b>Greece has reached a deal on the name of its northern neighbour, which called itself Macedonia at the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.</b><p>After 27 years of talks - and many protests - they have settled on the formal name of Republic of North Macedonia.<p>Greece had objected to the name Macedonia, …

Macedonia

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.<p>Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine …

Donald Trump

Jada Pinkett Smith Says Husband Will Smith 'Let Me Have It' for Her Rude Treatment of His Ex

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith‘s ex-wife Sheree Fletcher have a friendly relationship now — but it wasn’t always that way.<p>During the debut episode …

The Only 10 Foods That All Nutritionists Recommend

There are so many clashing nutrition philosophies in the world, it can make a person's head explode. I learned this firsthand when I sent my weeklong …

The Guide to Getting into Pearl Jam

While many rock fans left their love of Pearl Jam in the 90s, the band has continued to create music on their own terms.<p>Pearl Jam hasn’t been cool since the early 90s, and even then they weren’t talked about so favorably. As The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly so succinctly put it for Noisey in 2015, …

How to read poetry like a professor

Thomas Foster, an ex-literature professor and author, explains how to get the most out of poems while avoiding intimidation<p>Since retiring from his professorship at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he taught literature and writing for nearly 30 years, Thomas Foster has made a fruitful career …

Why City Accents Are Fading in the Midwest

And why tariffs won’t bring back the blue-collar heyday they represent.<p>A few years ago, I was sitting at the bar of Wrong’s Tap, a tavern in the Irish-American neighborhood of Beverly, watching a Bears game. Suddenly, a classic Chicago accent was hurled across the room.<p>“Hey,” someone shouted. “What …

Barbara Bush On Meeting George, Motherhood And Her Signature Fake Pearls

Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday after a series of hospitalizations. She was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush.<p>Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush initially thought she'd grow up to become a nurse. "But then I met that …

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.<p>Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than …

A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain

For the first time in two decades, a huge number of books, films, and other works will escape U.S. copyright law.<p><i>The Great American Novel</i> enters the public domain on January 1, 2019—quite literally. Not the concept, but the book by William Carlos Williams. It will be joined by hundreds of thousands …

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describes herself as an "optimist who worries a lot." And lately, it seems, there has been much to worry about.<p>Albright's new book, <i>Fascism: A Warning,</i> starts by describing how Hitler and Mussolini came to power in the 20th century, then warns about …

Donald Trump

How Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Shattering Hollywood’s Glass Ceilings

In Hollywood, Black female actresses have been typecast since the beginning. There’s the sassy sidekick, the around-the-way girl, and of course, the …

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

A study of 20 million children shows the fragility of the American Dream.

Racism