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Sennheiser HD 800 S review: pleasure meets precision

Other than changing the main color of the earcups from silver to black, Sennheiser has left the HD 800 design untouched. Even the "Made in Germany" label at the top of the metal headband reads only "HD 800" on the 800 S set. I have no problem with this decision as the HD 800 S are very well built, …

System Reboot

A little over two weeks ago, Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette and David Golumbia published a long, fascinating indictment of the digital …

What Makes an Essay American

About a month ago, on a trip to Dallas, Texas, I had dinner with a young d.j. whose renown as a producer and engineer is steadily growing. We talked about life and music and art and money, and how he’d arrived at this juncture in his still-short career. Out of the blue, he asked me what I thought …

How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers – Alan Jay Levinovitz

Since the 2008 financial crisis, colleges and universities have faced increased pressure to identify essential disciplines, and cut the rest. In …

6 Easy Steps To Better Icon Design

To achieve this, we are constantly aware of the difference between “not quite good enough” and “premium quality.” The difference is often very small …

Being German is no laughing matter

It may be clichéd but it’s also true: Germans have no sense of humour. Our Berlin bureau chief explains why<p>Shortly after moving back to Germany in …

John Cleland's "Fanny Hill": An Erotic Novel with Morals

By Max Nelson May 5, 2016<p>Prison Lit<p><i>John Cleland wrote his (very) erotic novel,</i> Fanny Hill<i>,</i> <i>in prison. What did he mean by it?</i><p><i>Max Nelson is writing a series on prison literature. Read the previous entry, on Merle Haggard and the long tradition of the outlaw poet,</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>John Cleland’s sentences often …

Who Was David Hume?

Hume: An Intellectual Biography<p>by James A. Harris<p>Cambridge University Press, 621 pp., $55.00<p>David Hume, who died in his native Edinburgh in 1776, has …

A Writer’s Justification

He’d anticipated, when he set out to write his first novel, that he would encounter obstacles emotional, intellectual, and psychological, obstacles filial, familial, and financial, obstacles of sterility, banality, and unoriginality, the obstacle of finding an agent, the obstacle of finding a …

“The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion

In 1989, a director named Julia Cameron débuted her first feature film, “God’s Will,” in Washington, D.C. The movie, a romantic comedy about an orphan, did not receive the kind of rave reviews that Cameron had hoped for. One critic from the Washington <i>Post</i> panned it, accusing Cameron of having …

Why Physics Is Not a Discipline - Issue 35: Boundaries

Have you heard the one about the biologist, the physicist, and the mathematician? They’re all sitting in a cafe watching people come and go from a …

Paris Review - Richard Powers, The Art of Fiction No. 175

Interviewed by Kevin Berger<p>Issue 164, Winter 2002-2003<p>Until Richard Powers traveled to bookstores across the United States in 1998 to promote his sixth novel, <i>Gain</i>, he was as mysterious, having always spurned interviews, as he was revered. His cult of readers consumed, analyzed, and puzzled over his …

A Closer Look At Minimalism Today—No Helvetica Allowed

What’s behind our culture’s perennial obsession with minimalism? According to Stuart Tolley, it resurfaces in times of social flux.<p>“For me, it’s a cleansing of the palette,” says Stuart Tolley, who runs the Brighton, England-based design studio Transmission. “It’s a way of stripping back work to go …

Knausgaard’s Selflessness

Five volumes in, there’s still a temptation to redeem Karl Ove Knausgaard from egotism—to find, in his multi-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle,” some subject other than Karl Ove's life, some theme profound enough to justify these thousands of pages. Earlier this month, in an essay on the …

Is Grit Overrated?

The downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence<p>“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end?” asks the Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell in a scene from <i>Chariots of Fire</i>. His answer—“from within”—was until recently about as far as we’d come in understanding the roots of dogged …

Self-improvement

Booked: Is It Time to Retire the Term “Revolution”?

An interview with historian David A. Bell about his new book on the French Revolution.

Famed Architect Philip Johnson’s Hidden Nazi Past

Philip Johnson was a pedigreed, witty charmer from Cleveland who became a fixture of Manhattan’s art world and social circuit. But before Johnson’s rise to fame as one of America’s most influential architects, he delighted in another rise—that of Hitler and the Third Reich. In his forthcoming book, …

Can an Unfinished Piece of Art Also Be Complete?

In his recent book <i>Dividuum</i>, the philosopher Gerald Raunig hypothesizes that current technology offers the possibility of a new “type of interactive …

On Kobe Bryant

Not a single player who is statistically “better” than Kobe has been as glorious to watch. He was a sociopath, and his deep-seated contempt drove him …

Paris Review - A Humorist at Work

Fran Lebowitz<p>Issue 127, Summer 1993<p>Fran Lebowitz, ca. 2011. Photograph by Christopher Macsurak<p>Fran Lebowitz’s trademark is the sneer; she disapproves of virtually everything except sleep, cigarette smoking, and good furniture. Her essays and topical interviews on subjects ranging from the …

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Finally, The Golden Ratio Gets Its Own Coloring Book

Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates meticulously detailed drawings of the Fibonacci spiral in nature–now, you can color along.<p>When it comes to design, the golden ratio is mostly bullshit. Though designers sometimes use it, there’s just no proof people prefer that precise spatial ratio in their …

The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet Explains How to Stay in Shape

Charles Eugster, 96, is a runner, body-builder, public speaker, writer, rower, and wakeboarder. He also claims to be so healthy that his formerly grey pubes have turned brown again.<p>Charles Eugster is the greatest British sprinter you've probably never heard of. He currently holds world records in …

inside tadao ando's self-built studio in osaka

<b>inside tadao ando’s self-built studio in osaka</b><br>all images by kaita takemura<p><b>self-taught architect tadao ando set up his own practice in 1969.</b> since …

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

Design

How A Color Designer Creates The Perfect Backdrop For Famous Art

At major museums around the world, the color experts at Farrow & Ball train their discerning eye on the walls behind the artwork.<p>White walls may reign supreme at art galleries, but at major art museums, colored walls are standard practice. And while you might be hard-pressed to remember what color …

Paris Review - François Mauriac, The Art of Fiction No. 2

Interviewed by Jean Le Marchand<p>Issue 2, Summer 1953<p>“Every novelist ought to invent his own technique, that is the fact of the matter. Every novel worthy of the name is like another planet, whether large or small, which has its own laws just as it has its own flora and fauna. Thus, Faulkner’s …

50 essential books every graphic designer should read

When it comes to seeking inspiration and learning, graphic designers are spoilt for choice. There is a wealth of literature at our fingertips, all …

Graphic Design

Spotify has a clever plan to make more money from 'superfans'

The session was set up by Spotify, but it wasn't part of a traditional contest or lottery. The set-up was part of a larger plan Spotify has to help artists use data to identify their most passionate fans. And this push has big implications for the future of making money as a musician, Spotify's Jim …