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Gender-Bending Shakespeare and Rough Magic in “The Tempest”

Eight times a week, in a rowdy, devastating, gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the British actress Harriet Walter plays Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan. Dressed in sweatpants and a tank top, Prospero stalks through a …

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1969 Illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Rediscovered and Resurrected

Two masters of the fanciful and philosophical, together.<p>In 1865, a Victorian mathematician wrote a fairy tale that would go on to live parallel lives as one of the world’s most beloved children’s books and a modernist masterwork of philosophy that mushrooms its yield of wisdom with each reading — …

The MoMA Cookbook: Vintage Recipes and Reflections on Food by Salvador Dalí, Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, and Other Great Artists

From Dalí’s red salad to Warhol’s cream of tomato soup.<p><i>“Art is a form of nourishment,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. This, perhaps, is why the relationship between art and nourishment has such a long history of transcending the metaphorical, from the cuisine of Futurism to Liberace’s cookbook to …

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John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Enlarge Each Other’s Goodness

“It is essential that we be convinced of the goodness of human nature, and we must act as though people are good.”<p>Legendary composer, writer, artist, and Zen Buddhism scholar <b>John Cage</b> (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992), who pioneered the aesthetics of silence, was animated by a rich inner life and …

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Read 9 Free Books By Noam Chomsky Online

The gross and ever-increasing degree of economic inequality in the United States has become a phenomenon that even the country’s elites can no longer …

The Infinite Hotel Paradox: A Brilliant Animated Thought Experiment to Help You Grasp the Mind-Bending Concept of Infinity

What a hospitable night manager can do for our finite human minds.<p><i>“Infinity is a demented concept,”</i> astrophysicist Janna Levin, who studies the finitude of the universe, wrote in her spectacular diary-turned-book about the universe. Infinity is also a dementing concept. Most of us find it oddly …

Brutal London by Zupagrafika

Paper models of buildings and animals are some of the most simple and classic children’s toys. But turning something 2D into a 3D sculpture never gets boring—and when you combine the DIY factor with interesting designs, you have the recipe for Brutal London, the latest product from Poland’s …

Robin Hood

Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Gets Turned Into “The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made” by Jack Kirby

Sure, we all enjoyed the adaptation of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> presented on the Howard Johnson's children's menu from 1968 that we featured last May. …

Buddhism 101: A Short Introductory Lecture by Jorge Luis Borges

In 1977, erudite Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges delivered a series of seven lectures in Buenos Aires on a variety of topics, including Dante’s</i> …

The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the …

Mœbius Illustrates Dante’s Paradiso

Salvador Dalí, Gustave Doré, Alberto Martini, Sandro Botticelli, the earlier and less-recognized Priamo della Quercia and Giovanni di Paolo — all of …

Three Essential Dadaist Films: Groundbreaking Works by Hans Richter, Man Ray & Marcel Duchamp

Iconoclastic art movements need manifestos—to explain themselves, perhaps, to announce themselves, surely, but also, perhaps, to soften the blow of …

Maps: Where LEGO Washes Up

In February 13, 1997, the cargo ship <i>Tokio Express</i> hit a terrible wave while off the coast of Cornwall, UK. It tilted 60º, rocking the ship badly and …

Placemaking

• Activity 1<br>• Activity 2<br>• Activity 3<br>• Activity 4<br>• Activity 5<br>• Activity 6<br>• Activity 7<br>• Review<br>• Explore<br>• Relate<br>• Gallery<p><b>“When a space becomes more than the sum of its parts,</b> …

Top 10 Breakthrough Artists in 2014

The best of the best! It's that time of year again, time to look back and list the Top 10 Breakthrough Artists of the Year. What does that mean? These are the artists, designer and photographers that took the world by storm. They're the ones who decided to push their creative limit, introducing a …

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The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception

Our yearning to discern deception so that we can protect ourselves from abuse, is ancient and almost primal — a marketable commodity for mystics and media manipulators alike. In one of the best explorations of the subject, Sam Harris defined lying as “both a failure of understanding and an …

Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. …

How 'Vandalizing' a Classic Exposes the Hypocrisy of Today's Modernists

<i>These images from artist Xavier Delory show Le Corbusier's celebrated Villa Sovoye in a shocking state of disrepair. With stones and spray paint,</i> …

Friedrich Nietzsche on Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty

German philosopher, poet, composer, and writer <b>Friedrich Nietzsche</b> (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900) is among humanity’s most enduring, influential, and oft-cited minds — and he seemed remarkably confident that he would end up that way. Nietzsche famously called the populace of philosophers …

Legendary Choreographer Merce Cunningham on Life, Learning, and the Creative Experience

Despite what today’s plethora of books on creativity might indicate, it wasn’t until the second half the twentieth century — with the notable exception of Graham Wallace’s famous 1926 model for the four stages of ideation — that psychology turned to creativity as a formal area of study, bringing to …

Chinese Company Showcases Ten 3D-Printed Houses

Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. …

Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

<b>Charles Darwin</b> (February 12, 1809–April 19, 1882) was undoubtedly among the most significant thinkers humanity has ever produced. But he was also a man of peculiar mental habits, from his stringent daily routine to his despairingly despondent moods to his obsessive list of the pros and cons of …

Andy Warhol’s 85 Polaroid Portraits: Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, O.J. Simpson & Many Others (1970-1987)

Polaroid photography, which looked about to fade out forever for a while there, has in recent years made a comeback. Chalk it up, if you must, to a …

Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum

The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary …

Japanese pachinko – in pictures

Photograph: ISSEI KATO/REUTERS<p>A worker holds silver pachinko balls at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo. Photograph: ISSEI KATO/REUTERS<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/8/19/1408488160278/7a35d8e0-2c0a-453e-9052-5c8dacc60bf1-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Chinese schoolboy, 15, exposed as Egypt’s ancient temple graffiti vandal

The parents of a Chinese teenager who scratched his name into a 3,500-year-old Egyptian artwork have apologised for his actions after internet users …

The Penalty for Public Urination

No public urination! The rule is clear, but <b>this addition to the standard sign</b> in the Czech Republic spells out the consequences clearly. A fine can …

Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: The …

Olafur Eliasson

<b>OLAFUR ELIASSON</b> ON RIVERBED<p>In this interview with <b>Louisiana Channel</b> artist Olafur Eliasson shares his intriguing thoughts behind the installation. …