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The Fluid Dynamics of “The Starry Night”: How Vincent Van Gogh’s Masterpiece Explains the Scientific Mysteries of Movement and Light

In 1889, inspired by a famous astronomical drawing that had been circulating in Europe for four decades, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890) painted his iconic masterpiece “The Starry Night,” one of the most recognized and reproduced images in the history of art. At the peak of his …

What Books Do for the Human Spirit: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

The question of what reading does for the human soul is an eternal one and its answer largely ineffable, but this hasn’t stopped minds big and small from tussling with it — we have Kafka’s exquisite letter to his childhood friend, Maurice Sendak’s visual manifestos for the joy of reading, and even …

Emma Watson: ambassador with the magic touch

Not many people will admit to feeling much pity for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or even Lindsay Lohan, whatever dismal scrapes they may have been in. Drink-driving charge? Deliberate wardrobe malfunction? Up before the judge again? Who cares?<p>If they trip up, sadly, the world feels entitled to watch …

Pitting Emma Watson and Beyoncé Against Each Other Is Anti-Feminist

<i>This story originally appeared on xoJane.com.</i><p>On Saturday, Emma Watson gave a speech about feminism and gender equality. She said things that many of …

Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

<i>“You want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you,”</i> Madeleine L’Engle counseled in her advice to aspiring writers. W.H. Auden once described his journal as <i>“a discipline for [his] laziness and lack of observation.”</i><p>Journaling, I believe, is a …