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David Byrne Launches the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” Web Site: A Compendium of News Meant to Remind Us That the World Isn’t Actually Falling Apart

Whatever your ideological persuasion, our time has no doubt given you more than a few reasons to fear for the future of civilization, not least …

Cities

An Animated Introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Philosophical Recipe for Getting Over the Sources of Regret, Disappointment and Suffering in Our Lives

The idea of acceptance has found much, well… acceptance in our therapeutic culture, by way of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief, 12-step …

Friedrich Nietzsche

Hear Dolores O’Riordan’s Beautifully-Pained Vocals in the Isolated Track for The Cranberries’ 1994 Hit “Zombie”

Yesterday, amidst the many tributes and inevitable dissention over the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a sad piece of news seemed to get buried: …

Dolores O'Riordan

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Free Course from Princeton

Quick fyi: Earlier this month, we tried to make sense of the Bitcoin frenzy in the only we know how--by pointing you toward a free course. …

Cryptocurrency

A Teaser Trailer for Fahrenheit 451: A New Film Adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Ever-Relevant Novel

From HBO comes a teaser trailer for an upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury's <i>Fahrenheit 451,</i> a film that went in today production a year before the …

Ray Bradbury

Smartify, a Shazam for Art, Lets You Use Your Phone to Scan, Identify & Learn About Major Works of Art

Not so long ago, art museums were known as temples of quiet contemplation, despite daily invasions by raucous school groups.<p>Now, the onus is on the …

Museums

Omoshiroi Blocks: Japanese Memo Pads Reveal Intricate Buildings As The Pages Get Used

We've all had the experience, growing up, of using notepads for something other than their intended purpose: running our thumbs down their stacked-up …

Japan

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, the New Series Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin & Steve Buscemi, Now Streaming Free on Amazon Prime

Do I like Philip K. Dick? Do androids dream of electric sheep? Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to answer such questions about the …

Philip K. Dick

170+ Courses Starting at Stanford Continuing Studies This Week: Explore the Catalogue of Campus and Online Courses

Quick fyi: I spend my days at Stanford Continuing Studies, where we've developed a rich lineup of online courses, many of which will get started this …

Learning

Binge-Watch Carl Sagan’s Original Cosmos Series Free Online (Available for a Limited Time)

FYI. Carl Sagan's 13-episode series <i>Cosmos</i> originally aired in 1980 and became one of the most widely watched series in the history of American public …

Netflix

Google’s Free App Analyzes Your Selfie and Then Finds Your Doppelganger in Museum Portraits

The developers of the free Google Arts & Culture app have some sobering news.<p>Having the ability to virtually explore the history, back stories, and …

Martin Van Buren

Stream Big Playlists of Music from Haruki Murakami’s Personal Vinyl Collection and His Strange Literary Worlds

Haruki Murakami readers, or even those of us who've just read about his novels, know to expect certain things from his books: cats, ears, wells, …

Haruki Murakami

19-Year-Old Student Uses Early Spy Camera to Take Candid Street Photos (Circa 1895)

We are generally accustomed to thinking of 19th century photography as quite static and rigid, and for much of its early history, technical …

Photography

The Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde

To commemorate the centennial of Russia’s October Revolution (it seems like only yesterday, comrade!) Taschen has yet again delivered an impressive …

Film Posters

A Brief History of Making Deals with the Devil: Niccolò Paganini, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Page & More

When the term “witch hunt” gets thrown around in cases of powerful men accused of harassment and abuse, historians everywhere bang their heads …

Creationism

How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function: The Findings of Recent Scientific Studies

Reading “availeth much,” to borrow an old phrase from the King James Bible. To read is to experience more of the world than we can in person, to …

The Brain

Watch the History of the World Unfold on an Animated Map: From 200,000 BCE to Today

"Where are you from?" a character at one point asks Babe, the hapless protagonist of the Firesign Theatre's classic comedy album <i>How Can You Be in Two</i> …

The “True” Story Of How Brian Eno Invented Ambient Music

The True Story Of How Brian Eno Invented Ambient Music pic.twitter.com/Ip019oztxM<p>— Brian Eno (@dark_shark) November 7, 2017<p>Or maybe it didn't …

Take a Virtual Tour of The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the World-Famous Collection of Renaissance Art

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence doesn't particularly need an introduction, seeing that it's one of the most widely-visited museums in Italy, the home …

Watch an Episode of TV-CBGB, the First Rock ‘n’ Roll Sitcom Ever Aired on Cable TV (1981)

For a good long while, or at least a few decades, the best things on TV in the U.S. happened outside the major broadcast and national cable networks. …

Andy Warhol

Speaking in Whistles: The Whistled Language of Oaxaca, Mexico

Whistled language is a rare form of communication that can be mostly found in locations with isolating features such as scattered settlements or …

Canary Islands

Notations: John Cage Publishes a Book of Graphic Musical Scores, Featuring Visualizations of Works by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, The Beatles & More (1969)

If you know just one piece by avant-garde composer and all-around oracle of indeterminacy John Cage, you know 1952's <i>4'33"</i>, which consists, for that …

Orchestras

David Bowie: The Last Five Years Is Now Airing/Streaming on HBO

FYI: David Bowie died two years ago today. And to commemorate the anniversary, HBO has just started airing <i>David Bowie: The Last Five</i> Years, a …

David Bowie

Spheres Dance to the Music of Bach, Performed by Glenn Gould: An Animation from 1969

From Norman McLaren and René Jodoin comes a 1969 short animation called "Spheres." Here, you can watch "spheres of translucent pearl float …

Classical Music

A Short Animated Introduction to Karl Marx

Is Karl Marx’s critique of capitalism still relevant to the 21st century? Can we ever read him independently of the movements that violently seized …

Karl Marx

Watch Gyorgy Ligeti’s Electronic Masterpiece Artikulation Get Brought to Life by Rainer Wehinger’s Brilliant Visual Score

Even if you don't know the name György Ligeti, you probably already associate his music with a set of mesmerizing visions. The work of that Hungarian …

Stanley Kubrick

A Map of George Orwell’s 1984

Many fictional locations resist mapping. Our imaginations may thrill, but our mental geolocation software recoils at the impossibilities in Italo …

Genghis Khan

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Reworked in Major Key, Becomes a Cheerful Pop Song

Last year, Josh Jones took a good look at what happens when Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” gets shifted from minor to major key, and Radiohead’s …

Nirvana

A Supercut of Buster Keaton’s Most Amazing Stunts–and Keaton’s 5 Rules of Comic Storytelling

Joseph Frank Keaton was born into showbiz. His father was a comedian. His mother, a soubrette. He emerged into the world during a one night …

Charlie Chaplin

A Map Shows What Every Country in the World Calls Itself in its Own Language: Explore the “Endonyms of the World” Map

I live in South Korea, but the South Koreans don't call it South Korea. The country has its own language, of course, and that language has its own …

Maps