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A Reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in 100 Celebrity Voices

For every august personage who’s taken a crack Edgar Allan Poe’s evergreen poem, "The Raven," there are thousands more who haven’t.<p>Humorist Jordan …

Edgar Allan Poe

Circus Artist Roxana Küwen Will Captivate You with Her Foot Juggling Routine

Roxana Küwen is a German-born circus artist who "likes to take her audience into her world and make them be astonished, confused or amazed by playing …

Art

Musician Taryn Southern Is Composing Her New Album with Artificial Intelligence: Hear the First Track

“Break Free” is a new song by Taryn and Amper. The former, Taryn Southern, is a musician and singer popular on Youtube. The latter, however, is not …

Artificial Intelligence

The Smithsonian Design Museum Digitizes 200,000 Objects, Giving You Access to 3,000 Years of Design Innovation & History

<i>John Lennon poster by Richard Avedon</i><p>When we think of design, each of us thinks of it in our own way, focusing on our own interests: illustration, …

Graphic Design

The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript, the 15th-Century Manuscript Written in a Language Linguists & Code-Breakers Have Never Been Able to Decipher

A 600-year-old manuscript—written in a script no one has ever decoded, filled with cryptic illustrations, its origins remaining to this day a …

Language

AC/DC’s “Back in Black” Played on the Gayageum, a Korean Instrument Dating Back to the 6th Century

Every now and again, we check in on what's happening in the musical world of Luna Lee--a musician who performs Western music on the Gayageum, a …

Guitar

How a Recording Studio Mishap Created the Famous Drum Sound That Defined 80s Music & Beyond

It’s not a subtle effect, by any means, which is precisely what makes it so effective. Gated reverb, the sound of an airbag deploying or weather …

Guitar

Ridley Scott Walks You Through His Favorite Scene from Blade Runner

f<p>The opening Voight-Kampff test that turns explosive, the flight over the high-rise rooftops and past the tower-side video geisha of 2019 Los …

Science Fiction

Hear the Pieces Mozart Composed When He Was Only Five Years Old

A preternaturally talented, precocious child, barely out of toddlerhood, in powdered wig and knee-breeches, capering around the great houses of 18th …

Orchestras

How Hollywood’s Black List Was Made

How did the Black List get started? Not the Hollywood blacklist that ruined the careers of countless directors, actors and actresses during the 1940s …

Entertainment

Watch Björk’s Hypnotic Music Video for Her New Song, “The Gate”

FYI. Björk has just released a new track, "The Gate," from her forthcoming album. And, with it, comes a hypnotic new video, the product of a …

Björk

New Study Reveals How the Neanderthals Made Super Glue 200,000 Years Ago: The World’s Oldest Known Synthetic Material

It's become increasingly clear how much we've underestimated the Neanderthals, the archaic humans who evolved in Europe and went extinct about 40,000 …

Anthropology

Laurie Anderson Introduces Her Virtual Reality Installation That Lets You Fly Magically Through Stories

While the sci-fi dreams of virtual and “augmented” reality are now within the grasp of artists and game designers, the technology of the adult human …

Virtual Reality

The Sex Pistols Make a Scandalous Appearance on the Bill Grundy Show & Introduce Punk Rock to the Startled Masses (1976)

The brainlessness and hypocrisy of television has long been a source of fun and social commentary in punk rock—from Black Flag’s “TV Party” (“I don’t …

Vivienne Westwood

Watch Author Chuck Palahniuk Read Fight Club 4 Kids

<i>The first rule of Horsing Around Club is: You do not talk about Horsing Around Club. ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club for Kids</i><p>Retooling a popular show, …

Books

Wassily Kandinsky Syncs His Abstract Art to Mussorgsky’s Music in a Historic Bauhaus Theatre Production (1928)

European modernity may never had taken the direction it did without the significant influence of two Russian artists, Wassily Kandinsky and Modest …

Art History

David Lynch Gives Unconventional Advice to Graduates in an Unusual Commencement Address

Just as we wouldn't expect David Lynch to deliver a traditional movie, nor should we expect him to deliver a traditional commencement address. "I did …

David Lynch

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Learning

Dr. Jane Goodall Is Now Teaching an Online Course on Conservation, Animal Intelligence & Activism

Back in June, we mentioned that the great primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall was gearing up to teach her first online course on …

Jane Goodall

Harry Dean Stanton (RIP) Reads Poems by Charles Bukowski

<i>Variety</i> is reporting tonight that Harry Dean Stanton has died in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. He's best remembered, of course, for his roles in …

Charles Bukowski

Marie Curie Invented Mobile X-Ray Units to Help Save Wounded Soldiers in World War I

These days the phrase “mobile x-ray unit” is likely to spark heated debate about privacy, public health, and freedom of information, especially in …

Marie Curie

When Michel Foucault Tripped on Acid in Death Valley and Called It “The Greatest Experience of My Life” (1975)

French theorist Michel Foucault rose to international prominence with his critical histories—or “archaeologies”—of scientific knowledge and …

Death Valley

Enter a Digital Archive of 213,000+ Beautiful Japanese Woodblock Prints

Most of us have now and again seen and appreciated Japanese woodblock prints, especially those in the tradition of <i>ukiyo-e</i>, those "captivating images …

Japan

Download Theft! A History of Music, a New Free Graphic Novel Exploring 2,000 Years of Musical Borrowing

From the team behind the 2006 fair use comic <i>Bound by Law</i> comes a new fair use comic, <i>Theft! A History of Music.</i> Created by James Boyle and Jennifer …

Creative Commons

Free Courses on Design from the Famous California Design Firm IDEO Start This Week

A quick fyi: This week, the famous California design firm IDEO has launched two free courses--a 7-week Introduction to Human-Centered Design and a …

Design Thinking

The Velvet Underground Meets Lawrence Welk

The worlds of the Velvet Underground and Lawrence Welk are pretty far apart. On the one side, you have a gritty New York band city writing lyrics …

Velvet Underground

Watch a Musician Improvise on a 500-Year-Old Music Instrument, The Carillon

Last year we featured the Wintergatan Music Machine, a lovingly handcrafted in wood automated instrument created by artist/musician Martin Mollin. …

Flute

Behold the Beautiful Designs of Brazil’s 1920s Art Deco Magazine, Para Todos

Art Nouveau, Art Deco… these are terms we associate not only with a particular period in history—the turn of the 20th century and the ensuing …

Art Deco

Who Painted the First Abstract Painting?: Wassily Kandinsky? Hilma af Klint? Or Another Contender?

<i>Kandinsky, Untitled, 1910</i><p>Many painters today concentrate on producing abstract work — and a fair few of those have only ever produced abstract work. …

Art History

When Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Creepy TV Show Way Out, a Companion to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone (1961)

In an odd twist of history, two of the wisest and weirdest children’s writers of their generation also happened to have both been fighter pilots …

TV