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20 Best Movies of 2016

NOW PLAYING<p>20 Best Movies of 2016<p>By<p>In 2016, Hollywood showed us a world where black lives matter, a musical had meaning, young filmmakers could strut …

Black Lives Matter

7 TED Talks you should watch if you want to be an entrepreneur

Four simple words that sum up the value of TED Talks.<p>We love these quick, easy-to-digest videos with just the right amount of important information to entertain and educate in just a few minutes.<p>It's free, high-quality wisdom from industry leaders — what's not to love?<p>Below are the top seven videos …

Are We About To Send 'Spacechips' To The Stars?

"Is this for real?"<p>That was the only line in an email my graduate student send me about a month ago. Along with her terse question was a link to a new paper on the astrophysics preprint archive (a website where newly completed research get posted). The paper's title was enough to set me back: "A …

The Ghost of Jack Kemp

When the House Speaker, Paul D. Ryan, the other day postponed, or rethought, any future endorsement of Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, he did it in the name of his party, an entity that Ryan, among others, seems to view as a fragile thing, to be regarded with …

The French Culture Wars Continue

A few weeks ago, Laurence Rossignol, France’s minister for families, children, and women’s rights, went on a morning talk show, where the host presented her with a series of advertisements for new apparel “adapted for Muslim traditions,” such as headscarves (<i>foulards</i>) and full-body bathing suits, …

The Supreme Court Gets Ready to Legalize Corruption

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United marches like a zombie precedent, destroying all in its path. First the case turned the law of campaign finance into a useless corpse. Now it appears the law of political bribery is the next victim. Citizens United let rich people buy candidates; now …

The Legacy of a Soccer Tragedy

On April 15th, 1989, Trevor and Jenni Hicks and their two teen-age daughters travelled from Liverpool, England, to Hillsborough stadium, in Sheffield, to watch their favorite soccer team play in a semifinal cup match. It was a sunny Saturday in the usually dreary north of England. About an hour …

‘Sickening’: Art Piece Featuring ‘Jesus Crucified to a Dartboard’ Causes Furor at Rutgers University

Officials at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, have removed a controversial art display that depicted Jesus affixed to a dartboard — a piece of art that one conservative commentator called “sickening.”<p>The piece, titled, “Vitruvian Man,” featured Jesus Christ “nailed” to the board …

8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive

When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie?<p>When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie? If you're like most people, you probably feel like a zombie.<p>Most people's mornings are a chaotic mess. Exhausted. Stimulant-driven. Rough.<p>However, …

'What will survive of us is plastic': beautiful photos of beach detritus

<b>Stuart Haygarth photographed objects he found during an epic hike along Britain’s coast. The results are strange and beautiful, says Robert Macfarlane</b><p>On first seeing Stuart Haygarth’s remarkable series of photographs, Strand, I was reminded of Roland Barthes’s line in a catalogue essay from 1976: …

Nature

Dash Against Darkness: 10 Quotes Celebrating National Poetry Month

To most people, poetry is just an occasional chapter in their English education, receding afterward into a pleasant background miasma of song lyrics and greeting cards. For the past two decades, April has been National Poetry Month, urging the public to seek out the unique pleasure of reading or …

Literature

47 Amazingly Talented Artists and Designers to Follow on Instagram

There you are, hunched over your laptop trying with all your might to write a catchy headline or design an engaging graphic…and you’re feeling …

The Clothespin Campaign: A French History Lesson For Anti-Trump Republicans

I have had some painful experience with what it feels like to have the central allegiance of one’s public life take place within a movement shared almost exclusively by angry, aging white men, who mistrust if not dislike women and are sadly hostile to highly visible black men. And I know what it …

“Never Trump” and the Rise of a New Republican Respectability Politics

"You've struck a chord w/American ppl," the freshman Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, tweeted to Donald Trump the week before the Iowa caucuses. "If I were betting--youre likely next <i>POTUS</i>. Congrats.” He went on, “But … at the same time, we have questions about how you would govern." …

The top 10 books of war reportage

The first time I went to besieged Sarajevo, I carried a copy of Martha Gellhorn’s The Face of War with me, along with a flashlight. At night, huddled in my sleeping bag in the ice-cold Holiday Inn, I counted incoming shells from the nearby hills and imagined that I was not as alone as I really was. …

Books

Artist Spotlight: Nicolas Uribe – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

Go ahead, give your inner artist some space to grow.<p>"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached," artist Irwin Greenberg said.<p>OK, but what if you're not an artist? Or, at least, not yet. Can you still gain something from incorporating a sketchbook into your …

David Bowie's 'Blackstar': Unbound InstaMiniSeries debuts Feb. 24.

Instagram announced that a mini-series inspired by David Bowie’s last album <i>Blackstar</i> will debut Feb. 24 on the platform. Starring <i>Rookie</i> founder Tavi …

David Bowie

What I Learned By Taking MoMA’s New Photography Course

Last week, the Museum of Modern Art unleashed a free online course on Coursera entitled “Seeing Through Photographs” as taught by MOMA Department of …

Art Galleries

What Every Candidate Could Learn from J.F.K.

In early June, 1961, against the advice of people like the Russian expert George Kennan, President John F. Kennedy travelled to Vienna to hold face-to-face talks with Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier. Kennedy had been in office for less than five months. There was a lot to discuss—the possible …