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Wax Poetic

Fonograf Editions brings poets to vinyl.<p>To read Eileen Myles in print is, of course, to read a poet who’s very much alive, whose aliveness seems to jump off the page. And yet to hear Myles reading their poems on vinyl—the static and silence between poems, between lines, their voice quickly …

The urinal that changed how we think

One hundred years ago this month, Marcel Duchamp’s controversial Fountain made its debut. It would change art forever, writes Kelly Grovier.<p>In April 1917, everything changed. At least, that is, in the world of art. It was then that the legendary avant-garde French artist and cultural prankster, …

Art History

Why it’s never too late to learn an instrument

The start of the year is a great time to take on a new challenge. The pianist James Rhodes tells Clemency Burton-Hill how anyone can learn to play Bach in six weeks.<p>Is it ever too late to learn a musical instrument? According to the leading British concert pianist James Rhodes, the answer is an …

Piano

This plastic bag is edible, compostable, even drinkable

<b>This company from Bali chose to address plastic pollution through better design, rather than waiting for a behavioral shift in consumers.</b><p>Think of …

These are the 20 best US cities to live in

The United States is filled with incredible cities, each with its own set of credentials and clout to attract visitors from around the world. But which spots are actually the places to live?<p>U.S. News & World Report just unveiled their list of 2017 Best Places to Live in America after ranking the …

Orchestrate Brand Experience

An orchestra is a large group of musicians who play a variety of different instruments such as violin, flute, piano, drums etc. in harmony. …

El sonido de hoy: ¿hay alguien ahí?

Tras el denso siglo XX, la composición contemporánea es un laberinto fascinante de corrientes, en general, extrañas a su disfrute<p>¿Qué es lo …

Arrival is the smartest big-budget sci-fi film in years

It’s a long time since a commercial science-fiction movie has addressed itself so directly to big ideas. We should be glad for Arrival, writes Sam Adams.<p>Denis Villeneuve specialises in films with grand themes and hollow centres, a builder of splendid edifices in which nobody is home. His last …

Science Fiction

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Inside Bob Dylan's Massive New 36-Album 1966 Live Box Set

How the most notorious tour of Dylan's career came into existence<p>By the final date on his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan was exhausted. Nearly every …

Bob Dylan

Why I love the Arnolfini Portrait, one of art history’s greatest riddles

To assume that a work of art has singular meaning is arrogant – and Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini proves it<p>One of my favourite paintings in the world is the small and sombre Arnolfini Portrait painted by Jan van Eyck in 1432.<p>Rich with detail, it is a wonderful early example of the Northern Renaissance …

Raving Maniac of the Cinema: Jonas Mekas's Anti-criticism

By Dante A. Ciampaglia June 3, 2016<p><i>The anticriticism of Jonas Mekas.</i><p>Jonas Mekas<p>Discussion of American film criticism in the sixties and seventies tends to hew to the Andrew Sarris–Pauline Kael binary. Their legendary, exasperating debate over auteurism and the One True Criticism shaped a generation …

Literature

TITAN, A Seven-Foot-Tall Humanoid Paper Sculpture Covered in Comic Book Pages

French artist Thomas Voillaume has created TITAN, a seven-foot-tall stylized human sculpture made of paper and covered in comic book pages. Voillaume …

In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph,” Susan Sontag wrote in her seminal 1977 book “On Photography.” This was something I thought about when I recently read that Google was making its one-hundred-and-forty-nine-dollar photo-editing suite, the Google Nik Collection, free. This …

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

The Future

Maestra: This year’s ‘most shocking thriller’?

It’s billed as a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and Gone Girl, but can LS Hilton’s Maestra live up to the hype? Lucy Scholes takes a look.<p>Following in the footsteps of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, Maestra, the debut novel from journalist and art critic LS Hilton, has arrived with a …

Books

The New 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Trailer Is Awesome, But Not Everyone Agrees

Fans' early reaction might be due to a larger movie trend.<p>We finally know why Mystique is so blue. It's the Internet's fault.<p>The new "X-Men: Apocalypse" trailer hit the Web on Thursday, showing new footage, more glimpses of Apocalypse in action and more Jennifer Lawrence. While news sites have …

Buckle Up, Space Fans: A New Batch of Pluto Science Is Here

Dwarf planet. Trans-Neptunian Object. Doggy dog world. Who would have ever guessed that Pluto would one day be the most interesting place in the …

Astronomy

New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Frolics Through the End of Days

<i>“I feel a great swirl of pity for the poor soul who comes to my school looking for trouble</i>.” So says Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), sounding a bit …

Comics

Movie Review: The Revenant

The definition of a Revenant is "a person who leaves and then returns again as a ghost". This definition does describe the entire plot of "The …

What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

Modern Art

How The X-Files changed television

Today’s TV landscape was shaped by the long-running supernatural show, which just finished a new miniseries run. Keith Uhlich looks at its impact.<p>The finale of the six-part revival of The X-Files on US TV closes out another chapter in the paranormal adventures of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and …

TV

Spore Hallucigenia (upside-down)

Facebook Reactions, the Totally Redesigned Like Button, Is Here

Your News Feed is about to get a lot more expressive. After months of user testing in a handful of countries, Facebook today is releasing "Reactions" …

The man who made 'the worst video game in history'

<b>The video game of Steven Spielberg's ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events</b> …

Retrogaming

A brief history of gravity, gravitational waves and LIGO

This has turned into Gravity Week here in Washington. Loads of journalists (many in town for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) crammed into the National Press Club on Thursday morning for a news conference to discuss an experiment called LIGO, which …

Physics
Betting

Artist Jasper Johns on the Process Behind His Monotypes

At 85, Jasper Johns continues to create innovative work, including prints that are as powerful as his paintings. This spring sees a new show of his singular monotypes<p>By<p>Julie L. Belcove<p><b>BY 1954,</b> Jasper Johns had left his boyhood in rural South Carolina behind for New York City, where, by his own …

Fine Art