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Frank Sinatra – 10 of the best from the Capitol years

Frank Sinatra would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday 12 December. To mark his centenary, here are 10 classics from his golden period with Capitol Records<p>Frank Sinatra had been the biggest musical star of the 1940s, but the early 50s were very different. He could no longer fill the …

Bill Hicks’ 12 Principles of Comedy

When we think of trash-talking, transgressive comedians, a few big names spring immediately to mind: George Carlin and Richard Pryor; Joan Rivers and …

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?"<p>Below, you …

How To Use a Coffee Press

A step-by-step video<p>Starbucks® partner Chad Moore explains why the coffee press is his favorite brewing method, and shows you how to make a great cup.<p>…

7 Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems

There may be no more a macabrely misogynistic sentence in English literature than Edgar Allan Poe’s contention that “the death… of a beautiful woman” …

Literature

10 Writing Tips from Legendary Writing Teacher William Zinsser

<i>Image used with permission by Mark Ostow/Yale Alumni Magazine</i><p>Author William Zinsser died at his Manhattan home on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The …

David Ogilvy’s 1982 Memo “How to Write” Offers 10 Pieces of Timeless Advice

Nobody ever went broke writing a readable guide to writing in English, especially those that rise to the ranks of standard recommendations alongside …

Creative Writing

Brian Eno Delivers John Peel Lecture

<i>Photo by Mary Evers</i><p>Today, Brian Eno delivered this year's John Peel Lecture, an annual event in which a keynote speaker makes a speech on a musical subject of their choice. Listen to his lecture on "the ecology of culture" here via BBC Radio 6.<p>Read the BBC's description of the lecture:<p>Brian Eno …

F. Scott Fitzgerald Creates a List of 22 Essential Books, 1936

In 1936 -- perhaps the darkest year of his life -- F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, when he offered his …

Columbia U. Launches a Free Multimedia Glossary for Studying Cinema & Filmmaking

in <i>Film</i> | September 20th, 2015 1 Comment<p>Advertisement<p>You can find no shortage of classic films to watch on Open Culture. (See our collection: 1,150 …

Former Gawker Editor on the Cause of Internet Bile: It's Ad Dollars (Guest Column)

Once-glossy newsrooms are now full of fast-typing young people looking for an "in" on Cecil the lion stories and Trump's latest gaffe.<p><i>This story</i> …

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, <i>The Orchard Tree</i>, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner." He makes admirable …

50 of the Greatest Summer Reads of All Time

Summer reading lists: everyone’s got ’em. But what makes an ideal summer read? It sort of depends on who you are and what you’re doing, but here are …

Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

Who better to judge the best movies of all time than the people who make them? Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty all were surveyed as THR …

50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

50<p>Hank Williams Jr., ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’ (1979)<p>Perhaps inspired or pissed off by the deification of his dad's historically haunted legacy, …

GZA Speaks: The Lost Art of Lyricism

Rap lyrics sure ain’t what they used to be<p><b>By GZA</b><p>M<b>usic is forever changing.</b> Hip-hop is not going to be what it was 15 or 20 years ago. Everything …

These Are The Last Remaining Old School Mississippi Blues Musicians

Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has been capturing the now elderly men who constitute the Mississippi Delta Blues musicians of a previous era. With calloused hands, worn faces and twinkling eyes, the blues artists are living remnants of a bygone time, one of juke joints and fiery soul.<p>"As a …