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Every Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ranked From Best to Worst

There shouldn’t be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The idea of a bunch of self-satisfied music-industry fat cats in tuxedos having rock stars assemble …

Stephen Hawking's final research paper has been published, and it's mind-bending

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephen Hawking may be among the stars now, but he has managed to gift the world one more research paper, published this week in the Journal of High Energy Physics.<p>True to Hawking's oeuvre, the paper tackles the same questions as any other bubbly beach read: Do we live in a multiverse? Did …

Stephen Hawking

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence. For them, learning is an immutable trait like eye color, simply luck of the genetic draw. People are born learners, or they’re not, the thinking goes. So why bother getting better at it?<p>And that’s why many people …

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

18 Uncomfortable Things You Need to Do If You Don’t Want to Regret 2018

When you look back on the past year, don’t think of the pain you felt. Think of the strength you gained, and appreciate how far you’ve come. You’ve …

Lifestyle

Monet: A Brilliant Perspective

<i>Claude Monet changed the way people see the world -even when he could no longer see it himself.</i><p>As the sun rose over Giverny, France, a gardener …

How to Live ON PURPOSE and Maximize Every Freaking Day

Today can be as great as you want it to be.<p>Today can be as great as you want it to be.<p>Your fate isn't set. You get to decide how much of yourself you're going to put into today.<p>Rather than saying, "Well, we'll see what happens," you must powerfully state, <i>"Today, I'm going to make it happen!"</i><p>When …

Facilitating an Effective Design Studio Workshop

<b>Summary:</b> Design studios are UX workshops that combine ideation and design critique with idea prioritization and help teams collaborate and feel …

The fine art of mental illness: What paintings tell us about someone’s psyche

By Erin Blakemore<p>Vincent van Gogh’s art is infused with isolation: a lonely chair, a grieving doctor, a brooding sky. For one psychiatrist, the French master’s paintings — and those of other artists throughout history — contain clues about mental illness, too.<p>James C. Harris, a professor of …

Mental Health

Forget Details: Start a Business With These Three Things

If these three elements of your business exist, then all the other details will fall into place.<p>What does it take to really start a business?<p>As a consultant and mentor to small businesses and entrepreneurs, a problem I too often find is many entrepreneurs get stuck in the mundane and unimportant …

Kill Your Old Ideas So You Can Be More Creative

I spent ten years “writing” a TV show about Silicon Valley. I spent hundreds of hours talking about it, collecting ideas in a giant Evernote file, …

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

Mary Shelley

'The Art of Banksy': a commercial exhibition of the anti-establishment artist in Berlin

Promoted as "the most valuable Banksy collection," the new Berlin exhibition featuring works by the elusive street artist can leave fans with a …

What Is the Multiverse (Or, How Can There Be Two Mr. Spocks)?

The parallel universe is a staple of science fiction. These other universes — almost like the one we know and love, but with subtle, uncanny differences — started showing up in programs like “The Twilight Zone” in the 1960s. That show’s 1963 episode "The Parallel" told the story of an astronaut who …

Multiverse

Terms of Art: TV Writer Lingo with David Mandel

David Mandel has written for some of the funniest and most influential TV shows of the last three decades: he started out at “Saturday Night Live” in the early 90’s, moved on the “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and is now the head writer of “Veep.” As part of our Terms of Art series, David …

Nerd's Paradise

Roland Kelts, an expert in Japanese pop culture, takes Kurt to Akihabara, a retail paradise for otaku — obsessive fans of manga and other Japanese culture. But a tragedy casts a shadow over the fun and games.<p><i>(Originally aired February 2009)</i>

Beatles or Bieber?

In the 2014 documentary “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” footage of the Beatles and their Beatlemaniacs is intercut with the teen singer’s fans, known as Beliebers. Is the comparison fair? Bieber and the Beatles (in their early days) share an interest in love as a subject, and say “baby” a lot. Bieber …

The Inspiration Behind “The Handmaid’s Tale”

It's a funny thing: all at once, on November 9th of last year, old novels with dystopian themes suddenly seemed very relevant and had huge sales upticks. One of them, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” came out in 1985. In “The Handmaid’s Tale,” fundamentalist Christian theocrats take over …

George Carlin's "Class Clown"

George Carlin’s seminal comedy album “Class Clown” has just been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress. The 1972 stand-up recording includes Carlin’s infamous bit, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” which still rings true 45 years later.<p>To tell the story of …

Noah Hawley on the Influence of "Twin Peaks"

“Fargo” and “Legion” showrunner Noah Hawley thinks David Lynch’s work on “Twin Peaks” has had a profound impact on today’s TV. He knows it’s true in his case, because the show has helped shaped his own approach. As he told Kurt, “I thought a lot about David Lynch, because one of the things that …

Noah Hawley

The Real Twin Peaks

With the show “Twin Peaks,” David Lynch created a world that didn’t just entertain you — it occupied you and preoccupied you. But some people don’t think of "Twin Peaks" as a place that’s just in their imaginations — or on TV. For Harry “Buzz” Teter, "Twin Peaks" was the name of his hometown in …

The Music of "Twin Peaks"

It’s impossible to imagine “Twin Peaks” without the music of Angelo Badalamenti — but why do those languid synth ballads and cool-jazz numbers capture the essence of the show so well? “Breaking Bad<i>”</i> composer Dave Porter and “X-Files<i>”</i> composer Mark Snow break down Badalamenti’s iconic score, and …

Seth Rogen, Lovable Man-Child

Over the past decade, the overgrown man-child has become the go-to comic type — and that’s due in large part to Seth Rogen, who has played a version of the lovable, foul-mouthed stoner in “Knocked Up,” ”Pineapple Express,” and ”Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” among many other movies. Rogen thinks the …

Live In-Studio: Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco would lead you to believe that he's some kind of foolish, archetypal teen movie slacker, but the 27-year-old is one of the hardest working musicians today. His 2015 album "Another One," which DeMarco self-recorded and engineered in his home studio, sounds like a cassette tape of Harry …

Frank Lloyd Wright Was A Great Architect–But He Was Even Better At Branding

How Wright positioned himself as creative genius rivals his revolutionary designs.<p>“Fellow architects have called him everything, from a great poet to an insupportable windbag.” That’s how journalist Mike Wallace began a 1957 televised interview with 88-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright. By the end of the …

'26 Time Management Tricks I Wish I'd Known at 20'

Always know the one thing you really need to get done.<p>Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a …

Time Management

The Art Market’s Modigliani Forgery Epidemic

A skyrocketing interest in Amedeo Modigliani’s work is producing Picasso-level price tags, with major museum shows stoking the flame. Buyers are wary, though: the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most-faked artists has led to death threats, lawsuits, and hoaxes.<p>Nearly a century after the …

Matters of Fact

It is a maxim universally admitted in geometry, and indeed in every branch of knowledge, that in the progress of investigation, we should proceed …

Art Galleries

31 Perfect Looks To Copy This May

Maybe it's because May delivers the unofficial start of summer, but there's just something about this time of year that has us feeling really excited …

Art History: What is Line Art?

It's often thought that an artist's stroke is the purest way to perceive their abilities. As a line winds across a paper or canvas, this continuous band can emit powerful emotions. Thus, it's no surprise that line art, or line drawing, is one of the most basic elements of visual art.<p>In fact, as one …

Art