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Now THAT was music

Some of us are more susceptible than others, but eventually it happens to us all. You know what I’m talking about: the inability to appreciate new …

‘Free speech’ is a blunt instrument. Let’s break it up

Instead of throwing out free speech entirely, a better response might be to keep the safeguards but make their sphere of application very broad. This …

From the mundane to the divine, some of the...

Holding it together<p><b>Lorraine Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology</b><p>For years I took the simple paper clip for granted. As a kid I’d twist them …

Japan's gender-bending history

Contentious cross-dressing<p>Like same-sex relationships, cross-dressing has a long history in Japan. The earliest written records date to the eighth …

The Maasai want their brand back

The Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania have a distinctive look that is widely imitated. Their style and name alike have been used by high-end designers …

2017 isn't '1984' – it's stranger than Orwell imagined

John Broich, <i>Case Western Reserve University</i><p>A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on …

How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how...

They were an odd pair. Albert Camus was French Algerian, a <i>pied-noir</i> born into poverty who effortlessly charmed with his Bogart-esque features. …

Happy New Year to all!

As we say “good riddance” to 2016, it’s a good time to reflect on where we are, how we got here and what might lie in prospect for the world over the …

How Fashion Became about Power, and Lost its Ability to Dream

Casting Director, James Scully, makes a brave, bold and emotional plea for fashion’s reform within the modelling industry

Dries Van Noten – Baton

A group of young individuals lives confined in a majestic building where a group of uniformed men induces them to perform a series of surreal actions.<p>…

Hollywood Men by Albert Moya

New York-based director Albert Moya traveled across the US to capture a compelling portrait of the men who strip down to their skivvies and kick up …

Five award-winning short films about people from...

You Can’t Move History: Pollyanna Ruiz, University of Sussex<p>You Can’t Move History was inspired by Long Live South Bank’s campaign to save a space in …

Why male couples should think about HIV in their...

As an HIV and AIDS researcher, however, I see the numbers and am convinced that there are serious issues here.<p>With marriage equality now legal in the …

Danny DeVito's Curmudgeons, a potty-mouthed, endearing...

The best part of getting old is no longer caring what anybody thinks. Eighty years-old and in assisted living, Ralph Pajovic is involved in a …

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Many people now feel they are short of time, and that they have less time available than previous generations. We are torn between the attractions of …

Solar Cycle

Why there's backlash that Greek art inspired China’s Terracotta Army

The best and only way?<p>In the West, classical Greek art and architecture is often presented as a singular achievement. The Greeks are credited with …

Ancient History

Medieval women can teach us how to smash gender rules...

The heart of a king<p>Since time immemorial, women have manipulated gender constructs in order to gain agency and a voice in the political milieu. …

As a writer-musician, Leonard Cohen was a one-off

Cohen’s early albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room (1969), and Songs of Love and Hate (1970) — the latter arguably his most realised …

Five things that explain Donald Trump’s stunning...

1. Silent Trump vote<p>There really was a silent Trump vote that the polls failed to pick up on. The nationwide polling average gave Clinton about a …

Atlantic freedoms

Here is the challenge: to write a history of modern political thought and culture that can simultaneously – and equally – embody and communicate the …

Is your religion ready to meet ET?

David A Weintraub, <i>Vanderbilt University</i><p>How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life …

American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love

Every time a public figure uses the term ‘American exceptionalism’, ordinary Americans turn to my website. It’s number one for a quick answer to the …

Give natural history museums back to the grown-ups

You’d think that a hall of taxidermied animals would be the epitome of quiet. The animals were all shot, skinned and propped up against idyllic …

Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

E Street lead guitarist Steve Van Zandt once said Bruce Springsteen never took drugs because he was afraid he might reprise his father’s depression. …

WATCH: 'Will & Grace' cast reunites for the 2016 Elections

The buzz about a possible “Will & Grace” reunion grew stronger and stronger, thanks to teases the original cast put out on social media. Debra …

Trump stumped in first debate with Clinton – will it...

The big question going into the first debate of the presidential election was whether Donald Trump would decide to tone down the cartoonish, …

Under the influence of … working class rocker Bruce...

In 1995 he recorded a stark and critically celebrated solo acoustic album, “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, that reprised the themes in “The Grapes of …

It is and it isn’t

In 1917 a pivotal event occurred for art and philosophy: Marcel Duchamp unveiled his artwork Fountain in Alfred Stieglitz’s New York studio. This was …

Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of...

Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles? Such an idea – <i>panpsychism</i> …