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Hear Kurt Vonnegut Read Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle & Other Novels

Many of us grade the books we read, but Kurt Vonnegut graded the books he wrote. <i>Letters of Note</i> once tweeted out a list of the thirteen grades he …

Literature

How the Coen Brothers Put Their Remarkable Stamp on the “Shot Reverse Shot,” the Fundamental Cinematic Technique

Even if you don't think you know what a shot reverse shot is, you've probably seen thousands of them. Tony Zhou, creator of the video essay series</i> …

1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

Entertainment

The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 358 Filmmakers

Every ten years, film journal <i>Sight and Sound</i> conducts a worldwide survey of film critics to decide which films are considered the best ever made. …

Filmmaking

Discover The Music Vault: A Massive YouTube Archive of 22,000 Live Concert Videos

Last summer, we highlighted an almost unbelievably rich resource for music fans: the Music Vault, a Youtube archive of 22,000 live concert videos …

Lynyrd Skynyrd

A History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 100 Riffs

Give the talented Alex Chadwick 12 minutes, and he'll give you A Brief History of Rock 'n' Roll, with each defining moment represented by a famous …

The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions Read by Bob Dylan

From 2006 to 2009, Bob Dylan hosted the <i>Theme Time Radio Hour</i> on Sirius Satellite Radio. Each show featured "an eclectic mix of songs, from a wide …

The 5 Best Noir Films in the Public Domain: From Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street to Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker

I try to catch the Noir City film festival whenever it comes through Los Angeles, not just because it uses the Egyptian, one of my favorite theaters …

Los Angeles

Why & How to Green Screen in class

<b>This is my new must-have for all classrooms!</b><p>Finding interesting ways to <b>evaluate, reflect and report on work</b> and projects can be tricky. Many students …

Library of Congress Launches New Online Poetry Archive, Featuring 75 Years of Classic Poetry Readings

<i>Image by Fred Palumbo, made available by the Library of Congress.</i><p>Put THIS in your pocket. The Library of Congress is celebrating National Poetry …

The 10-Minute, Never-Released, Experimental Demo of The Beatles’ “Revolution” (1968)

What is a “Revolution”? The question might precede a lengthy disquisition on political philosophy; it might presage a manifesto redefining an old, …

Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography <i>Palm Sunday</i>. His answer? His master’s thesis in …

Patti Smith Plays Songs by The Ramones, Rolling Stones, Lou Reed & More on CBGB’s Closing Night (2006)

Club owner Hillel Kristal’s legendary CBGB died a slow death. A long, drawn-out affair that, when it came on October 15, 2006, seemed inevitable. The …

Watch 8 New Video Essays on Wes Anderson’s Films: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums & More

We Wes Anderson-watchers have only just begun eagerly anticipating the <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, the director's next live-action film staring Ralph …

Venice in Beautiful Color Images 125 Years Ago: The Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace & More

A few months ago, Mental Floss put up a post of "Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland." Fantastic pictures indeed, although the nature of …

The 10 Hidden Cuts in Rope (1948), Alfred Hitchcock’s Famous “One-Shot” Feature Film

Among his many accomplishments at the intersection of showmanship and pure cinema, Alfred Hitchcock managed, in 1948, to make a feature film without …

A Look Inside Martin Scorsese’s Vintage Movie Poster Collection

When Martin Scorsese isn’t making films, he’s busy preserving them, from helping fund the restoration of classics to collecting the ephemera of his …

Posters

William Gibson’s Seminal Cyberpunk Novel, Neuromancer, Dramatized for Radio (2002)

Who can call themselves fans of cyberpunk, or even modern science fiction, without having experienced William Gibson's <i>Neuromancer</i>? That 1984 novel, …

Download Pink Floyd’s 1975 Comic Book Program for The Dark Side of the Moon Tour

For all their serious brooding and biting digs at the establishment, the members of Pink Floyd were not above having a little fun with their image. …

How German Expressionism Influenced Tim Burton: A Video Essay

Cinema Sem Lei has made a nice supercut video essay that explores the influence of German Expressionism on the films of Tim Burton. There’s …

Avant-garde

How David Byrne and Brian Eno Make Music Together: A Short Documentary

On Monday, we posted the Artist Series, short profiles of various aesthetically-oriented creators by the late Hillman Curtis. Today, please enjoy …

Hear Kurt Vonnegut’s Very First Public Reading from Breakfast of Champions (1970)

When we think of Kurt Vonnegut, we tend to think of <i>Slaughterhouse-Five.</i> Maybe we also think of the short story "Harrison Bergeron," which gets …

10 Classic German Expressionist Films: From Nosferatu to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

In 1913, Germany, flush with a new nation’s patriotic zeal, looked like it might become the dominant nation of Europe and a real rival to that global …

Piotr Dumala’s Artful Animations of Literary Works by Kafka & Dostoevsky

There’s a certain irony to Polish animator Piotr Dumala’s innovative style, a stop-motion technique in which he scratches an image into painted …

14,000 Free Images from the French Revolution Now Available Online

It's often said that the French Revolution (1789-1799) created the "blueprint" for all revolutions to come. Unlike any event before it, the …

What is the Self? Watch Philosophy Animations Narrated by Stephen Fry on Sartre, Descartes & More

If you've followed our recent philosophy posts, you've heard Gillian Anderson (<i>The X-Files</i>) speak on what makes us human, the origins of the …