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How stories have shaped the world

From ancient epics to modern novels, some narratives have changed history and influenced the mindsets of generations, writes Martin Puchner.<p>From a young age, Alexander the Great was groomed to be the leader of Macedonia. The small kingdom in northern Greece was perpetually at war with its …

Literature

'S-Town': What to know about the podcast called the new 'Serial'

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a new obsession in podcasts.<p>"S-Town" is the latest that listeners can't stop talking about. It's even been called the new "Serial."<p>Here's what you should know:<p>It's from the team who brought you "Serial"<p>The producers of "Serial" and "This American Life" are behind "S-Town." Its host, …

S-Town: The Podcast That Will Help You Binge-Listen Your Way Through This Week

Last week, the folks behind <i>Serial</i> and <i>This American Life</i>, teamed up to release <i>S-Town</i> (short for Shittown), a seven-episode/seven-hour podcast which I …

How to Tell a Good Story, as Explained by George Saunders, Ira Glass, Ken Burns, Scott Simon, Catherine Burns & Others

All of us instinctively respond to stories. This has both positive and negative effects, but if we don't understand it about ourselves, we've won't …

Books

Rebecca West on Storytelling as a Survival Mechanism and How Art Transforms Mere Existence into Meaningful Being

“Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted.”<p><i>“Seeing the world from the position of the weak person is a great education,”</i> Chinua Achebe observed as he contemplated how …

‘Lost Continent’ Hidden Underneath New Zealand?

A group of researchers argues that the submerged landmass underneath New Zealand qualifies as a continent. But not everyone’s convinced.<p>If a group of Australian and New Zealander researchers have their way, the seven longtime continents will soon be joined by an eighth: a vast, submerged land three …

New Zealand

4 apps that fix Apple Music’s shortcomings

I recently expressed my frustrations with Apple Music and why I didn’t plan to continue using the service. I <i>want</i> to love Apple Music. Siri integration and the ability to have a singular place to listen to <i>all</i> my music, both streamed and purchased, would be a dream come true.<p>Unfortunately, Apple …

Start Your Day with Werner Herzog Inspirational Posters

Werner Herzog is the wild man of cinema. His movies are stark and elemental and ecstatic and are usually about a crazed dreamer who struggles to …

Posters

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 …

The Entrancing Cinemagraph Creations of Julien Douvier

The cinemagraph genre is one of the most exciting to follow because, unlike almost every other type of “photography” (in quotes since you they aren’t …

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the …

Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work, Animated in Kinetic Typography

<i>This American Life</i> host and producer <b>Ira Glass</b> is among our era’s most beloved storytellers. In this wonderful short motion graphics piece, filmmaker David Shiyang Liu has captured Glass’s now-legendary interview on the art of storytelling in beautifully minimalist and elegant kinetic typography. …

Alain de Botton Shows How Art Can Answer Life’s Big Questions in Art as Therapy

Alain de Botton, pop philosopher, has come out with a new book. Like his others, it’s full of sweeping ideas about an entire mode of human existence. …

David Byrne: “Do you really think people are going to keep putting time and effort into this, if no one is making any money?”

The musical genius shares his songwriting secrets, opens up his finances and ponders the future of art and the Web<p>The first things you see when walking into David Byrne's lower Manhattan office are his bicycle -- he really does ride to work -- and the Howard Finster original painting, which is …

A Musical Theater Startup Telling Bay Area Stories

Many startups are flocking to tech-rich San Francisco, but composer/lyricist Tony Asaro has arrived with a different kind of startup. His nascent theater company, The FOGG Theatre, which stands for Focus on Golden Gate, is the only theater company in the Bay Area to focus on developing and …

Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on …

Tools for the Stage: Digital Technology in Theatres Engages Audiences in New Ways

Several prominent UK-based theaters are innovating in the theatre space using web technology to reach new audiences far and wide. The Menier Chocolate Factory, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company are webcasting their productions to audiences in the United States, stretching the …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

Jessica Harrison’s Gutsy Porcelain Exhibition

We’ve posted these twisted takes on the classic porcelain figurine by Jessica Harrison before on Street Anatomy and have been waiting patiently to see if she’d create more in the creeptastic series. Well to our morbid delight she has!<p>Jessica just announced a new exhibition of her work opening this …

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Living History: 3D Without 3D

In the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church in London, hundreds of old gravestones circle an ash tree. Of course, these were not how they wer...<p>This …

Review: 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre' takes blissfully eclectic journey

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre" is, dramaturgically speaking, a bit of a dog's breakfast. Scholars agree that Shakespeare's play was largely written by a collaborator -- and a hack at that. The plot includes an incestuous king, two tempests at sea, marauding pirates, a maiden sold into a bordello and a …

GIFs of a Captivating Light and Movement Performance

<i>Nuance</i> is a spectacular video by multidisciplinary artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat combining his gift of movement with captivating beams of light. The interpretative performance presents a push and pull between the human silhouette and a shape-shifting abstract …