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An Impressive Audio Archive of John Cage Lectures & Interviews: Hear Recordings from 1963-1991

History has remembered John Cage as a composer, but to do justice to his legacy one has to allow that title the widest possible interpretation. He …

Is Charles Bukowski a Self-Help Guru? Hear Five of His Brutally Honest, Yet Oddly Inspiring, Poems and Decide for Yourself

I don't know if he’s been replaced as a major influence on young, restless (and almost exclusively male) aspiring writers, but once upon a time—if …

Download 150 Free Coloring Books from Great Libraries, Museums & Cultural Institutions: The British Library, Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall & More

A news alert for fans of coloring books.<p>You can now take part in the 2018 edition of #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where museums, libraries and …

NASA Puts 400+ Historic Experimental Flight Videos on YouTube

"Video," as we now say on the internet, "or it didn't happen," articulating a principle to which the ever-forward-thinking National Aeronautics and …

The show that takes avant-garde beyond Duchamp and Dalí

Avant-garde art is any creation that radically pushes boundaries, challenges the status quo and asks viewers to question their social and political realities. The avant-garde movement has its roots in modernism when it peaked with movements like Futurism, Dadaism and Surrealism. You can find …

Hear Classic Readings of Poe’s “The Raven” by Vincent Price, James Earl Jones, Christopher Walken, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee & More

It can seem that the writing of literature and the theory of literature occupy separate great houses, <i>Game of Thrones</i>-style, or even separate …

Literature

2,000+ Cassettes from the Allen Ginsberg Audio Collection Now Streaming Online

Last month Colin Marshall gave you the scoop on Stanford University's digitization of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," a project that takes you inside the …

William S. Burroughs

Enter a Huge Archive of Amazing Stories, the World’s First Science Fiction Magazine, Launched in 1926

If you haven’t heard of Hugo Gernsback, you’ve surely heard of the Hugo Award. Next to the Nebula, it’s the most prestigious of science fiction …

Science Fiction

The Coffee Revolt of 1674: When Women Campaigned to Prohibit “That Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor Called COFFEE”

We denizens of the craft-roasting, wi-fi-connected 21st century know well how to drink voluminous quantities of coffee and argue our opinions. In …

Coffee

Edgar Allan Poe Published a “CliffsNotes” Version of a Science Textbook & It Became His Only Bestseller (1839)

A fascinating 20th century literary strain, “documentary poetics,” melds journalistic accounts, photography, official texts and memos, politics, and …

Monty Python’s Best Philosophy Sketches

From dead parrots to <i>The Meaning of Life</i>, Monty Python covered a lot of territory. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, the Pythons made a habit of …

Isaac Asimov Laments the “Cult of Ignorance” in the United States: A Short, Scathing Essay from 1980

In 1980, scientist and writer Isaac Asimov argued in an essay that “there is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.” …

The CIA Puts Hundreds of Declassified Documents About UFO Sightings Online, Plus 10 Tips for Investigating Flying Saucers

Let down by the <i>X-Files</i> reboot? Maybe you never really dug the whole alien conspiracy thing with the bees and the black sludge in the first place. …

Paranormal

Behold Friedrich Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the “Malling-Hansen Writing Ball”

During his final decade, Friedrich Nietzsche’s worsening constitution continued to plague the philosopher. In addition to having suffered from …

Tom Waits Reads Two Charles Bukowski Poems, “The Laughing Heart” and “Nirvana”

Opportunities to meet one’s heroes can go any number of ways. They can be underwhelming and disappointing, embarrassing and awkward, or—as Tom Waits …

A Wonderful Archive of Historic Transit Maps: Expressive Art Meets Precise Graphic Design

Anyone who loves cities almost certainly loves transit maps: for well over a century, they've not only played an essential role in the navigation of …

Christopher Lee Reads Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” and From “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Sir Christopher Lee died on Sunday at the age of 93, bringing to a close a long and distinguished acting career — though one fortunately not confined …

Watch The Idea, the First Animated Film to Deal with Big, Philosophical Ideas (1932)

A vague sense of disquiet settled over Europe in the period between WWI and WWII. As the slow burn of militant ultranationalism mingled with jingoist …

Download Issues of “Weird Tales” (1923-1954): The Pioneering Pulp Horror Magazine Features Original Stories by Lovecraft, Bradbury & Many More

We live in an era of genre. Browse through TV shows of the last decade to see what I mean: Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, futuristic …

Werner Herzog Reads From Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

Roughly since the 2005 release of his widely seen documentary <i>Grizzly Man</i>, Werner Herzog has come into great demand. He does so not just as a …

The Enigma Machine: How Alan Turing Helped Break the Unbreakable Nazi Code

In 2001, none other than Sir Mick Jagger bought the rights to a novel by Robert Harris called <i>Enigma</i>. The novel, a fictionalized account of WWII …

815 Free Art Books from World Class Museums: The Met, the Guggenheim, the Getty & LACMA

Whatever else Banksy's 2010 documentary <i>Exit Through the Gift Shop</i> suggests about the strange relationship between the worlds of gallery and street …

The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection

Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no …

178,000 Images Documenting the History of the Car Now Available on a New Stanford Web Site

The Revs Program at Stanford, dedicated to producing scholarship about the past, present and future of the automobile, recently advanced its cause by …

Hear the Declassified, Eerie “Space Music” Heard During the Apollo 10 Mission (1969)

The above video is a breathless example of American cable television, and how we love a good story and seriously want something to be more fantastic …

Apollo Missions

The Drawings & Paintings of Richard Feynman: Art Expresses a Dramatic “Feeling of Awe”

I first encountered bongo-playing physicist Richard Feynman in a college composition class geared toward science majors. I was not, mind you, a …

Richard Feynman

Foodie Alert: New York Public Library Presents an Archive of 17,000 Restaurant Menus (1851-2008)

To be a New Yorker is to be a gourmand—of food carts, local diners, supermarkets, outer borough mercados, whatever latest upscale restaurant surfaces …

Horrifying 1906 Illustrations of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds: Discover the Art of Henrique Alvim Corrêa

H.G. Wells’ <i>War of the Worlds</i> has terrified and fascinated readers and writers for decades since its 1898 publication and has inspired numerous …

Christopher Lee Reads “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe’s 1843 Classic

Last Friday, after we marked the passing of Christopher Lee by featuring his reading of Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 narrative poem "The Raven," we …

Literature

2,200 Radical Political Posters Digitized: A New Archive

I recently heard someone say his college-bound nephew asked him, "What's a union?" Whether you love unions, loathe them, or remain indifferent, the …