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Martin Heidegger Talks About Language, Being, Marx & Religion in Vintage 1960s Interviews

German philosopher Martin Heidegger, whom readers of post-structuralist theory have to thank for popularizing the ubiquitous phrase “always already,” …

E.B. White on the Art of the Essay and Why Egotism Is Essential for the Essay Writer

The question of what makes a great essay is an inexhaustible source of fascination, and there is hardly a greater master virtuoso at it than <b>E.B. White</b> (July 11, 1899–October 1, 1985) — champion of literary style, defender of the writer’s responsibility, custodian of the free press, little-known <i>New</i> …

The Thrill of Proust’s Handwriting

The first time I saw Proust’s bedroom, in the Musée Carnavalet, in Paris—a tiny tableau cordoned off by a chain, lined in cork, and crammed with undistinguished, illogically placed furniture—I was struck more than anything by the modesty of the bed. Proust famously preferred to write in bed, and, …

Albert Einstein on Individual Liberty, Without Which There Would Be ‘No Shakespeare, No Goethe, No Newton’

We recently posted a rare audio recording of Albert Einstein reading his essay, "The Common Language of Science." Today we have a similarly rare …

Rare Footage of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald From the 1920s

The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his flamboyant wife Zelda are often remembered as the embodiment of the boom and bust that convulsed America in …

Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twain’s Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Children’s Book

In the summer of 2011, I chanced upon a lovely Italian edition of a little-known, playful short story young Mark Twain had written in 1865 at age of 30, with Victorian-scrapbook-inspired artwork by celebrated Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, mischievously encouraging …

The History of the World in 46 Lectures From Columbia University

When you dive into our collection of 700 Free Online Courses, you can begin an intellectual journey that can last for many months, if not years. The …

I do not fear death

I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn’t shake my sense of wonder and joy<p>I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was …

Roger Ebert Talks Movingly About Losing and Re-Finding His Voice (TED 2011)

Film critic Roger Ebert, like Pauline Kael before him, leaves behind a great torrent of words. Those of us accustomed to seeking out his opinion can …

The Strawberry Fields Forever Demos: The Making of a Beatles Classic (1966)

In 1966, John Lennon found himself in Almería, Spain working on Richard Lester's film, <i>How I Won the War</i>. Between shots, he began writing Strawberry …

50 Film Posters From Poland: From The Empire Strikes Back to Raiders of the Lost Ark

We do not, alas, live in the golden age of American movie poster design. Some United States independent films (and especially their Criterion …

Orson Welles Explains Why Ignorance Was His Major “Gift” to Citizen Kane

In 1998, Roger Ebert had this to say about Orson Welles' 1941 classic, <i>Citizen Kane</i>:<p>It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time …

The Two Roger Eberts: Emphatic Critic on TV; Incisive Reviewer in Print

"It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it." Words of writerly wisdom from the late Roger Ebert, whom several generations of Americans …

E. E. Cummings Reads “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town” (Harvard, 1953)

<i>“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life,”</i> Hemingway observed in his short and stirring 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. <i>“One can never be alone enough to write,”</i> Susan Sontag sighed. <i>“Learn to be alone,”</i> Tarkovsky advised young people. And yet the art of being alone comes with a dark side, the …

Roger Ebert’s Final Cartoon Captions

When I found out late yesterday afternoon that Roger Ebert had passed away, I was saddened but not completely surprised. I knew he had been ill but I had a feeling that he was much sicker than he was letting on. Why? Because he hadn’t entered our most recent Cartoon Caption Contest, No. 375. Ebert …

Lovers and Philosophers — Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir Together in 1967

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. They were the intellectual power couple of the 20th century. Some have called Sartre the father of …

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Here's a Stream of 'Mosquito,' the New Album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Plus, track-by-track commentary by Karen, Nick, and Brian themselves!<p>Whether you landed here because you missed our Yeah Yeah Yeahs Listening Party or you just want to hear <i>Mosquito</i> again (we can't blame you), you're in the right place! You'd probably rather just get to listening to the album than …

Bob Dylan and Van Morrison Sing ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,’ 1998

Recently we posted a remarkable pair of videos featuring Bob Dylan and Van Morrison singing together on a hilltop in Athens. Today we're back with …

Read the Original Letters Where Charles Darwin Worked Out His Theory of Evolution

So much has been written about hand-written letters, mostly lamenting their death. What else can be added about the beautiful vulnerability of …

Man Ray and the Cinéma Pur: Four Surrealist Films From the 1920s

Man Ray was one of the leading artists of the avant garde of 1920s and 1930s Paris. A key figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements, his works …

60 Second Adventures in Astronomy Explains the Big Bang, Relativity & More with Fun Animation

Like many positive terms, the phrase “big bang” originated as a pejorative. Fred Hoyle coined the term in 1949 as a way of deflating the concept of …

Sigmund Freud Speaks: The Only Known Recording of His Voice, 1938

On December 7, 1938, a BBC radio crew visited Sigmund Freud at his new home at Hampstead, North London. Freud had moved to England only a few months …

The World According to John Coltrane: His Life & Music Revealed in Heartfelt 1990 Documentary

In his short life, John Coltrane continually pushed the boundaries of music. From swing to bebop to hard bop to free jazz, Coltrane was a restless …

Take First-Class Philosophy Courses Anywhere with Free Oxford Podcasts

When someone develops an interest in philosophy, good luck trying to keep them away from it. They'll find the stuff anywhere. These days, the …

Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death

In 1957, writer, public intellectual, lifelong art aficionado, and self-described “aging anthologist” <b>Selden Rodman</b> collected several dozen of his informal, lively, amusing, and insightful interviews with iconic artists and architects — including Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem de Kooning, and Saul …

The Personality of Parisian Neighborhoods Expressed Through Typography

Havas Worlwide Paris, a global design agency, reawakened fond memories of my days living in Paris. They did it by creating this artistic video that …

An Illustrated Tour of All the Buildings in New York

New York City has served as a muse to such literary greats as Gay Talese, Anaïs Nin, E. B. White, and Jan Morris. It has been the subject of cartographic love letters and famous diaries. And yet the essence of its spirit remains ever-elusive.<p>A couple of years ago, Australian illustrator James …

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