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MAD Architects Complete Passive Solar Ordos Museum Inspired by the Gobi Desert

1/7<p>MAD Architects Ordos Museum<p>The futuristic curved metal Ordos Museum in China’s Inner Mongolia Region is finally complete. Designed in 2005 by MAD …

Paris Review - Aldous Huxley, The Art of Fiction No. 24

Interviewed by Raymond Fraser, George Wickes<p>Issue 23, Spring 1960<p>Drawing by Paul Darrow.<p>Among serious novelists, Aldous Huxley is surely the wittiest and most irreverent. Ever since the early twenties, his name has been a byword for a particular kind of social satire; in fact, he has immortalized …

Aubrey Beardsley’s Haunting Edgar Allan Poe Illustrations

By Dan Piepenbring August 21, 2015<p><i>Illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, made to accompany Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. Beardsley, born on August 21, 1872, favored the grotesque and the erotic in his drawings and had a large influence on the developing the Art Nouveau style, though he lived only to</i> …

Literature

Inmate Gets Arrested Again After Refusing To Leave Jail

Getting someone to leave jail rarely takes more effort than taking him in.<p>How can we miss you when you won't go away?<p>An Arizona man arrested on alleged possession of meth apparently liked the jail in Maricopa County so much that he didn't want to leave.<p>David Spurlock, 29, was released on Wednesday …

Watch How This Family Produces 6,000 Pounds of Food In Their Small Yard

<b>A quick note from our founder-</b><p>Over the past year, my friend Dave at PaleoHacks has been working on a secret cookbook with world-renowned Le Cordon …

Weight Loss

How Art Can Develop Your Brain

Can looking at modern art help you become more creative? Art historian <b>Jonathan Fineberg</b> thinks so.<p>He says that when we look at works like Christo and …

Art

Expert: We're 'locked in' to 3-foot sea level rise

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was less than two years ago that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its all-encompassing assessment on the current state of climate change research and made projections for the future climate of our planet.<p>According to the latest from NASA, however, the projections …

What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

<i>by guest blogger Lisa Bunin, PhD, organic policy director, Center for Food Safety</i><p>Sure, I eat organic food because I think it's healthier for me than food grown with synthetic, toxic agrochemicals or food that's been genetically engineered or injected with growth hormones. But equally important to …

Poland 'has located' buried Nazi treasure train

Could Ksiaz Castle and its surroundings in Poland soon reveal the mysterious secret of a long-lost train full of Nazi treasure?<p>The Polish government says it is almost certain it has located the German train, rumoured to have disappeared near the end of World War Two.<p>The Deputy Culture Minister and …

Banksy’s dystopian theme park is a dark twist on Disneyland

Banksy’s latest show is a massive art project sprawled across 2.5 acres, filled with grim, subversive exhibitions inspired by the so-called happiest …

New video released in $500M art heist

CNN's Randi Kaye breaks down new surveillance video from the largest art heist in history. Thirteen works of art valued at $500 million were stolen.

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhat Is Don McGahn Thinking? Isaac Chotiner Nixon’s former White House counsel John Dean has some thoughts.<p>Mueller Seeks Six-Month …

Here’s The Only EULA You’ll Ever Want To Read

By design, end-user license agreement, or EULAs, are impenetrable documents letting users of a given piece of software know their rights, and written by lawyers trying to cover their clients’ asses. EULAs are so ridiculous and all encompassing, the 18,000-word EULA you click through when you …

This Artist Takes Fashion Illustration To The Streets

There's no shortage of talented fashion illustrators out there, but not many take their work to the streets like this.<p>Shamekh AlBluwi, an architect and artist living in Jordan, creates illustrations in a totally new and innovative way by using street scenes to complete them. He cuts out solid …

Tipsters: We Know Gardner Heist Thief

On March 18, 1990, just after 1 a.m., while the rest of Boston was wrapping up their Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, two art thieves dressed as …

Crime

199 Things You Can Compost

A missing Picasso painting worth $15 million that was found in the US will be returned to France

The painting, whose name means "The Hairdresser," was recovered last year around Christmas, wrapped in parcel paper.<p>It had been sent via FedEx from Belgium by someone who had declared it contained an arts and crafts gift valued at $37.<p>But when the package was inspected, officials at the facility in …

The Museum Of Bad Art Has Been Celebrating Failure Since 1993

From the garbage to gallery walls, Boston's Museum Of Bad Art is dedicated to preserving “art too bad to be ignored.”<p>The Museum Of Bad Art has “exacting standards,” according to Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director Louise Sacco. When considering new acquisitions, MOBA looks for artworks with …

Architects crowdfund to build £1.85 billion Minas Tirith in England

A group of architects has launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising almost £2 billion in order to build a lifesize replica of Lord of the Rings city Minas Tirith in the south of England.<p>If they manage to raise the sum within the 60 day limit, <b>Tolkien fans</b> will then have the chance to …

Meet the Largest Chrysanthemum in North America

This single plant boasts more than 1,500 blossoms and a lot of bragging rights.<p>Nope, this is not the stick-a-seed-in-the-ground-and-see-what-happens kind of plant. Instead, this giant chrysanthemum — nicknamed the Thousand Bloom Mum — sports more than 1,500 flowers and is the result of some serious …

Only One Occupied Country in Europe Rose to the Defense of Jews During World War II

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

FBI says suspects in huge 1990 Boston art heist are dead

Two years ago, investigators announced they knew who stole 13 works — including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer — from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but they refused to elaborate, saying only that the investigation was focused on recovering the artwork.<p>Now Peter Kowenhoven, the FBI's …

Tranquil Pond House Generates Energy Instead of Consuming It

Louisiana's Holly & Smith Architects has designed a sustainable home that's the epitome of relaxation. The beautiful retreat–which is known as <i>The Pond House</i>–seamlessly blends in with its serene surroundings. The naturalistic look of this residence is enhanced by the fact that it overlooks a calming …

The World's First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

1/7<p>Michael Hansmeyer 3d printed room<p>3D printing has shaken up the worlds of medicine and design, and now it's architecture’s time to shine. Michael …

How to grow a cocktail garden

Those herbs in your backyard can spice up so much more than just your dinner menu.<p>I've established that I don't grow a vegetable garden. I do, …

Inside the Wes Anderson Tribute Art Show

'Bad Dads VI' features everything from Steve Zissou Adidas to a portrait of Tilda Swinton—too bad it's already sold out.<p>This weekend at the Joseph Gross Gallery in Chelsea, the film prowess of Wes Anderson crosses mediums into fine art. <i>Bad Dads VI</i> is a weekend-long exhibition that pays tribute to …

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Paris Review - Pablo Neruda, The Art of Poetry No. 14

Interviewed by Rita Guibert<p>Issue 51, Spring 1971<p>Pablo Neruda, ca. 1956<p>“I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics,” Pablo Neruda said in his September 30, 1969, acceptance speech as the Chilean Communist Party candidate for the presidency. “I am a Chilean who for decades …

De Young Museum reveals a precious resource in 'Royal Hawaiian Featherwork'

Gods, chiefs and birds may seem to have little in common, but in ancient Hawaiian culture they were more alike than different — a connection illuminated in a book due out in mid-August and in a related exhibit coming to San Francisco's De Young Museum on Aug. 29.<p>In Hawaiian culture, the feathers of …