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Fugitive American minister caught in Brazil

<b>(CNN) —</b> Victor Arden Barnard, an American pastor wanted for 59 counts of sexual assaults in Minnesota, was arrested by Brazilian authorities on Friday, the office of the governor for the State of Rio Grande do Norte said Saturday.<p>The 53-year-old suspect was wanted by the Pine County, Minnesota, …

The Fires of Paris

Why do people still fight about the Paris Commune?<p>The Paris Commune of 1871 was one of the four great traumas that shaped modern France. It stands alongside the 1789 Revolution, the ascent of Vichy, in 1940, and (odd though it seems, given how nonviolent and small-scale they were) the Events of …

Indian court allows dead guru to 'meditate'

Devotees of a dead guru who has been in a freezer in northern India since January won a court battle delaying his cremation for at least another seven weeks.<p>Supporters had approached the court in Punjab state seeking a delay on an earlier order for the cremation of Hindu "godman" Ashutosh Maharaj, …

Another other, reinventing Ingmar Bergman's film Persona by Chamber Made Opera

Audience members will face each other amid two banks of seating, with four video screens and a 16mm projection of footage in front of and behind …

Kierkegaard on the Individual vs. the Crowd, Why We Conform, and the Power of the Minority

<i>“When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else,”</i> Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in her spectacular meditation on happiness and conformity, <i>“you surrender your own integrity [and] become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”</i> And yet conformity is not only a survival …

Crazy clouds over paris: http://t.co/0eeKge1uV2

Meteor explosion Milky Way Time Lapse. By: Wes Eisenhauer

Black & Yellow [old white folks party]

I traveled 20 years into the future and found President Obama on the NYC Subway.

Fiction Podcast: George Saunders Reads Grace Paley and Barry Hannah

[audio url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/170197190"]<p>On this month’s fiction podcast, George Saunders reads two short stories from the <i>New Yorker</i> archive: “Love,” by Grace Paley, from 1979, and “The Wretched Seventies,” by Barry Hannah, from 1996. Both are short short stories—each occupied only …

Confession Bear

Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety

A New York University research team is using hallucinogenic experiences to help patients come to terms with their mortality.<p>“Some of the things I’m about to say might not make sense,” began O.M., a 22-year-old cancer survivor. He had the far-off look in his eyes that I recognized from so many of …

An atheist’s secret mysticism

Celebrated author Barbara Ehrenreich recalls her strange, life-changing experience in a small desert town<p>The restless, omnivorous and irreverent mind of Barbara Ehrenreich has taken her readers on many journeys over the years, via her columns for Time magazine and her best-known book, "Nickle and …

The Subject of No Subject

Michael Somoroff’s “Absence of Subject” is an unconventional homage to the German photographer August Sander. Starting in the nineteen-twenties, Sander, a former miner and painter, began shooting portraits for his series “People of the Twentieth Century,” a systematic effort to document a …

From the Lunatic Asylum of Old to the Jails and Prisons of Today: Is This Progress?

For nearly 200 years (1790-1980), the care of the mentally ill was, in the United States, the primary responsibility of lunatic asylums. The grand idea of the asylums was gradually replaced by the modern psychiatric hospital, a state institution rife with overcrowding, minimal care, and even …

Music Ruined by Movies

I admit that there is a scintilla of metaphysical mystery in “Nymphomaniac,” Lars von Trier’s theatre of sex, albeit as a sort of sick joke. It’s not the one involving a spontaneous levitation-orgasm, but the introduction of the theme of sadomasochism with the hammer clangs of “Das Rheingold.” Von …

Who Was Carl Sagan?

The famed scientist, and celebrity, had a lot more going on than just hosting a television series.<p>It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York.<p>"A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl …

BOY "Little Numbers" Live at Union Hall, Brooklyn March 02, 2013

The Hands That Made the Moomins

In 1915, a mother makes a sketch of her one-year-old daughter’s hands. “Look what beautiful hands, one flat, with outstretched fingers, one with a clenched fist,” she notes. The hands were to be key, as they belonged to Tove Jansson. Jansson was born in Helsinki, and spent most of her life there …