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Celebrate Poetry Month: 28 Breathtaking Poetry Books to Read Now

When Itzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, and Shimon Peres were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994, as part of his acceptance lecture, Rabin read from Amichai’s poem, “God Takes Pity on Kindergarten Children.” In addition to the effects of war on children, Amichai’s poetry also explored …

Poetry

Nigerian Artist Spends Up to 200 Hours Creating Hyperrealistic Pencil Portraits

Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley creates hyperrealistic pencil art that captures the spirit of his subjects. His incredible portraits, which can take up to 200 hours to complete, are nuanced artworks that tell as much about Stanley’s patience and dedication as they do about the sitter.<p>Stanley’s …

Artists

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

The Enduring Lessons of “Star Trek”

On September 8, 1966, at 8:30 P.M., the starship Enterprise visited Planet M-113, an arid and forlorn world far from Earth. It was the sort of mission that would become characteristic of “Star Trek”: the ship’s doctor, Leonard (Bones) McCoy, was sent to perform a medical examination of two …

Star Trek

These Rarely Seen Photographs Are a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissance

Carl Van Vechten, a familiar figure among New York City’s literary and artistic circles in the early 20th century, tried his hand as a novelist, …

The weaver who helped resurrect an endangered Lao artform

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> Now we return to Laos, a country of rich and deep history scarred by American bombing during the …

Vietnam

This pink crocheted house was created by refugees as a beautiful symbol of hope

LONDON — There's no place like home. But each day 34,000 people are forced to leave the place they call home due to conflict or persecution.<p>For the …

Refugees

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil views Hell through a microscope

This doc contains many delights, Earthly or otherwise

Microscopes

'Moana': 10 things to know about Disney's most effects-filled movie ever

CNET's Brian Tong gets an early peek at the upcoming animated feature.<p>Walt Disney Animation Studios heads out to sea with its next computer-generated feature film, called "Moana."<p>It's a coming-of-age story about a girl named Moana, voiced by newcomer Auli'I Cravalho, who sets sail on a mission to …

Walt Disney Company

Tupac tribute murals and graffiti from around the world

20 years after the prophetic rapper was gunned down, his legacy survives<p>Twenty years ago today, Tupac Shakur was murdered after attending a boxing …

Articles: The Genius and Jazz of A Charlie Brown Christmas

The legend of <i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i> is a strange one. Many of us who grew up watching the Peanuts gang attempt to put on a Christmas play are anchored in fond memories of laughing with loved ones as Lucy pulled that football trick on Charlie Brown for the umpteenth time, and, of course, the wild …

Masterpieces Turned into 3D Printed Sculptures for Blind and Visually Impaired People to Enjoy

When admiring an artistic masterpiece, we often think about the artist behind the work, the medium itself, and perhaps the inspiration behind the work. What we don't typically consider is that we're fortunate enough to actually see what's before us. “There are many people in the world who have …

Art

On the Road with Paul Theroux: Photographs and Words from His New Book

In Deep South, Paul Theroux takes the back roads of the South with photographer Steve McCurry.<p>Road Candy: Traveling in America<p>Most travel narratives, perhaps all of them, even the classics, describe the miseries and splendors of going from one remote place to another. The quest, the getting there, …

Literature

Nature-Inspired Tattoos Combine Vintage-Style Etchings of Fauna and Flora

Pony Reinhardt‘s naturalistic monochromatic tattoo pieces reflect deep artistic flair and amazing talent. Her intrinsic tattoos are rich in detail and visual texture, and often feature elements of the natural world with a modern twist. She tattoos using vegan ink with plant-based glycerin, and is …

Illustration

The 'poetic mystery' of the world's leading dancers - CNN Style

Written by By Benazir Wehelie, Special to CNN<p>The photo book "Lois Greenfield: Moving Still" is not merely a documentation of dance. It is an experience in which the content of each and every image is a moment, an expression, a movement, just waiting to be unwrapped.<p>The title of the work is somewhat …

These Portraits of Southern Blues Musicians Prove That Blues Is Not Dead

Freeman Vines, Luthier, Wilson, NC, 2015. Platinum print.<br>Wet Plate Collodion Photographs by Tim Duffy<p>1 of 10<p>Ironing Board Sam began playing the pump …

Guitar

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Biology
Teens

Illuminated Book Sculptures Form Highly Detailed Magical Worlds

Artist Su Blackwell utilizes beloved novels as an uncommon canvas and builds upward to create bewitching book sculptures. For her latest standout exhibition, she was inspired by how one's dwelling can act as an imaginative space. “The works include dwellings, such as lighthouses, wood cottages, …

Sculpture

The faces of America: Ellis Island portraits were full of hope

Ellis Island portraits<p>The faces that became America<p>1911<p>First opened in 1892, the immigration station at Ellis Island in New York harbor processed …

Photography

How these 75-plus murals have turned three L.A. alleys into an outdoor art gallery

In the throes of a sweltering heat wave near downtown L.A., Jason Ostro wanders sun-baked alleyways off Beverly Boulevard that until recently had been strewn with litter, discarded mattresses and rusty bikes, and he beams at the new explosion of color around him.<p>Ostro’s the Alley Project has …

Street Art

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

Photo source: Bubble<p>For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate …

Tattoos

50 Stunning Instagrams from #NationalDanceDay

Ballerina badasses, right this way.<p>Yesterday was #NationalDanceDay, and the dancers that seems to have taken over Instagram lately celebrated by sharing photos of their most impressive arabesques, attitudes, pliés and grand jetés. Get inspired by the incredible grace and athleticism of the best …

Ballet

Photos: Artists turned an entire Mexican neighborhood into a colorful mural

A neighborhood in the Mexican city of Pachuca has become the a giant colorful canvas for a collective of urban artists.<p>More than 200 houses in the hilly neighborhood of Palmitas, one of the most depressed areas of the capital city of Hidalgo, located in the center of the country, have abandoned …

Street Art

Scientists are using origami to build nanobots

One of the world’s oldest art forms could inspire some particularly futuristic technology. In a paper published in Nature today, a team of scientists from Cornell University showed how origami influenced designs for atom-thick graphene objects that could one day be used in nanotechnology.<p>The …

Engineering

Austin Is Populating an Old Landfill With Bizarre Art

The nature park will harbor a shambling behemoth, a fuzzy duck blind, and a smokey “Meat Church,” among other installations.<p>Austin’s Circle Acres is a wooded, marshy nature preserve built atop an old landfill and brownfield. For one week this fall, it also will be an offbeat outdoor museum, replete …

The ten most expensive paintings in history

Wealthy buyers in the Gulf and China have set a string of records as they have snapped up some of the world's most important artworks in recent years<p>When Pablo Picasso's masterpiece, <b>Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million (£116 million) in New York on Monday night</b>, it smashed the record for a …

Vintage Photos Fuse to Create Fantastically Surreal Landscape Collages

California-based collage artist Eugenia Loli fuses vintage photographs to create fantastically surreal compositions. Her colorful scenes often depict people in strange lands that conjure vivid dreams, where outer space is just outside our window and entire cityscapes are at the bottom of a cave. In …

Art