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Why the Sky and the Ocean Are Blue: Rebecca Solnit on the Color of Distance and Desire

<i>“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,”</i> the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8’s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, <i>“is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright</i> …

A Guide for the Perplexed: Mapping the Meaning of Life and the Four Levels of Being

<i>“Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her sublime meditation on how the art of getting lost helps us find ourselves, <i>“and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery.”</i> But the maps we use to …

The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn

We’ve already explored the origins of sex, the neurochemistry of heartbreak, and how drugs affect desire. But what, exactly, happens in the brain when the body belts out its ultimate anthem of sexual triumph? Count on creative duo Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, better known as AsapSCIENCE — who …

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Sex and Punishment: A 4,000-Year History of Judging Desire

It’s a momentous year for LGBT rights, with Barack Obama’s recent historic endorsement of marriage equality reminding us how far we’ve come since the days of legally punishing sexual orientation — for a grim flashback, we need look no further than computing pioneer Alan Turing, whose centennial …

Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona

Did you ever begin <i>Ulysses</i>? Did you ever finish it? <b>Marilyn Monroe</b> (June 1, 1926–August 5, 1962) did both. She took great pains to be photographed reading or holding a book — insistence born not out of vain affectation but of a genuine love of literature. Her personal library contained four hundred …

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The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers

Between Edison’s scandalous footage of the first kiss in cinema in 1896 and Bill Plympton’s quirky animated guide to kissing a century later, the public image of lip-locking underwent some radical transformations. In 1936, the year my grandmother was born, a man named <b>Hugh Morris</b> penned a small …

The Rap Guide to Evolution: Baba Brinkman’s Homage to Darwin

The life of <b>Charles Darwin</b> has been the subject of ample creative adaptations — from a graphic novel biography to a collaborative album to a series of biographical poems by his great-grand-daughter.<p>Now comes <i>The Rap Guide to Evolution</i> by the inimitable Baba Brinkman — a Darwinian rap-teaser for Mark …

Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age

We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive. Where is the meaning? Only human beings can tell you where it is. We’re extracting meaning from our minds and our own lives.”<p>These words of wisdom come from legendary inventor and …