Ryan Harter

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In Praise of the New Modernists

In the promotional material for Alexandra Kleeman’s remarkable debut <i>You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine</i>, the novel is described as “reminiscent of <i>The</i> …

The traveller who quit studying to visit 97 countries by the time he's 27 (judging by these amazing images it doesn't look like he needed photography lessons, anyway)

• <b>Norwegian school student Christian Lindgren left school at 18 and headed out into the world in pursuit of adventure</b>• <b><br>Now, aged 27, he has visited a</b> …

Miley Cyrus

Has Stephen Hawking solved a huge black hole mystery?

Stephen Hawking may have just solved one of the most vexing mysteries in physics — the "information paradox."<p>Einstein's theory of general relativity …

Concentrate: How to Tame a Wandering Mind

This story originally appeared on BBC Future<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge black chair with jointed metal arms that stand between me and the door. I feel faintly ridiculous wearing a tight …

The Brain

Willa Cather on Happiness: A Soulful and Deeply Alive Account of True Bliss

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”<p>The history of recorded thought is strewn with evidence that happiness lives in the most ordinary of moments. And yet no matter how universal a human aspiration it may be, …

Literature

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

Psychology

How True Detective’s lonely philosophy and fragmented structure left viewers feeling deserted

The final shots of Vince Vaughan — bloodied, limping, arguing with ghosts in a vast, empty desert — is a more astute metaphor for True Detective’s …

Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy—and it's completely changing the way students think

It's here that standardized testing creeps behind students like a shadow and where fun experiments take a back seat to rote memorization.<p>But in some ambitious K-12 schools across the country, philosophy courses have made tangible improvements to the way students learn.<p>In these classrooms, teachers …

Teaching

45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

<b>Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’</b><p>Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be …

Ethan Hawke: ‘Mining your life is the only way to stumble on anything real'

The star of Boyhood and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy reflects on his past work, life experience and blurring the lines between reality and fiction<p>Ethan Hawke cannot get Boyhood out of his system. He will not let it go. Richard Linklater’s sublime meditation on growing up, starring Hawke and …

10 Films That Had The Biggest Influences On The Films Of Richard Linklater

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I …

Richard Linklater

Boyhood: we were selfish, heartless kids and we never even knew it

The reviews of Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age film have so far focused on parenthood – but what does it mean to the younger generation?<p>More on Boyhood More on the Oscars 2015<p>Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is likely to win the best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday. Critics have been praising it …

Universal Pictures

Learn From Richard Linklater & Austin Film Scene

Intoxicating neon, the mellow hum of a Pedal-Steel Guitar, a salt-rimmed Margarita glass and a swelteringly vibrant atmosphere that melted all of …

Richard Linklater: America’s finest director?

Boyhood is just the latest film in a remarkable career. Tom Brook investigates why Linklater’s movies are unlike those of anyone else.<p>Critics have talked endlessly about the formal innovation of Boyhood – the fact that the film was shot over 12 years to afford viewers an opportunity to see its …

Richard Linklater
Filmmaking

What is 21st Century Photography?

In this newly commissioned essay, Daniel Rubinstein answers one of photography’s most complicated questions. In our contemporary image-world of …

21st Century

Beauty Is Shoe | Wendy Steiner

Plato bequeathed us a trio of ultimate values—truth, beauty, and goodness—but through the ages, the arts have been most closely allied with beauty. …

Philosophy
Philosophy
Theodor W. Adorno
Theodor W. Adorno

The Aesthetics of Silence: Susan Sontag on Art as a Form of Spirituality and the Paradoxical Role of Silence in Creative Culture

“The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence, but goes on speaking anyway.”<p><i>“The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence,”</i> Adrienne Rich asserted in her spectacular 1997 …

Avant-garde

The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far

As the dust cleared from our Best of 2014 features, 2015 previews and awards season coverage, we realized something terrifying: we’re now halfway …

Richard Linklater

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness

“Artists are people who strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.”<p><i>“There are few things humans are more dedicated to than unhappiness,”</i> philosopher <b>Alain de Botton</b> writes in the opening sentence of the intensely rewarding <b>How Proust Can Change Your Life</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among the key …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk