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Art History: What is Line Art?

It's often thought that an artist's stroke is the purest way to perceive their abilities. As a line winds across a paper or canvas, this continuous band can emit powerful emotions. Thus, it's no surprise that line art, or line drawing, is one of the most basic elements of visual art.<p>In fact, as one …

How to combat Trump fatigue syndrome

We are now about four months into the Trump administration, but it feels more like 40. Or maybe 400. It’s hard to tell at this point. So much has happened.<p>So far, it’s been four months of near-constant outrage. And we’ve been told to remain hypervigilant.<p>But it’s exhausting. I try constantly to …

Donald Trump

'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump'

Daryl Davis believes the method he used to persuade many klansmen to defect from the hate group can help America to bridge its political divides.<p>As a hobby, the black musician Daryl Davis persuades members of the Ku Klux Klan to defect from the organization. Over the years, he has spoken with …

Rights & Freedoms

Prospects for the American press under Trump, part two

In part one of this post, I described in 17 numbered paragraphs a bleak situation for the American press as a check on power, now that Donald Trump …

Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again

In his own way, Trump has set us free.<p>Donald Trump and his forthcoming presidency may be the greatest gift to Washington journalism since the invention of the expense account. His unorthodox approach to politics and governance has vaporized the standard, useful, yet boring script for reporting on a …

Donald Trump

And Once We’ve Cycled Through the Stages of Grief…

To many of us, myself included, the anguish of Nov. 8 has not subsided. We think of the election almost as a kind of death — the death of the America …

Political Science

What the World Might Look Like in 5 Years, According to U.S. Intelligence

Even America's own government analysts see the American Era drawing to a close.<p>Every four years, a group of U.S. intelligence analysts tries to predict the future. And this year, in a report released just weeks before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, those analysts forecast a massive shift in …

Geopolitics

Begin the Trump Resistance Plan Before It’s Too Late

<i>Note from Bill Moyers: I’m pleased to officially welcome Steven Harper to our site. Steven retired early from a successful career as a litigator to</i> …

Donald Trump

In Closing Ads, Trump Goes Dark While Clinton Goes Cozy

Donald Trump's campaign released his final campaign video on Friday. It began with ominous piano music playing under one of Trump's speeches. As he condemns the "corrupt political establishment," grainy archive footage of his opponent Hillary Clinton and world leaders is mixed with stern, …

What Am I Entitled To When My Flight Goes Wrong?

<i>A:</i><p>As airlines pack more passengers than ever onto each plane, a single storm can reverberate through the system—leaving flyers stranded as agents scramble to find ever-rarer empty seats on later flights. But you aren't entirely at the mercy of the airlines. Should your itinerary be delayed, …

How to handle toxic people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create …

Emotional Intelligence

5 Questions with GrowNYC's Gabrielle Langholtz

<i>We're sitting down with our favorite writers and cooks to talk about their upcoming cookbooks, their best food memories, and just about anything else.</i><p><i>Today: We're talking about perfect tomatoes, underappreciated fruit, and how to make the most out of your next trip to the farmers market with</i> …

What's Next For Art In The Digital Age: A Conversation To Be Continued

As the Internet, and technology in general, becomes more pervasive and enters into almost every sector of business — from education to the art world, — new markets naturally emerge and new questions get raised about our collective culture.<p>Specifically, fine art and technology — where these two …

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business

The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive–and perhaps even thrive.<p><b>DJ Patil pulls a 2-foot-long metalbar</b> from his backpack. The contraption, which he calls a “double pendulum,” is hinged in the middle, so it can fold in on itself. Another hinge on one end is attached to a …

Joseph Brodsky on How to Develop Your Taste in Reading

<i>“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously proclaimed. But how is one to develop that discerning taste, especially in determining what is worth reading and what is not?<p>On May 18, 1988, several months …

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

Overcoming Fake Talk: Put Your Best Voice Forward

If you want to maximize your impact at work, you must put your best voice forward. Why? Because even if you have excellent credentials and technical skills, you add your greatest value by interacting well with other people.<p>We live in an interdependent world. Trouble is, a lot of people in this age …

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. …

The Heinz Beanz Flavor Experience Gives the “Musical” Food New Meaning

Do you find beans boring? Do they look terribly sad beside your hotdog? Well fork over 57 British pounds (about $86) and you’ll no longer feel blasé about your beans. Heinz has partnered with food artists Bompas & Parr to create a complete sensory experience–including musical spoons–around the act …

Helen Thomas

With acuity and unmistakable gumption, Helen Thomas has covered the White House since John F. Kennedy, a tour de force in the world of political reporting. Here, the journalist, who has stepped up to challenge President Bush on more than one occasion, reflects on silence, the piano, and Sir Thomas …

Everything you know about the brain is wrong

What does Einstein’s brain size say about his IQ? Is the left-brain/right-brain divide a myth? There’s new research<p>Within a few hours of Albert Einstein’s death in 1955, the great scientist’s brain had been surgically removed from his skull and placed in formalin. The autopsy and the events …

For Art Buyers, Is Price More Important Than Talent?

The Los Angeles Times ran an interesting interview with Eric Fischl at the weekend, in which the American artist discussed his new memoir <i>Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas</i> and his belief that money, rather than artistic merit, has recently become the universal definition of worth in the art …

The art market is “corrupt”

Those who argue that the art world is dominated by private interests are ignoring how the “real” economy operates<p>Yesterday’s long critique of Allison Schrager’s art market takedown in Quartz was about something that is ultimately quite simple: certain fictions about the exceptional irrationality or …