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The Italian Way To Identify Good Coffee

<i>Image by David Joyce via Flickr</i><p>Coffee to Italy is what wine is to France or what a good cup of tea is to England. It's a drink that's taken seriously and you'll find it almost anywhere in Italy, whether in a busy café or in your sweet and delicious tiramisu. Basically, the Italians know coffee and …

How to Make Homemade Pasta | The Art of Manliness

To date, I’ve never had to sleep in the <i>doghouse</i>.<p>As a kid, I fondly remember the first time I thought I’d have such an opportunity. Dad and I were …

How to Increase Testosterone Naturally | The Art of Manliness

At last we’ve reached the final post of Testosterone Week and based on the comments from you all, this is the post you’ve been most looking forward …

Livin’ Thing

Chapter I<p>The Script<p>Todd Williams<p>Production Assistant, Boogie Nights<p>Have you read the script for <i>Boogie Nights</i>?<p>Bob Shaye<p>Co-founder, New Line Cinema<p>The …

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‘Cinema! Cinema! The French New Wave’ • Cinephilia & Beyond

An intimate window into one of the great movements in film history that brought about an evolution in the art of cinema. A cinematic revolution, the …

Nightmare at the Picasso Museum

On 30 June 1972 Pablo Picasso created his last self-portrait. He had depicted himself many times before, but never like this. His face looked like a skull with stubble. Its colour was greenish-grey. The mouth was a straight slit. Only the lines under his eyes proved his features were flesh and not …

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

Paris Review - Alain Robbe-Grillet, The Art of Fiction No. 91

Interviewed by Shusha Guppy<p>Issue 99, Spring 1986<p>Alain Robbe-Grillet, ca. 2006. Photograph by Jose Lara<p>When in Paris, Alain Robbe-Grillet lives in a third-floor apartment in an affluent residential area on the edge of the city, across the street from the woods of the Bois de Boulogne. You cross two …

Way Too Indie VIDEO ESSAY: Mise En Scène & the Visual Themes of Wes Anderson

38 Common Spelling and Grammar Errors

(YouTube link)<p>John Green gives a quick roundup of grammar mistakes. Honestly, I <i>know</i> the rules, but the mistakes come from either my atrocious typing, …

To the moon, Stanley!

<b>Conspiracy theories and confirmation bias in film and photography:</b><b>UPDATE:</b> "Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories" -- ScientificAmerican.com, …

The Thrill of Proust’s Handwriting

The first time I saw Proust’s bedroom, in the Musée Carnavalet, in Paris—a tiny tableau cordoned off by a chain, lined in cork, and crammed with undistinguished, illogically placed furniture—I was struck more than anything by the modesty of the bed. Proust famously preferred to write in bed, and, …

The Greatest British Film Ever Is 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'

Colonel Blimp—newly re-released by the Criterion Collection—packs emotional depth and a touch of magic as it tells the story of two men's true friendship in wartime.<p>United Artists<p>Britain's usually thought of as the runt of the power countries in film history. Its cinematic output trails, by a wide …

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Richard Burton Reads John Donne’s Poem “The Flea”

Though beloved poet <b>John Donne’</b>s exact date of birth remains unknown, it is believed to be between January 24th and June 19th, 1572. As inconveniencing as this flexibility might be for history’s exacting annals, it gives us the luxurious five-month elasticity of choosing when to celebrate his birth. …