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'Authenticity Is My Rebellion': Viola Davis On 'Widows,' Steve McQueen And Legacy

The only black actor to have won an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar stars as a grieving wife turned professional criminal in a new ...

The Twists And Turns In 'Little Drummer Girl' Are Pure Le Carré

An actress is charged with infiltrating a terrorist cell in a new AMC miniseries based on John Le Carré’s 1983 novel. David Bianculli says it’s ...

Jonah stands up

In her short documentary Jonah Stands Up, the US director Hannah Engelson profiles her friend Jonah Bascle: a creative, defiant spirit and New Orleans native ...

Why the Enlightenment was not the age of reason

On either side of the Atlantic, groups of public intellectuals have issued a call to arms. The besieged citadel in need of defending, they say, ...

Criterion Announces New Streaming Service To Replace FilmStruck: Become a Charter Subscriber Today

Late last month, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced–much to the chagrin of cinephiles–that it planned to close Filmstruck, a streaming service that specialized ...

An Archive of 800+ Propaganda Maps Designed to Shape Opinions & Beliefs: Enter Cornell’s Persuasive Maps Collection

We tend to take a very special interest in archives and maps on this site—and especially in archives of maps. Yet it is rare, if ...

So THAT'S Why Your Hands Get Sweaty When You're Nervous

Experts explain why your hands show your stress — and what you can do about it in the moment.

Tear-Jerker British Ad Recreates Elton John's Christmas Past

The British department store chain John Lewis & Partners is famous for its heart-wrenching Christmas ads. This year’s edition features a very famous musician and ...

'Girl': Belgian Drama About A Young Trans Ballet Student Is On Point

A precise performance from young Victor Polster grounds this closely observed tale of Lara, a trans girl impatient with the process of transition. (Image credit: ...

Want a whole new body? Ask this flatworm how

Planarians are small flatworms that live in wet and humid areas around the globe. Although these creatures are relatively simple, their small, soft bodies possess ...

Transgender: a dialogue

The conversation about trans identities has been riven by bitter divisions. Two philosophers offer radically different perspectives By Sophie-Grace Chappell & Holly Lawford-Smith Read at ...

At Folsom Prison: A Mini-Doc on Johnny Cash’s Historic & Career-Changing Concert

It was the opposite of superstar rock concerts, or even a sweaty, dark stage like that at CBGB’s in New York. But the dining hall ...

Leonard Cohen’s Last Work, The Flame Gets Published: Discover His Final Poems, Drawings, Lyrics & More

It’s a perverse irony or an apt metaphor: Leonard Cohen is best known for a song that took him five years to write, and that ...

Are Gummy Vitamins Even Good For You? Here's What Experts Say.

Diving into what you need to know — and do — before taking the supplements.

This Is How Much Time You Should Spend On Social Media Per Day

New research suggests there’s a limit to the number of minutes you can scroll without hurting your mental health.

Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Acevedo Among 2018 National Book Award Winners

Nunez and Acevedo won for fiction and young people’s literature, respectively. The prestigious literary prize also honored Jeffrey C. Stewart, Justin Phillip Reed, Yoko Tawada ...

Steven Yeun Won't Say Whether Or Not His 'Burning' Character Is A Psychopath

The Walking Dead actor plays a South Korean playboy who may or may not be murdering his girlfriends in Burning. “To this day, I’m the ...

How sex split up the intellectual bromance of the 20th century

On 27 February 1907, at Berggasse 19 in Vienna, Sigmund Freud fell in love. The object of his affection was Carl Gustav Jung: 19 years ...

AlphaGolem

When we pit ourselves against machines, the game can only end in tears. It is in our gift to imagine another way By John Cornwell ...

7 Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman ...

The Art of Letterlocking: The Elaborate Folding Techniques That Ensured the Privacy of Handwritten Letters Centuries Ago

Occasionally and with diminishing frequency, we still lament the lost art of letter-writing, mostly because of the degradation of the prose style we use to ...

'Sex, Lies And Stardom': Exploitation In Howard Hughes' Hollywood

Karina Longworth’s new book, Seduction, tells the story of 10 women who had sexual relationships with Hughes. “These things have always happened and they were ...

Opinion: How Stan Lee Helped This Blerd Find His Superhero

For one black nerd growing up in Indiana, Stan Lee’s world was an amazing step forward. (Image credit: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

Dance, dance evolution

Every culture dances. Moving our bodies to music is ubiquitous throughout human history and across the globe. So why is this ostensibly frivolous act so ...

Can relationship anarchy create a world without heartbreak?

Can you imagine a world without heartbreak? Not without sadness, disappointment or regret – but a world without the sinking, searing, all-consuming ache of lost ...

A Map of the U.S. Created Out of 1,000 Song Titles That Reference Cities, States, Landmarks & More

According to Leonard Cohen, songwriting is a lonely business, but there’s nothing for it, he sings in “Tower of Song,” when you’re “born with the ...

Jazz Deconstructed: What Makes John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” So Groundbreaking and Radical?

John Coltrane bore an unusual burden. Many experimental artists who radically change their forms of music, and music in general, are so out on the ...

A True Believer Remembers Stan Lee

Stan Lee — born Stanley Martin Lieber — co-created many beloved Marvel Comics characters, but he became the company’s tireless, beloved figurehead. NPR’s Glen Weldon ...

A Marvel Of A Man: Stan Lee Dead At 95

Lee gave us over six decades’ worth of superheroes we could identify with, characters like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, who reacted to superpowered crises ...

Ins holz (In the woods)

In most of the world, logging is now largely the work of massive machinery. But in the steeply sloped woods above Lake Ägeri in Switzerland, ...

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