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Author Says New Zealand Massacre Points To A Global Resurgence Of 'Extremism'

J.M. Berger, who studies extremist movements, warns that white nationalism is a growing phenomenon worldwide — with many in the movement drawing inspiration from President ...

Sackler Family Suspends Philanthropic Giving To U.K. Museums

Two philanthropic arms of the Sackler family announced they will “temporarily pause” gifts in the United Kingdom. The family owns Purdue Pharma, now under fire ...

Van Gogh’s ugliest masterpiece

One of the techniques for which Vincent van Gogh is celebrated is his evocative and striking use of colour contrast. In many of his most ...

Know-how

Market systems have made better use of more information than economic planners. What if AI and machine learning changed that? By Tim Rogan Read at ...

William S. Burroughs’ Manifesto for Overthrowing a Corrupt Government with Fake News and Other Prophetic Methods: It’s Now Published for the First Time

The Boy Scouts of America have faced some deserved criticism, undeserved ridicule, and have been cruelly used as props, but I think it’s safe to ...

Does Playing Music for Cheese During the Aging Process Change Its Flavor? Researchers Find That Hip Hop Makes It Smellier, and Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Makes It Milder

Humans began making cheese seven millennia ago: plenty of time to develop an enormous variety of textures, flavors, and smells, and certainly more than enough ...

9 First-Person Perspectives Give Voice To 'The Other Americans'

The narrators in Laila Lalami’s new novel have one thing in common: They’ve all “had the experience of dislocation,” Lalami says. Together, they form a ...

'Giraffes On Horseback Salad' Tells The Lost Story Of Harpo Marx And Salvador Dalí

When Salvador Dalí met Harpo Marx, he was so infatuated that he wrote a treatment for a surreal Marx Brothers film, Giraffes on Horseback Salad. ...

The Sax Solo on Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” on a 10 Hour, Endless Loop

Enjoy, but the rule is once you start, you have to listen through to the very, very end. The Sax Solo on Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker ...

Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse

It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It’s about to ...

Ahead Of His 100th Birthday, A Reading Of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 'I Am Waiting'

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100 Sunday. NPR’s Scott Simon reads his poem, “I Am Waiting.”

Jordan Peele Looked Into The Mirror And Saw The Evil Inside 'Us'

For his much-anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning movie Get Out, the writer-director sets a family up against its own doppelgangers. That is, he made a ...

All The Chess Pieces Are On The Move In Season 4 Of 'Billions'

Showtime’s drama about wealthy New York power players features writing, acting and directing that have gotten better with each season. Critic David Bianculli calls the ...

The trial

After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the United States’ departments of Defense and of Justice launched a series of unprecedented initiatives aimed at ...

Chaucer was more than English: he was a great European poet

In 2013, a Prospect magazine profile of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the Brexiteer’s party in Chaucerian terms:UKIP is indeed a rag-tag bag … ...

24 Common Cognitive Biases: A Visual List of the Psychological Systems Errors That Keep Us From Thinking Rationally

There’s been a lot of talk about the Dunning-Kruger effect, the cognitive bias that makes people wildly overconfident, unable to know how ignorant they are ...

Beautiful Hand-Colored Japanese Flowers Created by the Pioneering Photographer Ogawa Kazumasa (1896)

Ogawa Kazumasa lived from the 1860s to almost the 1930s, surely one of the most fascinating 70-year stretches in Japanese history. Ogawa’s homeland “opened” to ...

'Out Of Blue': Stardust And (Hollywood) Star-Power Fuel This Genre-Bending Whodunit

This introspective (and occasionally downright lethargic) existential whodunit starring Patricia Clarkson and a cast of ringers is based on the Martin Amis novel Night Train. ...

Trying To Do Good

We know our actions affect those around us. But how do we know whether our impact is positive? This week on Hidden Brain, what it ...

Poetry of perception: 'We Grow Accustomed to the Dark'

Written by Emily Dickinson during the depths of the US Civil War, the untitled poem known as ‘We Grow Accustomed to the Dark’ conjures hope ...

Moral technology

Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? By Paula Boddington Read at ...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable ...

The Case for Why Captain Beefheart’s Awful Sounding Album, Trout Mask Replica, Is a True Masterpiece

I’ve had Trout Mask Replica in my collection for years. I can’t say I regularly pull it out to give it a listen, but I ...

'The Future Of Literature': Whiting Awards Celebrate 10 Emerging Writers

The novelists, poets and playwrights won Wednesday partly for their work so far, but also for the promise they’ve shown. If previous winners are an ...

'The Lost Gutenberg' Traces One Bible's 500-Year Journey

The depth of Margaret Leslie Davis’ research on the tome’s history cannot be understated — her writing is straightforward and, at times, heartbreaking, but outstanding ...

Lost in migration

When Walter Benjamin fled France in 1940, he took a heavy black suitcase. Did it contain a typescript? Where is it now? By Giorgio van ...

The right to know, or not know, the data from medical research

A familiar scenario: as part of having your cholesterol checked, your clinician also orders a standard blood panel – a red blood-cell count, and then ...

Mythos: An Animation Retells Timeless Greek Myths with Abstract Modern Designs

Designer Stephen Kelleher and animator Chris Guyot present “Mythos,” an animation that tells timeless stories–Greek myths–with simple abstract designs. Here’s how they describe this project where ...

David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film: A New Online Course

How many of us became David Lynch fans while first watching one of his films? And how many of those fans also left filled with ...

'The New Me' Is Meh About Ambition And Adulthood

Halle Butler’s new novel explores what it’s like to work in a dead-end office job. Her satirical story focuses on a 30-year-old woman named Millie ...

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