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The Strange History of Smooth Jazz: The Music We All Know and Love … to Hate

It’s the most unloved and derided of music genres, but the history of Smooth Jazz is not as bad as you might think. In another ...

Kevin Hart Bows Out As Oscars Host Amid Backlash Over Past Tweets

“I’m sorry that I hurt people,” the comic said, referring to anti-gay tweets he had posted years earlier. He had initially refused to apologize, only ...

'Vox Lux' Is Too Much — And That's What Makes It So Invigorating

Sure, this lush, blistering riff on pop stardom — and the many ways it intersects with a culture obsessed with both violence and celebrity — ...

The acrobatic fly

Pesky though they might be, houseflies are remarkable biological specimens – strong enough to carry up to half their own body weight and, as you’ve ...

Who decides what words mean

Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge By Lane Greene Read at Aeon

In 1964, Isaac Asimov Predicts What the World Will Look Like Today: Self-Driving Cars, Video Calls, Fake Meats & More

Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill, via Wikimedia Commons Isaac Asimov’s readers have long found something prophetic in his work, but where did ...

Italian Court Orders Getty Museum To Return Statue To Italy

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it has no intention of returning the “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” a piece of art from ancient ...

Novelist And 'Book Matchmaker' Tayari Jones Shares Her Favorite Books Of 2018

Ahead of the holidays this year, All Things Considered is inviting writers to talk about the books they’ll be gifting to friends and family. Jones, ...

Suffragettes and slaves

The women’s suffrage movement was saturated with metaphors of ‘shackles’, ‘bonds’ and ‘slavery’. Was it justifiable? By Ana Stevenson Read at Aeon

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or are we, deep down, wired to ...

Stream 48 Classic & Contemporary German Films Free Online: From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the German Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As soon as Robert Weine’s 1920 ...

Introducing the Mellotron: A Groovy 1965 Demonstration of the “Musical Computer” Used by The Beatles, Moody Blues & Other Psychedelic Pop Artists

With a name like a laid back 60s robot, the Mellotron has been most closely associated with psychedelic pop like The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” ...

16 Relatable Tweets We Don’t Need To Explain To Introverts

Take heart, quiet types: Twitter has your back.

21 Too-Real Cartoons About The Struggle To Practice Mindfulness

Cathy Thorne’s cartoons find the humor in meditation, yoga, self-acceptance and more.

'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 2: Still Marvelous, Even Smarter

Season two pops the protective bubble that Midge Maisel (Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan) blithely inhabited in season one, making this breezy period comedy even more ...

New Biography Chronicles Bing Crosby's Most Beloved Years

Crosby set the mold for the multimedia star: on radio, on the big screen and on record. The 1940s was the period when his star ...

What the psychic saw

When the US filmmaker Matthew Palmer’s mother was 28 and childless, she received an unsettling prediction from a psychic: she would have a son, and ...

Rules in space

If we don’t invent a legal framework for space colonisation the consequences could be catastrophic: the time to act is now By Marko Kovic Read ...

See the Complete Works of Vermeer in Augmented Reality: Google Makes Them Available on Your Smartphone

No museum could ever put on a complete Vermeer exhibition. The problem isn’t quantity: thus far, only 36 works have been definitively attributed to the ...

Download Over 325 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum

In 2014, Getty Publications announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download 325 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue. ...

NYC Has Just 5 Statues Of Historic Women. That's About To Change

“We set out to correct a glaring inequity in our public spaces,” said Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City. A number of ...

In Love With Teen Lit: Remembering The 'Paperback Crush' Of The '80s And '90s

As a preteen Gabrielle Moss devoured books in “The Baby-Sitters Club” and “Sweet Valley High” series. She recently reread them for “nostalgic stress relief” and ...

Sketches

In Sketches, the Russian graphic illustrator and motion designer Vladimir Tomin stitches together a series of short, reality-warping vignettes. Starting with mundane views of streets, ...

The broad, ragged cut

Aptitude and IQ tests are used to distinguish those young people who deserve a chance from those who do not. Do they work? By Elizabeth ...

Watch Classic Performances by Peter Green, Founder of Fleetwood Mac & the Only British Blues Guitarist Who Gave B.B. King “the Cold Sweats”

“Of all the guitar giants to emerge from the British blues boom,” writes Stuart Penny at Empty Mirror, “Peter Green was perhaps the most naturally ...

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” Movingly Performed by the Six-String Soldiers, of The United States Army Field Band

Since 1946, The United States Army Field Band has traveled throughout the world, performing at public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, and other venues. ...

Jeeves And Wooster, But Make It A Modern Spy Novel

Ben Shott has taken the iconic P.G. Wodehouse comic characters (with the blessing of the Wodehouse estate) and twisted “five degrees to starboard” in his ...

The Cost Of Being Queen: 'Mary' Explores The Sacrifices Of Women In Power

Margot Robbie is Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots. “We re-examine history as a way of understanding what’s happening in our present time, ...

Gifts For People Obsessed With Matcha

Show them how matcha you love them.

Not My Job: We Quiz 'Something About Mary' Director Peter Farrelly On Dairy

Before Farrelly directed Green Book, he became famous, along with his brother Bobby, for raucous comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and ...

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