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Haruki Murakami Became a DJ on a Japanese Radio Station for One Night: Hear the Music He Played for Delighted Listeners

In his native Japan, Haruki Murakami has published not just fiction but all sorts of essays dealing with a variety of subjects, from travel to ...

MacArthur 'Genius' Poet Natalie Diaz Tackles Issues Facing Native Americans

Poet Natalie Diaz speaks with NPR’s Shereen Marisol Meraji about being selected for a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Her work focuses on social justice issues and ...

U.K. Sets 'Tartuffe' In Birmingham's Pakistani Muslim Community

In a new take on Moliere’s Tartuffe, the original production’s “dangerous priest” villain is now portrayed as a manipulative Imam who preys on a Muslim ...

MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All

Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los ...

Artists Take To The Streets To Reflect On Current Political Climate

From street artist Robbie Conal to “The 50 State Initiative” that features exhibitions and more than 100 artist-designed billboards, artists are responding to the current ...

Leonard Cohen's Poem 'Kanye West Is Not Picasso,' As Read By Michael Shannon

Cohen talks Kanye, in the voice of Michael Shannon. It’s all pretty straightforward, no? (Image credit: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

In 'Gmorning, Gnight!' Jonny Sun And Lin-Manuel Miranda Craft A Peppy Pick-Me-Up

What if, instead of reaching compulsively for your phone for comfort and distraction, you could pick up a book? That’s what Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrator ...

Learning another language should be compulsory in every school

In the 1960s, in our public schools in California along the border with Mexico, Spanish language-learning was a requirement, beginning in sixth grade. I couldn’t ...

Stephen King’s 20 Rules for Writers

Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital ...

Buckminster Fuller Creates Striking Posters of His Own Inventions

In addition to his formidable body of work in architecture, design, and theory of the kind the world had never known before, Buckminster Fuller also ...

In 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' Gyllenhaal's Nuanced Performance Earns A Gold Star

Writer-director Sarah Colangelo’s film features a finely calibrated performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal as a teacher obsessed with a student. The result is a “keenly excruciating” ...

'The Oath': A House Divided Against Itself, A Family You Cannot Stand

Ike Barinholtz writes, directs and produces this timely comedy about a family whose deep political divide widens even further over Thanksgiving dinner. Sloppy at times, ...

Mathematics as thought

Mathematical ideas are some of the most transformative and beautiful in history. So why do they get so little attention? By Mordechai Levy-Eichel Read at ...

Flawed

After meeting a potential romantic partner – ‘the nicest guy in the world’– while on vacation, the Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman had a difficult time ...

The 10 Commandments of Chindōgu, the Japanese Art of Creating Unusually Useless Inventions

Back in the 1990s I’d often run across volumes of the Unuseless Japanese Inventions series at bookstores. Each one features about a hundred ostensibly real Japanese devices, ...

A New Academic Hoax–Complete with Fake Articles Published in Academic Journals–Ventures to Show the “Corruption” of Cultural Studies

We should be suspicious when researchers assume their conclusion; when the results of an academic study merely confirm the author’s pre-existing biases. Humans are wired ...

Organic Tampons Brands On Amazon That Aren’t Tampax

Made of 100 percent cotton. Period.

What 6 Women Wish They'd Known About Sex When They Were Younger

Because a lot of people aren’t learning this in school.

Chazelle's 'First Man' Chronicles Personal Losses Behind Armstrong's 'Giant Leap'

Director Damien Chazelle says his new film, which examines the years leading up to Neil Armstrong’s monumental first step on the moon, is a story ...

'Florida,' 'Heartland' Among National Book Awards Finalists

“This year, instead of just celebrating the best American literature, we’re celebrating the best literature in America,” said Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National ...

Proof of life: how would we recognise an alien if we saw one?

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California. Several ideas ...

Gamified life

From scoreboards to trackers, games have infiltrated work, serving as spies, overseers and agents of social control By Vincent Gabrielle Read at Aeon

The History of Philosophy Visualized in an Interactive Timeline

The connections we make between various philosophers and philosophical schools are often connections that have already been made for us by teachers and scholars on ...

The Cornell Note-Taking System: Learn the Method Students Have Used to Enhance Their Learning Since the 1940s

How should you take notes in class? Like so many students who came before me and would come after, I had little idea in college ...

'22 July' Chronicles Norwegian Terror Attacks As A Story Of Horror — And Hope

Paul Greengrass’ new film re-creates the 2011 attacks in which a right-wing terrorist killed 77 people, most of them teens. Critic John Powers says 22 ...

'Presidents Of War' Sounds The Alarm About Presidential Power

In his new book, Michael Beschloss focuses on the lead up to war. But a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be ...

The Night Watch

The oil painting Militia Company of District II Under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq (1642), better-known as The Night Watch, is probably Rembrandt’s ...

Evangelicals bring the votes, Catholics bring the brains

Catholics make up a disproportionate share of the intelligentsia of the religious Right in the United States. Although they constitute only a fifth of the ...

Wendy Carlos’ Switched on Bach Turns 50 This Month: Learn How the Classical Synth Record Introduced the World to the Moog

When the Moog synthesizer appeared in the late 60s, musicians didn’t know what it was for, so they found some very creative uses for it, ...

A Radical Map Puts the Oceans–Not Land–at the Center of Planet Earth (1942)

We all learn the names, locations, and even characteristics of the oceans in school. But unless we go into oceanography or some other body-of-water-centric profession, ...

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