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The Thoughtful Note That George H.W. Bush Left on Bill Clinton’s Desk Before Leaving the White House (1993)

With the passing of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton reflected on the life and legacy of his political predecessor, and particularly the thoughtful note that Bush ...

What 'The Front Runner' And Gary Hart Tell Us About Political Theater Today

Matt Bai and Jay Carson wrote the screenplay of a new drama about the swift 1987 downfall of the Democratic presidential candidate — an event ...

Remembering Master Magician And Sleight-Of-Hand Artist Ricky Jay

Jay, who died Sunday, was an avid scholar of con games and could make cards disappear and reappear in ways that seemed impossible. He spoke ...

Greetings from Aleppo

From 2012 to 2016, Syria’s capital Aleppo was one of the central battlegrounds of the country’s civil war. In December 2016, government forces defeated and ...

Wired that way: genes do shape behaviours but it's complicated

Many of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality ...

When South Africa Banned Pink Floyd’s The Wall After Students Chanted “We Don’t Need No Education” to Protest the Apartheid School System (1980)

When Apartheid states get the blessing of powerful nations, lobbies, and corporations, they seem to feel empowered to do whatever they want. Such was the ...

Mira Nair, Director of Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, Teaches an Online Course on Indie Filmmaking

FYI: Mira Nair, the director of Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, has just released an online masterclass on independent filmmaking. In 17 video lessons, the Oscar-nominated ...

How To Feel A Little Less Alone During The Holidays

Expert tips for when grief, family issues or distance from loved ones make the holidays unbearable.

Teens Sing Their Guts Out In The Scottish Zombie Christmas Musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse'

The debt John McPhail’s tuneful horror comedy owes to Shaun of the Dead proves too deep to clamber out of, but the songs are fun ...

'Never Look Away' Glibly Examines The Intersection Of Art And Autobiography

Tom Schilling plays a German painter clearly modeled on Gerhard Richter in this melodrama about the lingering costs of war and the ways they inform ...

Beautiful coins

Prior to the introduction of the euro on 1 January 1999, the European continent was awash in a huge variety of national coins. For their ...

At home with the homeless

Is a home made of bricks and mortar or hopes and dreams? Dispatches from among the rough sleepers on the streets of Paris By Johannes ...

Download Beautifully-Designed Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More

In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our ...

Watch Queen’s Dragtastic “I Want to Break Free” Video: It Was More Than America & MTV Could Handle (1984)

I remember the early part of 1984 when Queen’s “Radio Gaga,” their single from The Works album with a video that mixed in clips from ...

14 Useful Tips For Navigating The Holidays When You're Not Drinking

Experts share how to partake in the festivities but still take care of yourself.

Witty And Stylish, 'Insurrecto' Offers An Inside View Of The Pain Of Colonization

Gina Apostol’s dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and ...

'The Favourite': Sou Smart, Sou Wicked, Sou Witty, Sou Gououd

The Extra U Is For Unctuous: Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest is a gleefully nasty piece of work about a queen (the spectacular Olivia Colman) and two ...

Material intelligence

The chasm between producers and consumers leaves many of us estranged from beauty and a vital part of an ethical life By Glenn Adamson Read ...

Can a physics of panic explain the motions of the crowd?

When people come together in a crowd, physical and emotional connections define their movement, state of mind and will to act. Understanding crowds can help ...

Watch 99 Movies Free Online Courtesy of YouTube & MGM: Rocky, The Terminator, Four Weddings and a Funeral & More

We all have those major motion pictures we’re sure we’ll see one day, but somehow haven’t seen yet. Usually they’ve had such a huge influence ...

“More Barn!” The Story of How Neil Young First Played Harvest for Graham Nash (1972)

Everyone knows the punchline “more cowbell” from SNL’s affectionate jab at the Blue Öyster Cult’s enthusiasm. But how many people know the true story of “more ...

New Biography Reveals The Life And Legacy Of Saxophonist Dexter Gordon

Gordon started out as a bebop prodigy in the ’40s, and went on to star in the ’86 film ‘Round Midnight. Maxine Gordon captures her ...

Bernie Sanders Criticizes Democrats And Republicans In 'Where We Go From Here'

The former presidential candidate’s latest book is just what you might expect from this genre: His platforms are presented but not interrogated — and there ...

Orbit

Time-lapse footage of thunderstorms, auroras borealis and city lights captured from the International Space Station (ISS) has become a somewhat common sight across computer and ...

Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages

In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of ‘risk-free love’, which he sees written in ...

Alan Watts Dispenses Wit & Wisdom on the Meaning of Life in Three Animated Videos

Since his death in 1973, the popular British philosopher, writer, speaker, and onetime-Episcopal-priest-turned-student-of-Zen-and-wildly-eclectic-countercultural-spiritual-thinker Alan Watts has become a cottage industry of sorts. And if you ...

Watch Jeff Beck Smash His Guitar While Jimmy Page & the Yardbirds Jam By His Side: A Classic Scene from Antonioni’s Blowup (1966)

Art film and rock and roll have, since the 60s, been soulmates of a kind, with many an acclaimed director turning to musicians as actors, ...

Kate DiCamillo, Chronicler Of The Hard Truths Of Youth

She’s hugely popular and comes across as something of a smart aleck, but the children’s author says she retains the timidity of her youth. She ...

'The Beautiful Cure' Reveals The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases.

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In California, men on probation for domestic violence offences are required to complete the 52-week Batterers’ Intervention Program, aimed at teaching them strategies for managing ...

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