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A history of true civilisation is not one of monuments

Civilisation is back. But it is no longer the preserve of ‘Renaissance man’ or of ‘the West’, or even of literate societies. Civilisation is a ...

Consciousness and creation: the neuroscience of perception

The Austrian art historian Alois Riegl first discussed how past experience shapes our enjoyment of – contempt for, or boredom with – a work of ...

The Deeply Meditative Electronic Music of Avant-Garde Composer Eliane Radigue

Among a number of influential women in electronic music whom we’ve profiled here before, French avant-garde composer Eliane Radigue stands out for her single-minded dedication ...

A Giant Mural of Robin Williams Goes Up in Chicago

If you find yourself near Logan Square, off of Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago, take a moment to explore the new mural celebrating the life and ...

On 'SNL,' '60 Minutes' And More, How Networks And Cable Covered Kavanaugh

Critic David Bianculli looks back at the history of televised government hearings, including the Senate Confirmation Hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ted Turner Opens Up About Having Lewy Body Dementia

On Sunday morning, CBS aired an interview with the CNN founder, who told Ted Koppel about his struggle with a disease he could describe but ...

Downside up

In this excerpt from the film Downside Up (1984) by the UK director Tony Hill, a camera orbits at 90 degrees over a country picnic, ...

Why did the pope phone the philosopher?

This summer, during the FIFA World Cup, I went with some friends to watch a soccer game at the house in Turin of the Italian ...

The Joy of Experiencing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody for the Very First Time: Watch Three Reaction Videos

Remember when you first encountered Queen’s ”Bohemian Rhapsody”? I suspect many of us don’t. It’s not the Kennedy assassination. Nor does it take long for Freddy ...

How Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” Was Born From an Argument Between Roger Waters & David Gilmour

Retrospectives of Pink Floyd tend to devolve into rehashing fights between Roger Waters and David Gilmour, but there’s good reason for that. Some of the ...

This Is Your Ultimate Guide To Aging, Whether You’re 20 Or 70

Breaking down everything you need to know about growing older so you can embrace it.

Can CBD Improve Your Sex Life?

Experts explain how CBD oil affects what goes down in the bedroom.

Otis Rush, Chicago Blues Legend, Dies At 84

Rush’s unique style of soloing and powerful tenor voice helped shape the Chicago blues sound and deeply influenced famed guitarists like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, ...

Music For Healing: A Meditative Alt.Latino Playlist

An emotionally exhausting week calls for music that helps you to unwind and just breathe. (Image credit: Courtesy of the Artist)

Not My Job: Actor Jon Hamm Gets Quizzed On Spam

The Mad Men star will answer three questions about the canned meat product with a verrrry long shelf life. (Image credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ...

Sexual Assault And Forgiveness

NPR’s Scott Simon asks Atlantic contributor Caitlin Flanagan about this week’s Supreme Court testimony and about the possibility of atonement and forgiveness for sexual assault ...

Robert Redford: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Redford has announced that he’s retiring from acting, and that his role in the new film The Old Man and the Gun, will be his ...

'Rafiki': The Lesbian Love Story That Kenya Banned And Then Unbanned

In the hopes of becoming an Oscar contender, the Kenyan film board allowed the movie to play in Nairobi for a week. Director Wanuri Kahiu ...

Our short-sighted inner fish

Some 400 million years ago, humanity’s ancient sea-dwelling ancestors made a giant leap to land, sprouting weight-bearing fins that would eventually carry us out of ...

Decorum is an unfashionable word but it has a radical core

What does the word ‘decorum’ mean to you? Today, it’s likely to summon up the smothering niceties of a Victorian-era etiquette manual. Or maybe it ...

Hear Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Pioneering Compositions for Music Boxes

We now remember Karlheinz Stockhausen as a pioneer of electronic music, laboring away in studios dominated by hulking early synthesizers and tape machines toward a ...

Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Preserved and Found in the Coffin of a Saint

Photo via the British Library If you’re a British history buff, next month is an ideal time to be in London for the British Library’s ...

Everything You Need To Know About Aging And Your Mind

Breaking down how to take care of your brain and emotions at every stage of your life.

Everything You Need To Know About Aging And Your Body

Tools and information on looking after your physical health, no matter how old you are.

A Stand-Up Comic Stands Up To Her Troubled Past In The Blistering 'All About Nina'

Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s bracingly mercurial performance drives this film about a New York stand-up who moves to Los Angeles for her career — and to ...

3 Ways Of Looking At A Police Shooting In The Powerful 'Monsters And Men'

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s exquisite drama examines, from three perspectives, the aftermath of the slaying of an unarmed black man; the film offers “neither unalloyed despair ...

Restoration of Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus

Created somewhere between the late-2nd and early 3rd century CE, the Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus depicts the Greek god of wine, fertility, theatre ...

A truly African philosophy

‘Consolation philosophy’ understands the human being as a unity of feeling and reason, in a cosmos rich with primal emotion By Ada Agada Read at ...

Explore an Interactive, Online Version of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, a 200-Year-Old Guide to the Colors of the Natural World

In a post earlier this year, we brought to your attention Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Used by artists and naturalists alike, the guide originally relied ...

Brian Eno Reveals His Favorite Film Soundtracks

Think of “interviewing Brian Eno” (listen to it here) like a piece of his generative music. Yes, the man has no problems talking and actually ...

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