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'Whitney': A Diva, Deconstructed

Kevin Macdonald’s documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston contains no shattering revelations, but it artfully and compassionately places her extraordinary talent in ...

'Under The Tree': When A Bough Breaks The Social Contract

A dispute over a tree brings two neighboring households into grimly escalating conflict in this Icelandic comedy so pitch-black that “the laughs are strictly of ...

Sand men

‘When will we have it better? Just like everyone else?’ Sand Men is a distinctly different take on the artisan short-documentary genre. It follows Raj, ...

The Earth’s carrying capacity for human life is not fixed

In a recent Nature Sustainability paper, a team of scientists concluded that the Earth can sustain, at most, only 7 billion people at subsistence levels ...

The Iconic Urinal & Work of Art, “Fountain,” Wasn’t Created by Marcel Duchamp But by the Pioneering Dada Artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

In the introduction to her book Broad Strokes, writer and art history scholar Bridget Quinn describes her discovery of Lee Krasner, accomplished abstract expressionist painter ...

All the Roman Roads of Italy, Visualized as a Modern Subway Map

At its peak around the year 117 AD, the mighty Roman Empire owned five million square kilometers of land. It ruled more than 55 million people, ...

The Success Of Society Run Amok: What Does 'The Purge' Say About Us?

The fourth installment in the dystopian movie series comes out July 4. Neda Ulaby considers why this grim horror franchise resonates so strongly with audiences ...

A Stage Revival, And 50 Years Of Survival, For 'The Boys In The Band'

Ever since Mart Crowley’s play about a gay male life premiered off-Broadway in 1968, much of the original cast and crew has died of AIDS. ...

When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs

Image by Thierry Ehrmann via Flickr Commons Sometimes when confronted with strange new ideas, people will exclaim, “you must be on drugs!”—a charge often levied ...

A Big Digital Archive of Independent & Alternative Publications: Browse/Download Radical Periodicals Printed from 1951 to 2016

The consolidation of big media in print, TV, and internet has had some seriously deleterious effects on politics and culture, not least of which has ...

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

The ultimate guide on whether it’s worth it.

To The Woman In The Waiting Area Who Judged Me For Sitting Down

I’m not just an inconsiderate teenager, taking up seats that could be better used by someone else.

Former Ambassador To Russia Looks Ahead To Trump's Summit With Putin

Michael McFaul, who sat in on meetings between Putin and Obama, warns that the Russian president “doesn’t meet just for the sake of a meeting; ...

Confused In Midlife? You're In Good Company With 'The Cost Of Living'

Deborah Levy thought her life would slow down at 50, but instead, it became “faster, unstable, unpredictable.” Critic Maureen Corrigan says Levy’s memoir is a ...

In search of forgotten colours

This striking and almost entirely wordless video from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London beautifully conveys the work of Sachio Yoshioka, the fifth-generation owner ...

Scholarly publishing is broken. Here’s how to fix it

The world of scholarly communication is broken. Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple’s treat life-saving research as a ...

Cheap Trick’s Bassist Tom Petersson Help Kids With Autism Learn Language With Rock ‘n’ Roll: Discover “Rock Your Speech”

You can’t fault people for turning away from current events these days, but there are many pockets of light, even if they rarely make headlines ...

The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal: 2 Succinct Sentences

Euler’s conjecture, a theory proposed by Leonhard Euler in 1769, hung in there for 200 years. Then L.J. Lander and T.R. Parkin came along in 1966, and debunked ...

New Charges Filed Against Harvey Weinstein Involving A Third Woman

The disgraced movie mogul is already facing first-degree rape and other charges in New York. Now, Weinstein is facing new accusations that he assaulted a ...

Boots Riley Mines His Experiences As A Telemarketer In 'Sorry To Bother You'

The social satire takes aim at corporations that underpay and exploit workers. This is Riley’s first film — he has a long career as a ...

A spark of consciousness

Neuroscience is in the midst of a revolution: aided by increasingly sophisticated brain-scanning technologies, it offers more insights into the inner working of our brains ...

Should you shield yourself from others’ abhorrent beliefs?

Many of our choices have the potential to change how we think about the world. Often the choices taken are for some kind of betterment: ...

Read George Washington’s “110 Rules of Civility”: The Code of Decency That Guided America’s First President

Contrary to a thoroughly abused political metaphor, Washington, DC was not in fact built on a swamp, though anyone who has visited in the summer ...

Color Film Was Designed to Take Pictures of White People, Not People of Color: The Unfortunate History of Racial Bias in Photography (1940-1990)

In the history of photography and film, getting the right image meant getting the one which conformed to prevalent ideas of humanity. This included ideas ...

'Woman Walks Ahead' Lead Sees A Sea Change For Indigenous People On Film

Michael Greyeyes, a Cree actor from a First Nation in Canada, plays the great Native American chief Sitting Bull in a new film. He says ...

'Darkest Time Of Night' Will Keep You Turning Pages

Television investigative reporter Jeremy Finley brings his small-screen experience to bear in this debut novel, a satisfyingly suspenseful thriller with overtones of The X-Files and ...

Musical 'East Of The River' Examines A Gentrifying Anacostia

Set amid a theoretical debate about a potential Whole Foods arriving in the historically underserved Washington, D.C. neighborhood, the musical looks at the good and ...

Looking At Photographer George Rodriguez

Photographer George Rodriguez has chronicled a visual history of Los Angeles over his multidecade career. His work is being celebrated in a new book as ...

Do Trendy Sunglasses Really Protect Your Eyes? Here's How To Check.

The answer might surprise you.

'Leave No Trace' Follows A Father And Daughter Off The Grid

Director Debra Granik’s new film is based on a true story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who lives secretly in a municipal forest with ...

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