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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren’t just simply letting it go — they’ve written a dozen new songs for a ...

How A Famous Fraud Brought A Kind Of Hope In 'I Was Anastasia'

Ariel Lawhon’s new novel is a biography of both Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia after the ...

Animated Map Shows How the Five Major Religions Spread Across the World (3000 BC – 2000 AD)

Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam…. Claims to ancient origin and ultimate authority notwithstanding, the world’s five major religions are all of recent vintage compared to ...

We Asked A Financial Therapist For Money Advice — And It Was Fascinating

Within the world of financial advisors is a subset of specialists who are also psychologists.

A Tale of Two Books: Bunny Of The United States Hops Onto The Page

One bunny — Marlon Bundo Pence — is the subject of two very different books. A day before the Pence family released their’s, comedian John ...

Political Subtext In Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Is More Bark Than Bite

Wes Anderson returns to stop action animation — a technique that won him an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox– in his latest film, Isle ...

One-minute art history

This meticulously animated short by the Chinese new-media artist and educator Cao Shu traverses some five millennia of art in a single minute. As flickering ...

What Ottoman erotica teaches us about sexual pluralism

History might be the best antidote to the unthinking, and pernicious, naturalisation of cisgender identity and heterosexuality. When confronted with the fact that, for most ...

Spike Lee to Teach an Online Course on Filmmaking; Get Ready By Watching His List of 95 Essential Films

When Spike Lee makes a movie, people talk about it. People talked in 1986 when he made the black-and-white indie comedy She’s Gotta Have It; they ...

The MC5’s Wayne Kramer Demonstrates the Correct & Official Way to Play “Kick Out the Jams” on the Guitar

If you’re an aspiring guitar player, you’re in luck. In the age of YouTube, there’s no shortage of talented YouTubers who will teach you how ...

The Past Returns, Inscrutably, In 'Ismael's Ghosts'

French writer-director Arnaud Desplechin can’t hold the thread of the story he seeks to tell, so this film about the mysterious return of an old ...

The Fast And The Furry Us: Wes Anderson's Masterful 'Isle Of Dogs'

Anderson imbues this stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island with his signature formalism, but there’s real emotion in those pups’ wet, ...

The commoners

Between 1890 and 1891, a wealthy New Yorker named Eugene Schieffelin released dozens of starlings into Central Park as part of his campaign to introduce ...

Anti-anti-communism

Millions of Russians and eastern Europeans now believe that they were better off under communism. What does this signify? By Kristen R Ghodsee & Scott ...

A Free Oxford Course on Deep Learning: Cutting Edge Lessons in Artificial Intelligence

Nando de Freitas is a “machine learning professor at Oxford University, a lead research scientist at Google DeepMind, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For ...

When Ira Aldridge Became the First Black Actor to Perform Shakespeare in England (1824)

The ways that Othello, Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus, and Shylock from The Merchant of Venice—Shakespeare’s “explicitly racialized characters,” as George Washington University’s Ayanna ...

25 'Impolite' Things People Do Because Of Anxiety

If you struggle with an “impolite” manifestation of anxiety, you’re not alone.

Whiting Awards Announce 10 Winners, Aiming To Honor Future Bookshelf Staples

Since it began in 1985, the annual prize has recognized emerging writers. And while you may not know the winners announced Wednesday, their futures are ...

How brain stimulation can boost memory if paired with learning

 In 47 CE, Scribonius Largus, court physician to the Roman emperor Claudius, described in his Compositiones a method for treating chronic migraines: place torpedo fish ...

Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show'

Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a ...

The last whalers

Men from the Shetland Islands worked the whaling expeditions to the Antarctic. Until the whales were gone By Lyndsie Bourgon Read at Aeon

Bertrand Russell’s Advice to People Living 1,000 Years in the Future: “Love is Wise, Hatred is Foolish”

In these times of high anxiety, battles over “free speech”—on college campuses, in corporate offices, on airwaves and the internet—can seem extremely myopic from a ...

A Free Online Course Helps Us Identify Hoaxes, Rumors & Misinformation in the News

In early February, we highlighted for you A Field Guide to Fake News and Other Information Disorders, a free manual published by First Draft, a non-profit based ...

These Athletes Nix The Notion That Mental Illness Makes You Weak

Allow some pros to tackle this inaccurate stereotype.

'Like A Jazz Musician': Past Poet Laureate Philip Levine's Posthumous LP

Before his death in 2015, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet collaborated with saxophonist Benjamin Boone in the recording studio. The results have finally been released as ...

The swimming club

The phrase ‘a safe space’ emerged from the women’s and LGBT movements of the 1960s and ’70s, and has since been taken up by a ...

Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new ...

Centaur or fop? How horsemanship made the Englishman a man

For much of human history, horses have been our travelling companions, our weapons of war, our industrial machines, our shoe leather, and our dog food. ...

Bill Murray Reads the Poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Lorine Niedecker, Lucille Clifton & More

#BillMurray reading a poem about a dog is something you never knew you needed…until now. @isleofdogsmovie #SXSW pic.twitter.com/z7GkTsy4rG — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 18, 2018 ...

Watch the Original Black Panther Animated Series Online: All Six Episodes Now Available Thanks to Marvel

Last month, I was thrilled to learn of a talk coming to my town called “The Writers of Wakanda.” I scored a (free) ticket, thinking ...

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