Topic: Arts & Culture

Images of Ruined Dresden 1945

Rosewater was twice as smart as Billy, but he and Billy were dealing with similar crises in similar ways. They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in war....

Inside the Former Closed Town Next to One of Russia’s Largest Nuclear Power Plants

In the heart of the Ural mountains, the tranquility of Ozersk hides an impending environmental disaster

The Future of Retail Is Genderless

As we move into 2021, retail must embrace the full spectrum of gender. These retailers, designers, and shoppers have some ideas of how to make it happen.

2020 Historic Photographer of the Year Awards

The winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2020 from celebrate the places and cultural sites around the world that offer a window to the history that exists all...

Cranberries Are the Only Thanksgiving Food That Actually Came From the United States

Anyone up for some mashed sunchokes?

Photo Sets: Abandoned Locations of Taiwan

Should We Cancel the Stoics?

Photojournalism: Congo in Conversation

Congo in Conversation by Finbarr O'Reilly is a collaborative digital reportage produced by the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in close cooperation with Congolese photojournalists.

AskReddit: What Would You Do if You Were the Last Person on Earth?

Why This Billionaire Will Never Leave New York

For the cosmetics mogul and philanthropist Leonard Lauder, the city, with its museums, public transit and parks, is an explorer’s delight.

Hadrian’s Wall – The Last Stone of the Empire

The Lost Villages of the Port of Antwerp

BBC's Best Books of 2020

It’s been a bumper year for books, from dystopian fiction and memoir to powerful stories about race and identity. Lindsay Baker rounds up BBC Culture’s picks.

Lego Painting Art Collection

The Dark Art of Playing World-Class Scrabble

Lots of players think this game is about showing off posh vocab and forget all about slang and colloquialisms

How Dad Shoes Like Crocs Took Over Streetwear

"Dadcore" and "Normcore" fashion trends have been on the rise for years, and their celebrity approval means they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

The Silk Road Was More Than a Vast Trade Route

Beyond carrying goods, the Silk Road is important because it enabled religions, new technologies, and ideologies to crisscross Eurasia for centuries of its existence.

Paul Smith on a Few of His Favourite Things

Fashion designer and inveterate collector Paul Smith shares a few of his favourite things in a new book, and here with his friend and travelling companion Deyan Sudjic

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

On the politics of public lighting

How the Mayflower Compact Influenced 400 Years of American Government

The Mayflower Compact was created spontaneously by an uneasy coalition of Pilgrims and other travelers, but went on to have a profound influence on the future of American government.

How New York’s Night Owls Spend Their Days Now

For these DJs, producers, bouncers, and performers, the show must go on.

Instagram: The Shopkeepers

The Evolution of Comfort Food

An archaeologist considers the history and biology of what defines a taste of home.

My Hunt for the Original McDonald's French-Fry Recipe

Veteran line-cooks, experts, and die-hard fans tell the story of the fries that birthed an empire, then disappeared—until now.

Inside the World's Most Golden Hotel

The Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, is billed as the first in the world to be golden both inside and out

Philosophy Books Simplified Into Easy-To-Follow Formulas

Morocco’s Mysterious Blue City

Nearly everything is painted blue, from doorways and walls to stairwells and sometimes even the cobblestone streets.

Lockdown Reads: Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century

The 100 Books of the Century (French: Les cent livres du siècle) is a list of the one hundred most memorable books of the 20th century, according to a poll performed during the spring of 1999 by...

You Can Be Aesthetically Sensitive and Know Nothing About Art

Aesthetic sensitivity is not about being correct in your judgments of beauty, but rather how much you’re affected by it

Favorite Memes in Japanese Print Styles

According to an artist: "It started as a Christmas gift to my wife, who loves the "Woman Yelling at Cat" meme, and has unfolded into an art project called "Memes of the Floating World." In this...

15 Photographers on How Imagination Shapes Their Work

Dawoud Bey, Nan Goldin, KangHee Kim and more reflect on the photograph's potential to influence social and artistic images.

For the people: Pizza fritta

“Pizza fritta”, the lesser-known cousin of Neapolitan pizza, emerged as a result of poverty amid World War Two and was known as “the pizza of the people”.

Why the World’s Best Mathematicians Are Hoarding Chalk

The Things Inside This 105-Year-Old Time Capsule Have Hardly Aged a Day

The slew of ephemera was tucked in a copper box behind a cornerstone at Arlington National Cemetery.

Steampunk Spiders

A noiseless, patient spider, I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out...

a Copper-Clad Mountain Refuge in the Italian Alps

Bringing France Back Into American History

The current arrangement of nation-states in North America has made the role of the French in colonial history seem less important.

Traditional curd making in Bangladesh

These bakers cook traditional Bangladesh curds around fire pits in the same way they have been made for thousands of years. They use giant domes made of bamboo to cover the oven and help insulate...

The Most Controversial Artworks of the 20th Century

The 20th century brought new radical ways of expression. From Modern Art and Fauvism, to Cubism and Dada, these are the art pieces

The Stoicism of the Hellenistic Boxer

Right by Rome’s Termini central station is one of my favourite museums of ancient Roman art, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (home to these spectacular Roman frescoes). Palazzo Massimo is part of the...