Topic: Arts & Culture

Titanic Fanatics

To this day, a thriving global community of enthusiasts of all stripes — from history buffs to Leonardo DiCaprio fans — continues to passionately study the world’s most famous maritime disaster.

This Is an Experiment About How We View History

Modern Mary Poppins: Inside the Elite's Nanny College

Dutch photographer Guia Besana investigated world oldest childcare training institution, Norland College, still favoured by the international elite

Flyovers: Switzerland. Geneva & Romandy

AI Colorized: The World at War (1931-1941)

The original black and white documentary has been denoised, upscaled and colorized using artificial intelligence.

The Hide That Binds: A Medical Librarian’s History of Books Covered in Human Skin

In June 2014 the Houghton Library at Harvard University announced that its copy of Des destinées de l’âme, a meditation on the soul by the French novelist and poet Arsène Houssaye dating from the...

The Most Wholesome Thing on the Internet

Among the horrors of 2020, one small green hero has emerged to bring brief moments of joy.

Drawing Strength: Winners From the World Illustration Awards

Anatomy lessons for kids, gorillas going bananas and a Brexit starter pack ... this year’s award winners were full of colourful ideas and vibrant visual flourishes

A Surreal New Bookstore Has Just Opened in China

Up top, there are mirrored ceilings—while gleaming black tile floors reflect the bookcases for a serious M.C. Escher effect

How Japan′s Mask Culture May Have Saved Lives

Long before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Japanese people were comfortable with covering their faces — both for medical reasons and to conform with the norms of society. Julian Ryall reports...

A Brief History of the TV Dinner

Thanksgiving’s most unexpected legacy is heating up again

Designs of the Year 2020 Nominees Include a Tik Tok Dance and Wuhan's Coronavirus Hospital

Among the 74 projects that have been shortlisted for this year's Beazley Designs of the Year awards is a prefabricated hospital in Wuhan that was erected in only 10 days, Tik Tok's viral Renegade...

D.T. Suzukis- Zen Master

Zen was a conservative form of Buddhism in Japan that eventually became a way for Americans to find inner peace.

Inside the New York Public Library's Last, Secret Apartments

There are just 13 left.

The Kindness of Strangers

FOR ALL HER long life, Baba Schwartz baked two yeast cakes every Friday: one laced with chocolate and nuts, the other with poppyseeds and apricot jam. She was a stellar baker. Home – in Hungary,...

Picture Series: Life Around the Eiffel Tower 1921

What Sharks Can Teach About Survivorship Bias

Survivorship bias refers to the idea that we get a false representation of reality when we base our understanding only on the experiences of those who live to tell their story. Taking a look at...

Dylan Sprouse Returns to the Hotel Suite—This Time, in a Pink Dress

Daddy (short film): The term “daddy,” once used almost exclusively by children to refer to their fathers, has transcended its meaning in the cultural lexicon. (Need we say more?) With his short...

‘We’re Like Athletes’: The Secret Lives of Giant-Vegetable Growers

From onions as big as babies to pumpkins that weigh more than a car, it has been a record-breaking year for oversize veg. But what motivates someone to grow an 8-metre beetroot – and is...

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

From dramatic seascapes to misty woodlands, to urban street scenes, cityscapes and detailed close-ups

Why Read Boethius Today?

Written while awaiting execution, the Consolation of Philosophy poses questions about human reason that remain urgent today

MiniDiscs Helped Me Keep in Touch With My Brother, a World Away

Mailing each other packages of tiny discs filled with music kept us connected.

Psychic Already Sick of Spectral James Randi Ragging on Her From Afterlife

MIAMI—Struggling to mentally close herself off from the recently deceased skeptic, local psychic Rosemary Shanley confirmed Thursday she was already sick of James Randi’s specter haunting her...

Plastic Pollution for Sale at New York Pop-Up Store

Topographic Relief of California, 1950

Weather Photographer 2020 Awards

Snow, lightning and tornados were among the natural phenomena captured in the 7,700 entries to the Royal Meteorological Society’s Weather Photographer of the Year awards. Here is a selection of...

Living With an Instagram Influencer Sounds Like A Nightmare

"She was getting crazy numbers of likes... but she never really seemed to socialise with anyone, either in the house or externally at uni."

Thirty Books to Help Us Understand the World in 2020

The climate crisis, gender, populism, big tech, pandemics, race… our experts recommend titles to illuminate the issues of the day

Tatsuya Tanaka: How to Cook Hot Dog

Why Read? Advice From Harold Bloom

The late Harold Bloom, literary critic and professor, may well have been one of the most prolific readers of all time. Given that, Bloom was uniquely well positioned to answer the question of why...

1975-2020: Photomicrography / Nikon Small World

The Nikon Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has...

From Warhol to Steve McQueen: A History of Video Art in 30 Works

Starting with experimental film in the 60s, video art has revolutionised the art world. We celebrate the medium through its most groundbreaking pieces

Found: A Shipwrecked Nazi Steamer, Still Filled With Cargo

It carried soldiers, military vehicles, and sealed crates that divers can't wait to open.

The Surprising Origin of Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is as emblematic of the US South as collard greens and sweet potato pie. But it may be more Scottish than Southern.

Watch: Blood Rider

The Underground Harmony of Skateboarding Culture

We currently live in a world where everyone seems to be at odds with each other—disconnected, suspicious, and at each other’s throats. But at the skate park, as different people casually drift in,...

Historic England: Heritage Sites at Risk, in Pictures

Historic England’s register lists the heritage sites most at risk of being lost for ever as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development

Looking Out From Within, a Photo Series

Peeking in from outside her neighbors’ windows, London photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten creates elaborate, cinematic tableaux, voicing their stories from a distance

Why You Should Write

Be a creator, not just a consumer.

Go Viral on TikTok Drinking Cranberry Juice, Get a Free Truck

Not bad for a 45 second long video about nothing.