Topic: Arts & Culture

Batman No. 1 Sells for $2.22 Million

The Art of Whaling: Illustrations From the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships

The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for...

Photographs of Flowers Submerged Underwater Look Like Classic Oil Paintings

Known for her serene underwater portraits of women, artist Barbara Cole has recently explored a different approach by capturing submerged flowers instead. Partly out of curiosity, partly due to...

Through the Looking Glass: Europe's Captive Primates

Dave Whyte (@Davebeesbombs) • Amazing Motion Illustrations

Hat tip to the Dense Discovery newsletter for hipping me to this awesome collection of painstakingly (I imagine) animated motion graphics

AP Images: Children Learn Spain’s Deadly Art of Bullfighting

Photos and Text by Manu Fernandez

In This Remote Corner of China, Locals Use Zip Lines to Get Around

When few bridges crossed the Nu River, locals found a creative way to transport themselves, their children, and their livestock over its rushing waters.

The Rise of Apocalyptic Novels

In our times of uncertainty, the latest fiction about climate disaster is unsettling – but also strangely comforting. Hephzibah Anderson speaks to the authors.

Inside the Hyper-Local World of Facebook’s ‘Buy Nothing’ Groups

In an age when people rarely know their neighbours, a ‘buy nothing’ group is one way to acquaint yourself with those living on your street

Color Me Beautiful's Social Media Revival and Long Fashion Legacy

When Carole Jackson was a girl, she wanted “so much to be pretty,” but her reflection in the mirror—especially when she was wearing her school uniform—always let her down.

The Secret Artists Creating Miniature Buildings for Street Mice

From record stores to pharmacies, secret artist group AnonyMouse have been creating little places for mice.

Wikipedia: Paradox of Tolerance

The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Karl Popper described it as the...

Why Do We Travel?

Travel is commodity, a privilege, and a state of mind; a comfort to some and a trial to others.

A Line in the Sand: Snapshots of Life in Kalmykia, Europe’s Only Man-Made Desert

Sergey Nazarov travelled to southwestern Russia to document the reality of a region on the brink of becoming a wasteland

Apollo Landing Sites Now Protected by U.S. Law, but What About the Flags?

Bob McDonald's blog: Fading flags open the question of how to preserve the legacy of the landings.

The Photos That Made David Bowie an Icon

The pop pioneer was as remarkable in front of the camera as he was behind a microphone. To mark the fifth anniversary of his death, Laura Studarus talks to those who photographed him.

England's Sleepy Scientology Town

The sleepy Sussex market town of East Grinstead has gained a reputation in recent decades as a hotbed for offbeat religious activity.

Refusing to Publish My Csi Miami Erotic Fan Fiction Is an Assault on the First Amendment

"Simon & Schuster says it has decided not to publish a forthcoming book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, citing the lawmaker’s role in fomenting t...

Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalog of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes

To be read before the 2020 presidential election.

The Definition of Art

Seeing America Through Its Roadside Signs

A photographer captured the handmade, the unusual, the downright puzzling.

The Archaeologist Who Collected 4,500 Beer Cans

Why Being Creative Is Good for You

What is the key to creativity, and how does it help our mental health? Beverley D'Silva speaks to Artist's Way author Julia Cameron and others about 'flow', fear and curiosity.

A Brief History of Peanut Butter

The bizarre sanitarium staple that became a spreadable obsession

A Look Behind the Magic of Action Figure Commercials

What’s the secret sauce? An excitable kid named Brent going absolutely nuts over ‘Star Wars,’ ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers’ toys

Inside the World of British Brickophiles

To devoted collectors, the humble building materials are full of stories—and well worth stockpiling.

The Market Value of My Father

When the novelist Joshua Ferris’s family blew up, his mother revealed a truth: his father was worthless, a con man. A bad investment in their lives. But years later, a mysterious book about Wall...

Who Invented the Alphabet?

New scholarship points to a paradox of historic scope: Our writing system was devised by people who couldn’t read

The Chef Recreating 18th-Century Recipes From a Thrift-Shop Find

Bake an old-timey cake from this handwritten cookbook.

21 Fantasy Books to Get Excited About This Winter

Explore worlds behind hidden doors, creep into dark fairy tale magic, and discover mythic creatures.

How the 'Western Mind' Was Shaped by the Medieval Church

Most research on human psychology focuses on Western societies, but the way people in the West think can be traced to changes in family structures in the Middle Ages.

The Best of the 2020 Wildlife Photography Awards — Download Public Domain Artwork

Browse and download high-resolution, public domain Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations and Posters from some of the best artists the world has ever known.

Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction (1957)

I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy.

“Car Washes” and Lego Models: 10 Insanely Complicated One-Shot Music Videos

Taylor Swift, R.E.M., Kylie Minogue, OK Go, and more have brought us epic music videos all in one shot

How a Nuclear Submarine Officer Learned to Live in Tight Quarters

Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our “Outbreak” issue…

Exploring the Schools of Tomorrow

BESIDE Habitat

The Lonely Legacy of Spam

Once seemingly alone in their love for Spam, many Asian Americans today are finding comfort in shared histories

When Birds Migrated to the Moon

From the ancient Greeks to the 17th century, a terrestrial phenomenon baffled scientists: Where did the birds go in winter?

How Bad Is Your Spotify?

Our sophisticated A.I. judges your awful taste in music.

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