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...
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...
Hat tip to the Dense Discovery newsletter for hipping me to this awesome collection of painstakingly (I imagine) animated motion graphics
Photos and Text by Manu Fernandez
When few bridges crossed the Nu River, locals found a creative way to transport themselves, their children, and their livestock over its rushing waters.
In our times of uncertainty, the latest fiction about climate disaster is unsettling – but also strangely comforting. Hephzibah Anderson speaks to the authors.
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
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.
From record stores to pharmacies, secret artist group AnonyMouse have been creating little places for mice.
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...
Travel is commodity, a privilege, and a state of mind; a comfort to some and a trial to others.
Sergey Nazarov travelled to southwestern Russia to document the reality of a region on the brink of becoming a wasteland
Bob McDonald's blog: Fading flags open the question of how to preserve the legacy of the landings.
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.
The sleepy Sussex market town of East Grinstead has gained a reputation in recent decades as a hotbed for offbeat religious activity.
"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...
To be read before the 2020 presidential election.
A photographer captured the handmade, the unusual, the downright puzzling.
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.
The bizarre sanitarium staple that became a spreadable obsession
What’s the secret sauce? An excitable kid named Brent going absolutely nuts over ‘Star Wars,’ ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers’ toys
To devoted collectors, the humble building materials are full of stories—and well worth stockpiling.
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...
New scholarship points to a paradox of historic scope: Our writing system was devised by people who couldn’t read
Bake an old-timey cake from this handwritten cookbook.
Explore worlds behind hidden doors, creep into dark fairy tale magic, and discover mythic creatures.
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.
Browse and download high-resolution, public domain Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations and Posters from some of the best artists the world has ever known.
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.
Taylor Swift, R.E.M., Kylie Minogue, OK Go, and more have brought us epic music videos all in one shot
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our “Outbreak” issue…
Once seemingly alone in their love for Spam, many Asian Americans today are finding comfort in shared histories
From the ancient Greeks to the 17th century, a terrestrial phenomenon baffled scientists: Where did the birds go in winter?
Our sophisticated A.I. judges your awful taste in music.