Topic: Arts & Culture

Why we no longer need superheroes

Subversive comic book adaptation The Boys truly reveals the ugliness of our obsession with men in capes. So where can the genre go from here, writes Cameron Laux.

Winamp Skin Museum 🤩

Infinite scroll through 65k Winamp skins with interactive preview

Before Playboy, Came "La Vie Parisienne"

A pair of clandestine, gender-bending lovers are about to embrace at la brasserie. A fashionable young woman in a barely-there dress is partying the night away in the cabarets of Paris without a...

The Earliest Surviving Images of the White House and a Sitting U.S. President

It can be difficult for historians to confidently declare a photograph a “first” when it comes to daguerreotypes. The process that bears its inventor’s name had only a short-lived heyday—from the...

75 iconic photos from World War Two

U.S. soldiers land on the coast of France under heavy machine gun fire, June 6, 1944. U.S. National Archives/via REUTERS

The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library

Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just written

In Search of the Writer-Diplomat Tradition

Then-And-Now Photo Series: London

The 1920s in Britain, also known as the ‘Roaring Twenties’, was a decade of contrasts. The First World War had ended in victory, peace had returned and with it, prosperity.

Why the French love to complain

In France, a complaint is an appropriate and frequent conversation starter – but the appropriateness of when, to whom and about what to complain is a delicate art.

The Art World Is Full of Lies, Smuggling, and Financial Hijinks

We dipped our brushes in the art world’s oily pigments, blending abstract investment schemes and bizarre internet masterpieces to bring you an unvarnished po...

Russia's first tattoo archive

Discover Russia’s changing tastes in body art

‘Social cryptomnesia’: How societies steal ideas

The human rights we enjoy today were won via the struggle of minorities who refused to accept the status quo – yet we have a curious form of psychological amnesia about that.

How a Botched Bank Heist Created ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

A bank in a tony Stockholm neighborhood would seem an unlikely place for a hostage drama. But when a gunman stormed into the Swedish bank, demanding money an...

A secret world under a French castle

Nearly 1,000 years ago, French lords designed an elaborate underground castle for a doomsday attack that never came.

Color Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Touring In Korea

Pictures of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe singing to an audience of G.I.’s during the first show of her recent four-day tour of Korea on February 22, 1954. She is wearing her much-discussed...

A Meditation on the Cancellation of SXSW

It’s okay to grieve the loss of a big opportunity, even during a pandemic.

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

Which involves fake newspaper articles, a famous astronomer, man-bats, Edgar Allan Poe, and revenge. Oh, and Jules Verne.

Most of Scottish Wikipedia Is Written By an American in Mangled English

Scots is an official language of Scotland. An administrator of the Scots Wikipedia page is an American who doesn't speak Scots but simply tries to write in a Scottish accent.

Giving Up on God: The Global Decline of Religion

Growing numbers of people no longer find religion a necessary source of support and meaning in their lives.

Photo Stories That Will Make You Wish Summer Never Ends

What Made the Vikings Tick?

The Vikings, for all their strange customs and unknowable psychology, were more like us than we might like to admit. But...

Inside Operation Paperclip

Under Operation Paperclip, the records of Nazi Germany's premier scientists were expunged and their family's relocated to work in American labs.

Futurists Forget That We’re People — Not Disembodied Minds

Plans for a post-city world of virtual interaction would rob us of our essential physicality

Hong Kong in the 70s and 80s

The Decadence and Conflict of Russia’s Turbulent 2010s

Photos capturing the peculiarities of Russia’s day-to-day life in a Ural town

The Wonder of Icelandic Turf Houses

This architectural tradition dating to the 9th century is an enduring inspiration.

Street View of 1940s New York

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9 Short Quotes That Changed My Life and Why

Like a lot of people, I try to collect words to live by. Most of these words come from reading, but also from conversations, from teachers, and from everyday life. As Seneca, the philosopher and...

Paper Quilling Artist Yulia Brodskaya

This artist is pushing the boundaries of paper quilling and revolutionizing what can be made with paper.

Italy’s Wine Windows Return for Pandemic-Proof Drink Service

Bars and restaurants in Florence are reopening wine windows that were used to help prevent contagion during the bubonic plague.

The Radical History of Women Smoking

We don't really need a reminder of just how bad smoking is for us. Bad for our physical health, the environment, and cringe-worthy on so many social justice levels. Why is it then, that women...

Snow Ghosts: Haunting Images of Derelict Soviet Infrastructure

Snow ghosts: haunting images of derelict Soviet infrastructure

Why Is the Modern World So Ugly?

One of the great generalisations we can make about the modern world is that it is, to an extraordinary degree, an ugly world. If we were to show an ancestor from 250 years ago around our cities...

A Tour of Worship Spaces Around the World

From minimalist to magnified, we cast a look at places of worship around the world, focusing on their architectural aspects.

Ganges River Flows With History and Prophecy for India

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) — More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India’s holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today,...

Feel-Good Read: Today I Am Eleven

Why eleven? Because I have never forgotten the findings of Harvard University education prof Carol Gilligan. After interviewing girls of various ages, she concluded that at eleven, many girls have...

Meditations on Marcus

The philosopher-emperor who reigned during an age of pandemic and war

The Lost Romance of the Sleeper Train

La Vie Parisienne 1922 Books, songs and movies have long-romanticised what it’s like to travel overnight on a sleeper train. Julie Garland took us on a musical ride along the Santa Fe Railway...

How Socialists Invented the Summer Holiday

In 1930s France, the labour movement made summer holidays a priority — and forced bosses to pay workers for time at the beach.