Topic: Arts & Culture

Sailing Timelapse: From Rotterdam to Amsterdam in 10 Minutes

A Quantitative Analysis of Calvin and Hobbes

“The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip ended 25 years ago, so let’s celebrate a New Years treat by analyzing it! Awhile back I had a students annotate structures in every C&H strip, so we have data on...

John Lennon's Last Day

Everyone knows the sad story about how John Lennon was senselessly killed on the street in front of his apartment by a deranged fan. This article provides an intimate glimpse into what Lennon’s...

12 Books We're Excited About This Year

Pandemic reading means different things to different people.

Who Did J.K. Rowling Become?

Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s-book author in history.

Best Movie to Stream in 2021

Let’s face it - 2021 is going to look a lot like 2020. Given that, we’re all going to need more Netflix. Read on to see my new favorite documentary and a list of 40 good things to stream.

Food Books to Feed the Soul

Five books this year helped replenish the voids left by lack of travel and dining, and a raised consciousness of how and why we eat.

Marmalade: A Very British Obsession

Captain Scott took jars to the Antarctic with him, and Edmund Hillary took one up Everest. Marmalade is part of the British national myth. Livvy Potts wants to know why.

A Hot Pig Tale!

1970s, Brad Darrach, Culture, People, Profiles, Sexuality, The Arts, TV

Immerse Yourself in the Games Kids Play When the Streets Are Their Playground

From urban London to rural Wales, these are the games that children play when the streets are their playground

The Best of 2020 in Culture, From Parasite to Taylor Swift’s Folklore

Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Paul Mescal and Adam Sandler were just some of the best things to happen during this most miserable of years, and our writers have sounded off about them – here’s to the...

Contradictions in Roman Law Left Incurable Headaches for Its Judges

Against Damnation: Is Hell Christian?

Is hell Christian? – Michael Robbins

The 50 Best Memes of 2020, Explained

50 of this year’s funniest, weirdest and most chaotic viral internet videos, images and jokes

Ever Wonder 'What It's Like to Be a Bird'? David Allen Sibley Has Some Answers

26 of the Most Fascinating Books WIRED Read in 2020

From pig poop to sunscreen to poker to hackers, the books we love dive deep to tell smart stories about how the world works.

You’ll Never Look at a Bra the Same Way Again

Why TV People Speak in Front of Bookshelves

Is it odd that people who make their living with the liquid authority of their voice all chose to pose in front of silent squiggles of ink? It is honest: These glamorous broadcast journalists have...

The Pop Culture That Brought Us Joy in 2020

What 26 Vox staffers consumed this year to get them through the darkness.

42 Books That Helped People Get Through This Garbage Year

At least the books were good.

I Can’t Stand These Words Anymore

I’ve spent my life immersed in language, but this relationship, like all relationships, is fraught.

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

An all-star crew, a plan that tricked the police, and a successful getaway that left them with a fortune. But no one expected what happened next.

Cassette Sales Double in a Year With Lady Gaga Best-Selling Album on Tape

Figures released by record labels' association BPI show that vinyl sales also grew.

Surreal, Audacious, Unfinished – The Sagrada Família Remains a Divine Work in Progress

What Antoni Gaudí began in 1882, Etsuro Sotoo aims to finish: the Sagrada Família as a divine conversation between artists

The Astonishing Underwater Landscapes Sketched Inside a Diving Bell

Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez descended into the ocean, pencil in hand.

What Coursera's Most Popular Classes Reveal About 2020

From how to be a contact tracer to how to find happiness, here’s what everyone wanted to learn this year.

'The Great Gatsby Now Belongs to the People.’ What the Copyright Expiration of the Classic Novel Means for Its Legacy

One of the great American novels will enter public domain on Jan. 1

The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years

The word lox was one of the clues that eventually led linguists to discover who the Proto-Indo-Europeans were, and where they lived.Photograph…

Washington’s Secret to the Perfect Zoom Bookshelf? Buy It Wholesale

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Here Are the 10 New Books You Should Read in January

Joan Didion's essay collection, Angie Thomas' new young adult novel and more

How Gotham (The Font) Took Over the World

It’s the font we deserve, but is it the one we need right now?

Just How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe wasn’t quite the horrible and backwards place earlier historians would have you believe. Modern scholars now look at the Dark Ages in a whole new light.

Exceptionally Well-Preserved Snack Bar Unearthed in Pompeii

The frescoed thermopolium, a Roman-era fast-food stall, is the first to be fully excavated

The Real 'Queen's Gambit': Judit Polgar

The Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" is a global hit. Although the story is fiction, Hungarian player Judit Polgar was a real-life prodigy.

The Lost Allure of Alchemy

Alchemy embraces a sophisticated set of beliefs and a high-minded cosmology, much to the chagrin of the pure rationalist.

Each Christmas, the Welsh Try to Outsmart a Horse Skull Puppet

Then they drink.

The Satisfaction of Mathematically Efficient Christmas Cookies

If only there were a cookie-cutter solution.

Tome Raiders: Solving the Great Book Heist

When £2.5m of rare books were stolen in an audacious heist at Feltham in 2017, police wondered, what’s the story? By Mark Wilding

How to Cook a Medieval Feast: 11 Recipes From the Middle Ages

Food has been central to the social life of humans for thousands of years and, in medieval Europe, food consumption ranged from everyday sustenance to extravagant feasts. The diet of the rich and...

Why Are We Fascinated by Strange Faces?

On a gray, spitting day in Venice last summer, I spent a morning strolling through the main exhibits of the Venice Biennale in the Arsenal. The building is tall and narrow, concrete and stolid, and…

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