The exemplary career of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen demonstrates how talent can indeed run in the family. An individual who looked to the future, and often sky, with his bold...
A woman slips on her boyfriend’s cotton shirt, its shoulders dropping inches below hers, and rolls up the long, long sleeves. She looks even more feminine. A man borrows his girlfriend’s soft blue...
“It is very important to be in love with life… Life is very fragile and always elusive. As soon as we think we ‘understand,’ there is another mystery. I don’t understand any…
Why wait for official action figures from your favorite old shows and movies when you could make your own (or pay someone hundreds of dollars to make it for you)?
With its huge windows framing the corpses on display, the morgue bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a department store.
Now I know. Did you? There's an official name for all those kitschy roadside buildings shaped like the merchandise they're selling. Most popular in the 1920s and 30s, giant coffee pots, hot dogs,...
What happens if the stories we tell ourselves about our lives leave us lonely, wrestling with meaning?
Residents of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.
Two new books by Jason Diamond and Eula Biss expose the fraught moral dilemmas of living in the ’burbs.
Philosophy can help us live more meaningful lives and build better societies. We just need a framework of philosophy that fits our modern-day problems.
In 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was forcibly kicked off a horsecar. Her fight changed the city.
Nestled on the Caspian Sea, Awaza is unattainable to locals — and tourists are few and far between
An unknown artist from upstate New York transforms newly released films into VHS tapes.
Celebrated each year on the first Monday in September, this holiday was born amid violence and unrest over oppressive working conditions.
Urban designer Eran Ben-Joseph charts the evolution of the humble parking lot.
Think you have to be "tortured" to be an artist? You don't. In fact, we believe that the best artists work from hope, joy, and love. Here's how to do it.
In the early 1900s, airships were the next big thing, with wealthy Europeans crossing the Atlantic inside of a huge floating ball of gas. An explosion that h...
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.
Infinite scroll through 65k Winamp skins with interactive preview
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...
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...
U.S. soldiers land on the coast of France under heavy machine gun fire, June 6, 1944. U.S. National Archives/via REUTERS
Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just written
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.
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.
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...
Discover Russia’s changing tastes in body art
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.
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...
Nearly 1,000 years ago, French lords designed an elaborate underground castle for a doomsday attack that never came.
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...
It’s okay to grieve the loss of a big opportunity, even during a pandemic.
Which involves fake newspaper articles, a famous astronomer, man-bats, Edgar Allan Poe, and revenge. Oh, and Jules Verne.
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.
Fireproof trousers, Mars-proof jackets and clothes made out of copper: here's what we might be wearing in the decades to come.
Growing numbers of people no longer find religion a necessary source of support and meaning in their lives.