Topic: Arts & Culture

Visions of a Visionary, The Designs of Eero Saarinen

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...

Why Women Can Dress Like Men But Not Vice Versa

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...

The Love of Life in the Face of Death: Keith Haring

“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…

The Guys Making Bootleg Toys of Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows

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)?

The Paris Morgue Provided Ghoulish Entertainment

With its huge windows framing the corpses on display, the morgue bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a department store.

Comedy Wildlife Photography awards 2020 finalists

Landcapes of Russia: panoramas and cityviews from the largest nation on Earth

Perfect Switzerland Landscapes

An Ode to "Duck Architecture"

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,...

Out There: On Not Finishing

What happens if the stories we tell ourselves about our lives leave us lonely, wrestling with meaning?

This Norwegian Island Claims to Be the Fabled Land of Thule

Residents of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.

Hokusai: More than 100 lost works by non-western world’s most famous artist rediscovered

Book: The Suburbs Are Still Hell

Two new books by Jason Diamond and Eula Biss expose the fraught moral dilemmas of living in the ’burbs.

Why We All Need Philosophy

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.

The Story of the Teacher Who Integrated New York Transit

In 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was forcibly kicked off a horsecar. Her fight changed the city.

Inside Turkmenistan’s extravagant and empty tourist resort

Nestled on the Caspian Sea, Awaza is unattainable to locals — and tourists are few and far between

Watch: VHS HERO

An unknown artist from upstate New York transforms newly released films into VHS tapes.

Labor Day's surprisingly radical origins

Celebrated each year on the first Monday in September, this holiday was born amid violence and unrest over oppressive working conditions.

From Chaos to Order: A Brief Cultural History of the Parking Lot

Urban designer Eran Ben-Joseph charts the evolution of the humble parking lot.

Don’t Buy Into Being a Tortured Artist

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.

Short Doc: The Hindenburg, Rise and Fall of the World's Greatest Airship

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...

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

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.

How to Spend It: Doomsday Fashion

Fireproof trousers, Mars-proof jackets and clothes made out of copper: here's what we might be wearing in the decades to come.

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.