The Last Days of Walter Benjamin’s Life

This Aeon essay by Giorgio van Straten, "Lost in Migration," is excerpted from a book titled In Search of Lost Books, | Continue reading


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Orson Welles as a Graphic Artist

There are so many sides to Orson Welles that one of them is bound to get overlooked. Welles was a groundbreaking screen and voice | Continue reading


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A map of Fairyland (c. 1920)

The Library of Congress has a remarkable digitized work in its collection titled "An anciente mappe of Fairyland : newly di | Continue reading


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A Phonetic Map of the Human Mouth

This infographic from Language Base Camp shows where the sounds that English speakers use are produced in the mouth and throat. | Continue reading


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How Ian McKellen Acts With His Eyes

In the latest episode of Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak examines how Ian McKellen does a lot of heavy lifting with his eyes, especiall | Continue reading


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Deadwood: The Movie

Open the canned peaches because Al Swearengen, Seth Bullock, and the rest of your Deadwood favorites are back on May 31 in Deadwoo | Continue reading


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What’s Eating Dan?

From America's Test Kitchen and Dan Souza, the editor-in-chief of Cook's Illustrated, a YouTube series called What's Eating Dan? I | Continue reading


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Kinetic Alphabet

From London motion design studio Mr. Kaplin, an animated alphabet where the animation for each letter is a experiment that was c | Continue reading


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Actually, Mercury Is Our Closest Planetary Neighbor

If you look at the orbits of the planets adjacent to the Earth's orbit (Venus & Mars), you'll see that Venus's orbit is closes | Continue reading


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Beautiful Hand-Colored Photographs of Flowers from 19th-Century Japan

From The Public Domain Review, Ogawa Kazumasa's Hand-Coloured Photographs of Flowers.The stunning floral images featured her | Continue reading


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Brilliant Papercraft Typographic Creations

Paper artist Alia Bright combines papercraft and typography to make these colorful, um, sculptures? Texts? They're super-cool, | Continue reading


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The Wasabi Farmer

By some accounts, 99% of the wasabi consumed in the world is not actually wasabi -- it's horseradish + green food coloring. Real | Continue reading


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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino brings back two of his biggest stars, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, in his new film Once Upon a Time in Hol | Continue reading


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Vibrant Oil Paintings of Clouds

Ian Fisher's paintings of clouds are surprisingly lifelike. If you scroll through the paintings on his site, you can see his | Continue reading


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The Legend of Nixon, a Data-Driven NES Soundscape

Brian Chirls took the approval ratings for Richard Nixon's presidency and using sounds from The Legend of Zelda's classic Dungeon | Continue reading


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A Huge Collection of Apollo 11 Press Kits

When Apollo 11 landed two men on the Moon and returned them safely to Earth, thousands of people at NASA were joined in the effort | Continue reading


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Cutting Commentary on News Media’s Complicity in Spreading Hateful Views

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, a pair of comedians whose hilarious cooking show I've previously featured, are back with Get Kra | Continue reading


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Monica Lewinsky on Public Shaming

This week, Last Week Tonight covered the topic of public shaming and the episode included an interview by host John Oliver of Moni | Continue reading


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Where Did Consciousness Come From?

Religion and philosophy have their own answers as to where our consciousness comes from, but in this video, Kurzgesagt explores ho | Continue reading


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The Fertility Doctor’s Secret

For The Atlantic, Sarah Zhang tells the story of dozens of people who found out through DNA testing that a fertility doctor named | Continue reading


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Everything Is Just a Happening

This guided meditation by Alan Watts really helped me this morning. (There's a version without music as well.)From The Practic | Continue reading


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The Problem of Writing and Money

Now this is a lede:When I first read Virginia Woolf's dictum that "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she i | Continue reading


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A Fan-Made Trailer for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 2019 Edition

This trailer made by cinematographer and director Morgan Cooper imagines a contemporary reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air th | Continue reading


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Tetanus Has Nothing To Do With Rust

Tetanus, popularly called "lockjaw," is a serious illness, fatal in 10 percent of cases in North America and a larger pe | Continue reading


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What Counts As Evidence in Mathematics?

The ultimate form of argument, and for some, the most absolute form of truth, is mathematical proof. But short of a conclusive p | Continue reading


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This Photo of Farmers Contains No Farmers

This is a photo taken in Germany in 1914 by August Sander:It's called Young Farmers and it depicts three young men on their wa | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

Quid Pro Quo: The Three-Act Structure of a Thrilling Scene from The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs is one of the finest psychological thrillers ever made. In the episode of the always-ill | Continue reading


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Creatures of Habit

Ron and Diana Watson have been eating dinner at the same restaurant in Wichita 6 nights a week for 15 years. It's their only meal | Continue reading


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Pi, the Infinite Doorway to Calculus

Happy Pi Day! In celebration of this gloriously nerdy event, mathematician Steven Strogatz wrote about how pi was humanity's first | Continue reading


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The Most Influential Academic Books in the Last 20 Years

The Chronicle of Higher Education has assembled The New Canon, a list of the most influential books written by academics in the pa | Continue reading


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Bauhaus-Style Logos of Famous Brands

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus design movement, 99designs challenged their community | Continue reading


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A Last Lesson: Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s Return Home To Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh became a Buddhist monk in Vietnam in 1942 and became known over the next few decades as a teacher and peace activi | Continue reading


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Hiking Interactions

Comedian Miel Bredouw packed every single type of interaction you're ever going to have with another human being on a hiking tra | Continue reading


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Float

Float is a feature-length documentary film directed by Phil Kibbe about "the ultra-competitive sport of elite, stunningly-d | Continue reading


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Archaeologists Discover Mayan Chamber Untouched for 1000 Years

While exploring the ground underneath the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico, archaeologists found | Continue reading


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Pegasus by Jean-Michel Basquiat, “the Most Beautiful Drawing Ever”

The drawing above is Pegasus by Jean-Michel Basquiat. His first art dealer, Annina Nosei, once called it "the most beautifu | Continue reading


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Photos of the Women Clearing One of the Largest Minefields in the World

Photographer Allison Joyce has been in Sri Lanka photographing the women clearing one of the biggest minefields in the world. | Continue reading


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How to Play Pac-Man

The highest score a player can get in Pac-Man is 3,333,360. In a fascinating recent article on the game, Cat DeSpira doesn't tell | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

The Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs (Thank God)

At SXSW, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked by an audience member about the economic challenge of a significant perc | Continue reading


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A Day in the Life at a Bell Labs Datacenter in the Late 60s

Larry Luckham was a manager at a Bell Labs data center in Oakland in the late 60s and early 70s. One day, he captured daily life a | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

Tiny Private Mind-Motions

Prompted by a line from a poem by Tracy K. Smith, Sam Anderson writes about the thoughts that come unbidden to our minds during th | Continue reading


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My Favorite Secret Social Network

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Remaking the Servant Economy

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Stacey Abrams, Star Trek Superfan

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100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Helen Fagin on How Books Save Lives

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The Partisan States of America

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Fred Rogers Was Attracted to Both Men and Women

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Van Gogh’s The Night Café Was Among His “Ugliest Pictures”

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