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Video: Wes Anderson Centered

In this short elegant montage, the filmmaker Kogonada demonstrates how the technique of “centering” a shot is, well, central to the technique of Wes Anderson.

July 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Tilda Swinton reads Rumi’s poem “Like This”

Tilda Swinton reads Rumi’s poem “Like This” translated by Coleman Barks. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, and more popularly as Rūmī (1207 – 1273), … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 11 Comments

Doug Anderson: Terra Incognita (from a journal)

“Terra Incognita” is the phrase old mapmakers used to suggest the world outside the borders of the known world. They would mark these areas with dragons and other monsters. That … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Sebastião Salgado — The silent drama of photography

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado took up photography in his 30s, and the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Frans de Waal — Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Clifford Thompson: Twin of Blackness

I have come to think of blackness as my twin. The proof is that we came along at the same time: 1963, the year of my birth, also brought the … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Art

To honor Lawrence Ferlinghetti on his 96th birthday, I send along this poem about poems. i I’ve never written a poem that said what I meant one means as much … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Mark Twain at Stormfield, 1909 (Edison film)

Shot by Thomas Edison in 1909, this digital restoration of a short film is most likely the only moving image of Twain in existence. Watch him strolling around Stormfield, his … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Walt Whitman at the Huntington Malls along Walt Whitman Avenue

. I celebrate myself even amid this sheet-rocked temple of kitsch, even in the asphalt tributaries of traffic in which giant Bentleys bumble like Junebugs through the lesser Hondas of … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eduardo Galeano: In Praise of Nellie Bly

. On this morning in 1889, Nellie Bly set off. Jules Verne did not believe that this pretty little woman could circle the globe by herself in less than eighty … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The Tomato Effect

Why does the medical establishment ignore highly efficacious therapies such as plant-based diets for heart disease prevention and treatment? In this video, Dr. Michael Greger recalls an amusing but sad example … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dr. Neal Barnard: Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, with an average of one death occurring every 40 seconds. An estimated 7.1 million Americans have experienced a heart attack during their … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 28 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Eating Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

We’ve known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: On Catholic Anti-Semitism

Perhaps the greatest challenge for anyone religious is to consider The Answer, but hold off on The Rule. Not long ago, I wrote an essay about growing up Catholic. It … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

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