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Video: Charlie Chaplin and the Eating Machine

In Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 masterpiece Modern Times, we see the Billows Feeding Machine in action, not quite fulfilling its promise to “eliminate the lunch hour, increase your production, and decrease … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Everlast — Letters Home from the Garden of Stone

A moving song from Everest’s album “Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford.”

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Laura Bates — Everyday Sexism

In this fascinating talk, founder of the award-winning EverydaySexismProject, Laura Bates, talks about her inspiring initiative. EveryDaySexism is a growing collection of over 50,000 women’s experiences of gender imbalance. The … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Christina Hoff Sommers — The top five feminist myths of all time

Domestic violence statistics, girls sold as sex slaves, the wage gap– what are the real statistics behind the plight of American women? And are the real numbers beyond critical analysis? … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Head Over Heels

It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy Reckart that went … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Prehistoric Music of Ireland

This video shows a sample of Irish musical instruments from the Bronze Age to the early Medieval period.  

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: The Fallen of World War II

“More people died in World War II than any other war in history,” explains Neil Halloran in The Fallen of World War II. In his 15-minute film, Halloran uses innovative … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Physicians May Be Missing Their Most Important Tool

The leading causes of death in Western cultures — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases — are caused by diet, and yet dietary recommendations for patients do not take … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize 1993 Acceptance Speech (Text and Video)

“Once upon a time there was an old woman. Blind but wise.” Or was it an old man? A guru, perhaps. Or a griot soothing restless children. I have heard … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage

The percentage of people getting married is falling in the United States, and many observers claim that this trend reflects a change in young men’s attitudes toward marriage. Rather than … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Mobius Strip

If you process things more visually than you do aurally, watch this video, a visualization of the piece by mathematical image-maker Jos Leys. You can follow the score, note for … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Young Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Prayer for Messiah”

Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Prayer for Messiah” in 1966 — before his days as a musician began. .

August 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

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