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Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

Idea/Death

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life

Thomas W Laqueur

Video/Travel

Rail workers battle winter’s worst in this kinetic, Oscar®-nominated classic

8 minutes

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Here’s to the lost art of lying down

Bernd Brunner

Video/Stories & Literature

How E E Cummings’s most famous love poem reaches towards transcendence of self

9 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

Idea/Art

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price

Jonathan R Goodman

Video/Stories & Literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

6 minutes

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Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

Shitloads and zingers: on the perils of machine translation

Arthur Goldhammer

Idea/Stories & Literature

When the stories add up: the six narrative arcs in fiction

Veronique Greenwood

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

Video/Art

How a focus on the present moment has given David Hockney many lives

7 minutes

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Full-body reading

Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in

Anna Wilson

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Light, geometry and symbolism: how Jean Nouvel’s architecture reimagines culture

15 minutes

Video/Music

A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians

13 minutes

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces

David Farrier

Video/Art

An artist finds rich pickings in the sprawling mundanity of a Walmart store

4 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read

Frank Furedi

Video/Subcultures

How the yo-yo put a troubled young man on the path of playful salvation

10 minutes

Video/Dance & Theatre

Stephen Fry loathes dancing. To understand better, see it performed – in dance

2 minutes

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Essay/Making

Chabuduo! Close enough ...

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting

James Palmer

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Essay/Cultures & Languages

Street talk

People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals

Michael Erard

Video/Sports & Games

Life as a young referee: you get berated on the pitch; at home, mother does it too

17 minutes

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Books for life

There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence

Adam Gidwitz

Video/History of Technology

The last day of hot metal press before computers come in at The New York Times

29 minutes

Video/Art

The flickering ray of hope in the stark loneliness of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

8 minutes