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The Mueller Report Is #1, #2 and #3 on the Amazon Bestseller List: You Can Get It Free Online

Peruse the Amazon bestselling book list and you'll find that the long-awaited Mueller Report is not just the #1 bestseller. It's also the #2 bestseller and the #3 bestseller. Collusion and obstruction--it's the stuff that makes for good book sales, it appears. You can pre-order the Mueller Report in book, ebook and even audio book formats via the links above. But if you want to download the report for free, and start reading it asap, simply head to the Washington Post and New York Times. Or go ...
Tags: Books, Current Affairs


AOC Quit Facebook. The Media Bungled the Story.

Photo by bruce mars from Pexels Over the weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on a podcast that she was quitting Facebook as part of her efforts to cut back on her social media use more generally. This was big news because the 29-year-old AOC is famous for her skilled leverage of these platforms to connect with her constituents and drive the national conversation on issues she cares about. What captured my attention more recently, however, is the apparent disconnect between th...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, College, Uncategorized, Aoc, Steve Wozniak, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, AOC Quit Facebook


A Virtual Time-Lapse Recreation of the Building of Notre Dame (1160)

Hundreds of gothic cathedrals dotted all over Europe have faced decimation and destruction, whether through sackings, revolutions, natural decay, or bombing raids. But since World War II, at least, the most extraordinary examples that remain have seen restoration and constant upkeep, and none of them is as well-known and as culturally and architecturally significant as Paris’s Notre Dame. One cannot imagine the city without it, which made the scenes of Parisians watching the cathedral bu...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Post, Greece, Washington Post, College, France, Architecture, Current Affairs, Paris, Notre Dame, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Victor Hugo, Durham NC Follow


The two hidden intellectual moves behind the "progressive" argument against free college

Pete Buttigieg is one of the prominent members of the progressive wing of the Democratic party who opposes free college tuition, on the ground that the "benefits" of college accrue to those who attain a degree and that it's unfair to ask the majority, who don't attend college, to subsidize the minority who do. As sociologist (and economics critic) Elizabeth Popp Berman writes in the Washington Post, these objections only make sense in the context of two major, economics-driven shifts in h...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Washington Post, Debt, Democrats, Margaret Thatcher, Graeber, Student Debt, Central Park, Thatcher, Democratic Party, Berman, Tina, J W Mason, Pete Buttigieg


The Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi: A New Documentary

"It’s been six months since agents from Saudi Arabia killed the Washington Post columnist. What has been done in the aftermath?" In this documentary, The Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post examines Khashoggi’s writings, his killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and the Trump administration’s response. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Washington Post, College, Saudi Arabia, Current Affairs, Istanbul, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable imprint on over half a century of American poetry. Considering the fact that founding father of the Beats and proprietor of world-renowned City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turns 100 on March 24th, maybe a few more people have glanced over to check on him. How’s he doing? He's grown "frail and nearly blind," writes Chloe Veltman at The Guard...
Tags: Google, New York, Navy, Washington Post, College, Poetry, San Francisco, Charles, UC Berkeley, Chinatown, Columbia, City Lights, Trump, Coney Island, Ginsberg, Edward Gorey


Mike Trout Doesn’t Care About His Online Brand. He Just Made $430 Million.

Photo of Mike Trout from 2013 by Keith Allison. Mike Trout, the center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, is finalizing a $430 million contract extension with his team. This is the largest deal in the history of professional sports. One of the surprising elements of Trout’s story is that he’s reached these unprecedented heights while remaining, to quote Tom Boswell from today’s Washington Post, “a quiet, understated player, who has never tried to brand himself.” I got in some hot wa...
Tags: Washington Post, College, Uncategorized, New York Times, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Tom Boswell, Keith Allison Mike Trout


The Gnarly Surf Rock of Dick Dale (RIP): Watch the Legend Play “Misirlou,” Surfin’ the Wedge,” and “Pipeline” (with Stevie Ray Vaughan)

The Endless Summer is over. The archetypal 1966 surf documentary might have been scored by The Sandals, but the sound and the cultural dominance of surf culture would perhaps never come into being, and may not have survived the decade, without Dick Dale, who died on March 18th at the age of 81. His gnarly, menacing guitar on songs like “Miserlou” and “Pipeline” turned a fad dominated by the teen anthems of The Beach Boys and Annette Funicello’s post-Mouseketeers bikini and beehive into g...
Tags: Google, Music, Washington Post, College, Jimi Hendrix, United States, Quentin Tarantino, Dick Dale, Wray, Facebook Twitter, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dale, Annette Funicello, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


Bohemian Rhapsody’s Bad Editing: A Breakdown

Bohemian Rhapsody may have won the Oscar for Best Editing. But video essayist Thomas Flight isn't persuaded. In a 13-minute video, Flight deconstructs a 104-second clip from the biopic, revealing the excessive 60 cuts that make up the scene. That translates into a dizzying cut every 1.8 seconds on average. For Thomas Flight, Bohemian Rhapsody is nothing short of a “masterclass in bad editing.” For you, Flight's video offers a nice short crash course in film editing. According to The Wash...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Benedict Cumberbatch, Film, Washington Post, College, Facebook Twitter, WaPo, HANNAH, John Ottman, Dexter Fletcher, Ottman, Thomas Flight, Johnny Cash David Bowie Janis Joplin Frank Sinatra


Sixth Grader Arrested After Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-year-old student in Florida who refused to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance was kicked out of a classroom before he was eventually arrested and hauled off to a juvenile detention center for being “disruptive.”According to news reports, the sixth-grade student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, near Tampa, refused to stand for the pledge in the February 4th incident, calling the American flag racist and describing the national anthem as offensive.The boy’s substitute teacher Ana Alva...
Tags: Florida, Wtf, News, Education, Washington Post, United States, Aclu, Pledge Of Allegiance, Jazz, Cuba, Middle School, Ridiculous, Tampa, Black, Talbot, Alvarez


How does Finland’s top-ranking education system work?

Finland has been a top contender on every Program for International Student Assessment survey.The country built a comprehensive education structure designed to offer citizens free education with no dead ends.The inspiration for Finland's approach was American education research and philosophers such as John Dewey.Finland's education system enjoys a lot of buzz lately. It is considered one of the best education systems in the world. It routinely outperforms the United States in reading, science, ...
Tags: Europe, Education, Washington Post, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland, Universities, Social Change, Don, John Dewey, Dewey, Pasi Sahlberg


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Two Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Competing Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Earthrise, Apollo 8’s Photo of Earth from Space, Turns 50: Download the Iconic Photograph from NASA

Just a little over fifty years ago, we didn't know what Earth looked like from space. Or rather, we had a decent idea what it looked like, but no clear color images of the sight existed. 2001: A Space Odyssey presented a particularly striking vision of Earth from space in the spring of 1968, but it used visual effects and imagination (both to a still-impressive degree) to do so. Only on Christmas Eve of that year would Earth be genuinely photographed from that kind of distance, captured with a ...
Tags: Google, Photography, Astronomy, Washington Post, College, Washington, History, Nasa, Earth, New Mexico, Ansel Adams, Seoul, Hasselblad, Facebook Twitter, Hernandez, Anders


How the CIA Helped Shape the Creative Writing Scene in America

Image by Arielle Fragassi, via Flickr Commons In May of 1967,” writes Patrick Iber at The Awl, “a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, ‘I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” With the hard-boiled tone one might expect from a spy, but the candor one may not, Braden revealed the Agency’s funding and support of all kinds of individuals and activities, including, perhaps most controversially, in the arts. Against objections that so man...
Tags: Google, Europe, Politics, Writing, Washington Post, College, China, America, Peter Matthiessen, New York Times, Iowa, Literature, Cia, Whitney, New Yorker, Kurt Vonnegut


The Disgusting Food Museum Curates 80 of the World’s Most Repulsive Dishes: Maggot-Infested Cheese, Putrid Shark & More

Often we get to know each other by talking which foods we like. Perhaps even more often, we get to know each other by talking about which foods we hate. Entertaining disagreements tend to arise from such discussions, usually around traditionally divisive comestibles like anchovies, cilantro, brussel sprouts, or the Japanese dish of fermented soybeans known as natto. But however many of us prefer to avoid them, these foods all look more or less conventional compared to the dishes curated ...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Washington Post, College, Mexico, Food & Drink, Museums, New York Times, Smithsonian, Associated Press, Salvador Dalí, Iceland, Seoul, Sardinia, Anthony Bourdain


Leonardo da Vinci Saw the World Differently… Thanks to an Eye Disorder, Says a New Scientific Study

Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many abilities, so many that he has defined the very image of the man of many abilities for more than 500 years now. History remembers him for his impressive intellectual feats of science and engineering (as well as the ambition of his to-do lists), but even more so for his works of visual art. Most of us get our introduction to Leonardo through images like the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Vitruvian Man, not least because they've long since become too culturall...
Tags: Google, Art, Washington Post, College, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Tyler, Leonardo da Vinci, Degas, Vinci, Colin Marshall, Facebook Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt Picasso, 21st Century Los Angeles


The Talmud Is Finally Now Available Online

In South Korea, where I live, the Talmud is a bestseller. Just a few years ago the New Yorker's Ross Armud reported on the improbable publishing success, in this small east Asian country, of Judaism's "dense compilation of oral laws annotated with rabbinical discussions, consisting of about two and a half million words." Some of those words dealing with such pressing questions as, "If you find a cake with a pottery shard in it, can you keep it? Do you have to report the discovery of a pile of f...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Washington Post, College, Israel, Religion, Judaism, Philosophy, Smith, Seoul, Nyu, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Kottke, Joshua Foer, Noah Smith


Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovered Radio Pulsars in 1974, But the Credit Went to Her Advisor; In 2018, She Gets Her Due, Winning a $3 Million Physics Prize

Say you made a Nobel-worthy scientific discovery and the prize went to your thesis supervisor instead. How would you take it? Probably not as well as Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of the first radio pulsars, to whom that very thing happened in 1974. "Demarcation disputes between supervisor and student are always difficult, probably impossible to resolve," she said a few years later. "It is the supervisor who has the final responsibility for the success or failure of the project. We he...
Tags: Google, Astronomy, Science, Washington Post, College, Physics, Northern Ireland, Albert Einstein, Cambridge University, Seoul, Marie Curie, Matildas, Yuri Milner, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Sarah Kaplan


MIT Students Solve the Spaghetti Breaking Mystery That Stumped Richard Feynman

Even thirty years after his death, Richard Feynman remains one of the most beloved minds in physics in part because of how much attention he paid to things other than physics: drawing and painting, cracking safes, playing the bongos, breaking spaghetti. But a physics enthusiast might object, and reasonably so, that all those activities actually have a great deal to do with physics, given the physical phenomena they all demonstrate and on which they all depend. In recent years, considerable scie...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, College, Mit, Physics, Food & Drink, Seoul, Feynman, Los Alamos, Richard Feynman, Facebook Twitter, National Academy of Sciences, Chu, Barilla, Patil, Jennifer Chu


George Orwell Identifies the Main Enemy of the Free Press: It’s the “Intellectual Cowardice” of the Press Itself

Image by BBC, via Wikimedia Commons Tucked away in the style section of yesterday’s Washington Post—after the President of the United States basically declared allegiance to a hostile dictator, again, after issuing yet more denunciations of the U.S. press as “enemies of the people”—was an admonition from Margaret Sullivan to the “reality-based press.” “The job will require clarity and moral force,” writes Sullivan, “in ways we’re not always all that comfortable with.” Many have exhausted themse...
Tags: Google, Politics, England, Media, Washington Post, College, Bbc, United States, George Orwell, Washington Dc, British Library, Orwell, Nyu, Facebook Twitter, Ministry of Information, Sullivan


Hautelinks: Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes, How to Snooze Topics on Facebook, & More

Here's what we're reading this week! Instagram has launched IGTV -- are you guys liking it? I'm on the fence, tbh... still prefer YouTube for most things.Yesssssss: Fenty Beauty is launching an eyeshadow palette and liquid liner!Also, apparently the brand is opening their first NYC store. I might have to make a trip just for this...How to Make the Most of $100 at IKEA, via Domino.Wow! The MAC x Aaliyah box set has already sold out.In case you didn't know, scrunchies are *officially* back and R2...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Washington Post, College, China, Paris, Ikea, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Bet, Melania Trump, Arthur, Kit Harrington, InStyle, Melania


Digital Wellness for Grown Ups

Beyond Digital Wellness Earlier this week, the Washington Post published an article on the digital wellness movement, which attempts to use technology to help cure some of the issues caused by technology. This movement, for example, is responsible for an app that “plants a tree” each time you put down your phone, and then shows the tree withering and dying when you pick the phone back up. It also produced a popular plug-in that displays, each time you go online, the number of days left in your ...
Tags: Apple, Washington Post, College, Uncategorized, Siri, Digital Wellness for Grown Ups, Beyond Digital Wellness Earlier


Hear David Lynch Read from His New Memoir Room to Dream, and Browse His New Online T-Shirt Store

We think of David Lynch as a filmmaker, and rightly so, but the director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive has long kept a more diverse creative portfolio. He began as a painter, studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has also tried his hand at photography, music, and comic strips. More recently, writes the AV Club's Randall Colburn, "Lynch has also released his own line of coffee, collaborated on Twin Peaks-themed beer and skateboards, and created his own fes...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, Fashion, Film, Washington Post, College, Turkey, Seoul, David Lynch, Facebook Twitter, Lynch, Mulholland Drive, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, AV Club, Colin Marshall


Chilling and Surreal Propaganda Posters from the NSA Are Now Declassified and Put Online

“Omg wow this is rly cool and unique like I never knew the govermnet was wacthing me.” So wrote an anonymous internet commenter on a Washington Post article about NSA mobile phone tracking, joking, or just emerging from a bunker somewhere off the grid. Everyone knows the government is watching or might be. Or at least we should since the infamous 2013 revelations about the massive scope of NSA domestic surveillance. Reports of domestic spying first appeared in 2005. In 2009, Alex Kingsbury at U...
Tags: Google, Politics, Congress, Washington Post, College, Nsa, History, Ben Franklin, Salvador Dalí, Agency, Jason Kottke, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Alex Kingsbury, Hannah Arendt, Durham NC Follow


University of Chicago to celebrate Convocation Weekend June 8-9

The University of Chicago is preparing to celebrate Convocation Weekend on June 8 and 9. The weekend kicks off with Class Day, a celebration that includes an invited speaker, the presentation of College awards, and speeches by students from the Class of 2018. The event will be held Friday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Quadrangles. The University-wide Convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, June 9 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. also in the Main Quadrangles. Later in the day, the College and g...
Tags: Obama, Washington Post, College, Valerie Jarrett, University, University Of Chicago, Chris, Arabian Peninsula, Martin Baron, Fabiola Gianotti, Robert J Zimmer, Norman Maclean, Marianne Bertrand, Llewellyn John, Harriet Manchester Quantrell, Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service


The Science of Beer: A New Free Online Course Promises to Enhance Your Appreciation of the Timeless Beverage

The brewing of beer is as old as agriculture, which is to say as old as settled civilization. The oldest recipe we know of dates to 1800 B.C. Over centuries, beer moved up and down the class ladder depending on its primary consumers. Medieval monks brewed many fine varieties and were renowned for their technique. Beer descended into pubs and rowdy beer halls, whetting the whistles not only of farmers, soldiers, sailors, and pilgrims, but also of burghers and a budding industrial workforce. Duri...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, College, Atlantic, Food & Drink, Online Courses, Holland, MOOCs, Facebook Twitter, Wageningen University, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Rachel Siegel, Pabst Blue Ribbon Milwaukee


Hunter S. Thompson’s Decadent Daily Breakfast: The “Psychic Anchor” of His Frenetic Creative Life

Image  via Wikimedia Commons Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It certainly seems so from all the carefully staged photos of overnight oatmeal on Instagram. The physical and mental benefits are well documented. A nutritious meal in the morning boosts blood glucose levels, improving concentration, boosting energy levels and maintaining healthy weight. Sadly, many Americans gobble their breakfasts on the fly. How many hundreds of film and television scenes have you seen whe...
Tags: Google, Writing, Washington Post, College, Life, Magazines, Food & Drink, New York Times, Literature, Rangoon, Thompson, Hunter, Facebook Twitter, Benedict, Bloody Marys, Hong Kong Dallas


Flannery O’Connor: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O'Connor, the author best known for her classic story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" ( ) penned a letter to her friend, the playwright Maryat Lee. It begins rather abruptly, likely because it's responding to something Maryat said in a previous letter: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garba...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, College, Life, Fbi, Literature, Connor, Victor, Rand, Tolstoy, Christopher Hitchens, Facebook Twitter, Dostoevsky, Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer, Facebook and Twitter


David Bowie & Bing Crosby Sing “The Little Drummer Boy”: A Wonderful Christmas Chestnut from 1977

We like to bring this chestnut back from time to time. Watch it, and you'll know why. In 1977, just a short month before Bing Crosby died of a heart attack, the 40s crooner hosted David Bowie, the glam rocker, on his Christmas show. The awkwardness of the meeting is palpable. An older, crusty Crosby had no real familiarity with the younger, androgynous Bowie, and Bowie wasn't crazy about singing The Little Drummer Boy. So, shortly before the show's taping, a team of writers had to franti...
Tags: Google, Music, Washington Post, College, David Bowie, Bowie, Crosby, Facebook Twitter, Bing Crosby, Facebook and Twitter, Leonard Cohen David Bowie, Bing Bowie, David Bowie Bing Crosby



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