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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...
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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

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

The First Photographs of Snowflakes: Discover the Groundbreaking Microphotography of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1885)

What kind of a blighted society turns the word “snowflake” into an insult?, I sometimes catch myself thinking, but then again, I’ve never understood why “treehugger” should offend. All irony aside, being known as a person who loves nature or resembles one of its most elegant creations should be a mark of distinction, no? At least that’s what Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley surely thought. The Vermont farmer, self-educated naturalist, and avid photographer, was the first person to offer the followin...
Tags: Google, Photography, Science, Washington Post, College, History, Smithsonian, Bentley, Vermont, Harper, Wilson, Facebook Twitter, Meier, Josh Jones, James Clerk Maxwell, Wilson Snowflake Bentley

Bob Woodward to Teach an Online Course on Investigative Journalism–a Course for Our Time

Bob Woodward made his bones as an investigative journalist when he and fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein blew open the Watergate scandal in 1972. Their reporting exposed the "dirty tricks" of Richard Nixon's re-election committee. Government investigations followed and the president eventually resigned. Today we're living in another age when investigative journalism is of paramount importance. Only now it's under attack. But, take heart, Bob Woodward is gearing up to teach a...
Tags: Google, Media, Washington Post, College, Aaron Sorkin, Online Courses, Steve Martin, Herbie Hancock, Gordon Ramsay, David Mamet, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Jane Goodall, Richard Nixon, Bob Woodward, Garry Kasparov

These Are the Best Books for Each College Major, According to Students (Part 1)

We polled students on their favorite for-class reads. Every once in a while you get a book assigned to you for a class that actually changes your life. Maybe it's the book that makes you realize that this is what you're meant to study, or the novel that alters your perspective on your field.Through my political science classes, I've been fortunate to have several of books that have done just that, but I'm always on the lookout for new books to read in the subjects that I ordinarily don't get to...
Tags: Books, New York, Obama, Washington Post, College, America, Iran, Reading, James Bond, Literature, Ava Duvernay, Eisenhower, Gabriel García Márquez, Majors, Alexander, Snyder

The Women of the Blues: Hear a Playlist of Great Blues Singers, from Bessie Smith & Etta James, to Billie Holiday & Janis Joplin

Everybody gets the blues but not everybody gets the blues the same. Women get some serious blues. Black women get some very serious blues. Bessie Smith maybe had the most deep and soulful blues anyone ever had: “Crazy Blues,” “Down Hearted Blues,” “Careless Love Blues,” “Empty Bed Blues,” “Black Water Blues,” “Gulf Coast Blues,” and “St. Louis Blues,” which also happens to be the title of her only known film appearance, as well as one of the earliest talkies in cinema history. (See a tra...
Tags: Google, Music, Washington Post, College, Alabama, Edward Albee, Npr, Janis Joplin, Smith, Louis Armstrong, Walter, Facebook Twitter, St Louis Blues, Joe Bonamassa, Joplin, Armstrong

Your Brain on Art: The Emerging Science of Neuroaesthetics Probes What Art Does to Our Brains

If you’ve followed debates in popular philosophical circles, you’ve surely heard the critique of “scientism,” the “view that only scientific claims are meaningful.” The term doesn’t apply only in defenses of religious explanations, but also of the arts and humanities—long imperiled by sweeping budget cuts and now seemingly upended by neuroscience. We have the neuroscience of music, of literature, of painting, of creativity and imagination themselves…. What need anymore for those pedants ...
Tags: Google, Art, Post, Science, Washington Post, College, University Of Houston, Facebook Twitter, NSF, Durham NC Follow, University of Houston Professor of Electrical, Jose Luis Contreras Vidal, Contraras Vidal, Dario Robleto, Robert Wright Josh Jones

Ralph Steadman’s Wildly Illustrated Biography of Leonardo da Vinci (1983)

It is for good reason that we forever associate illustrator Ralph Steadman with the delirious work of Hunter S. Thompson. It took the two of them together to invent the gonzo style of journalism, which we may almost call incomplete now if published without the requisite cartoon grotesques. Steadman conjures visions of devils and demons as deftly as any medieval church painter, but his hells remain above ground and are mostly man-made. Whether illustrating Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, Ge...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Washington Post, College, George Orwell, New York Times, Italy, Smith, Sigmund Freud, Thompson, Freud, Nixon, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, Steadman

Franklin Foer on Technology’s Surprising Threat to Humanity

Contemplating the Importance of Contemplation Franklin Foer has a new book coming out this week. It’s titled, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. I haven’t read it yet, but this morning, on returning from a family camping trip, I read Foer’s essay in today’s Washington Post and a recent interview with The Verge (as, of course, there’s no better time to contemplate the existential threat of technology than right after a weekend in the woods). According to the interview in The...
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The tweet that got Nick Lutz suspended from the University of Central Florida.

When your ex writes you an apology letter so you grade it to send it back — Nick Lutz (@NickLutz12) February 17, 2017 He's accused of cyberbullying her for posting the letter — marked up with mock pedantic comments — that she left on the windshield of his truck after he'd blocked her on his phone and on social media. He didn't reveal her name or any other information about her. He didn't threaten her. He just put up her words on a document that she'd given to him and...
Tags: Twitter, Education, Bullying, Law, Washington Post, Relationships, Free Speech, University of Central Florida, WaPo, Lutz, Ann Althouse, Nick Lutz, Volusia County Sheriff 's Office

An Archive of Iconic Photos from the Golden Age of Jazz: William Gottlieb’s Portraits of Dizzy, Thelonious, Billie, Satchmo & More

If you’ve seen the most famous photographs of Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra, Django Reinhardt, or nearly any other jazz legend from the mid-20th century, you’ve seen the work of William P. Gottlieb. His photos have graced many a classic album cover, magazine spread, and poster. “Between 1938 and 1948,” writes Maria Popova, Gottlieb “documented the jazz scene in New York City and Washington, D.C., and created what eventually became some of history’s most iconic ...
Tags: Google, Post, Photography, Music, Congress, Washington Post, College, Washington, New York City, New York Times, Louis Armstrong, Facebook Twitter, Buddy Rich, Josh Jones, Gottlieb, Sarah Vaughan

Some of the critics of Trump's Warsaw speech reject the idea of the greatness of Western Civilization.

"[A]mazingly enough, they find the West itself an offensive and exclusionary concept. Th[is] critique speaks to how the mantra 'Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western civ has got to go' is no longer just the creed of fringe activists, but is seeping into the mainstream. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post worries that Trump’s speech invites civilizational conflict. Really? Trump just had a successful trip to Saudi Arabia, where presumably it isn’t news that the West is vested in Western values. Peter Bein...
Tags: Education, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, West, Atlantic, Jesse Jackson, Pride, Warsaw, Trump, Rich Lowry, Eugene Robinson, Palm Drive, Ann Althouse, Peter Beinart

River Basins of the US in Wonderful Rainbow Colours: A Data Visualization to Behold

This is a sight for sore eyes. Created by Hungarian geographer and map-designer Robert Szucs, using open-source QGIS software, the high resolution map above shows: all the permanent and temporary streams and rivers of the contiguous 48 states in beautiful rainbow colours, divided into catchment areas. It shows Strahler Stream Order Classification. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line. When you look at the map, you'll see, as The Washington Post observes, "Every river in a color dra...
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