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Discover the Artist Who Mentored Edward Hopper & Inspired “Nighthawks”

Every good teacher must be prepared for the students who surpass them. Such was the case with Martin Lewis, Edward Hopper's onetime teacher, an Australian-born printmaker who left rural Victoria at age 15 and traveled the world before settling in New York City in 1900 to make his fame and fortune. By the 1910s, Lewis had become a commercially successful illustrator, well-known for his etching skill. It was then that he took on Hopper as an apprentice. “Hopper asked that he might study alongside...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Edgar Degas, Victoria, Hopper, Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Pae, Messy Nessy, Ashcan School


America’s First Drag Queen Was Also America’s First LGBTQ Activist and a Former Slave

Negro Dive Raided. Thirteen Black Men Dressed as Women Surprised at Supper and Arrested. —The Washington Post, April 13, 1888 Sometimes, when we are engaged as either participant in, or eyewitness to, the making of history, its easy to forget the history-makers who came earlier, who dug the trenches that allow our modern battles to be waged out in the open. Take America’s first self-appointed “queen of drag” and pioneering LGBTQ activist, William Dorsey Swann, born into slavery around 1858. 30 ...
Tags: Google, Gender, Washington Post, College, France, Life, New York City, America, History, Washington Dc, Columbia University, Swann, Dorsey, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday


Watch This Year’s Oscar-Winning Short The Neighbor’s Window, a Surprising Tale of Urban Voyeurism

As the last couple of generations to come of age have rediscovered, urban living has its benefits. One of those benefits is the ability to keep an eye on your neighbors — quite literally, given a situation of buildings in close proximity, sufficiently large windows, and minimal usage of drapes. Fortysomething Brooklyn couple Alli and Jacob find themselves turned into voyeurs by just such a situation in Marshall Curry's The Neighbor's Window, the Best Live Action Short Film at this year's...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Brooklyn, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Greg Keller, Jacob, Alli, Noah Baumbach, Colin Marshall, Maria Dizzia, 21st Century Los Angeles, Marshall Curry, New York Gen Xers


How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built: The Story of One of the Greatest Engineering Feats in History

When Emily Roebling walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24th, 1883, the first person to cross its entire span, she capped a family saga equal parts triumph and tragedy, a story that began sixteen years earlier when her father-in-law, German-American engineer John Augustus Roebling, began design work on the bridge. Roebling had already built suspension bridges over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, the Niagara River between New York and Canada, and the Kentucky River. But the brid...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, College, Washington, New York City, History, Canada, Brooklyn Bridge, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Emily, Barnum, East River, Union Army


Watch Footage from the Psychology Experiment That Shocked the World: Milgram’s Obedience Study (1961)

For decades following World War II,  the world was left wondering how the atrocities of the Holocaust could have been perpetrated in the midst of—and, most horrifically, by—a modern and civilized society. How did people come to engage in a willing and systematic extermination of their neighbors? Psychologists, whose field had grown into a grudgingly respected science by the midpoint of the 20th century, were eager to tackle the question. In 1961, Yale University’s Stanley Milgram began a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Jerusalem, Montreal, Yale University, Facebook Twitter, Adolf Eichmann, Eichmann, Stanley Milgram, Milgram, Hermann Rorschach, Hannah Arendt, Carl Gustav Jung, Ilia Blinderman


Wes Anderson Releases the Official Trailer for His New Film, The French Dispatch: Watch It Online

James Pogue in the Baffler recently lamented the rise of "shareable writing," manifest in a now-common breed of article both "easy for publishers to reproduce" and for readers to absorb. Shareability requires, above all, that pieces "be simple to describe and package online." This in contrast to the writing published by, say, The New Yorker in decades past. "Every time I have a reason to pull up a piece from the archives, I am shocked at how strange and outré the older pieces read — less...
Tags: Google, Europe, Film, College, France, America, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Akira Kurosawa, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Rushmore, New Yorker, Adrien Brody, New England, Jeffrey Wright


Robin Williams’ Celebrity Struggles: A Discussion with Dave Itzkoff by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast (ep. 31)

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_031_12-16-19.mp3 New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to consider issues raised by Dave's 2018 biography Robin: How do we make sense of our strange relation to celebrities, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with their asymmetric relationship to the world? While Robin Williams tried, in gratitude, to share himself with his ...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Podcasts, College, Robin Williams, Dave, New York Times, Joaquin Phoenix, Robin, Facebook Twitter, Bret Easton Ellis, Dave Itzkoff, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Robin Dave


David Bowie Became Ziggy Stardust 48 Years Ago This Week: Watch Original Footage

For all the not-quite-believable material in the annals of 1970s rock history, is any more difficult to accept than the fact that Ziggy Stardust first materialized in the suburbs? Specifically, he materialized in Tolworth, greater London, at the Toby Jug pub, whose storied history as a live-music venue also includes performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, and King Crimson. There, on the night of February 10, 1972, David Bowie — until that point known, to the extent he was k...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, History, David Bowie, Mars, Seoul, Santa Monica, Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Facebook Twitter, Thin White Duke, Ziggy, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


Should institutions of higher education ask for reviews from alumni?

The question is in the title. Business.Google.com, the quasi social network from Google that sits on the SERP for all colleges and universities, offers a link to send to people to get reviews. The link looks like this: https://g.page/Crush-Bottle-Shop-Hamilton/review?rc — and like this link, will take people who have a Google account to a place […]
Tags: Reviews, Google, Education, College, Marketing, Social Media, Seo, Higher Education, Review Sites, Crush Bottle Shop Hamilton


An Archive of Handwritten Traditional Mexican Cookbooks Is Now Online

“The search for authentic Mexican food—or rather, the struggle to define what that meant—has been going on for two hundred years,” writes Jeffrey Pilcher at Guernica. Arguments over national cuisine first divided into factions along historical lines of conquest. Indigenous, corn-based cuisines were pitted against wheat-based European foods, while Tex-Mex cooking has been “industrialized and carried around the world,” its processed commodification posing an offense to both indigenous peoples and...
Tags: Google, Books, College, History, Food & Drink, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, UTSA, Josh Jones, Tex Mex, Durham NC Follow, Noell, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Jeffrey Pilcher, Vintage Cookbooks Free, Guernica Arguments


The Experimental Abstract Films of Pioneering American Animator Mary Ellen Bute (1930s-1950s)

There’s been a lot of talk about the blurring of national and linguistic boundaries at the Academy Awards this year. Have we entered a new era of moviemaking internationalism? “History, that never-failing fount of irony,” writes Anthony Lane at The New Yorker, “may be of assistance at this point.” When Louis B. Mayer first proposed the Academy in 1927 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, it was to be called the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The word ‘Inte...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Bbc, Yale, Hitler, Houston, Academy, James Joyce, Walt Disney, Facebook Twitter, Fritz Lang, Anthony Lane


Old Book Illustrations: An Online Database Lets You Download Thousands of Illustrations from the 19th & 20th Centuries

The Golden Age of Illustration is typically dated between 1880 and the early decades of the 20th century. This was “a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration,” writes Artcyclopedia; the time of artists like John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter (below), Arthur Rackham, and Aubrey Beardsley. Some of the most prominent illustrators, such as Beardsley and Harry Clarke (see one of his Poe illustrations above), also became internationally known artists in the Art Nouveau, Arts an...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Edgar Allan Poe, Poe, Harry Clarke, Facebook Twitter, Tarkovsky, Jules Verne, Josh Jones, Kottke, Aubrey Beardsley, Gustave Doré, Beardsley, John Tenniel


When Miles Davis Discovered and Then Channeled the Musical Spirit of Jimi Hendrix

After the release of Bitches Brew in 1970, Columbia Records pushed Miles Davis to play a series of dates at the Fillmore West and East supporting major rock bands like Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Grateful Dead, and the Steve Miller Band. Miles “went nuts,” Columbia’s Clive Davis later remembered. “He told me he had no interest in playing for ‘those fucking long-haired kids.’” The reaction does not reflect Miles’ attitude toward all the music enjoyed by long-haired kids, especially—it...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Paul Mccartney, Davis, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Grateful Dead, Columbia, Columbia Records, Miles, East, Facebook Twitter


The Biodiversity Heritage Library Makes 150,000 High-Res Illustrations of the Natural World Free to Download

You may have heard of "plant blindness," a condition defined about 20 years ago that has started to get more press in recent years. As its name suggests, it refers to an inability to identify or even notice the many plant species around us in our everyday lives. Some have connected it to a potentially more widespread affliction they call "nature deficit disorder," which is also just what it sounds like: a set of impairments brought on by insufficient exposure to the natural world. One might als...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, London, College, US, Bbc, Nature, United States, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Henry David Thoreau, Flora, BHL, Joseph Wolf


Jules Verne’s Most Famous Books Were Part of a 54-Volume Masterpiece, Featuring 4,000 Illustrations: See Them Online

Not many readers of the 21st century seek out the work of popular writers of the 19th century, but when they do, they often seek out the work of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days: fair to say that we all know the titles of these fantastical French tales from the 1860s and 70s, and more than a few of us have actually read them. But how many of us know that they all belong to a single series, the 54-volume Voyag...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, France, Earth, Paris, Sci Fi, Evans, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jules Verne, Hans, Rick Wakeman, Colin Marshall, Verne


Chick Corea’s 16 Pieces of “Cheap But Good Advice for Playing Music in a Group” (1985)

Jazz instrumentalists who “play the changes” have learned to make improvisation look easy. In live performance, the audience shouldn’t see the years of study and practice behind what Willie Thomas calls at Jazz Everyone, “a system that combines the basic jazz language with the important music theory concepts” and at the same time “allows a player to focus on how the music fits the tune and not the chord symbols and scales that often incumber performance.” That may seem like a wordy explanation,...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thomas, Berklee College of Music, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Corea, Durham NC Follow, Nate Chinen, Willie Thomas


The Woman Who Invented Rock n’ Roll: An Introduction to Sister Rosetta Tharpe

When people would ask her about her music, she would say, “Oh, these kids and rock and roll — this is just sped up rhythm and blues. I've been doing that forever.” - Gayle Wald, author of Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe What do rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard have in common, besides belonging to the inaugural (and all male) class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees? They were all deeply i...
Tags: Google, Music, College, New York City, America, History, Chicago, Arkansas, Richard, Rock And Roll, Rosie, Berry, Facebook Twitter, Johnny Cash, Roll Hall of Fame, Duke Ellington


An Artist Tricks Google Maps Into Creating a Virtual Traffic Jam, Using a Little Red Wagon & 99 Smartphones

Sometimes the miraculous time-saving conveniences we’ve come to depend on can have the opposite effect, as artist Simon Wickert recently demonstrated, ambling about the streets of Berlin at a Huck Finn-ish pace, towing a squeaky-wheeled red wagon loaded with 99 secondhand smartphones. Each phone had a SIM card, and all were running the Google Maps app. The result? A near-instantaneous "virtual traffic jam” on Google Maps, even though bicyclists seem to vastly outnumber motorists alon...
Tags: Travel, Google, Maps, Technology, Instagram, College, Life, Berlin, New York City, Earth, Rome, Egypt, Airbnb, Google Maps, Facebook Twitter, U S Geological Survey USGS


Daphne Oram Created the BBC’s First-Ever Piece of Electronic Music (1957)

To the question of who created electronic music, there can be no one answer. The form's emergence took decades, beginning with the earliest electronic instruments in the late 19th century, developing toward the first music produced solely from electronic sources in the early 1950s, and arriving at such artistic destinations as Wendy Carlos' 1968 album Switched-On Bach. Driving this evolutionary process were artists of a variety of nationalities and musical sensibilities, a group includin...
Tags: Google, Music, Television, College, History, Bbc, Kent, Seoul, Glenn Gould, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Oram, Wendy Carlos, Colin Marshall, Pauline Oliveros, Jean Giraudoux


Iconic Film from 1896 Restored with Artificial Intelligence: Watch an AI-Upscaled Version of the Lumière Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station

Machine learning keeps, well, learning in leaps and bounds, and at Open Culture we have watched developments with a fascinated, sometime wary eye. This latest advance checks off a lot of Open Culture boxes: traveling back in time through the power of film; homegrown ingenuity; and film history. YouTuber Denis Shiryaev took the latest advances in AI tech and turned them onto one of the earliest works of film: The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, shot by the Lumière Brothers in 189...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Germany, Berlin, New York City, Paris, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Gigapixel, Topaz Labs, Ted Mills, Lumiere Brothers, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev, Shiryaev, Lumière Brothers Immaculately Restored Film


Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download & Color Hundreds of Free Images

There are many roads to wellness. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and healthy diet are all effective therapies for bringing down stress levels. But we shouldn’t discount an activity we once used to while hours away as children, and that adults by the millions have taken to in recent years. Coloring takes us out of ourselves, say experts like Doctor of Psychiatry Scott M. Bea, “it's very much like a meditative exercise.” It relaxes our brain by focusing our attention and pushing distracting and dist...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Museums, Libraries, Smithsonian, Tokyo, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, University of Barcelona, Katherine Wu, Durham NC Follow, Trinity Hall Cambridge, Met New York Public Library Smithsonian, Chester Nimitz, Pritzker Military Museum


The Graphic Novel Adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Coming Out This Year

Since its publication just over half a century ago, Slaughterhouse-Five has seen bans and , gone through various adaptations, and all the while held its place in the American literary canon. Something about Kurt Vonnegut's story of the involuntarily time-traveling optometrist Billy Pilgrim, who like his creator survived the firebombing of Dresden in the Second World War, continues to resonate with readers even as that war (and so very many novels about it) pass out of living memory. Vonnegut h...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Literature, Seoul, Dresden, James Joyce, Anne Frank, Kurt Vonnegut, Mary, Facebook Twitter, O Hare, George Roy Hill, Vonnegut, Colin Marshall, Comics/Cartoons


42 Hours of Ambient Sounds from Blade Runner, Alien, Star Trek and Doctor Who Will Help You Relax & Sleep

Back in 2009, the musician who goes by the name "Cheesy Nirvosa" began experimenting with ambient music, before eventually launching a YouTube channel where he "composes longform space and scifi ambience." Or what he otherwise calls "ambient geek sleep aids." Click on the video above, and you can get lulled to sleep listening to the ambient droning sound--get ready Blade Runner fans!-- heard in Rich Deckard's apartment. It runs a good continuous 12 hours. You're more a Star T...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Sci Fi, Facebook Twitter, Rich Deckard, Nirvosa, Max Richter Pop Phenom Ed Sheeran


Why Every Nominated Film Will Win the 2020 Oscar: A Pretty Much Pop Podcast Debate (ep. 30)

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_030_1-27-20.mp3 The 2020 Academy Awards are nearly upon us! Realistically, most of you will find this episode well after the winners have already been announced, but seriously, that should not affect your enjoyment of this discussion. Your intrepid non-film-critic Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast hosts have each been randomly assigned three of the best picture nominees to argue for either for why it should wit...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Podcasts, Film, College, Ford, Academy Awards, Joaquin Phoenix, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Mark, Facebook Twitter, Erica, Matt Murray, Richard Brody, Oscar nominees, Erica Spyres


The Most Complete Collection of Salvador Dalí’s Paintings Published in a Beautiful New Book by Taschen: Includes Never-Seen-Before Works

Salvador Dali was that rare avant-garde artist whose work earned the respect of nearly everyone, even those who hated him personally. George Orwell called Dali a “disgusting human being,” but added “Dali is a draughtsman of very exceptional gifts…. He has fifty times more talent than most of the people who would denounce his morals and jeer at his paintings.” Walt Disney was very keen to work with Dali. And Dali’s own personal hero and intellectual father figure, Sigmund Freud—no lover of moder...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, George Orwell, Salvador Dalí, Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Walt Disney, Napoleon, Freud, Facebook Twitter, Dali, Tampa Florida, Taschen, Durham NC Follow


Terry Jones, the Late Monty Python Actor, Helped Turn Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales Into a Free App: Explore It Online

People’s eyes tend to glaze over when they hear the phrase “digital humanities.” Granted, it’s not the most thrilling combination of words. But when you show them what’s possible at the intersection of technology and the arts, the glaze turns to a gleam: a Shazam-like app for scanning, identifying, and learning about fine art? Yes, please…. An iPad app introducing the works of Shakespeare, with contextual notes, summaries, essays, and videos featuring Sir Ian McKellen? Fascinating…. The possibi...
Tags: Google, Technology, Education, College, Literature, Monty Python, Shakespeare, Ian Mckellen, Peter Robinson, Jones, Dante, Robinson, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, University of Saskatchewan, Terry Jones


The Met Puts 650+ Japanese Illustrated Books Online: Marvel at Hokusai’s One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji and More

There are certain Japanese woodblock prints many of us can picture in our minds: Hokusai Katsushika's The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Utagawa Hiroshige's Sudden Shower over Shin-?hashi bridge and Atake, Kitagawa Utamaro's Three Beauties of the Present Day. Even when we find vast archives of such works, known as ukiyo-e or "pictures of the floating world," we tend to appreciate the works themselves one piece at a time; we imagine them on walls, not in books. But it was in books that much of the wor...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Tokyo, Archives, Seoul, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Arthur, Carpenter, Shin, Mount Fuji, Edo, Yoshiwara, Hokusai


Free for Audible Subscribers: James Taylor Releases a New Audio Memoir, and Michael Pollan a New Audio Book on Caffeine

This is a very quick FYI for anyone who happens to be an Audible subscriber. If you're not, you can start a free trial here. This month, all Audible members can get free access to James Taylor's new short memoir called Break Shot: My First 21 Years. Read by James Taylor himself, the book revisits the musician's turbulent childhood and his emergence as an artist. It also features recorded music by the singer-songwriter. In addition, Michael Pollan has released a new short audiobook, Caffeine: Ho...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, James Taylor, UC Berkeley, Senate Intelligence Committee, East Africa, Facebook Twitter, Audible, Michael Pollan, Pollan, Audio Books, Annette Bening Jon Hamm Matthew Rhys Maura Tierney


What is a Blade Runner? How Ridley Scott’s Movie Has Origins in William S. Burroughs’ Novella, Blade Runner: A Movie

Why, in the course of two extraordinary films by Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve, do we never learn what the term Blade Runner actually means? Perhaps the mystery only deepens the sense of “super-realism” with which the film leaves audiences, including—and especially—Philip K. Dick, who only lived long enough to see excerpts. “The impact of Blade Runner is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people,” he wrote. As usual, Dick saw beyond his contemporaries, who m...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Literature, Jim Jarmusch, Brian Eno, Ridley Scott, Philip K Dick, Dick, Scott, HARRIS, Facebook Twitter, Burroughs, Keele University, Josh Jones


36,000 Flash Games Have Been Archived and Saved Before Flash Goes Extinct: Play Them Offline

Adobe has announced that the Flash Player will come to the official end of its life on the last day of this year, December 31, 2020. News of the demise of an obsolete internet multimedia platform presumably bothers few of today's web-surfers, but those of us belonging to a certain generation feel in it the end of an era. First introduced by Macromedia in 1996, Flash made possible the kind of animation and sound we'd seldom seen and heard — assuming we could manage to load it through our ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Video Games, College, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Kotaku, Macromedia, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Pac Man Donkey Kong Tron, MC Hammer Based, Zack Zwiezen Flashpoint



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