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Conquer Your Vertigo and Watch this Dazzling Footage of Construction Workers Atop the Chrysler Building in 1929

Paris has the gargoyles of Notre Dame. New York City has eight art-deco eagles protruding from the Chrysler Building’s 61st floor. These mighty stainless steel guardians seem impressively solid until you watch construction workers muscling them into place on April 3, 1930 in the Fox Movietone newsreel footage above. Forget being sturdy enough to serve as a time travel diving board for a very freaked out Will Smith in Men in Black III… It now seems a miracle that no unsuspecting pedes...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York City, History, Architecture, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Will Smith, Brooklyn Bridge, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Lexington Avenue, Chrysler Building, OSHA, Walter Chrysler


Peanuts Rock: Watch the Peanuts Gang Play Classic Rock Songs by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey & More

In a very crowded field, Garren Lazar's comical take on Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a stand-out. Comical in the literal sense. Lazar, aka Super G, struck a rich vein when he thought to mash the Rolling Stones’ "Sympathy for the Devil" with footage culled from Charles Schulz’s animated Peanuts specials. And over the last six years, he’s mined a lot of gold, using Final Cut Pro to pair familiar clips of a drumming Pigpen, Snoopy slapping a double bass, and the iconic “Linus And Lucy” sc...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Youtube, College, New York City, Chicago, Animation, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Facebook Twitter, Charlie, Lazar, Schroeder, Schulz


The New York Public Library Creates a List of 125 Books That They Love

The New York Public Library sure knows how to celebrate a quasquicentennial. In honor of its own 125th anniversary, it's rolling out a number of treats for patrons, visitors, and those who must admire it from afar. In addition to the expected author talks and live events, Patience and Fortitude, the iconic stone lions who flank the main branch's front steps, are displaying some reading material of their own—Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic The Great ...
Tags: Google, Books, Podcasts, Patricia Highsmith, College, New York City, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Nypl, Libraries, Literature, Harry Potter, Arthur Conan Doyle, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis


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


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


Radical Women: Stream the Getty’s Podcast That Features Six Major 20th-Century Artists, All Female

Only recently has “actor” become an acceptable gender-neutral term for performers of stage and screen. Prior to that, we had “actor” and “actress,” and while there may have been some problematic assumptions concerning the type of woman who might be drawn to the profession, there was arguably linguistic parity between the two words. Not so for artists. In the not-so-distant past, female artists invariably found themselves referred to as “female artists.” Not great, when male artists were referr...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Podcasts, College, Life, History, Yoko Ono, Museums, New York Times, Getty, Annie, Whitney, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, East Harlem


These Boots Are Made for Walkin’: The Story Behind Nancy Sinatra’s Enduring #1 Hit (1966)

You put on your bootsAnd I’ll put on mineAnd we’ll sell a million recordsAny old time- Lee Hazlewood Musicians! Looking to increase your chances of a hit song, one that will worm its way into the public’s hearts and ears, earning fat royalty checks for half a century or more? Try starting with a killer bass line. According to singer Nancy Sinatra, songwriter Lee Hazlewood and arranger Billy Strange swung by her parents’ living room to preview a selection of tunes they thought she might w...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, College, Britain, Megadeth, Frank Sinatra, Nancy, Public Domain, Sinatra, Facebook Twitter, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Kaplan, Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra


The Lost Neighborhood Buried Under New York City’s Central Park

New York City is in a constant state of flux. For every Nets fan cheering their team on in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and every tourist gamboling about the post-punk, upscale East Village, there are dozens of local residents who remember what—and who—was displaced to pave the way for this progress. It’s no great leap to assume that something had to be plowed under to make way for the city’s myriad gleaming skyscrapers, but harder to conceive of Central Park, the 840-acre oasis in the mid...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, New York, College, Life, New York City, History, Architecture, Brooklyn, New York Times, Manhattan, Central Park, Great Britain, Public Domain, Alexander


How a Philip Glass Opera Gets Made: An Inside Look

Most fever dreams require very little pre-planning and coordination. All it takes is the flu and a pillow, and perhaps a shot of Ny-Quil. A fever dream on the order of composer Philip Glass’ 1984 opera, Akhnaten, is a horse of an entirely different color, as "How An Opera Gets Made," above, makes clear. For those in the performing arts, the revelations of this eyepopping Vox video will come as no surprise, though the formidable resources of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, where the p...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, New York, Design, College, New York City, Egypt, New York Times, Opera, Vox, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera, Anthony Roth Costanzo


Love the Art, Hate the Artist: How to Approach the Art of Disgraced Artists

Hate the sin, never the sinner. - Clarence Darrow As a culture, we've largely stepped away from the sentiment described by the famed lawyer’s 1924 defense of murderers Leopold and Loeb. Apply it to one of the many male artists whose exalted reputations have been shattered by allegations of sexual impropriety and other ruinous behaviors and you won’t find yourself celebrated for your virtue in the court of public opinion. But what of those artists' creative output? Does that get bundled i...
Tags: Google, Art, Gender, College, Life, Green, Netflix, George Orwell, Salvador Dalí, Picasso, Facebook Twitter, Guernica, Dali, Tahiti, Marie Thérèse Walter, Leopold


Itzhak Perlman Appears on Sesame Street and Poignantly Shows Kids How to Play the Violin and Push Through Life’s Limits (1981)

I always champion anything that will improve the lives of people with disabilities and put it on the front burner. - Itzhak Perlman At its best, the Internet expands our horizons, introducing us to new interests and perspectives, forging connections and creating empathy. The educational children's series Sesame Street was doing all that decades earlier. Witness this brief clip from 1981, starring violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and a six-year-old student from the Manhattan School of Music...
Tags: Health, Google, Music, Television, Education, Obama, College, Life, White House, K-12, Beethoven, Wall Street Journal, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Perlman, Itzhak Perlman


Download Beautiful Free Posters Celebrating the Achievements of Living Female STEM Leaders

Remember the posters that decorated your childhood or teenaged bedroom? Of course you do. Whether aspirational or inspirational, these images are amazingly potent. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit what hung over my bed, especially in light of a certain CGI adaptation… No such worries with a set of eight free downloadable posters honoring eight female trailblazers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. These should prove evergreen. Commissioned by Nevertheless, a podcast tha...
Tags: Google, Gender, Science, Technology, Podcasts, Education, College, Physics, K-12, Marie Curie, Maria, Facebook Twitter, Rosalind Franklin, Ayun Halliday, Juliana Rotich, Cynthia Breazeal


20+ Knitters and Crochet Artists Stitch an Astonishing 3-D Recreation of Picasso’s Guernica

Softness is perhaps not the first quality that springs to mind when one imagines recreating the chaos and anguish of Picasso’s Guernica in a 3-dimensional representation. Though how else to describe the primary medium of the urban knitting group Sul filo dell’arte? More than 20 fiber artists worked for over a year, meticulously crocheting embroidering and knitting the most familiar elements of the painting as stand-alone figures, to mark the eightieth anniversary of the bombing of the s...
Tags: Google, Art, Milan, College, History, Creativity, Picasso, Facebook Twitter, Guernica, Vincent Van Gogh, Royal Palace, Monza, Ayun Halliday, Crochet Artists Stitch, State Art School of the Royal Villa, Frida Kahlo Magritte Keith Haring Andy Warhol


82 Vintage Cookbooks, Free to Download, Offer a Fascinating Illustrated Look at Culinary and Cultural History

With the holidays fast approaching, two interns at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University's Rubenstein Library turned to the center’s collection of vintage advertising cookbooks for inspiration. Their labors, and the fruits thereof—a queasy-looking Crown Jewel Dessert and a savory fish-shaped “salad” as per the   cookbook—are showcased above. While the library has yet to digitize that particular early-60’s gem, there are plenty of other options f...
Tags: Google, NYC, College, America, History, Food & Drink, Libraries, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Hecker, Dennison, Farina, Ayun Halliday, Sallie Bingham Center, Shephard, Cream of Wheat


Lynda Barry’s New Book Offers a Master Class in Making Comics,

In the same way you don’t have to like the way your liver looks for it to be able to function, you don’t have to like the way your drawings look for them to start to work.  —Lynda Barry Want to feel more alive in the world? Get back in touch with your inner four-year-old artist, using methods put forward by artist, educator, and g*ddamn national treasure Lynda Barry. Making Comics, the latest book from the University of Wisconsin associate professor, MacArthur Genius, and Omega Institute...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, NYC, College, Barry, University Of Wisconsin, Facebook Twitter, Dennison, Omega Institute, Lynda Barry, Ayun Halliday, Comics/Cartoons, MacArthur Genius, Chris Gavaler, UW Wisconsin


Chill Out to 70 Hours of Oceanscape Nature Videos Filmed by BBC Earth

Those who harbor a deep-seated fear of the water may want to look for other methods of stress relief than BBC Earth’s relaxing 10-hour video loops, but everyone else is encouraged to take a dip in these stunning natural worlds, presented without commentary or background music. All seven 10-hour playlists are salt-water based: coral reefs, coastlines, deep ocean, open ocean, frozen seas, ocean surfaces, and sea forests. As in most compelling nature documentaries, non-human creatures loom ...
Tags: Google, Science, Television, Biology, College, Life, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Nature, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Bbc Earth, Louise Jordan Miln, Oceanscape Nature Videos Filmed


Treasures in the Trash: A Secret Museum Inside a Working New York City Department of Sanitation Garage

Like many New Yorkers, retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina has a keen interest in his fellow citizens' discards. But whereas others risk bedbugs for the occasional curbside score or dumpster dive as an enviro-political act, Molina’s interest is couched in the curatorial. The bulk of his collection was amassed between 1981 and 2015, while he was on active duty in Carnegie Hill and East Harlem, collecting garbage in an area bordered by 96th Street, Fifth Avenue, 106th Street, and First Av...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, College, Life, Environment, History, Creativity, Museums, K-12, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Molina, East Harlem, Hunter College, Aubrey Beardsley


Treasures in the Trash: A Secret Museum Inside a New York City Department of Sanitation Garage

Like many New Yorkers, retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina has a keen interest in his fellow citizens' discards. But whereas others risk bedbugs for the occasional curbside score or dumpster dive as an enviro-political act, Molina’s interest is couched in the curatorial. The bulk of his collection was amassed between 1981 and 2015, while he was on active duty in Carnegie Hill and East Harlem, collecting garbage in an area bordered by 96th Street, Fifth Avenue, 106th Street, and First Av...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Environment, Museums, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Molina, East Harlem, Hunter College, Aubrey Beardsley, Department of Sanitation, DSNY, Nelson Molina, Ayun Halliday, NYC Department of Sanitation


Patti Smith Sings “People Have the Power” with a Choir of 250 Fellow Singers

…people have the power To redeem the work of fools —Patti Smith As protest songs go, "People Have the Power" by Godmother of Punk Patti Smith and her late husband Fred Sonic Smith is a true upper. The goal was to recapture some of the energy they’d felt as youth activists, coming together to protest the Vietnam War. As Patti declared in an NME Song Stories segment: … what we wanted to do was remind the listener of their individual power but also of the collective power of the people, how...
Tags: Google, Music, California, College, Life, Theatre, Toronto, San Diego, Patti Smith, Mccartney, Lennon, Tijuana, Nme, Public Theater, Facebook Twitter, Dylan


Watch Patti Smith’s New Tribute to the Avant-Garde Poet Antonin Artaud

The force of Artaud, you couldn’t kill him! - Patti Smith Found sound enthusiasts Soundwalk Collective join forces with the Godmother of Punk Patti Smith for "Ivry," the musical tribute to poet and theatermaker Antonin Artaud, above. The track, featuring Smith’s hypnotic improvised narration, alternately spoken and sung over Tarahumara guitars, Chapareke snare drums, and Chihuahua bells from Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara, the region that provided the setting for Artaud’s autobiographical Th...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Music, College, Mexico, Life, New York City, Poetry, Ethiopia, Gael Garcia Bernal, Patti Smith, Smith, Joan, Rouen, Dan Zanes, Facebook Twitter


Todd Rundgren’s Advice to Young Artists: Be Free and Fearless, Make Art That Expresses Your True Self, and Never Mind the Critics

The Internet has redeemed graduation season for those of us whose commencement speakers failed to inspire. One of the chief digital pleasures of the season is truffling up words of wisdom that seem ever so much wiser than the ones that were poured past the mortarboard into our own tender ears. Our most-recently found pearls come from the mouth of one of our favorite dark horses, musician, producer, and multimedia pioneer Todd Rundgren, one of Berklee College of Music’s 2017 commencement ...
Tags: Google, Music, Education, College, Life, New York City, Mtv, Patti Smith, Rolling Stone, David Byrne, Todd Rundgren, Berklee, Berklee College of Music, Facebook Twitter, DePauw University, Creem


A New Archive Transcribes and Puts Online the Diaries & Notebooks of Women Artists, Art Historians, Critics and Dealers

While one is still comparatively young, one has many more thoughts & certainly sentiments than one is able to make use of. It seems as if these might be stored up so that in old age or when one became less prolific one could find matter to use. Every thought or suggestion could be of use. - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor, collector, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1906 There are very few moral defenses for rummaging inside another’s private diary or sketchbook, until that ...
Tags: Google, Art, College, France, Life, New York City, History, Museums, Whitney, Facebook Twitter, Theodore Roosevelt, Ethel, Frida Kahlo, Whitney Museum of American Art, Patti Smith Laurie Anderson, Ayun Halliday


How to Memorize an Entire Chapter from “Moby Dick”: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I mentally revisit the various homes of my childhood, wandering from room to room, turning on lights and peering in closets until I conk out. Turns out these imaginary tours are also handy mnemonic tools, as Vox’s Dean Peterson explains above. Hey, that’s good news… isn’t the subconscious rumored to do some heavy lifting in terms of processing information? Peterson conquered a self-described bad memory, at least temporarily, by traipsing around his apartmen...
Tags: Google, Books, Science, Education, College, New York City, Neuroscience, Memory Palace, Mark Twain, Vox, Einstein, Dick, Herman Melville, Lombardy, John Waters, Facebook Twitter


Steve Jobs Shares a Secret for Success: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

In 1994—the year Apple co-founder Steve Jobs filmed an interview with The Silicon Valley Historical Association in which he encouraged people to go for what they want by enlisting others’ assistance—there was no social media, no Kickstarter, no GoFundMe, no Patreon…  email was just becoming a thing. Back then, asking for help meant engaging in a face-to-face or voice-to-voice real time interaction, something many people find intimidating. Not so young Jobs, an electronics nut who re...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Business, Steve Jobs, College, Entrepreneurship, Life, New York City, Mit, Silicon Valley, Hewlett Packard, Facebook Twitter, Adam Grant, Hewlett, Bill Hewlett


Here’s What Ancient Dogs Looked Like: A Forensic Reconstruction of a Dog That Lived 4,500 Years Ago

Images by Historic Environment Scotland We’re pretty sure dogs aren’t obsessed with ancestry, despite the proliferation of canine DNA testing services. That seems to be more of a human thing. However, with very little digging, nearly every dog on earth could claim to be descended from a handsome specimen such as the one above. This news must be gratifying to all those lapdogs who fancy themselves to be something more wolfish than their exteriors suggest. This beast is no 21st-century pet, ...
Tags: Google, Science, College, Scotland, New York City, History, Nature, Keith Haring, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Orkney Scotland, Cuween Hill, Amy Thornton


An Animated History of Dogs, Inspired by Keith Haring

That quivering teacup Chihuahua… The long-suffering Labrador whose child-friendly reputation has led to a lifetime of ear tugging and tail pulling… The wheezing French bulldog, whose owner has outfitted with a full wardrobe of hoodies, tutus, rain slickers, and pajamas… All descended from wolves. As anthropologist and science educator David Ian Howe explains in the animated TED-Ed lesson, A Brief History of Dogs, above, at first glance, canis lupus seemed an unlikely choice for man’s bes...
Tags: Google, Science, Education, Biology, College, New York City, Nature, Animation, K-12, David Lynch, Alpine, Keith Haring, Eurasia, Facebook Twitter, Labrador, TED Ed


David Bowie Songs Reimagined as Pulp Fiction Book Covers: Space Oddity, Heroes, Life on Mars & More

In the last year, screenwriter Todd Alcott’s hobby has blown up into a legit side career. This Etsy seller isn’t peddling kombucha SCOBYs, letter pressing new baby announcements, or repurposing old barns for use as cutting boards. No, Alcott’s crafty fortunes fall squarely at the intersection of pulp fiction and rock and roll, with classic song titles, lyrics, and other cunning references replacing the cover text of pre-existing vintage paperbacks. David Bowie’s lifelong fascination with space ...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Music, Design, Etsy, College, New York City, David Bowie, Mars, Bowie, Facebook Twitter, Alcott, Ayun Halliday, Todd Alcott, Bob Dylan Radiohead As Alcott


How Does the Rorschach Inkblot Test Work?: An Animated Primer

A frightening monster? Two friendly bears? Say what!? As anybody with half a brain and the gift of sight knows, the black and red inkblot below resembles nothing so much as a pair of gnomes, gavotting so hard their knees bleed. ...or perhaps it’s open to interpretation. Back in 2013, when Open Culture celebrated psychologist Hermann Rorschach’s birthday by posting the ten blots that form the basis of his famous personality test, readers reported seeing all sorts of things in Card 2: A u...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Nazis, New York City, Neuroscience, Lewis Carroll, Alice, Yale University, Facebook Twitter, Searls, Hermann Rorschach, Rorschach, Ayun Halliday, Damion Searls, Rorshach


Leonard Bernstein Awkwardly Turns the Screws on Tenor Jose Carreras While Recording West Side Story (1984)

What have we here? Evidence that the Maestro is a monster? Or a behind the scenes reminder that Arrested Development’s wannabe actor Tobias Fünke is not too far off base when he says that to make it in “this business of show, you have to have the heart of an angel and the hide... of an elephant.” Both? Neither? Any way you slice it, the recording session above is not for your typical cast album. West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics b...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Theatre, Vienna, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Opera, Verona, Maria, Public Domain, Bernstein, Tony, Natalie Wood


The Amazing Franz Kafka Workout!: Discover the 15-Minute Exercise Routine That Swept the World in 1904

Does your spare tire show no signs of deflating as bikini season looms? Is the fear of bullies kicking sand in your face beginning to outstrip the horror of transforming into a giant bug overnight? Do you long to experience lasting health benefits along with an impressively fit appearance? Friends, we make you this promise: The Amazing Franz Kafka Workout will transform your life along with your physique in just 15 minutes a day. That's right, just 15 minutes of daily calisthenics (and some ...
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