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Magnus Carlsen’s Mind-Blowing Memory of Historic Chess Matches

How many historic chess games can Magnus Carlsen recognize just by looking at the placement of chess pieces on the board? It turns out a lot. And that’s partly what makes him the reigning World Chess Champion. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider foll...
Tags: Facebook, College, New York City, Uncategorized, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Nabokov, Kottke, Garry Kasparov

Self-awareness is what makes us human

Self-awareness — namely, our capacity to think about our thoughts — is central to how we perceive the world.Without self-awareness, education, literature, and other human endeavors would not be possible.Striving toward greater self-awareness is the spiritual goal of many religions and philosophies.The following is an excerpt from Dr. Stephen Fleming's forthcoming book Know Thyself. It is reprinted with permission from the author.I now run a neuroscience lab dedicated to the study of self-awaren...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, London, Neuroscience, Innovation, Philosophy, Getty, Self-awareness, Stephen Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Plato, Socrates, Lao Tzu, John Stuart Mill, Descartes, Auguste Comte

"Senators, America we need to exercise our common sense about what happened.... Let's not get caught up in a lot of outlandish lawyers theories here. Exercise your common sense about what just took place in our country."

Said Lead Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin, quoted in a February 11th Wall Street Journal piece — "In Closing, Raskin Quotes Thomas Paine: 'Tyranny, Like Hell, Is Not Easily Conquered'" — by Lindsay Wise. Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet was called "Common Sense." Quoted in response to Raskin, Senator Josh Hawley: "I was really disappointed they didn’t engage much with the legal standards. This is a legal process after all. Very little engagement." When do we get to bypass studying the factual ...
Tags: Law, Glenn Beck, America, George Orwell, Ronald Reagan, Cia, Party, Evidence, Wall Street Journal, Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Trump, Raskin, Jamie Raskin, Nabokov, National Institute of Health

A New Yorker Cartoonist Explains How to Draw Literary Cartoons “I enjoy poking fun at anything educated people do and civilized society perpetuates that is odd, frustrating, wacky, or hypocritical,” cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, above, recently told the New York Public Library’s Margo Moore. Unsurprisingly, she’s been getting published in The New Yorker a lot of late. The process for getting cartoons accepted there is the stuff of legend, though reportedly less grueling since Emma Allen, the magazine’s youngest...
Tags: Google, Comedy, College, France, New York City, Magazines, Nypl, Literature, New York Public Library, Dick, Proust, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Allen, Moore, Kurzweil

Content Moderation Case Study: Dealing With Controversial & Sexual Fan Fiction (May 2007) (techdirt)

Summary: Sexual content can be challenging for content moderation on a number of different levels -- especially when it involves fictional content about taboo, controversial, or even illegal activities. Literary fiction around these topics has been controversial throughout history, including books like Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, which focuses on a story told (somewhat unreliably) by a middle-aged male English professor who becomes obsessed with a 12 year-old girl. But while there have been wid...
Tags: News, Harry Potter, Vladimir Nabokov, LiveJournal, Nabokov, Copia Institute, Trust Safety Foundation, SixApart, LiveJournal Originally

Learn How to Play Chess Online: Free Chess Lessons for Beginners, Intermediate Players & Beyond The most desired Christmas gift of 2020? A chess set. It’s certainly desired, at any rate, by the rapt viewers of The Queen’s Gambit, the acclaimed Netflix miniseries that debuted in October. Created by screenwriter-producers Scott Frank and Allan Scott, its seven episodes tell the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan in 1950s Kentucky who turns out to be a chess prodigy, then goes on to become a world-class player. During the Cold War, the intellec...
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Learn How to Play Chess Free Online: Tutorials for Beginners, Intermediate Players & Beyond The most desired Christmas gift of 2020? A chess set. It’s certainly desired, at any rate, by the rapt viewers of The Queen’s Gambit, the acclaimed Netflix miniseries that debuted in October. Created by screenwriter-producers Scott Frank and Allan Scott, its seven episodes tell the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan in 1950s Kentucky who turns out to be a chess prodigy, then goes on to become a world-class player. During the Cold War, the intellec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Games, College, Kentucky, New York City, Earth, Netflix, Seoul, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Walter Tevis, Allan Scott, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer

John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” & Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” Get Turned into Dazzling Musical Animations by an Artist with Synesthesia

Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. —Wassily Kandinsky We may owe the history of modern art to the condition of synesthesia, which causes those who have it to hear colors, see sounds, taste smells, etc. Wassily Kandinsky, who pioneered abstract expressionism in the early 20th century, did so “after having an unusually visual response to a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Music, Film, College, Neuroscience, Munich, Levy, John Coltrane, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter, Wagner, Bach, Josh Jones

Nabokov on Translation, 1941.

I enjoyed Charlie Smith’s “On Translating the chinari” (the чинари, stress on the final syllable, were a group of nonconformist writers whose best-known members were Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky) for its own sake, but what drove me to post was his link to Vladimir Nabokov’s “The Art of Translation” (New Republic, August 4, 1941), which includes the following amusing demolition of incompetence and stupidity: The howlers included in the first category [“obvious errors due to ignorance or ...
Tags: Russia, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Anna, Vladimir Nabokov, Charlie Smith, Chekhov, Anna Karenina, Nabokov, Pushkin, Ruslan, Lyudmila, Daniil Kharms, Alexander Vvedensky

RBG: She never stopped caring

This tribute is part of a series on the life and work of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rachel Bayefsky is an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She clerked for Ginsburg during the 2018-19 term. I will never forget a certain image from my clerkship with Justice Ginsburg: the justice hovering over her desk in the evening, sharp pencil in hand, meticulously attending to her work long after the sky outside her chambers had grown dark. During the 2018 term in which I clerked, Ju...
Tags: Featured, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Cornell, Vladimir Nabokov, Ginsburg, Gump Strauss Hauer Feld, Tributes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rachel Bayefsky

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Favorite Opera Recordings (and Her First Appearance in an Opera)

U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has thrown an unbearably fraught political year into further disarray, a fact that has sadly overshadowed memorialization of her inspiring life and career. Ginsburg was a personal hero for millions of activists and students—from grade school to law school; an icon casually identified by her initials by those who felt like they knew her. “For many women, and many girls,” Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in a New York Times tribute, her loss...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, London, Justice, College, Chicago, Vienna, Current Affairs, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barber, London Symphony Orchestra, Verdi, The New Yorker, Mozart

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but during the course of her 27 years on the court she became an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action ...
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How Vladimir Nabokov Wrote Lolita, “My Most Difficult Book”: A 1989 Documentary

How many of us could write a book with the impact of Lolita? The task, as revealed in the BBC Omnibus documentary above, lay almost beyond even the formidable literary powers of Vladimir Nabokov — almost, but obviously not quite. It did push him into new aesthetic, cultural, and compositional realms, as evidenced by his memories of drafting the novel on index cards in roadside motels (and when faced with especially noisy or drafty accommodations, in the backseat of the parked car) while ...
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Which Was Better: The Movie Or The Book? A Debate For The Ages. Here’s TPM’s June Reading Recs

I’ve come to the conclusion that the outside is overrated. There, I said it. I know it’s June and I know summer is just getting started, but why spend your days sweating it out in the humid, hazy outdoors when you can be inside with the A/C pumping? I’m a homebody, so maybe that’s what’s underlying my opinion here. Like I said, it’s June, and despite my love of cool, filtered air, I do hate that we’re still in the same place as we were last month. Silver lining: we do have a new book list for...
Tags: Hbo, England, New York, News, California, Stephen King, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Tom Hanks, Dame Maggie Smith, New York Times, Italy, Moscow, Jane Austen, Harry Potter

The Magic of Chess: Kids Share Their Uninhibited, Philosophical Insights about the Benefits of Chess

From the US Chess Federation and director Jenny Schweitzer comes the short documentary, The Magic of Chess. "Filmed at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships at the Nashville Opryland resort, a group of children share their uninhibited, philosophical insights about the benefits of chess." Jenny Schweitzer added: “For me, as a mother of a child who simply loves the game, it was my intention to focus not on the competitive aspects of the chess world, but rather what a deep commitment to ches...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Games, College, New York City, K-12, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Leningrad, Garry Kasparov, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage Marcel Duchamp, US Chess Federation, Jenny Schweitzer, Nashville Opryland

Shorties (2020 Books by Woman and Nonbinary Writers of Color, Ani DiFranco on Music and Activism, and more)

Electric Literature recommended 2020 books by woman and nonbinary writers of color. Ani DiFranco talked music and activism with the Useful Idiots podcast. Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 1,282 year-end lists so far. Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists. January's best eBook deals. NPR Music previewed great albums from early 2020. Vladimir Nabokov on translation and the great Russian short...
Tags: Music, David, Vladimir Nabokov, New Republic, Atomic Books Comics Preview, NPR Music, Isaac Asimov, Haverford College, Ani DiFranco, Bookworm, André Aciman, Razorcake, Nonbinary Writers of Color Ani DiFranco, Carolyn Zaikowski

Extraordinary Publicity Photos Of Sue Lyon As Stanley Kubrick’s Iconic ‘Lolita’, Photographed By Bert Stern

One of the most iconic images in modern photography comes from the movie poster for Stanley Kubrick’s film adaption of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial book Lolita. The young actress who embodied this mythical nymphet was Sue Lyon. In 1960, Kubrick asked his friend photographer Bert Stern to take some pictures of the 13 year old actress he had cast in his upcoming film to generate some pre-filming... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick, Lyon, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Nabokov, Bert Stern

First Edition Book Cover Art

Hovig Arthurious's prints of first edition book covers powerfully evoke the stories the writers wrote—and also the stories behind the books. The 1877 publication of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty quickly inspired anti-cruelty legislation in both England and the US Vladimir Nabokov originally wrote Lolita in English, but no US publisher would go near it, so the French version you see here (1955) came out three years before the American one (1958). The shadow-boxed prints look amazingly crisp and real...
Tags: England, Shopping, US, Vladimir Nabokov, Tiffany, Norman Mailer, Lolita, Anna Sewell

Sue Lyon, Who Played Lolita in Kubrick Film at 14, Dies at Age 73

(NEW YORK) — Sue Lyon, who at age 14 played the title character in director Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film “Lolita,” has died. Lyon’s longtime friend Phil Syracopoulos told The New York Times she had been in declining health for some time, and died Thursday in Los Angeles. No further details on her death were provided. She was 73. Lyon was reportedly chosen from some 800 girls who sought the role of “Lolita” for the film based on Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel about a middle-aged literature pro...
Tags: New York, Movies, News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Remembrance, Stanley Kubrick, Dallas, The New York Times, Kubrick, Lyon, Vladimir Nabokov, DAVENPORT Iowa, Shelley Winters, Lolita, Nabokov

Why learning a new language is like an illicit love affair

Learning a new language is a lot like entering a new relationship. Some will become fast friends. Others will hook their arms with calculus formulas and final-exam-worthy historical dates, and march right out of your memory on the last day of school. And then sometimes, whether by mere chance or as a consequence of a lifelong odyssey, some languages will lead you to the brink of love.Those are the languages that will consume you – all of you – as you do everything to make them yours. You dissect...
Tags: Japan, Learning, Love, Memory, United States, Language, Innovation, Yann Martel, Literature, Armenia, Haruki Murakami, Samuel Beckett, Grey, Personal Growth, Vladimir Nabokov, Elif Shafak

A Brief History of Chess: An Animated Introduction to the 1,500-Year-Old Game

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.  –Marcel Duchamp "Over the roughly one and half millennia of its existence, chess has been known as a tool of military strategy, a metaphor for human affairs, and a benchmark of genius,” points out the TED-Ed animated history of the game by Alex Gendler, above. The first records of chess date to the 7th century, but it may have originated even a century earlier, in India, w...
Tags: Google, Silk Road, Games, College, China, Southeast Asia, India, History, Ibm, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Persia, Josh Jones, Sun Tzu, Garry Kasparov, Marcel Duchamp

Bowie’s Bookshelf: A New Essay Collection on The 100 Books That Changed David Bowie’s Life

Like some rock stars of his generation, David Bowie had a literary cast of mind; unlike most of those colleagues, he also made his association with books explicit. (Not for nothing did he appear on that READ poster.) Whenever this subject arises, it's tempting to bring up the story of how The Man Who Fell to Earth director Nicolas Roeg poked fun at the extreme number of books with which Bowie surrounded himself during the time he was acting in that film, as we did when we posted about the David...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, UK, College, Germany, US, Earth, David Bowie, Anthony Burgess, Brian Eno, Seoul, David Jones, Duncan Jones, Vladimir Nabokov, Bowie

Vladimir Nabokov: No Rest for the Wicked?

Vladimir Nabokov was a sensitive and complex man. Highly intelligent and with an exotic past he was born into the Russian aristocracy before being forced, in fear of his life to flee his homeland in the 1917 revolution and spent his remaining years wandering the earth, never truly finding his home. He is best known... Continue Reading →
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When Boris Pasternak Won–and Then the Soviets Forced Him to Decline–the Nobel Prize (1958)

Behind the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature, there are stories upon stories, some as juicy as those in the work of winners like William Faulkner or Gabriel García Márquez—and some just as devastating to the parties involved. Last year’s award was postponed after sexual assault allegations lead to several members to resigning. (There will be two prizes awarded for 2019.) The charges needed to be aired, but if you’re looking for details about how the secretive committee selects the nomin...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, New York Times, Literature, Guardian, Cia, Times, Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Academy, Stockholm, Oslo, Gabriel García Márquez, Vladimir Nabokov, Soviet Union

Oliver Sacks’ Recommended Reading List of 46 Books: From Plants and Neuroscience, to Poetry and the Prose of Nabokov

Image by Luigi Novi. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons We remember Oliver Sacks as a neurologist, but we remember him not least because he wrote quite a few books as well. If you read those books, you'll get a sense of Sacks' wide range of interests — invention, perception and misperception, hallucination, and more — few of which lack a connection to the human mind. His passion for ferns, the core subject of a travelogue he wrote in Oaxaca as well as an unexpectedly frequent objec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, America, Neuroscience, Antarctica, Charles Darwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Seoul, Sigmund Freud, Oaxaca, Paul Theroux, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert, Francis Crick

Vladimir Nabokov, Literary Refugee

The novelist fled Revolutionary Russia a century ago this week. How did the experience shape his writing?
Tags: News, Russia, Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir, Nabokov, Books and Literature, Writing and Writers, Russian Revolution (1917, Lolita (Book, Literary Refugee

Is there room for creative imagination in science?

Not just once, but repeatedly, I have heard something like “I just didn’t see in science any room for my own imagination or creativity,” from young students clearly able to succeed at any subject they set their minds to. It is a tragedy that so many people do not perceive science as a creative. Yet it doesn’t take an Einstein to observe that without that essential creative first step of re-imagining what might be going on behind a natural phenomenon, there can be no science at all.Einstein had s...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Music, Featured, Biology, Painting, Creativity, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Mathematics, Einstein, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas

Behold The Drawings of Franz Kafka (1907-1917)

Runner 1907-1908 UK-born, Chicago-based artist Philip Hartigan has posted a brief video piece about Franz Kafka’s drawings. Kafka, of course, wrote a body of work, mostly never published during his lifetime, that captured the absurdity and the loneliness of the newly emerging modern world: In The Metamorphosis, Gregor transforms overnight into a giant cockroach; in The Trial, Josef K. is charged with an undefined crime by a maddeningly inaccessible court. In story after story, Kafka showed his...
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Gennady Barabtarlo, RIP.

Brian Boyd posts on the Vladimir Nabokov Forum about the death of the great Nabokov scholar Gennady Barabtarlo: Nabokov scholar Gennady Alexandrovich (“Gene”) Barabtarlo died on February 24, aged 70. Even before the publication of his book Phantom of Fact: A Guide to Nabokov’s Pnin (Ardis, 1989)—still the go-to source for what for many is their favorite Nabokov novel, Nabokovians knew him as early as 1982 for his contributions to The Vladimir Nabokov Research Newsletter (before it became The Na...
Tags: Facebook, Russia, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Mali, Vladimir Nabokov, Gene, Laura, Nabokov, Dmitri, Steven Lubman, ALLA, Peter Lang, Dmitri Nabokov, Irina Mashinski, Gennady Barabtarlo

Film Review: ‘Serenity’

Shortly after the publication of his short story “The Vane Sisters” – in which a plot twist is revealed through a hidden acrostic message in the final paragraph – Vladimir Nabokov quipped that the narrative trick he employed was something that “can only be tried once in a thousand years of fiction.” Perhaps we’ll need […]
Tags: Reviews, Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Vladimir Nabokov, Serenity