Archaeologists Uncover Shakespeare’s First Theater

The BBC reports: "An archaeological dig has recovered what is thought to be the remains of the theatre where Shakespeare's plays were first performed." Get the rest of the big story here.

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An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube

Michael Wesch, a professor of cultural anthropology, has become something of an internet phenomenon, having produced two wonderful videos that help demystify the world of Web 2.0. (Definitely check them out here and here). Now he has a new video getting some play. Below you can watch a talk he recently gave at The Library of Congress, where he uses video to dissect the new mediascape that we're living in, and how it's changing our relationships ... for better or for worse.

via John Battelle Searchblog

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It Happened One Night: Frank Capra’s 1934 Classic

Today we present Frank Capra's Academy Award-winning comedy from 1934, starring Clark Gable -- It Happened One Night. Grab some popcorn. Dim the lights (even if you're at work). And enjoy:

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John Gielgud’s Hamlet

Here we have John Gielgud's first recording of a scene from Hamlet, "recorded shortly after he became the youngest actor to take the lead in the play, in the 1929/30 Old Vic season." It's the audio that you will want to focus on here, not the video, even though there's something a little amusing about the whole idea of watching an old record turn on YouTube. How quaint.

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Solzhenitsyn Dies at 89; David Remnick Reflects

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who chronicled the abuses of the Soviet regime and gained worldwide fame with A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, has died at 89. (Get the New York Times obit here.) Once asked what Solzhenitsyn means to literature and the history of Russia, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, had this to stay: "It's impossible to imagine a writer whose affect on a society has been greater than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's affect on the fate of Russia  ..." In the video posted below, Remnick elaborates on Solzhenitsyn's contributions, and it's worth remembering that Remnick won a Pulitzer during the 90s for his bestseller, Lenin's Tomb.

(Note: you can read the lecture Solzhenitsyn gave upon receiving the Nobel Prize in 1970 here, and listen to his 1978 Harvard graduation speech here.)

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