Open Culture Beat No. 1

Here’s something a little experimental for you. We post many great culture links on our Twitter stream. But we realize that you don’t necessarily stay glued to Twitter … or even use it all. So a couple of times each week, we’ll give you our favorite culture links from around the web. If you like the idea (or not) let us know. Now to the links:

• Cannes gives Jean-Paul Belmondo the Palme d’Or more than 50 years after “Breathless”.

• Jim Henson died on this day in 1990. Some letters about his widely adored creation, the Muppets. By Letters of Note.

• The world’s most inspiring bookstoresA photo gallery.

• Stephen Hawking on heaven. “It’s a fairy story” for people afraid of death.

• Truman Capote on Marlon Brando in The NewYorker, 1957.

• Yale Digital Commons, a fantastic new online resource for art & artifacts.

Lars von Trier stirs up Cannes with Hitler, Nazi quips.

Kurt Vonnegut reads the beginning of Breakfast of Champions.

• Book covers that almost were. A NYTimes photo gallery.

Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus.

The BBC’s essential guide to video editing.

• George Mason University professor helps create viral rap videos — about economics.

• William Burroughs, the beat writer, panned by the Turkish state.

How Writers Build the Brand. The long tradition of self-promotion, from the Ancient Greeks to Hemingway.

Sources: @kirstinbutler,  @pourmecoffee,  @philosophybites,  @jaredbkeller,  @steverubel,  @stevesilberman, @ebertchicago


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  1. Monika says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    I would certainly welcome this idea. I have no interest in doing anything on Twitter, however I would still enjoy links to stories and sites I may not come across otherwise.  Thanks for sharing!  

  2. JustCarter says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 12:49 pm

     Not a big Twitter user. LOVE the Open Culture Beat No. 1

  3. Pandora says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    Love the links!  I don’t use Twitter! 

  4. becassin says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 3:22 pm


  5. Maria says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    i like it

  6. Faustina says . . . | May 19, 2011 / 8:02 pm

     That’s exactly what you should have done long time ago, most of us don’t use twitter (it’s meaningless, it’s for those one sentence self-indulgence), but meantime don’t want to miss your great recommended links, that’s a great way to start.  Are you going to set a separate title file for all future “beats”?

  7. Open Culture says . . . | May 20, 2011 / 1:07 am

    So, the plan for now, I think, is to release two installments per week (one on Tuesday, and one on Friday) and they will be numbered differently. Open Culture Beat No. 2.,  Open Culture Beat No 3. etc.  Sound good?


  8. Buy Essay says . . . | May 21, 2011 / 9:20 am

    The idea is really great and I appreciate it.

  9. Rudy says . . . | May 21, 2011 / 2:27 pm

     Great way to get a lot of cool stuff out there without crowding the main feed!

  10. Roofing Portland says . . . | July 20, 2011 / 5:51 pm

    That is a great idea, And I’m definitely going to put it to use!

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