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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