The Bill Evans Trio in London, 1965: Two Sets by the Legendary Combo

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On March 19, 1965, the Bill Evans Trio stopped by the BBC studios in London to play a pair of sets on Jazz 625, the now-legendary program hosted by the British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton.


“Good Chemistry” Explains Chemical Bonds with Cutout Animation and Teenage Romance

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Love, or the promise of it, sells clothes, cologne and many a compact disc—but who’d think love could sell chemistry? Sixteen-year-old Eli Cirino did, and was he ever right. The tenth grader submitted an extra credit video for his chemistry class and what he got was probably way more than he bargained for.


Entitled Opinions, the “Life and Literature” Podcast That Refuses to Dumb Things Down

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Proust. Mimetic desire. The inflationary universe. 1910, American writers in Paris. The history of the book. These topics may sound unusual enough to pique your interest. They may float through your mind once in a while, capturing an hour or two of your curiosity. They may periodically send you to the library on reading binges.


The Art of Making a Flamenco Guitar: 299 Hours of Blood, Sweat & Tears Experienced in 3 Minutes

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The Flamenco guitar grew up in Andalusia, the major province in southern Spain, where it became integral to the culture during the 19th century. The modern flamenco guitar (a first cousin of the modern classical guitar) is typically made with two of three woods — spruce on the top, and cypress or sycamore on the back and sides.


Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Retro Film Featuring Original Archival Footage

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This past weekend, San Francisco celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. And if Bethlehem Steel were still around, it would have been celebrating too. Once America’s second-largest steel producer, the now bankrupt company fabricated the steel used in the construction of the iconic bridge — all 68,000 tons of it.


Download David Hockney’s Playful Drawings for the iPhone and iPad

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Last year, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto staged an exhibit of David Hockney’s playful drawings produced with/for the iPhone and iPad. Hockney became an early adopter of Apple’s popular devices and started creating finger-drawn images (using the Brushes app) in 2008.


Flannery O’Connor Reads ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ in Rare 1959 Audio

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Flannery O’Connor was a Southern writer who, as Joyce Carol Oates once said, had less in common with Faulkner than with Kafka and Kierkegaard.


When Respected Authors, from Goethe to Henry Miller, Try Their Hand at Painting

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Freshly posted on publisher Melville House’s blog, you’ll find examples of visual art by textual artists; drawings and paintings, in other words, drawn and painted by people who have gone down in history for their way with sentences. This could easily turn into a lesson about not quitting one’s day job.


William F. Buckley Meets (Possibly Drunk) Jack Kerouac, Tries to Make Sense of Hippies, 1968

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The first modern use of the word hippie can be traced back to 1965, when Michael Fallon, a San Francisco journalist, used the word to refer to the bohemian lifestyle emerging in the city’s Haight-Ashbury district. (Apparently, Fallon took the word hipster used by Norman Mailer and then shortened it into hippie.


Neil deGrasse Tyson Delivers the Greatest Science Sermon Ever

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Just when you think you’ve had enough Neil deGrasse Tyson, another not-to-miss video comes along. This one comes from the 2006 Beyond Belief Conference, and it features the astrophysicist giving what’s been called the “greatest science sermon ever.


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