Gore Vidal (1925-2012) Feuds with Norman Mailer & William F. Buckley

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Gore Vidal wrote 25 novels and various memoirs, essays, plays, television dramas and screenplays. He invested himself in American politics and ran for office twice, losing both times. He tended openly toward homosexuality long before the country warmed up to the idea. And he never backed down from a good argument.


Paris in (Stop) Motion

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Thanks to Mayeul Akpovi, we’ll always have Paris….
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio Show Podcast Tackles the History of Video Games

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Neil deGrasse Tyson has a podcast. I repeat, Neil deGrasse Tyson has a podcast. If you’re unfamiliar (and you shouldn’t be), Tyson is Astrophysicist-in-residence at New York’s Natural History Museum and Director of its Hayden Planetarium. He’s also the most prominent advocate for a revitalized U.S. space program. Okay, back to the podcast.


The Benefits of Being Awestruck

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In December 1972, astronauts aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft snapped a photograph of our Earth from an altitude of 45,000 kilometres. The photograph, known as “The Big Blue Marble,” let everyone see their planet fully illuminated for the first time. The picture, showing the Earth looking isolated and vulnerable, left everyone awestruck.


Star Trek Celebrities, William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, Narrate Mars Landing Videos for NASA

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NASA and Star Trek — they’ve been joined at the hip for decades. Back in 1972, when NASA launched its very first space shuttle, they called it the Enterprise, a clear nod to the starship made famous by the 1960s TV show.


France in the Year 2000, Imagined by Illustrators in 1900

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Back in 1899-1901, French artists imagined what their nation might look like in another century. They tapped into their imaginations, drew their futuristic designs, then distributed them as paper cards enclosed in cigar boxes right around the time of the World’s Fair in Paris. The drawing above imagines the French classroom in the Year 2000.


Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei: A Short Documentary

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The work of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is monumental, as is the man’s fearless and outspoken personality. Recently, while standing under the circular display of massive bronze animal heads in Ai’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at Washington, DC’s Hirshhorn Museum, I found myself wishing I could meet him.


Andrei Tarkovsky’s Voyage in Time: A Portrait of the Filmmaker in Exile

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By 1982 Andrei Tarkovsky’s battles with Soviet censors had reached the point where he could no longer work in his native country. This rarely seen documentary shows the great Russian filmmaker treading unfamiliar ground as he travels across southern Italy in search of locations for his first film in exile, Nostalghia.


Wim Wenders Creates Ads to Sell Beer (Stella Artois), Pasta (Barilla), and More Beer (Carling)

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Few would call Wim Wenders, the auteur behind Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire, The Buena Vista Social Club, and last year’s documentary Pina, a “commercial” director. Yet he has, now and again, put in time as a director of commercials — advertisements, that is, for beer, food, and cameras.


The Strawberry Fields Forever Demos: The Making of a Beatles Classic (1966)

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In 1966, John Lennon found himself in Almería, Spain working on Richard Lester’s film, How I Won the War. Between shots, he began writing Strawberry Fields Forever, a song Lennon later called “psychoanalysis set to music” and “one of the few true songs I ever wrote.


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