N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős, the Most Prolific Mathematician of the 20th Century

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For anyone who enjoyed Dangerous Knowledge (the BBC’s 90-minute documentary that takes a close look at four mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing), we bring you this — N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.

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William Faulkner Quits His Post Office Job in Splendid Fashion with a 1924 Resignation Letter

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Long before William Faulkner got his big break in literature, he, like many of us, had a good old-fashioned day job. Faulkner had a series of odd jobs in fact.

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Sean Connery Reads C.P. Cavafy’s Epic Poem “Ithaca,” Set to the Music of Vangelis

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This video combines three things that make me happy: the voice of Sean Connery, the music of Vangelis (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire), and the poetry of C.P. Cavafy. Put them all together and you get a blissful soundscape of rolling synth lines, rolling Scottish R’s, and a succession of Homeric images and anaphoric lines.

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How to Make Better Decisions, a Thought-Provoking Documentary by the BBC

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“In this program,” says narrator Peter Capaldi at the outset, “we’re going to show you how to be more rational, and deal with some of life’s biggest decisions.

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Norman Mailer: Strong Writer, Weak Actor, Brutally Wrestles Actor Rip Torn

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“Gorging on the man’s image and voice is a reminder of his strength as a writer that’s easiest to overlook: an awareness of his own limitations. This is a quality that his acting lacks.

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Eisenhower Answers America: The First Political Advertisements on American TV (1952)

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Going into the 1952 presidential election, the Democrats had held the White House for nearly twenty years. FDR took office in 1933, beginning the first of twelve years in office. Then Harry S. Truman led the nation for nearly another eight years. During that time, America endured a lot.

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Samuel L. Jackson Stars in “Wake the F**ck Up for Obama,” a NSFW Political Children’s Tale

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Last summer, Samuel L. Jackson delighted listeners when he narrated the audio version of Adam Mansbach’s twisted little children’s bedtime story, Go the F**k to Sleep. Now, Jackson returns with Wake the F**ck Up for Obama. According to the New York Post (if they say it, it must be true!), Mansbach wrote the Dr.

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Peter Sellers Gives a Quick Demonstration of British Accents

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A while ago we brought you a hilarious series of recordings of the British comedic actor Peter Sellers reading The Beatles’ “She Loves You” in four different accents. Today we have a brief clip from a telephone call by Sellers on the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr.

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Great Cinema Discussed Director By Director on The Auteurcast

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Few propositions in film scholarship inspire as much controversy as the so-called “auteur theory,” which holds that a film’s director imbues the work with its strongest and most identifiable creative influence. Some consider this notion laughably implausible; others consider it untouchably self-evident.

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Philosopher Slavoj Zizek Interprets Hitchcock’s Vertigo in The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006)

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Philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek is a polarizing figure, in and out of the Academy. He has been accused of misogyny and opportunism, and a Guardian columnist once wondered if he is “the Borat of philosophy.” The latter epithet might be as much a reference to his occasional boorishness as to his Slovenian-accented English.

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