Visit the Museum of Endangered Sounds, and Experience a Blast from Technology’s Past

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As gearheads go, Brendan Chilcutt’s a pretty sentimental guy, and not just because he signs his correspondence with “love.” In January, 2012, he founded the Museum of Endangered Sounds to keep outmoded technology’s most iconic noises from vanishing from the collective memory.


Drift: Passenger Shoots Striking Short Film Out of Airplane Window

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Filmmaker Tim Sessler got a little bored on his flight from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, to Philadelphia.


Watch David Bowie’s New Video for ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ With Tilda Swinton

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This week David Bowie released the second single from his upcoming album, The Next Day. It’s called “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” and the accompanying video (shown above) builds on Bowie’s lifelong exploration of androgyny.


Take a Virtual Tour of the 1913 Exhibition That Introduced Avant-Garde Art to America

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One hundred years ago, America had only just begun talking about “avant garde” art. Before the famous “Armory Show,” no one was even using the term; after it, United States’ art-watchers had many reasons to. It’s what they saw on display at the exhibition, mounted by two dozen artists entirely without public funding.


W.H. Auden’s 1941 Literature Syllabus Asks Students to Read 32 Great Works, Covering 6000 Pages

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According to Freud, neurotics never know what they want, and so never know when they’ve got it. So it is with the seeker after fluent cultural literacy, who must always play catch-up to an impossible ideal.


Short Documentary, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Lolita?, Psychoanalyzes Vladimir Nabokov

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Here’s a flawed but fascinating little film about the life of Vladimir Nabokov, examined through the prism of his most famous book.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Lolita? first aired on British television in 2009. The host is Stephen Smith, a culture correspondent for BBC Newsnight.


Hunter S. Thompson Runs for Aspen, Colorado Sheriff on the “Freak Power” Platform (1970)

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In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson was looking to become the new sheriff in town — the town being Aspen, Colorado.


See Jimi Hendrix’s First TV Appearance, and His Last as a Backing Musician (1965)

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After Jimi Hendrix’s discharge from the army, he earned his living as a traveling musician on the so-called Chitlin’ Circuit—the circuit of venues throughout the segregated South that booked black musicians.


Physical Attraction: Marriage Proposal Comes in the Form of a Physics Paper

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On reddit, a user wrote yesterday, “My boyfriend of 7 years and I are both physicists. Here’s how he proposed to me.


Johnny Cash Stars as a Menacing, Musical Gangster in 1961 Film Five Minutes to Live

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As everyone surely knows by now, today would have been Johnny Cash’s 81st birthday, and he’s been rightly celebrated all around the internet for his one-of-a-kind country persona as “The Man in Black.


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