Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About What the World Will Look 50 Years Later

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Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill
When New York City hosted The World’s Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence — assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War.


The Art of Fugue: Gould Plays Bach

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Between 1979 and 1981, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould collaborated on a series of documentary films with the French violinist, writer and filmmaker Bruno Mansaingeon. In the scenes presented here, Gould plays a pair of movements from Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue.


Seamus Heaney Reads His Exquisite Translation of Beowulf and His Memorable 1995 Nobel Lecture

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We were among millions deeply saddened to learn today that Seamus Heaney had passed away at age 74. Called the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, Heaney was not only a national treasure to his home country but to the global poetry community.


Learn to Make Borscht with Neko Case and Get a Taste of Her New Album

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What’s the difference between borscht and alt-country music?
Uh, pretty much everything, except for singer-songwriter, Neko Case, the most recent in a long list of celebrities to share Ukrainian beet soup recipes with an adoring public.


Watch Big Time, the Concert Film Capturing Tom Waits on His Best Tour Ever (1988)

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Here at Open Culture, we’ve often featured the many sides of Tom Waits: actor, poetry reader, favored David Letterman guest. More rarely, we’ve posted material dedicated to showcasing him practicing his primary craft, writing songs and singing them.


A Short Visual History of America, According to the Irreverent Comic Satirist R. Crumb

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Today, countercultural cartoonist Robert Dennis Crumb, better known as R. Crumb, turns 70. As a founder of the “underground comix” movement in the 1960s, Crumb is either revered as a pioneering satirist of American culture and its excesses or reviled as a juvenile purveyor of painfully outmoded sexist and racist stereotypes.


Philosopher Portraits: Famous Philosophers Painted in the Style of Influential Artists

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Ludwig Wittgenstein/Piet Mondrian:

What do the Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian have in common? For philosopher and artist Renée Jorgensen Bolinger, the two have similar beliefs about the logic of space.


Iconic Photographs Re-Created in Play Doh: Man Ray to Nan Goldin

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Points for creativity go to Eleanor Macnair, who recently launched the “Photographs rendered in Play-Doh” Tumblr. Given the name of the Tumblr, I probably don’t have to explain the concept. I think you get it.


Raymond Chandler Denounces Strangers on a Train in Sharply-Worded Letter to Alfred Hitchcock

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Alfred Hitchcock, like several other of the twentieth century’s best-known auteurs, made some of his most widely seen work by turning books into movies.


The Art of William Faulkner: Drawings from 1916-1925

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Before William Faulkner more or less defined the genre of Southern literature with his folksy short stories, tragicomic epic novels, and studies in the stream of damaged consciousness, he made a very sincere effort as a poet with a 1924 collection called The Marble Faun.


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