30,000 Works of Art by Edvard Munch & Other Artists Put Online by Norway’s National Museum of Art

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Next time I make it to Oslo, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design ranks high on my to-do list.


Musician Plays Signature Drum Parts of 71 Beatles Songs in 5 Minutes: A Whirlwind Tribute to Ringo Starr

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Kye Smith, a drummer based in Newcastle, Australia, recently hauled his drum kit to a nearby rooftop (an homage to The Beatles’ 1969 rooftop gig?) and started banging out a pretty wonderful tribute to Ringo Starr, playing drum parts from 71 Beatles songs in 5 quick minutes.


Watch the Cult Classic Horror Film Carnival of Souls (1962)

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Herk Harvey had a successful career as a director and producer of educational and industrial movies in Lawrence, Kansas, but he longed for something more.


The Artist as Artist’s Model: Au Naturel Portraits of Frida Kahlo Taken by Art Patron Julien Levy (1938)

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Frida Kahlo’s legacy is definitely informed by her careful husbandry of own image. She understood its currency, and how to leverage it. Even when caught out of uniform or having a seemingly unaware laugh, she stayed true to what in modern parlance would be called her brand.


Hear Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” Read by the Great Bela Lugosi (1946)

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A couple days ago, we featured some intriguing clips from the new animated Edgar Allan Poe film, Extraordinary Tales.


Stephen King Creates a List of 82 Books for Aspiring Writers (to Supplement an Earlier List of 96 Recommend Books)

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Stephen King has given writers a lot to think about these past few years in his numerous interviews and in his statement of craft, On Writing.


Watch “The Poetry of Perception”: Harvard Animates Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson & William Carlos Williams

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Two years ago, a series of animated science videos began to pop up on a Vimeo account called HarvardX Neuroscience. As its name suggests, it’s coming out of Harvard University, and, with the help of animators, they originally created a series of scientific shorts pitched between the layman and the serious scientist.


Fly Through 17th-Century London’s Gritty Streets with Prize-Winning Animations

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Critics did not love 2004 film The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp as dissolute 17th century poet and court favorite John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. The Guardian faulted its grim tone and historical inaccuracies and called it “grimy and pretentious.


The Big Ideas Behind Andy Warhol’s Art, and How They Can Help Us Build a Better World

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Multicolored Marilyn Monroes, a can of Campbell’s soup, that silver wig, some vague but important role in the formation of the Velvet Underground — how much, apart from a scattering of cultural scraps such as these, does any of us really know about Andy Warhol, one of the definers of art in the second half of the twentieth century? 


An Animated Bill Murray on the Advantages & Disadvantages of Fame

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I could watch Bill Murray in pretty much any film. And, for that matter, any animation too.
So let’s queue up the brand new animated video from Blank on Blank, and watch Murray riff on the pros and cons of being rich & famous.
Pro: You get to buy your mother a nice new car.


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