Hear a Playlist of the 336 Songs Mentioned in Bruce Springsteen’s New Memoir, Born to Run

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FYI: Earlier this week, Bruce Springsteen released his highly-anticipated memoir, Born to Run. It comes accompanied by a companion album, Chapter and Verse. And now a Spotify playlist that features every single song referenced in the pages of the book–his own or others’.


A Complete List of the 533 Movies & TV Shows Watched on the International Space Station

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To keep some measure of sanity, the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS), some 220 miles above our planet Earth, make a point of unwinding. According to NASA, the astronauts get weekends off.


Chris Rock Creates a List of His 13 Favorite Standup Comedy Specials

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We know Ellen DeGeneres as the superstar host of her own talk show and the voice of cuddly, forgetful fish Dory.


How the Coen Brothers Storyboarded Blood Simple Down to a Tee (1984)

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Seldom, in the films of the Joel and Ethan Coen, do characters’ schemes go according to plan.


When an Octopus Caused the Great Staten Island Ferry Disaster (November 22, 1963)

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Where were you on November 22, 1963?
I had yet to be born, but am given to understand that the events of that day helped shape a generation.
Documentarian Melanie Juliano knows this too, though she’s still a few months shy of the legal drinking age.


Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Sing Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” with David Gilmour Live on Stage

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Around here, when we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we usually talk about his knack for reading classic texts–Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Melville’s Moby-Dick, a poignant letter by Alan Turing, even passages from a Guantánamo prisoner’s diary. But today we’re putting another one of his talents on display.


Artificial Intelligence Program Tries to Write a Beatles Song: Listen to “Daddy’s Car”

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Last May, we told you about Flow Machine, an artificial intelligence-driven music composer that analyses composer’s styles and then creates new works from that data.


Sci-Fi Icon Robert Heinlein Lists 5 Essential Rules for Making a Living as a Writer

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So you want to be a writer? Good, you’ll find plenty of advice from the best here at Open Culture. Oh, you want to be a science fiction writer? The great Ursula K. Le Guin has offered readers a wealth of writing advice, though she won’t tell us “how to sell a ship, but how to sail one.


A Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

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For the past ten years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,200+ courses from top universities.


Watch John Malkovich Portray David Lynch and Lynch’s Famous Characters from Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks & More

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John Malkovich’s filmography includes not Wild at Heart but Places in the Heart, not Inland Empire but Empire of the Sun, not Mulholland Drive but Mulholland Falls.


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