The Best of the Culture Web. Open Culture Beat No. 10

What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream in recent days? Here are the highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture to get the rest, or Like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you plugged into quality culture every day.

  • Nobel Prize for Literature Goes to Tomas Tranströmer: Read article. Read his poems: After a Death and Outskirts. Tranströmer reads his poem Schubertiana above.
  • Niels Bohr Dissolves Two Nobel Prize Medals. Fascinating story about what happened when the Nazis overtook Copenhagen in 1940. The article.
  • When Kerouac and Kesey Met in 1964. The story told by their literary agent.
  • The Seven Greatest Stories from Esquire. Stories by Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and beyond.
  • Flannery O’Connor Reads "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Vanderbilt University, 1959. Audio.
  • Miles Davis and John Lennon Playing Basketball in 1971. Watch around 5:00 minute mark. Video.
  • Radio Mozart: All Mozart, All the Time. Online. Scroll down page, and click "Ecouter la radio." Audio.
  • Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Competition. 32 images of anything and everything visible under a microscope. Images.
  • The 1943 Disney Employee Handbook Digitized. How employees learned the ropes.
  • Jon Stewart Explains How The Daily Show is Made. Video courtesy of Rolling Stone. Watch.
  • "Marlon I Respect You Enormously." Francis Ford Coppola's 1973 letter to Marlon Brando.
  • Björk's New Album 'Biophilia.' Stream it free online for a limited time.
  • The Films of Roman Polanski:A four-part retrospective.
  • Steven Pinker Interviewed by Sam Harris. Talk about his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes. Read interview here.
  • Ten Seconds from Every Top 100 Song 1956-1959. Courtesy of WFMU. Audio.
  • Bonnie and Clyde Death Scene. Footage from 1934. Video.
  • Peter Gabriel Performs 1980s Classics with an Orchestra. Listen to three tracks.
  • Audio Slideshow of the Willem de Kooning Retrospective at MOMA. Courtesy of The New Yorker. 3 minutes.
  • Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell's 1984. Audio recorded in 2009. Listen. (Free audio version of the novel here.)
  • Jack White Records Lost Hank Williams Song. Found in his notebooks after his death. Listen.
  • Finding Fellini's La Dolce Vita in Today's Rome. You just need to know where to look for it.
  • Brian Wilson Interviewed in Studio Q. Talks about The Beach Boys, the creative process, drugs, and his struggle with mental illness. Video.
  • Kanji Characters: Learn to Draw Characters in Japanese. Courtesy of Emory University. iTunes Video. Added to our collection Learn Languages for Free.

Sources: @philosophybites, @opedr@elizabethkarr, @coudal@stevesilberman@brainpicker, @dangermindsblog,  @webacion, @matthiasrascher,

25 Great Culture Links: Open Culture Beat No. 9

What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream in recent days? Here are the highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture to get the rest, or Like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you plugged into quality culture every day.

  • Haruki Murakami's New Story, “Town of Cats.” Published in last week's New Yorker.
  • 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography. Here it goes.
  • Paul Simon Performs 'Sound of Silence.' A somber and fitting performance at the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Read J.D. Salinger's Words Before They Disappear. Backstory here. Actual Salinger letter here.
  • Listen to a Free Audiobook of The 9/11 Commission Report. Plus other related materials. Audio.
  • Agatha Christie and Her Surf Board, 1922. Groovy photo.
  • Understanding Dostoyevsky Courtesy of Woody Allen: It's all about existentialism.
  • Hubble Captures Time-Lapse Videos Of Stars Being Born. Mind-blowing NASA video.
  • Stream Music Courtesy of the David Lynch Foundation. Listen to original music by Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits, Dave Stewart, etc.
  • Joan Didion's "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream." Now online.
  • Salvador Dali’s Vogue Covers. Produced mostly in the 1930s and 40s.
  • Jonathan Lethem Introduces Lost Rolling Stone Interview with Clint Eastwood. Read it here.
  • Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life in Letters. Vintage photos.
  • Photo of Katharine Hepburn after the Hurricane of 1938. Click images to enlarge.
  • Frank Zappa Speaks Out for Dental Hygiene. A humorous public service announcement circa 1981.
  • Louis CK Pays Tribute to George Carlin at The New York Public Library. A little NSFW, of course!
  • Malcolm Gladwell: How Different are Dogfighting and Football? His latest in The New Yorker. Text.
  • Letter of Recommendation Written for 16 Year Old Orson Welles. "He's talented to the point of genius."
  • Hannah Arendt's Challenge to Adolf Eichmann. Judith Butler writes in The Guardian
  • The Best Muppet Show Beatles Covers. Fun.
  • Amazing Shot of the Surface of Mars. Captured by the Rover Opportunity on Aug 9.
  • 30 Amazing Stanley Kubrick Cinemagraphs. Photos.
  • Leonardo Mural in Florence, a Lost Masterpiece, May Soon Be Revealed. The story
  • Space Oddity, A Children’s Book Inspired By David Bowie’s Classic Song. Image collection here.
  • Steven Soderbergh to Leave Hollywood. Confirms plans to become a painter.
  • A History of Ireland in 100 Objects. Starts with Mesolithic Fish Trap, ca. 5000BC

Sources: @matthiasrascher,  @kottke,  @coudal,  @craigmod,  @thebookslut,  @thedailyMUBI, @brainpicker, @Criterion,  @ebertchicago

25 Great Culture Links: Open Culture Beat No. 8

What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream during the past week? Here are the highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture to get the rest, or Like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you plugged into mind-expanding culture every day.

  • Albert Camus Killed by the KGB? For criticizing the Soviet Union?
  • Telegram Sent by Noel Coward to Agatha Christie in 1957. Found by furniture restorer in her old bureau.
  • Early Hitchcock Film Found In New Zealand. Article here. Watch Hitchcock films online here.
  • Charles Mingus: The jazz legend on how to toilet train your cat.
  • Why I Write (1946): George Orwell details his personal journey to becoming a writer. (Get Orwell's 1984 & Animal Farm in text & audio here.)
  • An American Girl in Italy: Ruth Orkin's iconic photo 60 years later. Stoic independence or sheer vulnerability?
  • Creative Commons Images and You: A quick guide for image users.
  • The New Yorker's Free App for Arts and Culture Event Listings. Download for Android and iOS.
  • Fox Plans To Bring Back 'Cosmos' Science Series. The host will be astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • The Worst Gig We Ever Played: Musicians on their on-stage lows.
  • The History of the Berlin Wall in 33 Photos: Der Spiegel's photo essay marks the 50th anniversary of its building.
  • "Stuff about Kubrick:" A great set of random links that will satisfy any Stanley Kubrick fan.
  • The Strangest Dream: Documentary about the only man who left the Manhattan Project for moral reasons.
  • Foreign Language Lessons by the Peace Corps: Arabic in Jordan, Russian in Kazakhstan, Mandarin in China, etc. (Don't miss our extensive collection, Learn Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More.)
  • Who Are You Calling "Suckers"? Humanities grad students strike back!
  • Martha Nussbaum on Morality & Disgust: From the Open University's Multiculturalism Bites podcast. Listen.
  • Escher Painting Refracted in a Drop of Falling WaterPhoto.
  • How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked: Courtesy of ultraviolet light.
  • Movie Footage from Charlie Chaplin's 77th birthday. Recorded in 1966.
  • Historical Photos of the Statue of Liberty: See it being built in 1886. It's now closing for renovation.
  • Peter Bogdanovich on Why John Ford's The Searchers may be the greatest western ever. Don't miss 25 Free John Wayne films here, mostly all westerns.
  • At the Tomb of Tutankhamen: Photos were originally published in the May 1923 National Geographic magazine shortly after the tomb's discovery.
  • William Faulkner Goes to First Hockey Game and Records His Impressions: Written in Sports Illustrated, 1955.
  • Big Interview with (and 2 Poems by) Philip Levine: Just named the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • It's the Economy, Dummkopf! Michael Lewis looks at Germany's role in the Eurozone crisis.
  • Sources: @matthiasrascher@webacion@WFMU,  @emediavitals,  @philosophybites@coudal, @eugenephoto, @brainpicker

    Open Culture Beat No. 7: The Best Culture Links of the Week

    What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream during the past week? Here are some highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you plugged in…

    Sources: @coudal,  @kottke,  @philosophybites,  @maudnewton,  @eugenephoto,  @courosa@matthiasrascher,  @BrainPicker.

    Open Culture Beat No. 6: The Best Culture Links of the Week

    What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream during the past week? Here are some highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook. We'll keep you plugged in...

    Sources@opedr,  @kottke,  @PeterSinger,  @nprbooks,  @maudnewton,  @matthiasrascher,  @BrainPicker,  @BoingBoing,  @jessebdylan

    Open Culture No. 5: The Best Culture Links of the Week

    These cultural goodies (and others) flowed through our Twitter stream during the past week. Find us at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook get more intelligent media delivered daily.

    Sources: @eugenephoto,  @boingboing,  @pbkauf ,  @coudal,  @LAReviewofBooks,  @stevesilberman,  @kottke,  @brainpicker,  @webacion

    Open Culture Beat No. 4: The Best Culture Links of the Week

    These cultural goodies (and others) flowed through our Twitter stream during the past week. Find us at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook.

    Sources: @TheAtlanticWire,  @philosophybites,  @kottke,  @eugenephoto,  @thebookslut,  @hughmcguire,  @opedr, @brainpicker,  @webacion,   @kristinbutler,  @matthiasrascher.

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