Open Culture Beat No. 3

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

•Cult filmmaker John Waters talks about his transgressive humor, oddball lifestyle, and what inspires him.

•Aussie student finds universe's 'missing mass,' a problem that puzzled astrophysicists for decades.

•Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts. Op-ed by Jonathan Franzen in The New York Times.

Mladic the Monster by Christopher Hitchens.

•Lost E.E. Cummings Poem Discovered. Story profiled in The Awl.

•What If Walt Whitman Wrote For Groupon? Whitman's birthday was yesterday. Read it here.

•1964: Ken Kesey pens letter to The New York Times defending Broadway adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

•Lars von Trier interviewed shortly after getting booted from Cannes. 2 Parts.

•Crosby, Nash & Young reunite on Late Night; Sing a Miley Cyrus song. Wink.

•A.O. Scott reviews "The Tree of Life," Palme d'Or winner at Cannes. See trailer here.

•Pete Townshend profiled in longish Economist piece. New autobiography coming out this fall.

•What is the IMF anyway? The always great Planet Money explains. Audio.

•Yale gives honorary degrees to director Martin Scorsese and writer Joan Didion.

•Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images.

•Lady Gaga Takes Tea With Stephen Fry.

•How Popular Science magazine has covered the Theory of Evolution since 1923.

•Lindsay Lohan's newest movie is an art project. Yes, her career has gotten that bad!

•4th-Grade 'Paleontologists' Discover 11,500-Year-Old Mastodon Hair.

•Fassbinder's sci-fi masterpiece "World on a Wire" has been restored. See the trailer.

•The most-rejected published novelist in history dies at 74.

•Rousseau's documents put on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

•Summer Reading List: 10 Essential Books for Cognitive Sunshine, courtesy of BrainPickings.

•Want a college education? There's an app for that.

•The Most Well-Read Cities in America. A list published by

•Paul Theroux on the concept of being a stranger in different countries and languages.

•Georgetown releases study showing how different college majors translate to earnings.

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

Sources for this edition of Open Culture Beat include: @paulconley,  @opedr,  @webacion,  @ebertchicago,  @kristinbutler,  @sheerly,  @stevesilberman, @philosophybites, @matthiasrascher.

Open Culture Beat No. 2

You gave "Open Culture Beat" a collective thumbs up. So it continues. This edition serves up 20 culture links from around the web, starting with a series of beautiful photos from 1890s Italy. Want more culture links served up daily? Give our Twitter stream a follow.

• Monochromatic photos of Venice, Rome, Florence, Torino. Circa 1890. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

• Malcolm McDowell and Leon Vitali Talk About Clockwork Orange on the 40th Anniversary.

Ma France: The BBC offers 24 video podcasts that will teach you French. Part of our collection How to Learn Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & 37 Other Languages. It features lessons in 40 languages in total.

How to stream classical music live from the world's greatest orchestras and opera companies.

• 20 Films Made Before 1900. A video roundup

• Cannes gives Jean-Paul Belmondo the Palme d'Or  50+ years after "Breathless"

• “The Book of Mormon” Liner Notes. You'll have to wait until June 7 to read elsewhere. Playbill hosts them here.

• John Grisham: How I became a writer. Video.

• The Conan O’Brien Guide To Creativity. Courtesy of Fast Company.

• Robert Pinsky Reads From “Selected Poems”

Bioluminescence: The weird and wonderful world. A TEDTalk by Edith Widder.

• New exhibit of post-bomb Hiroshima photos with annotated captions.

The Beatles Complete on Ukulele is running at full strength again.

• Ebony Magazine: Every issue of Ebony Magazine from 1959 to 2008 is now online.

• Tom Hanks addresses the Yale Class of 2011 this past weekend.

• Denzel Washington delivers commencement address at The University of Pennsylvania.

How Does A Book Go Viral?: The children's book Go The Fuck To Sleep has sold 100,000 pre-sale copies.

• London's Astoria gets dismantled in timelapse video.

• Terry Gross interviews author of new book on Area 51. Fascinating, particularly the part about the famous Roswell landing and its relationship to the famous martian landing broadcast by Orson Welles.

• Frank Capra: 5 Essential Films for his birthday last week.

• The Gospel According to Mark." Written by Borges and Read by Paul Theroux. MP3.

Sources for this week's culture links: @brainpicker,  @webacion,  @matthiasrascher,  @opedr,  @pourmecoffee,  @maudnewton,  @sheerly

Open Culture Beat No. 1

Here's something a little experimental for you. We post many great culture links on our Twitter stream. But we realize that you don't necessarily stay glued to Twitter ... or even use it all. So a couple of times each week, we'll give you our favorite culture links from around the web. If you like the idea (or not) let us know. Now to the links:

• Cannes gives Jean-Paul Belmondo the Palme d'Or more than 50 years after "Breathless".

• Jim Henson died on this day in 1990. Some letters about his widely adored creation, the Muppets. By Letters of Note.

• The world’s most inspiring bookstoresA photo gallery.

• Stephen Hawking on heaven. “It’s a fairy story” for people afraid of death.

• Truman Capote on Marlon Brando in The NewYorker, 1957.

• Yale Digital Commons, a fantastic new online resource for art & artifacts.

Lars von Trier stirs up Cannes with Hitler, Nazi quips.

Kurt Vonnegut reads the beginning of Breakfast of Champions.

• Book covers that almost were. A NYTimes photo gallery.

Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus.

The BBC's essential guide to video editing.

• George Mason University professor helps create viral rap videos — about economics.

• William Burroughs, the beat writer, panned by the Turkish state.

How Writers Build the Brand. The long tradition of self-promotion, from the Ancient Greeks to Hemingway.

Sources: @kirstinbutler,  @pourmecoffee,  @philosophybites,  @jaredbkeller,  @steverubel,  @stevesilberman, @ebertchicago


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