Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education

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With college tuitions ballooning to the point of implosion, and free educational content proliferating online, the future of education is a scorching hot topic.

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Stephen Colbert Explains How The Colbert Report Is Made in a New Podcast

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“I do the show in character, he’s an idiot, he’s willfully ignorant of what you know and care about, please honestly disabuse me of my ignorance and we’ll have a great time.” 
This secret speaks to the heart of comedian and fake-pundit Stephen Colbert’s wildly popular Colbert Report.

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The C.I.A.’s “Bestiary of Intelligence Writing” Satirizes Spook Jargon with Maurice Sendak-Style Drawings

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Ten years in academia gave me a healthy dislike of clichéd jargon, as well as an appreciation for jokes about it. There are a few, like the academic sentence generator and Ph.D. Comics, that capture a bit of what it’s like to go to school and work in higher ed. Corporate drones, of course, have Office Space and Dilbert.

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Drums West: Jim Henson’s Animated Tribute to Jazz Drummer Chico Hamilton (1961)

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Judging by behind-the-scenes footage of a beardless Jim Henson animating “Drums West,” a 1961 homage to jazz drummer Chico Hamilton, one good sneeze and the party would’ve been over.

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Miranda July’s Quirky Film Presents Somebody, the New App That Connects Strangers in the Real World

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Having owned an iPhone for all of one month, I’m still a bit leery of all it can purportedly do for me. Convenience is great, but I’m not sure I’m ready to cede control of all the little tasks, challenges, and puzzles my own imperfect brain has been handling more or less well for nearly half a century.
I don’t hate blundering.

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Flannery O’Connor’s Satirical Cartoons: 1942-1945

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Sci-fi author B.C. Kowalski recently posted a short essay on why the advice to write every day is, for lack of a suitable euphemism, “bullshit.” Not that there’s anything wrong with it, Kowalski maintains. Only that it’s not the only way. It’s said Thackeray wrote every morning at dawn. Jack Kerouac wrote (and drank) in binges.

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Sonny Rollins Describes How 50 Years of Practicing Yoga Made Him a Better Musician

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Indian mystic and philosopher Patanjali supposedly created modern yoga by transmitting his doctrine and disciplines to seven sages.

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Advice to Young Aspiring Artists from Patti Smith, David Byrne & Marina Abramović

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If you dream of becoming the next Disney Channel star, you’d do well to heed the advice of casting director Judy Taylor, who uses “read” and “talent” according to their industry definitions, and seems unlikely to cut anyone slack for youth or inexperience.

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David Lynch Explains Where His Ideas Come From

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Where do great ideas come from? If you ask Neil Gaiman, he’ll tell you that they come from conscious daydreaming and asking the right questions: What if you woke up with wings? What if your sister turned into a mouse?
Pose that question to Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, and he’ll tell you, very emphatically, that &#82

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James Franco Reads 6 Short Poems from His New Collection

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James Franco, like Ethan Hawke before him, is one of those movie stars who gets bashed left and right for daring to behave like any other arty young man.

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