Puppets of Dostoevsky, Dickens & Poe Star in 1950s Frank Capra Educational Film

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Produced between 1956 and 1964 by AT&T, the Bell Telephone Science Hour TV specials anticipate the literary zaniness of The Muppet Show and the scientific enthusiasm of Cosmos.

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Umberto Eco’s How To Write a Thesis: A Witty, Irreverent & Highly Practical Guide Now Out in English

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In general, the how-to book—whether on beekeeping, piano-playing, or wilderness survival—is a dubious object, always running the risk of boring readers into despairing apathy or hopelessly perplexing them with complexity.

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Alan Alda Uses Improv to Teach Scientists How to Communicate Their Ideas

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Woe to the famous actor who dares to write a novel or start a band or design a line of clothing. The public can be awfully snobby about such extracurricular pursuits. We reward our children for cultivating a wide range of interests, but heaven forfend a celebrity who wanders away from the accepted script.

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry Shows You How to Draw Batman in Her UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

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How do you draw Batman?
Don’t say you don’t, or that you can’t. According to cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry, we’re all capable of getting Batman down on paper in one form or another.

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A Sneak Peek at Junot Díaz’s Syllabi for His MIT Writing Classes, and the Novels on His Reading List

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We can probably all agree that it’s a little premature, but all the same, the BBC has barreled ahead with its list of “The 21st Century’s 12 greatest novels.

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Download 130 Free Philosophy Courses: Tools for Thinking About Life, Death & Everything Between

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What is “Philosophy”? Yes, we know, the word comes from the Greek philosophia, which means “the love of wisdom.” This rote etymological definition does little, I think, to enhance our understanding of the subject, though it may describe the motivation of many a student.

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Kurt Vonnegut Gives Advice to Aspiring Writers in a 1991 TV Interview

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Remember when television was the big gorilla poised to put an end to all reading?
Then along came the miracle of the Internet. Blogs begat blogs, and thusly did the people start to read again!
Of course, many a great newspaper and magazine fell before its mighty engine. So it goes.
So did television in the old fashioned sense. So it goes.

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What Are Literature, Philosophy & History For? Alain de Botton Explains with Monty Python-Style Videos

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Once upon a time, questions about the use-value of art were the height of philistinism. “All art is quite useless,” wrote the aesthete Oscar Wilde, presaging the attitudes of modernists to come.

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A Quick Introduction to Literary Theory: Watch Animated Videos from the Open University

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Just what is an author? It might seem like a silly question, and an academic dissection of the term may seem like a needlessly pedantic exercise.

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New Animated Web Series Makes the Theory of Evolution Easy to Understand

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When it comes to matters of broad scientific consensus, I’m generally inclined to offer provisional assent.

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