An Eye-Popping Collection of 400+ Japanese Matchbox Covers: From 1920 through the 1940s

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Phillumeny – the practice of collecting matchboxes – strikes me as a fun and practical hobby. As a child, I was fascinated with the contents of a large glass vase my grandparents had dedicated to this pursuit.

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Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s Three Rules for Living Well: A Short and Succinct Life Philosophy

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Regular readers of Open Culture know us to gush over our favorite celebrity couples now and then: John and Yoko, Jean-Paul and Simone, Frida and Diego…. Not your usual tabloid fare, but the juicy details of these amorous partners’ lives also happen to intersect with some of our favorite art, music and literature.

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Photographer Bill Cunningham (RIP) on Living La Vie Boheme Above Carnegie Hall

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New York City lost some of its charm this weekend, with the news that Bill Cunningham, the Times’ beloved, on-the-street fashion photographer, had passed away at the age of 87.
Much has been made over the fact that he was designated a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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Take UC Berkeley’s Free “Edible Education 101” Lecture Course, Featuring a Pantheon of Sustainable Food Superstars

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Dinner at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse shows up on a lot of foodie’s bucket lists. Its founder, Alice Waters, has been promoting the importance of eating organically and locally for nearly half a century.

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Explore Harvard’s Iconic Spaces with 360° Interactive Videos

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For me, nothing captures those occasional feelings of post-graduate yearning like “I Wish I Could Go Back to College,” a N-quite-SFW track from the Broadway musical, Avenue Q.

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Harvard Dean Lists the 5 Essential Questions to Ask In Life … Which Will Bring You Happiness & Success

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And now for a different kind of graduation speech.
Most commencement speeches provide answers of sorts–pieces of wisdom you can carry with you, life strategies you can use down the road.

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Bertrand Russell: “The Problem with the World Is That Fools & Fanatics Are So Certain of Themselves”

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“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell
Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in Orlando this morning.

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Aldous Huxley Predicts in 1950 What the World Will Look Like in the Year 2000

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I’ve been thinking lately about how and why utopian fiction shades into dystopian. Though we sometimes imagine the two modes as inversions of each other, perhaps they lie instead on a continuum, one along which all societies slide, from functional to dysfunctional.

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Martin Scorsese Sends a Sweet Video to the Young Creator a Kubrick/Scorsese Mashup

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If you’re a veteran reader of Open Culture, you may remember a 2010 video tribute called “Kubrick vs Scorsese.” To make the video, Leandro Copperfield, a young cinephile living in Rio de Janeiro, spent 25 days re-watching 35 films, selecting more than 500 scenes, and then editing them into an homage to his two favorite directors.

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