An Immersive Audio Tour of the East Village’s Famed Poetry Scene, Narrated by Jim Jarmusch

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A peek at the photos on a realtor’s listing for a New York City one bedroom apartment formerly occupied by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is a dispiriting reminder of how much the East Village has changed.


Stephen Fry: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18

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Growing up, many of us assume that every adult can, by definition, give us life advice.


Watch Helen Keller & Teacher Annie Sullivan Demonstrate How Helen Learned to Speak (1930)

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Knowing the transformative effect an inspired teacher can have on an “unreachable” student, one can only hope that geography and luck will conspire to bring the two together at an early point in the child’s development.


21 Artists Give “Advice to the Young:” Vital Lessons from Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Umberto Eco, Patti Smith & More

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Never meet your idols, they say. It can put a cramp in your appreciation of their work. There are always exceptions, but maybe Bill Murray proves the rule. On the other hand, you should always learn from your idols. There’s a reason you admire them, after all. Find out what it is and what they have to teach you.


Alejandro Jodorowsky Explains How Tarot Cards Can Give You Creative Inspiration

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The practice of cartomancy, or divination with cards, dates back several hundred years to at least 14th century Europe, perhaps by way of Turkey. But the specific form we know of, the tarot, likely emerged in the 17th century, and the deck we’re all most familiar with—the Rider-Waite Tarot—didn’t appear until 1909.


Helen Keller Had Impeccable Handwriting: See a Collection of Her Childhood Letters

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The inspirational blind and deaf activist and educator Helen Keller learned to speak aloud, but, to her great regret, never clearly.
Her careful penmanship, above, is another matter.


When an Octopus Caused the Great Staten Island Ferry Disaster (November 22, 1963)

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Where were you on November 22, 1963?
I had yet to be born, but am given to understand that the events of that day helped shape a generation.
Documentarian Melanie Juliano knows this too, though she’s still a few months shy of the legal drinking age.


Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Errol Morris Creates a Commercial for Depend Adult Diapers

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There’s a gender assumption for every stage of life these days. From gender-coded Lego play sets and teen magazines, we progress to lightweight, pink tool sets or their more traditional, apparently “masculine” counterpart.
After that?
Adult diapers.


The Poetry of Mining Beautiful White Italian Marble Captured in a Short Film

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Did anyone ever truly want to be a coal miner? The work was dirty, dangerous, and poorly compensated, the workers exploited and their unions blocked by callow employers.
Coal production is in a state of terminal decline, but the old phrase “it’s not mining coal” endures.
However hard your job may be, it’s not coal mining.


Oliver Sacks’ Final Interview: A First Look

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It’s been nearly a year since the poet laureate of medicine, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, took his final bow as a sentient being on this beautiful planet, succumbing, at 82, to metastases of ocular melanoma which spread to his liver.
The New Yorker marks the occasion by publishing Sacks’ fellow neurologist and author Dr.


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