When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at the Indianapolis Star, where my mother worked in what was then referred to as the “women’s pages.” She kept me busy returning the photos that accompanied marriage and engagement announcements, using the SASEs the young brides had supplied.[...]
If you haven’t seen it already, check it out. When Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung spent 16 days in the Antarctic earlier this year, he “got to experience the most amazing scenery and wildlife” and captured some beautiful footage with a DJI Phantom 2 drone camera.[...]
Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of spring—these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration.[...]
Just about as long as I’ve written here at Open Culture, I’ve also hosted and produced Notebook on Cities and Culture, a world-traveling podcast dedicated to in-depth conversations with interesting people about the work they do and the world cities they do it in.
Circling Birdies by Cheko, Granada Spain
Since last we wrote, Google Street Art has doubled its online archive by adding some 5,000 images, bringing the tally to 10,000, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on all five continents (though as of this writing, things are a bit thin on the ground in Africa).
Worth a quick note: Every month, The University of Chicago Press makes available a free ebook, which you can read online. This month’s pick is Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave, by the University of Cambridge Classics professor Simon Goldhill, who doubles as the director of the Cambridge Victorian Studies group.[...]
Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become a bustling, metropolis, and a major business hub in the Persian Gulf region. “My first impression of Dubai was that of super-tall buildings jutting out of the desert sand,” writes Rob Whitworth, the creator of the film above.[...]
I once asked a friend based in Seoul, South Korea who used to write for a prestigious news magazine what that magazine wanted to hear from the Korea beat. “Let’s see… North Korea, North Korea, and more North Korea,” he replied.[...]
The tradition of the uncomfortable intellectual aboard a cruise ship, while not a particularly long or wide one, has produced a few intriguing works.[...]
Once upon a time, a handsome man was trapped in a tower overlooking the sea. To amuse himself, he built a magical instrument. It was constructed of wood and metal, but sounded like something one might hear over loudspeakers at the Tate, or perhaps an avant-garde sound installation in Bushwick.[...]