Open Culture Beat No. 2

You gave “Open Cul­ture Beat” a col­lec­tive thumbs up. So it con­tin­ues. This edi­tion serves up 20 cul­ture links from around the web, start­ing with a series of beau­ti­ful pho­tos from 1890s Italy. Want more cul­ture links served up dai­ly? Give our Twit­ter stream a fol­low.

• Mono­chro­mat­ic pho­tos of Venice, Rome, Flo­rence, Tori­no. Cir­ca 1890. Cour­tesy of The Library of Con­gress.

• Mal­colm McDow­ell and Leon Vitali Talk About Clock­work Orange on the 40th Anniver­sary.

Ma France: The BBC offers 24 video pod­casts that will teach you French. Part of our col­lec­tion How to Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & 37 Oth­er Lan­guages. It fea­tures lessons in 40 lan­guages in total.

How to stream clas­si­cal music live from the world’s great­est orches­tras and opera com­pa­nies.

• 20 Films Made Before 1900. A video roundup

• Cannes gives Jean-Paul Bel­mon­do the Palme d’Or  50+ years after “Breath­less”

• “The Book of Mor­mon” Lin­er Notes. You’ll have to wait until June 7 to read else­where. Play­bill hosts them here.

• John Grisham: How I became a writer. Video.

• The Conan O’Brien Guide To Cre­ativ­i­ty. Cour­tesy of Fast Com­pa­ny.

• Robert Pin­sky Reads From “Select­ed Poems”

Bio­lu­mi­nes­cence: The weird and won­der­ful world. A TEDTalk by Edith Wid­der.

• New exhib­it of post-bomb Hiroshi­ma pho­tos with anno­tat­ed cap­tions.

The Bea­t­les Com­plete on Ukulele is run­ning at full strength again.

• Ebony Mag­a­zine: Every issue of Ebony Mag­a­zine from 1959 to 2008 is now online.

• Tom Han­ks address­es the Yale Class of 2011 this past week­end.

• Den­zel Wash­ing­ton deliv­ers com­mence­ment address at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia.

How Does A Book Go Viral?: The chil­dren’s book Go The Fuck To Sleep has sold 100,000 pre-sale copies.

• Lon­don’s Asto­ria gets dis­man­tled in time­lapse video.

• Ter­ry Gross inter­views author of new book on Area 51. Fas­ci­nat­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly the part about the famous Roswell land­ing and its rela­tion­ship to the famous mar­t­ian land­ing broad­cast by Orson Welles.

• Frank Capra: 5 Essen­tial Films for his birth­day last week.

• The Gospel Accord­ing to Mark.” Writ­ten by Borges and Read by Paul Ther­oux. MP3.

Sources for this week’s cul­ture links: @brainpicker,  @webacion,  @matthiasrascher,  @opedr,  @pourmecoffee,  @maudnewton,  @sheerly

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