Open Culture Beat No. 3

These cultural goodies (and others) flowed through our Twitter stream during the past week. Find us at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook.

•Cult filmmaker John Waters talks about his transgressive humor, oddball lifestyle, and what inspires him.

•Aussie student finds universe’s ‘missing mass,’ a problem that puzzled astrophysicists for decades.

•Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts. Op-ed by Jonathan Franzen in The New York Times.

Mladic the Monster by Christopher Hitchens.

•Lost E.E. Cummings Poem Discovered. Story profiled in The Awl.

•What If Walt Whitman Wrote For Groupon? Whitman’s birthday was yesterday. Read it here.

•1964: Ken Kesey pens letter to The New York Times defending Broadway adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

•Lars von Trier interviewed shortly after getting booted from Cannes. 2 Parts.

•Crosby, Nash & Young reunite on Late Night; Sing a Miley Cyrus song. Wink.

•A.O. Scott reviews “The Tree of Life,” Palme d’Or winner at Cannes. See trailer here.

•Pete Townshend profiled in longish Economist piece. New autobiography coming out this fall.

•What is the IMF anyway? The always great Planet Money explains. Audio.

•Yale gives honorary degrees to director Martin Scorsese and writer Joan Didion.

•Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images.

•Lady Gaga Takes Tea With Stephen Fry.

•How Popular Science magazine has covered the Theory of Evolution since 1923.

•Lindsay Lohan’s newest movie is an art project. Yes, her career has gotten that bad!

•4th-Grade ‘Paleontologists’ Discover 11,500-Year-Old Mastodon Hair.

•Fassbinder’s sci-fi masterpiece “World on a Wire” has been restored. See the trailer.

•The most-rejected published novelist in history dies at 74.

•Rousseau’s documents put on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

•Summer Reading List: 10 Essential Books for Cognitive Sunshine, courtesy of BrainPickings.

•Want a college education? There’s an app for that.

•The Most Well-Read Cities in America. A list published by

•Paul Theroux on the concept of being a stranger in different countries and languages.

•Georgetown releases study showing how different college majors translate to earnings.

These cultural goodies (and others) flowed through our Twitter stream during the past week. Find us at @openculture.

Sources for this edition of Open Culture Beat include: @paulconley,  @opedr,  @webacion,  @ebertchicago,  @kristinbutler,  @sheerly,  @stevesilberman, @philosophybites, @matthiasrascher.

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