These cultural goodies (and others) flowed through our Twitter stream during the past week. Find us at @openculture … or Like us on Facebook get more intelligent media delivered daily.
- Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road is now available as an “amplified edition” on the iPad. Kerouac reads from his classic novel here.
- Historian David McCullough in the Wall Street Journal: “We’re raising young people who are historically illiterate.”
- Great Opera Houses of the World: Your guided tour.
- David Mamet’s Right-Wing Conversion. Book review in New York Times by Christopher Hitchens.
- A Genealogy of Intellectuals. How you get from Mary Shelley to Picasso. Courtesy of Lapham’s Quarterly.
- With ‘Harry Potter’ eBook, publishing finally has its ‘Radiohead Moment.’
- Errol Morris in NYTimes: Did My Brother Invent E-Mail With Tom Van Vleck? A five-part series.
- Vivian Maier’s Self Portraits. More photography from a belatedly discovered talent. Portraits here. Intro to Maier here.
- 330 Books in Charles Darwin’s Library. Newly digitized and freely available.
- Robert Reich explains the problems with the US economy in 2 minutes, 15 seconds with some RSA-style animation.
- Lady Gaga Fugue on a 250-year-old organ.
- A History of the Universe in Sound: Artist-technologist Honor Harger listens to the weird and wonderful noises of stars and planets and pulsars.
- The Real Mahatma Gandhi: Christopher Hitchens questions the moral heroism of India’s revered figure.
- Turn On, Tune In, Drop by the Archives: Timothy Leary Papers at the New York Public Library.
- Sex Selection and the Shortage of Women: Is Science to Blame? by Richard Dawkins.
- World War II, A Retrospective in 20 Parts. Runs from June 19 until October 30, courtesy of The Atlantic.
- Google Books will scan and put online 250,000 texts from The British Library. Texts from between 1700 and 1870. Details.
- A. O. Scott looks back at ‘Rome, Open City,’ Roberto Rossellini’s film about the struggle against oppression.
- Bill Murray Reads Billy Collins’ Poem “Forgetfulness.” Also added to our Cultural Icons collection.
- 9 Classic Poems Published in The Atlantic: Whitman, Frost, Pinsky and more.
- Stanley Kubrick’s letter to projectionists on “Barry Lyndon”
- RadioLab’s Robert Krulwich on how clouds are born.
- The Sound of Silence. The Economist looks at how copyright law keeps vintage audio quiet.
- Vintage Ads: An amazing collection.
- To the people who stole my Les Paul. Craigslist.
- University of Michigan to stop worrying about lawsuits. Starts releasing orphan works.
Sources: @eugenephoto, @boingboing, @pbkauf , @coudal, @LAReviewofBooks, @stevesilberman, @kottke, @brainpicker, @webacion
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