25 Great Culture Links: Open Culture Beat No. 8

What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream during the past week? Here are the highlights. Follow us on Twitter at @openculture to get the rest, or Like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you plugged into mind-expanding culture every day.

  • Albert Camus Killed by the KGB? For criticizing the Soviet Union?
  • Telegram Sent by Noel Coward to Agatha Christie in 1957. Found by furniture restorer in her old bureau.
  • Early Hitchcock Film Found In New Zealand. Article here. Watch Hitchcock films online here.
  • Charles Mingus: The jazz legend on how to toilet train your cat.
  • Why I Write (1946): George Orwell details his personal journey to becoming a writer. (Get Orwell’s 1984 & Animal Farm in text & audio here.)
  • An American Girl in Italy: Ruth Orkin’s iconic photo 60 years later. Stoic independence or sheer vulnerability?
  • Creative Commons Images and You: A quick guide for image users.
  • The New Yorker‘s Free App for Arts and Culture Event Listings. Download for Android and iOS.
  • Fox Plans To Bring Back ‘Cosmos’ Science Series. The host will be astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • The Worst Gig We Ever Played: Musicians on their on-stage lows.
  • The History of the Berlin Wall in 33 Photos: Der Spiegel’s photo essay marks the 50th anniversary of its building.
  • “Stuff about Kubrick:” A great set of random links that will satisfy any Stanley Kubrick fan.
  • The Strangest Dream: Documentary about the only man who left the Manhattan Project for moral reasons.
  • Foreign Language Lessons by the Peace Corps: Arabic in Jordan, Russian in Kazakhstan, Mandarin in China, etc. (Don’t miss our extensive collection, Learn Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More.)
  • Who Are You Calling “Suckers”? Humanities grad students strike back!
  • Martha Nussbaum on Morality & Disgust: From the Open University’s Multiculturalism Bites podcast. Listen.
  • Escher Painting Refracted in a Drop of Falling WaterPhoto.
  • How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked: Courtesy of ultraviolet light.
  • Movie Footage from Charlie Chaplin’s 77th birthday. Recorded in 1966.
  • Historical Photos of the Statue of Liberty: See it being built in 1886. It’s now closing for renovation.
  • Peter Bogdanovich on Why John Ford’s The Searchers may be the greatest western ever. Don’t miss 25 Free John Wayne films here, mostly all westerns.
  • At the Tomb of Tutankhamen: Photos were originally published in the May 1923 National Geographic magazine shortly after the tomb’s discovery.
  • William Faulkner Goes to First Hockey Game and Records His Impressions: Written in Sports Illustrated, 1955.
  • Big Interview with (and 2 Poems by) Philip Levine: Just named the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • It’s the Economy, Dummkopf! Michael Lewis looks at Germany’s role in the Eurozone crisis.
  • Sources: @matthiasrascher@webacion@WFMU,  @emediavitals,  @philosophybites@coudal, @eugenephoto, @brainpicker

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