The Best of the Culture Web. Open Culture Beat No. 10

What cultural goodies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twitter stream in recent days? 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 quality culture every day.

  • Nobel Prize for Literature Goes to Tomas Tranströmer: Read article. Read his poems: After a Death and Outskirts. Tranströmer reads his poem Schubertiana above.
  • Niels Bohr Dissolves Two Nobel Prize Medals. Fascinating story about what happened when the Nazis overtook Copenhagen in 1940. The article.
  • When Kerouac and Kesey Met in 1964. The story told by their literary agent.
  • The Seven Greatest Stories from Esquire. Stories by Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and beyond.
  • Flannery O’Connor Reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Vanderbilt University, 1959. Audio.
  • Miles Davis and John Lennon Playing Basketball in 1971. Watch around 5:00 minute mark. Video.
  • Radio Mozart: All Mozart, All the Time. Online. Scroll down page, and click “Ecouter la radio.” Audio.
  • Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition. 32 images of anything and everything visible under a microscope. Images.
  • The 1943 Disney Employee Handbook Digitized. How employees learned the ropes.
  • Jon Stewart Explains How The Daily Show is Made. Video courtesy of Rolling Stone. Watch.
  • “Marlon I Respect You Enormously.” Francis Ford Coppola’s 1973 letter to Marlon Brando.
  • Björk’s New Album ‘Biophilia.’ Stream it free online for a limited time.
  • The Films of Roman Polanski:A four-part retrospective.
  • Steven Pinker Interviewed by Sam Harris. Talk about his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes. Read interview here.
  • Ten Seconds from Every Top 100 Song 1956-1959. Courtesy of WFMU. Audio.
  • Bonnie and Clyde Death Scene. Footage from 1934. Video.
  • Peter Gabriel Performs 1980s Classics with an Orchestra. Listen to three tracks.
  • Audio Slideshow of the Willem de Kooning Retrospective at MOMA. Courtesy of The New Yorker. 3 minutes.
  • Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell’s 1984. Audio recorded in 2009. Listen. (Free audio version of the novel here.)
  • Jack White Records Lost Hank Williams Song. Found in his notebooks after his death. Listen.
  • Finding Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in Today’s Rome. You just need to know where to look for it.
  • Brian Wilson Interviewed in Studio Q. Talks about The Beach Boys, the creative process, drugs, and his struggle with mental illness. Video.
  • Kanji Characters: Learn to Draw Characters in Japanese. Courtesy of Emory University. iTunes Video. Added to our collection Learn Languages for Free.

Sources: @philosophybites, @opedr@elizabethkarr, @coudal@stevesilberman@brainpicker, @dangermindsblog,  @webacion, @matthiasrascher,

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