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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