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,

25 Great Culture Links: Open Culture Beat No. 9

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.

  • Haru­ki Murakami’s New Sto­ry, “Town of Cats.” Pub­lished in last week’s New York­er.
  • 10 Things Hen­ri Carti­er-Bres­son Can Teach You About Street Pho­tog­ra­phy. Here it goes.
  • Paul Simon Per­forms ‘Sound of Silence.’ A somber and fit­ting per­for­mance at the 9/11 Memo­r­i­al.
  • Read J.D. Salinger’s Words Before They Dis­ap­pear. Back­sto­ry here. Actu­al Salinger let­ter here.
  • Lis­ten to a Free Audio­book of The 9/11 Com­mis­sion Report. Plus oth­er relat­ed mate­ri­als. Audio.
  • Agatha Christie and Her Surf Board, 1922. Groovy pho­to.
  • Under­stand­ing Dos­toyevsky Cour­tesy of Woody Allen: It’s all about exis­ten­tial­ism.
  • Hub­ble Cap­tures Time-Lapse Videos Of Stars Being Born. Mind-blow­ing NASA video.
  • Stream Music Cour­tesy of the David Lynch Foun­da­tion. Lis­ten to orig­i­nal music by Ala­nis Moris­sette, Tom Waits, Dave Stew­art, etc.
  • Joan Did­ion’s “Some Dream­ers of the Gold­en Dream.” Now online.
  • Sal­vador Dali’s Vogue Cov­ers. Pro­duced most­ly in the 1930s and 40s.
  • Jonathan Lethem Intro­duces Lost Rolling Stone Inter­view with Clint East­wood. Read it here.
  • Ernest Hemingway’s Ear­ly Life in Let­ters. Vin­tage pho­tos.
  • Pho­to of Katharine Hep­burn after the Hur­ri­cane of 1938. Click images to enlarge.
  • Frank Zap­pa Speaks Out for Den­tal Hygiene. A humor­ous pub­lic ser­vice announce­ment cir­ca 1981.
  • Louis CK Pays Trib­ute to George Car­lin at The New York Pub­lic Library. A lit­tle NSFW, of course!
  • Mal­colm Glad­well: How Dif­fer­ent are Dog­fight­ing and Foot­ball? His lat­est in The New York­er. Text.
  • Let­ter of Rec­om­men­da­tion Writ­ten for 16 Year Old Orson Welles. “He’s tal­ent­ed to the point of genius.”
  • Han­nah Arendt’s Chal­lenge to Adolf Eich­mann. Judith But­ler writes in The Guardian
  • The Best Mup­pet Show Bea­t­les Cov­ers. Fun.
  • Amaz­ing Shot of the Sur­face of Mars. Cap­tured by the Rover Oppor­tu­ni­ty on Aug 9.
  • 30 Amaz­ing Stan­ley Kubrick Cin­ema­graphs. Pho­tos.
  • Leonar­do Mur­al in Flo­rence, a Lost Mas­ter­piece, May Soon Be Revealed. The sto­ry
  • Space Odd­i­ty, A Children’s Book Inspired By David Bowie’s Clas­sic Song. Image col­lec­tion here.
  • Steven Soder­bergh to Leave Hol­ly­wood. Con­firms plans to become a painter.
  • A His­to­ry of Ire­land in 100 Objects. Starts with Mesolith­ic Fish Trap, ca. 5000BC

Sources: @matthiasrascher,  @kottke,  @coudal,  @craigmod,  @thebookslut,  @thedailyMUBI, @brainpicker, @Criterion,  @ebertchicago

Open Culture Beat No. 7: The Best Culture Links of the Week

What cul­tur­al good­ies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twit­ter stream dur­ing the past week? Here are some high­lights. Fol­low us on Twit­ter at @openculture … or Like us on Face­book. We’ll keep you plugged in…

Sources: @coudal,  @kottke,  @philosophybites,  @maudnewton,  @eugenephoto,  @courosa@matthiasrascher,  @BrainPicker.

Open Culture Beat No. 6: The Best Culture Links of the Week

What cul­tur­al good­ies did we tweet (and re-tweet) on our Twit­ter stream dur­ing the past week? Here are some high­lights. Fol­low us on Twit­ter at @openculture … or Like us on Face­book. We’ll keep you plugged in…

Sources@opedr,  @kottke,  @PeterSinger,  @nprbooks,  @maudnewton,  @matthiasrascher,  @BrainPicker,  @BoingBoing,  @jessebdylan

Open Culture No. 5: The Best Culture Links of the Week

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.

Sources: @eugenephoto,  @boingboing,  @pbkauf ,  @coudal,  @LAReviewofBooks,  @stevesilberman,  @kottke,  @brainpicker,  @webacion

Open Culture Beat No. 4: The Best Culture Links of the Week

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

Sources: @TheAtlanticWire,  @philosophybites,  @kottke,  @eugenephoto,  @thebookslut,  @hughmcguire,  @opedr, @brainpicker,  @webacion,   @kristinbutler,  @matthiasrascher.

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 Amazon.com.

•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.

Open Culture Beat No. 2

You gave “Open Cul­ture Beat” a col­lec­tive thumbs up. So it con­tin­ues. This edi­tion serves up 20 cul­ture links from around the web, start­ing with a series of beau­ti­ful pho­tos from 1890s Italy. Want more cul­ture links served up dai­ly? Give our Twit­ter stream a fol­low.

• Mono­chro­mat­ic pho­tos of Venice, Rome, Flo­rence, Tori­no. Cir­ca 1890. Cour­tesy of The Library of Con­gress.

• Mal­colm McDow­ell and Leon Vitali Talk About Clock­work Orange on the 40th Anniver­sary.

Ma France: The BBC offers 24 video pod­casts that will teach you French. Part of our col­lec­tion How to Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & 37 Oth­er Lan­guages. It fea­tures lessons in 40 lan­guages in total.

How to stream clas­si­cal music live from the world’s great­est orches­tras and opera com­pa­nies.

• 20 Films Made Before 1900. A video roundup

• Cannes gives Jean-Paul Bel­mon­do the Palme d’Or  50+ years after “Breath­less”

• “The Book of Mor­mon” Lin­er Notes. You’ll have to wait until June 7 to read else­where. Play­bill hosts them here.

• John Grisham: How I became a writer. Video.

• The Conan O’Brien Guide To Cre­ativ­i­ty. Cour­tesy of Fast Com­pa­ny.

• Robert Pin­sky Reads From “Select­ed Poems”

Bio­lu­mi­nes­cence: The weird and won­der­ful world. A TEDTalk by Edith Wid­der.

• New exhib­it of post-bomb Hiroshi­ma pho­tos with anno­tat­ed cap­tions.

The Bea­t­les Com­plete on Ukulele is run­ning at full strength again.

• Ebony Mag­a­zine: Every issue of Ebony Mag­a­zine from 1959 to 2008 is now online.

• Tom Han­ks address­es the Yale Class of 2011 this past week­end.

• Den­zel Wash­ing­ton deliv­ers com­mence­ment address at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia.

How Does A Book Go Viral?: The chil­dren’s book Go The Fuck To Sleep has sold 100,000 pre-sale copies.

• Lon­don’s Asto­ria gets dis­man­tled in time­lapse video.

• Ter­ry Gross inter­views author of new book on Area 51. Fas­ci­nat­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly the part about the famous Roswell land­ing and its rela­tion­ship to the famous mar­t­ian land­ing broad­cast by Orson Welles.

• Frank Capra: 5 Essen­tial Films for his birth­day last week.

• The Gospel Accord­ing to Mark.” Writ­ten by Borges and Read by Paul Ther­oux. MP3.

Sources for this week’s cul­ture links: @brainpicker,  @webacion,  @matthiasrascher,  @opedr,  @pourmecoffee,  @maudnewton,  @sheerly

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