Mo Yan’s Magical Realism and China’s Proudest Nobel Prize

In 2010 Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Piece prize much to the dismay of the Chinese government. They labeled Xiabo’s accomplishment as a western propaganda tool designed to undermine the authority of their government. The New York Times reports that China retaliated against Norway, the country where the Nobel prizes are awarded from. […]


Stanford Researchers: Reading Jane Austen “A Truly Valuable Exercise of People’s Brains”

What is the value of reading literature? This classic question has troubled literary scholars for centuries, but now it’s getting put to the test of science in hopes of some hard answers. In an innovative interdisciplinary research project at Stanford University, neurobiologists, radiologists, and humanities scholars are trying to understand the relationship between reading, attention, […]


Literary Jukebox: Cleverly Matching Books to Music

Have you ever been reading The Letters of Virginia Woolf, shuffling through your iPod unable to find the right music for your writing? Everyone knows that feel. Well now there’s a pleasant little site that can help you out. Literary Jukebox is the new site from Brain Pickings editor Maria Popova. It’s a single functionality […]


The Elegant Wit of Gore Vidal

The celebrated writer Gore Vidal died on Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles, CA at age 86. Always known for his quick wit, Vidal will be immortalized for his excellent writing and his strong opinions. Vidal published 25 novels, two memoirs, and multiple volumes of essays, in addition to writing plays, dramas, […]


Books and Bikinis Compared by the Cover

Often the most surprising similarities are the most wonderful. Kate Imbach, a former marketing executive and documentary filmaker created a Tumblr micro-blog Matchbook dedicated to matching book covers and bathing suits. The idea for the comparisons came when Imbach was on a recent vacation and noticed a women wearing a bikini that matched the book […]


Radical Ray

In the afterglow of Facebook’s IPO, perhaps it’s appropriate to look at how technology might just be deconstructing our humanity. Ray Bradbury is a sci-fi clairvoyant with a distaste for technology. He predicted technologies that we use today way before their time but spoke of them as dehumanizing tools aimed at human destruction.


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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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