Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
November 21, 2016
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
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November 11, 2016
When human contact is cut off, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity.
In ‘Westworld,’ it’s tough to distinguish human from robot.
November 4, 2016
In 'Westworld's' land of robots, it's the people who lack humanity.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign rally in Cincinnati.
A fashion historian describes the controversial history of the pantsuit – and how Clinton transformed her signature ensemble into a rallying cry for female empowerment.
Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
The building in Braunau Am Inn, Austria, where Hitler was born.
In the past, demolishing the dictator's residences created a void exploited by Nazi sympathizers.
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October 28, 2016
All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry flexes during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Many decry 'superteams' like the NBA's Golden State Warriors as bad for the sport. But psychology research shows that they also make us more likely to watch – and bask in the joy of seeing them fail.
In China, Trump is depicted as a threat to stability.
Some countries clearly prefer one candidate over the other. But the biggest loser may be the American political process, long held up as a model for the rest of the world to emulate.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
October 14, 2016
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan's, they still resonate today.
French painter Paul-Prosper Tillier’s ‘Baigneuses’ (1890).
October 14, 2016
Most studies on straight girls kissing focus on dorm rooms and dance floors. But one sociologist looks at the development of 'sexual friendships' among women previously ignored like single moms.
Go ahead, just let off some steam.
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October 11, 2016
With the taboo on swearing loosening over the past few decades, will profanity lose its effectiveness in spoken language?