January 31, 2016

Cleopatra (1945)

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January 30, 2016

Color the Lion - French Toast

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Did the Tudors invent the Wars of the Roses?

"By the time Margaret Pole died, the Wars of the Roses had all but sputtered out. Yet for half a century they had been a vital part of the Tudors’ programme of self-justification. It was this part of the war that had been the most overtly ‘dynastic’, and it is no surprise that historians writing in the mid-16th century viewed the 15th century through that lens. Edward Hall’s huge chronicle history of England called (to give it its short title) The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancastre and Yorke gave a decidedly ‘Tudor’ version of events. Hall was followed by writers such as Raphael Holinshed, who provided source material for Shakespeare. By the 1590s, history had been determined – even if it had been somewhat warped in the process."

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David Bowie - Station to Station (Live 1978)

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January 29, 2016

Intellectuals and power

A conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.

This is a transcript of a 1972 conversation between the post-structuralist philosophers Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, which discusses the links between the struggles of women, homosexuals, prisoners etc to class struggle, and also the relationship between theory, practice and power
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January 28, 2016

Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe! - Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange

"Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange discuss Europe’s future. With the recent economic crisis in Greece, unprecedented challenges to centralised European policy, and the lack of consensus on the ongoing refugee crisis, many would agree that Europe faces its greatest ever predicament. Slavoj Žižek, regarded as ‘the most dangerous philosopher in the West’ (The New Republic), and Yanis Varoufakis, self-described ‘erratic Marxist’ and economic ‘rock-star’ (Business Insider and other publications), met in Croatia in 2013. They have never appeared together on the public stage – until now. Take your seat to hear them discuss the urgent task of building a different and more democratic Europe. The conversation explores the contradictions of late capitalism and some of the solutions that might just save the European project. It is moderated by Croatian philosopher Srecko Horvat."

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January 27, 2016

The Penthouse by ODA New York

Space between things: Interview with Eran Chan.

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FKA twigs - tw-ache

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January 26, 2016

Love In A Cold Climate 1980

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A brief history of Italian

"...ironically, Latin was replaced by an equally artificial language that no one really spoke but everyone wrote in. And there's a simple economic reason for this: it's what you had to do if you wanted any chance of reaching a sizable audience."

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Hollie Cook - Looking For Real Love

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January 25, 2016


When Robert Pinsky wrote a video game (hat tip to Mr. Tarantino).

The resulting product—which, thanks to Hales, you can now play online, for free—is a playful mishmash of sci-fi tropes, Pop surrealism, and allusions both high and low: the work of a poet having fun, but still the work of a poet. After all, Pinsky pointed out to me, “allusion” and “ludicrous” both come from the Latin ludere, meaning “to play.”

The play's the thing: Mindwheel: An Electronic Novel.

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Lafcadio Hearn - Insect Literature

"The Berlin-based author Yoko Tawada recently remarked that one of the difficulties she faced when translating Kafka’s short story 'Metamorphosis' into Japanese was that the associations Japanese people had with insects — even presumably giant beetles — were different to those of Europeans."

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kuma - Falling For Somebody New

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January 24, 2016

Latvian smith forges a Namejs ring

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Luca Turin at The Perfume Society

"I think it's an unfair competition because the perfumers in the great perfume houses have access to materials that nobody can get hold of. They have access to technical back up that other people can only dream of. They have access to robots that can do a hundred compositions for testing in as many minutes. So, it's David and Goliath, really. And considering that, it's amazing that artisan perfumers can do good stuff. And it also makes you think that, perhaps, the big perfume houses have lost their way."

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Vangelis - Ask The Mountains

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January 23, 2016

Reading in the Attic Podcast Ep 15 - The Bellhound by Camille LaGuire

"'The Bellhound' a contemporary fantasy story. The narrator doesn't want a dog, can't afford a security system, but a witch offers to create for her something that combines the best -- and worst -- aspects of both."

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Gatsby's Back

"During men's fashion week in London, the weather was distinctly British, but the outfits told a different story — one set in Long Island."

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M. Pokora - Si tu pars

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January 22, 2016

Honey Hunter’s Elixir

"Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead – an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water – based on old recipes which they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance."

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Snakehips feat. Syd - Gone

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January 21, 2016

Firmenich Naturals Together - Chapter 3: Rose Centifolia

"Rose harvesting is a deep-seated tradition in South of France. In Grasse, Firmenich is one of the largest purchasers of Rose Centifolia, one of the most treasured varieties used in the production of rose extracts. Firmenich is committed both to keeping the tradition of rose cultivation alive and to local partnerships which ensure sustainable quantities and the ultimate quality of Rose Absolute for our creators and customers."

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Grimes - Kill V. Maim

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January 19, 2016

His friend says, “Great, I need something upbeat.”

"Imagine what it was like if someone’s favorite play was King Leir (that’s L-E-I-R, not L-E-A-R), an older play, which someone might have seen in 1590 and kept seeing in repertory for 15 years. He runs into his friend and he says, 'I love this play and there’s a new version on at the Globe. Shakespeare just re-wrote it. It’s that story about this king who falls out with his three daughters, the one with the HAPPY ending. You feel so good when he is reconciled with his youngest daughter, Cordella, and gets his kingdom back.'”

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Hollie Cook - Shadow Kissing

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January 18, 2016

Anna Bendz - Let Us Liberate You (The Liberators Documentary)

"A captivating documentary following Peter Sharp, the founder of The Liberators International and his life story. You will gain a deeper insight as he & his team prepare for the World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment 2015. "

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Alan Rickman reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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Snakehips feat. Sinead Harnett - Days With You

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January 16, 2016

Queen Mary 2: Master and Commander

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David Bowie - Pallas Athena

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January 15, 2016

Adele Carpool Karaoke

"While home in London for the holidays, James Corden picks up his friend Adele for a drive around the city singing some of her classic songs before Adele raps Nicki Minaj's 'Monster.'"

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Felix Jaehn ft. Polina - Book Of Love

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

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January 14, 2016

David Bowie speaks to Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight (1999)

"In this BBC Newsnight interview from 1999 David Bowie talks to Jeremy Paxman about going to meet Tony Blair in stilettos, his alter egos - and makes some incredibly accurate predictions about the potential of the internet."

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Lola Coca - Bad Girlfriend

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

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January 12, 2016

Queen, Annie Lennox & David Bowie - Under Pressure

My first thought yesterday was that I'm still in mourning for Freddie Mercury.

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January 11, 2016

David Bowie - Lazarus

David Bowie, RIP.

Surprisingly, given his onstage exhibitionism, Bowie has always possessed a certain shy wariness, a trait shared by few of today’s pop stars. “I’m ever so slow in forming human relationships,” he told W. “You always have to beware of people who are suddenly thrown into the limelight through no talent of their own. They develop this ghastly drive to cuddle with stars and artists, and therefore reflect rather than generate light."
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January 10, 2016

Arena BBC - Who is Poly Styrene? (1979)

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Ásgeir - King and Cross

Glistening nighttime dew, and she is walking with me.
From the house of red, I hear a child crying.
Foxes heading home, their prey hangs from their jaws.
And the forest knows, but it won't share the secret.

When the king takes sides,
Leaving moral minds; soldiers take their share.
Nighthawks seem to sense that now is the time.
Deep inside them burns the raging fire of life.
He'll take back what he owns.

Death cannot take hold, if I can keep momentum.
Fortresses of stone, turn into crystal tears
Soothed by southern winds; I've found my strength now.
And nobody knows, and we must keep their secret.

When the king takes sides,
Leaving moral minds; soldiers take their share.
Nighthawks seem to sense that now is the time.
Deep inside them burns the raging fire of life.
He'll take back what he owns.

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January 09, 2016

Fromage interdite

Inside the world of black market cheese.

“There was a guy [in upstate New York] who was making contraband raw milk Camembert,” Clark Wolf told The New Yorker. “It was incredibly good, but we always wondered if we would be dead the next day.” (It should be noted that said cheese-maker quickly moved on to a new career path, out of fear he would be hunted down by the FDA.)
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Taylor Swift - Out Of The Woods

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January 07, 2016

Abergeldie Castle after Storm Frank

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Eivør - Trøllabundin (Live Recording)

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January 05, 2016

A Life in Japan

"Ever wondered how a life in Japan might be? 19 foreigners share their personal experiences, likes and dislikes. See the country through the eyes of, mostly western, foreign residents, who have lived in Japan between a few months and several decades."

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Blondie - Heroes

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January 03, 2016

Adam Buxton Animation: David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Tony Visconti record 'Warszawa'

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iamamiwhoami - goods

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January 02, 2016

Oxford Union - Bill Maher

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Mary J. Blige & Taylor Swift - Doubt

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January 01, 2016

Edible gold

“It’s right in line with the fact that yellow gold is back in fashion,” says Alessandra Altieri, pastry chef and director of Bouchon Bakery. “Gold on desserts was a lot bigger in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Just like fashion trends, you can run the risk of your desserts looking dated, but since it’s made its way back, it’s my favorite edible accent decor!”

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Gabriel Lukosz & GREEN1 - Red Smoke

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