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30-Year-Old Woody Allen's Resume

It's pretty much exactly what you might expect. (He was already pretty successful.)

How Wes Anderson Made
The Royal Tenenbaums

Vulture is taking you to film school this week, and we’ve got a great faculty. In our new series How to Make a Movie, some of film’s most accomplished artists from a wide array of fields will be explaining their techniques.

Rear Window Timelapse

The order of events is pretty much as seen in the movie.

Atomic Veterans Were Silenced for 50 Years. Now, They're Talking.

"The Atomic Soldiers" was directed by Morgan Knibbe. It is a part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

Fukushima 8 Years On

Eight years after the Fukushima disaster, it is an appropriate moment to sum up what has changed since these tragic events in the contaminated areas around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. This is best illustrated by the map below.

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods.
Rigpa Wiki

Interview with Chagdud Khadro

From View magazine, issue 11, 1998. Chagdud Khadro was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1946. Thirty-one years later she left her life as magazine fact-checker and free-lance writer in New York City, bought an around-the-world air ticket, and went to Afghanistan. A rather colourful series of events led her to Nepal and to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. They were married in California in 1979.

The Artificial Intelligence of the Public Intellectual

Today’s public intellectuals have their own version of the American Dream, where one person, on their own, can achieve anything — including being the smartest person in the room.

Why what we think we know
about schizophrenia is wrong

When novelist and former mental health nurse Nathan Filer met a patient who wouldn’t take his pills, it started him on a journey into the complex and contradictory world of schizophrenia

Men of Crisis

An once rare short by Woody Allen

All Cats Go to Heaven

"Cats are like potato chips," reads a sign in Bruce and Terry Jenkins’s home. "You can’t just have one!" In fact, the Jenkinses have dozens—the couple, both of whom are retired, have devoted their lives to caring for a plethora of elderly cats. “It’s kind of a big family,” says Terry Jenkins in Jonathan Napolitano’s short documentary. “It gives me the opportunity to be with more cats than I possibly could ever have imagined.”

Too Many Medicines Simply Don’t Work

A pair of new studies sheds light on an old problem: Some things doctors do are useless. Some are even harmful.

How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys
on Our Addicted Brains

Limbic capitalism was itself a product of cultural evolution. It was a late development in a long historical process that saw the accelerating spread of novel pleasures and their twinned companions of vice and addiction. The pleasures, vices and addictions most conspicuously associated with limbic capitalism were those of intoxication.

The 'Future Book' Is Here,
but It's Not What We Expected

The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback Zork choose-your-own-adventures were just the start. The Future Book would change depending on where you were, how you were feeling. It would incorporate your very environment into its story—the name of the coffee shop you were sitting at, your best friend’s birthday. It would be sly, maybe a little creepy. Definitely programmable. Ulysses would extend indefinitely in any direction you wanted to explore; just tap and some unique, mega-mind-blowing sui generis path of Joycean machine-learned words would wend itself out before your very eyes.
Do the Math

Exponential Economist
Meets Finite Physicist

Some while back, I found myself sitting next to an accomplished economics professor at a dinner event. Shortly after pleasantries, I said to him, “economic growth cannot continue indefinitely,” just to see where things would go. It was a lively and informative conversation.

Cats rival dogs on many tests of social smarts

But is anyone brave enough to study them?
LA Times

Would novelists want to be
friends with Humbert Humbert?

In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?"
Language Log

The Notion of “Trolling”
in Ancient Sanskrit

In the Nyāya Sūtra by Akṣapāda Gautama (composed sometime between the sixth century BCE and the second century CE), a three-fold conception of dialogue is discussed. It appears that at the time this was written, dialectic culture was strong in the Sanskritic world. Thus, the rules of dialogue and debate started being codified by several authors, such as Gautama in his Nyāya Sūtra and Caraka (third century BCE) in his seminal Ayurveda work Caraka Saṁhitā. In Gautama's work, he defines three types of dialogue.

If your website's full of assholes,
it's your fault

We’re twenty years in to this world wide web thing. Today, I myself celebrate twelve years of writing this blog. And yet those of us who love this medium, who’ve had our lives changed by the possibility of publishing our words to the world without having to ask permission, are constantly charged with defending this wonderful, expressive medium in a way that creators in every other discipline seldom find themselves obligated to do.
New Yorker

Margaret Atwood,
the Prophet of Dystopia

Her fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc. These visions now feel all too real.
New Yorker

My Childhood in a Cult

On our isolated commune, we kids were taught that the world was about to end. But my world ended when I was told to leave.

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