Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 Years

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 YearsTwo centuries on from the death of Jane Austen, the enthusiasm for her work and the Regency world she represents is more alive than ever. Austen herself might marvel at this. She had to buy her first manuscript back from a publisher because it came to nothing, and published anonymously during her lifetime.

How Pop Music Is Embracing High Art

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From stadiums to galleries, the new frontier for today’s mega pop star is high art. Mass popularity has its charms – sales, world tours, legions of followers – but the legacy-conferring power of art is now the ultimate sign of one’s status within Western culture.

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy Something happened the other day that highlighted why we do what we do, and why I love helping ordinary people find the extraordinary humor and playfulness in every day life. We've been traveling around the northeast for the past three weeks and one thing the northeast has is -- tolls. Now I can imagine that being a toll-taker takes its toll. Same old same old...

Spike Lee's Film ‘Do The Right Thing’ Is More Relevant Today

Spike Lee's Film ‘Do The Right Thing’ Is More Relevant Today Than EverFor a black film and media student at the University of Cape Town, Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” (1989) was a revelation. I watched it on a DVD one afternoon with my friend Frank in one of the damp tutorial rooms in the Arts Block on Upper Campus, only a few steps away from where Cecil John Rhodes’ statue stood.

Why The Cult Film ‘Blade Runner’ Is An Influential Work Of Art

Why The Cult Film ‘Blade Runner’ Is An Influential Work Of ArtOK. Confession time. I’ve seen Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” at least 50 times. I know the entire screenplay of the director’s cut off by heart. I have owned three different VHS versions, three different DVD versions (including a very collectable 12" laser disc) and have downloaded the ever-expanding online FAQ. Sad, isn’t it?

Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the Mundane

Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the MundaneI’ve received many a bouquet of flowers in my life, but the one that stands out as the most romantic was a little bunch of wildflowers presented to me many years ago by my then-partner. He kissed me hello and shrugged, “I saw these growing on the side of the road. They were so pretty and colorful, made me think of you."

It Felt Like A Kiss -- Movies, Popular Music And Martin Scorsese

Bob Dylan: Scorsese is a fan. Paul Townsend/flickr, CC BY-NC

Music and movies are umbilically entwined in the films of Martin Scorsese. It’s almost impossible to think of his cinema without the propulsive accompaniment of a track by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, a Neapolitan street singer or any number of other smaller and even obscure doo-wop, Latino, Brill Building and r “n” b wonders of the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.

Why Slang Shouldn't Be Banned And Should Be Celebrated

using slang 5 16Geezers and girls literally ain’t allowed to use slang words like “emosh” (emotional) anymore. The head teacher and staff of an academy in Essex, England appear to have taken great pleasure in banning the type of slang used in reality television series TOWIE, including many of the words in the above sentence, in a bid to improve the job prospects of their students.

Why Beyoncé Matters

Why Beyoncé MattersJust as the world was recovering from the shock of the untimely death of Prince, Beyoncé released Lemonade, her sixth studio album and her second “visual album”. Unlike its predecessor, which featured individual music videos for each track, a single one-hour film was aired on HBO to coincide with the release.

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In Survival

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In SurvivalLaughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world. But it’s not clear why laughter exists. While it is evidently an inherently social phenomenon – people are up to 30 times more likely to laugh in a group than when alone – laughter’s function as a form of communication remains mysterious.

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