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God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

Did you know today would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 90th birthday? In memory of one of the greatest writers of the last century, here is a look back at the author’s incredible life. His Career Choice Was A Bit Surprising Both Kurt’s dad and his grandfather were successful architects who attended MIT, so he no doubt had [...]

The Working Dead: The Posthumous Career of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. All signs point to the author holding the same place in the 21st century, despite the fact that he died April 11, 2007. The late Vonnegut has accomplished more dead than most of us will alive, from social media celebrity to [...]

Making Nirvana’s “Nevermind”

In this Classic Albums documentary, we learn how Nirvana’s Nevermind was made. It does get into the (now well-trodden) Nirvana backstory, which is fine, but the best gems here are interviews with producer Butch Vig. When we see Vig, he’s either telling stories about the making of the album (which are interesting) or [...]

A New Species Discovered … On Flickr

Over a year ago, entomologist Shaun Winterton spotted a previously unknown species of a lacewing insect as he was browsing Flickr. He really didn’t know what it was at the time, but he knew he’s neever seen anything like it. He contacted the photgrapher, Guek Hock Ping, who shot the picture in Malaysia. No, he [...]

The Stories Behind 11 Classic Album Covers

1. The Velvet Underground & Nico, aka “The Banana Album” (1967) The Velvet Underground & Nico Design by Andy Warhol With apologies to Carmen Miranda and Chiquita, the world’s most famous banana is the ripe, peelable print on the cover of the Velvets’ debut. Designed by pop artist Andy Warhol, the image was a silkscreen made from simple black-and-white [...]

The Unknown Rebel Part 2: Photo Smuggling

Yesterday we told the story of the Unknown Rebel (what little we know of it, anyway), but we may have never known of his heroic deed if the photographers who managed to document it hadn’t been fast on their feet. Four photographers were watching the incident as it happened. Charlie Cole was on assignment for Newsweek [...]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as a Comic

I’ve mentioned Lucy Knisley’s awesome comic book-style interpretation of the Harry Potter books before, but now she’s back with the latest installment of the series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. My favorite Knisley-ism from this one? “Pensieve it up!” p.s., Lucy also did a drawing of Kurt from Glee in his Warblers blazer, which made [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Gleeful Facts

Hi, my name is Stacy, and I’m a hardcore Gleek. I’ve had “GLEE!” written in my planner for months now, so I was glad when Tuesday finally came this week. To celebrate the season two premiere, here are a few fun facts I’ve learned about the show. Not that I’ve obsessively researched it, or anything… 1. [...]

Vonnegut’s Letter to His Family About His Imprisonment in Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s most famous novel is Slaughterhouse-Five. You may have read it — it’s taught in many high school English classes in the U.S., though in others it has been banned. So it goes. Anyway, Slaughterhouse-Five is partially autobiographical; it’s based partly on Vonnegut’s experiences as a Prisoner of War in World War II, [...]