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The Essential Elements of Film Noir Explained in One Grand Infographic.

Everything you need to make noiriest of noir films.
What makes film noir film noir? Like Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart making his famous pronouncement on obscenity, we can honestly claim to know it when we see it. But what elements, exactly, do we only see converge in the high, undisputed levels of the film noir canon?
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Daily Meditation Boosts & Revitalizes the Brain and Reduces Stress, Harvard University Study Finds.

Plus free lessons to get you started.
I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but meditation may have saved my life.
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Discover "Radio Caroline," the Pirate Radio Ship That Rocked the British Music World (1965).

After WWII, the BBC had a monopoly on British radio. So radio stations located on ships started sailing off of the coast of England.

And they introduced listeners to The Rolling Stones, The Who and other bands. Check out the vintage footage.
Nowadays musicians can reach hundreds, thousands, sometimes millions of listeners with a few, usually free, online services and a minimal grasp of technology.
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J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet.

And revealing look at her creative process.
At the height of the Harry Potter novels' popularity, I asked a number of people why those books in particular enjoyed such a devoted readership. Everyone gave almost the same answer: that author J.K.
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George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing Clear and Tight Prose
Behold George Orwell's 6 rules for writing clean, tight, clear prose.
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Martin Scorsese Names His Top 10 Films in The Criterion Collection.

And we tell you how you can watch a couple free online.
What's next? Do you keep making the same kind of film? If you're a person like Rossellini, you try something experimental. You push further.
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Stephen King’s The Shining Is Now an Opera, and The Tickets Are All Sold Out.

You can read the opera's digitized program free online.
As a story, The Shining certainly passes the test of adaptability: we've featured not just the annotated copy of Stephen King's original novel that Stanley Kubrick used to make his well-known film adaptation, but its Simpsons parody, its reimagined feel-good Hollywood trailer, its remake in miniature as a long-form Aesop Rock music video, and even a board game based on the book.
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Now I hear "here's Johnny!" as a Mozart-style libretto in my head...
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Time capsule: Watch 82-Year-Old Igor Stravinsky Conduct "The Firebird," the Ballet Masterpiece That First Made Him Famous in 1910.
The Ballets Russes, founded in 1909 by art critic and impresario Sergei Diaghilev, staged some truly revolutionary productions on the very edge of aesthetic newness.
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10 Digital Editions of Surrealist Journals from Argentina, Chile & Spain (1928-67)
Fans of magical realism know that Latin American writers seem to possess a unique mastery of the tradition, and anyone who thinks of surrealism in visual art will soon think of Salvador Dalí, who began and ended his distinctive career in his native Spain.
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245 Films by Female Directors You Can Stream Right Now on Netflix.

From The Punk Singer by Sini Anderson, to The Pervert's Guide To Ideology, a film about Slavoj Zizek, by Sophie Fiennes.
Sadly, despite great strides since the 1970s, Hollywood (and filmmaking in general) is still a boys’ club, especially when it comes to those behind the camera. Until Kathryn Bigelow won her 2010 Oscar for The Hurt Locker, no female director had claimed the prize.
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J.K. Rowling Defends Donald J. Trump’s Right to Be “Offensive and Bigoted.” Video:
The quote of the day comes from J.K. Rowling speaking at the PEN America Literary Gala & Free Expression Awards. There, she received the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award:
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There is never an excuse to be nasty and rude. Grow up Rowling, just because you're big and important you don't have to suck up to a dirt bag!!! 
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Download 1,000+ Haunting & Beautiful Photos of Native American Peoples, Shot by Edward S Curtis (Circa 1905).
From the figureheads of ships to cigar store statues to the caricature mascots of various sports teams…. Unfortunate or denigrating images of Native American peoples have persisted in popular culture, folk symbols of what Elisabeth W.
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