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Do sad songs make us feel better?

Adam Brent Houghtaling, a New York-based author, should be in quite a sour mood by now. After all, he spent months listening to the saddest music ever made, from sorrowful symphonies to tearjerker Billie Holliday tunes to just about every Leonard Cohen song ever.  Read the rest of this entry »



Surreal Photography by Irene Z

Estonia-based artist Irene Z digitally manipulates photos to produce surreal environments flourishing with marine life. Each of the digital artist’s female subjects are immersed in an aquatic setting, whether her environment be defined by the physical oceanic habitat or the surrounding sea-dwelling creatures roaming about. The unusual dream worlds that Irene Z creates are somewhat post-apocalyptic, leaving the viewer mystified. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth

Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series ofsimilar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species.
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Munch’s “Scream” sets auction record

The art market entered a new phase on Wednesday evening when one of four versions of  “The Scream”, a pastel drawn in 1895 by Edvard Munch, was sold for $119.92 millionat Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and modern art. The winning bid, which came by telephone, set a world record for any work of art offered at auction. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Journey Of The Heart” – Karunesh

Karunesh is a German-born New Age and ambient musician. His music has strong Asian and Indian influences prevalent throughout, with liberal use of Indian instruments, such as the sitar. Having sold 450,000 albums, Karunesh is one of the best-known New Age artist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652)

Artemisia Gentileschi was the most important woman painter of Early Modern Europe by virtue of the excellence of her work, the originality of her treatment of traditional subjects, and the number of her paintings that have survived (though only thirty-four of a much larger corpus remain, many of them only recently attributed to her rather than to her male contemporaries). Read the rest of this entry »

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Birth of a Book

A short vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods.  Read the rest of this entry »

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