Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows

Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows

It was 1999 when the artist Sean Scully approached the edge of a grassy cliff in Norfolk, England, out to the blue-green of the North Sea and the steely gray sky above it. “I saw a beautiful cliff and a...
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The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today

The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today

Stop any American on the street and they’ll have a definition of the “American Dream” for you, and they’ll probably have a strong opinion the slogan “America First,” too. But how did Americans develop their understanding of these slogans? What...
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Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday

Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday

On Saturday, September 22, more than 1,500 museums will open their doors for free as part of Museum Day. Organized by Smithsonian magazine, the annual event includes free admission to museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states. Participating museums...
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The Afterlife of Beetlejuice

The Afterlife of Beetlejuice

While we were shooting, I’d say to myself, what the hell is this?” the actor Alec Baldwin recalls of his starring role in Beetlejuice. “Even trying to explain to people what the movie was about—it was difficult. People gave me...
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The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece

The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece

Not far from Johanna Basford’s home on the northeast coast of Scotland lies a parabola of golden-ocher sand where the proportion of sky to land is unlike anything you’ll likely see outside of a Bertolucci film. A wildlife Eden, this...
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Why ‘Little Women’ Endures 150 Years Later

Why ‘Little Women’ Endures 150 Years Later

When Louisa May Alcott lifted her pen after writing the last line of Little Women, she never would have believed that this piece of autobiographical fiction would remain in print throughout the 150 years after its September 30, 1868 publication....
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City of Calgary turns manhole covers into art

City of Calgary turns manhole covers into art

We drive over them every day and hardly pay any attention to them, but in Calgary, manhole covers are being turned into pieces of art, ones the city hopes get lots of notice. The City of Calgary replaces around 2,000...
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How to Become a Cheesehead

How to Become a Cheesehead

To anyone who’s ever seen a Green Bay Packers game, the headwear of choice for many such fans should be immediately recognizable: a huge foam wedge of cheese. And though the hats aren’t made in Green Bay (in fact, the...
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How to Make Your Own Cheesehead in Milwaukee

How to Make Your Own Cheesehead in Milwaukee

To anyone who’s ever seen a Green Bay Packers game, the headwear of choice for many such fans should be immediately recognizable: a huge foam wedge of cheese. And though the hats aren’t made in Green Bay (in fact, the...
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Toronto’s ‘weird’ crumbling castle-home has just sold for $760K

Toronto’s ‘weird’ crumbling castle-home has just sold for $760K

With its Islamic mosque-inspired minarets, Greek ionic columns, and several statuettes from unknown cultures, the puzzling architecture of the crumbling home on Maybourne Avenue in Toronto is as intriguing as the story behind its creation. Located in a family-...
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