AMERICA IS OFFICIALLY IN ‘FUCK IT’ MODE

by Miles Klee  When doing the right thing is too hard, we give up and let fate run wild To outsiders, the way Americans have resisted all measures for controlling the spread of COVID-19 — and successfully pushed for “reopening” in a good many states, despite testing failures and the absence of a vaccine — must seem ludicrous. Has any culture lived in such denial, or appeared so bent on self-destruction? I can’t say for sure. But I also know that this attitude is far from unprecedented. We are a people who face danger with reckless abandon, just drunk enough … Continue reading AMERICA IS OFFICIALLY IN ‘FUCK IT’ MODE

Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Gorgeous Letter to Children About Reading, Amazement, and the Exhilaration of Discovering the Undiscovered

A celebration of the delicious enchantment of the very first time. BY MARIA POPOVA I remember the feeling of first seeing the Moon through the small handheld telescope my father had smuggled from East Germany — how ancient yet proximate it felt, how alive, as though I could glide my six-year-old finger over its rugged radiance — the feeling of electric astonishment at something so surprising yet so inevitable, something that seemed to have always been waiting there just for me to discover it. I remember next having that feeling nearly a decade later, upon first reading To the Lighthouse, my … Continue reading Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Gorgeous Letter to Children About Reading, Amazement, and the Exhilaration of Discovering the Undiscovered

The Cyber Effect

by Dr Mary Aitken. How does our behaviour change online, and what kind of internet do we want for the future? The average person now checks their phone over 200 times a day. That’s a serious addiction – but because we’re all doing it all the time, it doesn’t seem quite so scary…. The online world, but not as we know it I have been reading The Cyber Effect by Dr Mary Aiken, an Irish cyberpsychologist who specialises in the impact of technology on human behaviour. I have found this book interesting for a number of reasons: as a parent, as a … Continue reading The Cyber Effect

Why Science Denialism Persists

Two new books explore what motivates people to reject science — and why it’s so hard to shake deep-seated beliefs. BY ELIZABETH SVOBODA TO HEAR SOME EXPERTS tell it, science denial is mostly a contemporary phenomenon, with climate change deniers and vaccine skeptics at the vanguard. Yet the story of Galileo Galilei reveals just how far back denial’s lineage stretches. Years of astronomical sightings and calculations had convinced Galileo that the Earth, rather than sitting at the center of things, revolved around a larger body, the sun. But when he laid out his findings in widely shared texts, as astrophysicist Mario Livio writes in “Galileo … Continue reading Why Science Denialism Persists

Music helps us remember who we are and how we belong during difficult and traumatic times

A researcher talks about the power of music in a crisis. by Emily Abrams Ansari  Has the music we listen to, and why we listen, changed during the coronavirus pandemic? Beyond the well-documented evidence of pandemic music-making at a distance and over social media, music critics have suggested there is an increased preference for music that is comforting, familiar and nostalgic. Data from major streaming services and companies that analyze them may support this view. On Spotify, the popularity of chart hits dropped 28 per cent between March 12 and April 16. Instead, Spotify listeners are searching for instrumental and “chill” music. In the first … Continue reading Music helps us remember who we are and how we belong during difficult and traumatic times

You Can Now See Don McCullin’s Most Enduring Photographs Online

Hamiltons Gallery presents a virtual exhibition which looks back on the career of legendary photographer Don McCullin by Belle Hutton This article is published as part of our #CultureIsNotCancelled campaign: “I do not want people to walk past one of my pictures without realising. They’re meant to stop you and make you look and make you feel,” photographer Don McCullin told Jo-Ann Furniss for the 30th issue of Another Man, which Furniss guest-edited. McCullin has been photographing since 1959, and he has often chosen to depict difficult subjects – poverty, wars, and conflicts around the world – with searing honesty, plumbing the emotional depths of the scenario … Continue reading You Can Now See Don McCullin’s Most Enduring Photographs Online

The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Future of Nightlife

We asked some experts for their thoughts on a potential utopia, and potential dystopia. By Sirin Kale; photos by Sian Bradley This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Even when the coronavirus lockdown eases, it’s likely that nightclubs and festivals will be among the last businesses to recover: who can imagine packing onto a crowded, sweaty dance floor before a vaccine is operational? To make matters worse, in South Korea – where the virus was dealt with so successfully that they only had a handful of cases left in the second week of May – a new outbreak has been linked to young people going to nightclubs in Seoul. But what’s … Continue reading The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Future of Nightlife