How to be an artist. Some of Earth’s first animals are spilling out of Canadian rocks. Spider silk is five times stronger than steel. Humpback whale songs undergo a ‘cultural revolution’ every few years. The insect apocalypse. On the life and work of René Girard. Review of four books on the US opioid crisis. (Mis)Understanding Russia’s two hybrid wars. Global warming will happen faster than we think. Greenland is losing ice at fastest rate in 350 years. And more.
Enjoyed this music video directed by Rian Johnson. The ending is sad, but also quite clever.
Superb performance of György Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre by the formidable Barbara Hannigan and the Gothenburg Symphony.
The Rest Is Noise provides an excellent overview of 20th century classical music. It is also a joy to read. I'm glad that I finally came around to reading it and now wish I had done so earlier.
Quantifying reputation and success in art. Tales From the Warhol Factory. A massive crater has been discovered underneath the Greenland icesheet. Largest overhaul of scientific units since the French Revolution wins approval. Transforming the global food system. What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick? Review of Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature. A previously unpublished interview with David Foster Wallace. And more.