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The Beatles: Ranking their Albums From Worst to Best

The Beatles: Ranking their Albums From Worst to Best

The Beatles are commonly considered to be the most important musical group of the 20th century, but even regardless of their historical significance, their original output is endlessly listenable. Within a…

John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: they’ve totally changed my book – but it works

John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: they’ve totally changed my book – but it works

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold provided me with my first experience of the film trade, and in retrospect it was an unusually benign baptism of fire. The…

Peter Saville: “I never had to answer to anyone”

Peter Saville: “I never had to answer to anyone”

Mr. Saville, why did you want to be a graphic designer? I spent my time in school painting stuff and my art teacher said, “You could do graphic design.” Basically…

David Lynch’s Elusive Language

David Lynch’s Elusive Language

One of the first video recordings of a David Lynch interview dates from 1979. The twenty-minute black-and-white segment was produced for a television course at the University of California, Los…

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source —…

How we made “The Usual Suspects”

How we made “The Usual Suspects”

Bryan Singer, director Chris McQuarrie rang me up after he’d written about 50 pages of the script and said: “What if the villain pulls the whole story off a bulletin…

Sex, death and Rodin: the devilish bronze rediscovered after 100 years

Sex, death and Rodin: the devilish bronze rediscovered after 100 years

Auguste Rodin made sculpture modern by wrestling with its past. His art is a tangled sensual battle of old and new in which Michelangelo and the classical nude give birth…

This ancient Babylonian tablet has just changed the history of astronomy

This ancient Babylonian tablet has just changed the history of astronomy

Not only does this discovery change everything we thought we knew about Astronomy in ancient times, but the ancient tablets describe math that was believed to have been invented over…