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Erotic engravings from a poem celebrating sex, 1825

Erotic engravings from a poem celebrating sex, 1825

Volumes of vintage erotica are wasted on academics. Just think how many beautiful books filled with lusty, erotic engravings are moldering away under lock and key in some dark, dusty…

The Binary Code of Body and Spirit: Computing Pioneer Alan Turing on Mortality

The Binary Code of Body and Spirit: Computing Pioneer Alan Turing on Mortality

“The body provides something for the spirit to look after and use.” “The void horrifies: so we are all immortal,” Simone de Beauvoir scoffed at the religious escapism of immortality in…

The Kailasa Temple: the world’s largest monolithic structure carved from one piece of rock

The Kailasa Temple: the world’s largest monolithic structure carved from one piece of rock

We see ancient edifices around the globe, like thе pyramids in Egypt, Borobudur in Indonesia, and the Pyramid of the Sun in the Valley of Mexico, and we ask ourselves,…

How Jeremy Irons Rescued and Restored a 15th-Century Irish Castle

How Jeremy Irons Rescued and Restored a 15th-Century Irish Castle

Somewhere between Ballydehob and Skibbereen, the G.P.S. directed me down a narrow country road toward an indentation in the southwestern Irish coast called Roaringwater Bay. The castle I was looking…

How to Die

How to Die

One morning in may, the existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom was recuperating in a sunny room on the first floor of a Palo Alto convalescent hospital. He was dressed in white pants…

An Ethereal Forest Where Japanese Commit Suicide

An Ethereal Forest Where Japanese Commit Suicide

Photographer Tomasz Lazar asks us to envision the final walk of those who have died inAokigahara forest—as well as the spirits that remain. At the base of Mount Fuji is…

Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe

Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe

Neutrinos and their weird subatomic ways could help us understand high-energy particles, exploding stars and the origins of matter itself. Why, after millions of years of steadily lighting the cold…

Photos Taken from Space to Make You Realize Just How Tiny We Are

Photos Taken from Space to Make You Realize Just How Tiny We Are

It all started with an educational video. Benjamin Grant grew up as one of those kids fascinated by the idea of outer space, and our place in the universe. He…

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