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How to think like Shakespeare

In case you need a reminder of what a garbage century this is for film, take a look at this list of “great” films. “Boyhood,” truly one of the worst movies of all time, comes in at No. 5 of course.

Insane: California bans painting of Civil War battle from County Fair art show because painting includes Confederate battle flag

Of course: Bill Clinton aides used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email support

Um, taco trucks on every corner sounds AWESOME.

“Van Gogh, meanwhile, stares at the back of their heads, contemplating suicide.”

Jesus: Chicago saw its bloodiest month in two decades this August, with 90 murders, 384 shootings and 472 shooting victims.

Caste barriers in India maintained by the state for millennia are being torn down in a matter of years by markets and freedom.

Two rivals broke American birdwatching’s biggest record — and they’re still madly racing.

This is a superb piece showing how the Syrian regime has devolved into rival fiefs of warlords and militias.

The boy who bullied Byron. John Charles Wallop loved blood, hangings, and funerals. He was considered insane. But what’s insanity to an English aristocrat?

In First Things, Yu Jie explains China’s complex relationship to Confucianism and continued antagonism towards Christianity.

The beauty of bacteria

The strange origin of a modern film disclaimer:

Virtually every film in modern memory ends with some variation of the same disclaimer: “This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.” The cut-and-paste legal rider must be the most boring thing in every movie that features it. Who knew its origins were so lurid?
For that bit of boilerplate, we can indirectly thank none other than Grigori Rasputin, the famously hard-to-assassinate Russian mystic and intimate of the last, doomed Romanovs. It all started when an exiled Russian prince sued MGM in 1933 over the studio’s Rasputin biopic, claiming that the American production did not accurately depict Rasputin’s murder. And the prince ought to have known, having murdered him.

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