Kenneth Goldsmith on Dumb Culture

By Kenneth Goldsmith, from The Awl

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith explains how "dumb" culture is actually really smart, and allows us to embrace the messiness of contradiction and revel in the beauty of the ridiculously obvious.

Kid on a Bike: 'Wadjda' Tries to Break the Silence

By Isabel Stevens, from Sight & Sound

"Wadjda," the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia by the country’s first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, gives voice to a feisty Saudi girl.

Delia Derbyshire and the Acceptance of Musical Modernism

by Christian Williams

How Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop introduced avant-garde electronic music to mainstream British society in the 1960s.

Bruce Conner: Father of the Music Video

by Christian Williams

A new documentary series from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles explores how Bruce Conner, a fixture of the Beat Generation, invented the modern music video.


How Kicks Books and Norton Records Survived Sandy

by Christian Williams

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Miriam Linna of Kicks Books and venerable independent music label Norton Records discusses the enormous recovery effort undertaken to salvage and replace their priceless stock of records, books, and vintage paperbacks.

Jim Henson's Lasting Legacy

by Christian Williams

Jim Henson's funny, but violent, commercials for Wilkins Coffee in the late 1950s offer a glimpse at an influential entertainer developing what would become a hugely successful template for entertaining both children and their parents.

See It Soon: The Artist is Present

by Christian Williams

Challenge your opinion of performance art with The Artist is Present – a fascinating film that documents the 2010 Museum of Modern Art performance art piece of the same name by Marina Abramović. 

How to Save an Endangered Language

by Michele Lent Hirsch

Nearly half of all known languages may soon be lost.