Mary Poppins

How Mary Poppins Softened the Image of the Suffragette

We examine the portrayal of the British suffragettes in the iconic film, Mary Poppins.
Portrait of William Shakespeare

Linguistic Anarchy! It’s all Pun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign

The pun is in an interesting bind: it is both ubiquitous and reviled. We try to understand why.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

#allhandsondeck: The Art of Political Posters

Did posters help to raise spirits in Ferguson? Learn about the transformative political posters of Damon Davis and Robbie Conal.
Collage of cosplay

Unpacking the World of Cosplay

We go into the world of cosplay, where men and women dress up and role-play as their favorite fictional characters.

More Hipster Than Thou: Is Vintage Language Back in Vogue?

A look at the recent boon in archaic terms and its relationship to "hipster" culture.
Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Read the Poems of “Genius” Grant Recipients Ellen Bryant Voigt & Ben Lerner

We've made available two poems each by Ellen Bryant Voigt and Ben Lerner, 2015 recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.
Imagine John Lennon Memorial

The John Lennon Memorial

Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial in Central Park, has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for Beatles and non-Beatles fans alike.
By *christopher* (Flickr: dalailama1_20121014_4639) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Remembering the Dalai Lama’s First U.S. Tour

The Dalai Lama has been admitted to a hospital and has cancelled his schedule U.S. tour. We look back to 1979, the first year His Holiness came to America.
Portrait of American Author, Poet, and Naturalist Henry David Thoreau

The Myth of Henry David Thoreau’s Isolation

The famous writer-observer of nature, Henry David Thoreau, fills the popular imagination. But have we mythologized the image of him as a recluse?

In Praise of the Messenger: Janus Films & The Criterion Collection

William J. Becker, co-owner of Janus Films, was instrumental in bringing art house and foreign cinema to American audiences. We reflect on his influence.