Chinese novelist Mo Yan

Mo Yan 101

Sometime in the late 1960s or early seventies, a neighbor told Guan Moye about a writer he knew whose work was so popular that he could afford to eat jiaozi—“those tasty little pork dumplings

Young Union soldier with bayoneted musket, knife, and revolver.

"Daybreak Gray and Dim"

How the Civil War changed Walt Whitman's poetry.

The Oval by G. Noble Wagner

A Sculptured Landscape

Fifty-five outdoor sculptures define a modern sensibility at tiny Ursinus College.

Building the Panama Canal

Digging Across Panama

The Americans triumphed over yellow fever, landslides, and worker strikes to change the earth's landscape.

Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress Exposition

Enchanting Reality

World's fairs during the Depression.

The Desire and the Satisfaction, 1893, by Jan Theodore Toorop

The Confessional Culture

In search of healing, we've said goodbye to privacy.

photo of metal maze, inscribed with philosopher names and branches of philosophy

A Homepage for Philosophy

A free online encyclopedia written and edited by experts.

Sir Isaac Newton, by Samuel Freeman, (1773–1857)

Newton, The Last Magician

The great man of science had more than a passing interest in alchemy.

Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907

Why Paris?

Two neighborhoods—Montmartre and Montparnasse—helped shape Picasso and a generation of innovators.

Black Swan Records logo from 1921.

Black Swan Rising

The brief success of Harlem's own record company.