More than two millennia ago Socrates opined that the unexamined life is not worth living, and people have taken him up on his call to introspection ever since. In fact, a bright new generation, who as kids were told they were special and precocious, is particularly adept at it, sharing discoveries about their pseudo-adult lives in novels and TV dramas that, depending on the audience, are either insufferable, unbelievably astute or both.
Woody Allen’s Grand Tour continues with this period romp through the French Riviera, his eighth picture in the past 10 years that’s set in Europe.
Happy birthday, Matt LeBlanc! In honor of the occasion, we present a Joey Tribbiani supercut:
"Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (pronounced [ˈmoːɦənd̪aːs ˈkərəmtʃənd̪ ˈɡaːnd̪ʱi] ( ); 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father", "papa") in India."
On July 25, 1941, noted carmaker and pacifist Henry Ford wrote a fan letter to Mahatma Gandhi, praising his campaign of civil disobedience. “I want to take this opportunity of sending you a message,” Ford wrote, “to tell you how deeply I admire your life and message. You are one of the greatest men the world has ever known.”
"A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career—or safety. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.
"Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance—and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, sensing a sure kill in the "War on Terror," the rival spies of Germany, England, and America converge upon the innocents.
“A Most Wanted Man”—based on a novel by John le Carré and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe—hits theaters this weekend. Pick up the novel today for 31% off!
"It’s not summer in New York without the distinctive, and some would argue torturous, melody of the Mister Softee theme song. Many of us have fond memories of craning back our necks to order a red, white and blue pop or a vanilla soft serve with sprinkles, yet we rarely contemplate the surprisingly long, star-studded and oft-debated history of the frozen confection. Well, July is National Ice Cream Month, and while it doesn’t have the import of Black History Month or Women’s History Month, ice cream certainly deserves its 31 days in the sun."
Ice cream’s origins are a contentious subject.
(via I Scream, You Scream)
An author whose work will never fail to entertain you on the beach:
"We don’t just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces where we live. We are born, work, love, and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent and squat it, create and destroy it. All of these aspects of buildings—economic, erotic, political, and psychological—are crucial if we are to understand architecture properly. And because architecture molds us just as much as we mold it, understanding architecture helps us to understand our lives and our world."
Did these 10 buildings change the course of history?
The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker has been announced, the first of its kind to have writers from all over the world competing, including American writers Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Richard…