Arts give us a way to explore our lives and the lives of others, whether it's on canvas, on-stage or on a page.
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5 Ferocious Art World Rivalries
The Bizarre Link Between van Gogh's Signature Yellow and Cow Urine
Is the 'Lovely Assistant' the Real Magician?
Dear Tony Robbins, THIS Is How You Walk on Hot Coals
Ringling Bros. Retiring Elephants Early. PETA Still Not Smiling
'What, Me Worry?' Celebrating 70 Years of Mad Magazine
The Greatest Avengers of All-Time (Ranked By Goliath)
The Non-science Behind The New York Times Best Sellers List
Shakespeare Wrote in Iambic Pentameter. But What Is That?
5 Things to Know About Author Roald Dahl
The Magical Art of Cambodian Shadow Puppetry Has Entertained for Centuries
10 Groundbreaking Broadway Musicals
A High-stepping History of the Rockettes
Looking for a special trick to understanding what colors make brown? HowStuffWorks breaks down color combinations to help you get the perfect shade of brown.
By Yara Simón
When a book lands on The New York Times Best Sellers list, it's a boon for the author and publisher. But does that really mean it's a best seller?
Both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer are known for using iambic pentameter in their famed works of literature. But what is iambic pentameter and how can you spot it?
The bright yellow hue used to great effect by van Gogh and other painters was eventually outlawed, as it was made of urine from dehydrated cows.
In 1926, famed crime novelist Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days under very strange circumstances. Even today, questions linger about why she did it and a recent biography has a new explanation.
The most recent U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo, was the first Native American to fill the role and she passed the baton to Limón in July 2022.
By Amy Cannon
"City," the much-anticipated, 50-year-long project by artist Michael Heizer, has opened in the desert of Nevada. But don't expect to be able to see it anytime soon.
Beloved of preteen Boomers, this subversively stupid magazine set the tone for everything that came after it, from "Saturday Night Live" to "The Daily Show."
By Dave Roos
Plains Indian men kept historical records of their tribes in art. First with petroglyphs and pictographs and then on buffalo hides. When the white man came, they moved their art to ledger books.
The exhibit "Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946," on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art, tells the gritty story of industrial life in America during WWII, shot by one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century.
Guilty of buying books you never have time to read? We get it. And there's a name for that.
Dostoevsky created some of the greatest novels ever written, full of psychological and religious insight. Here are five quotes that will stay with you, even if you've never finished one of his books.
By Dave Roos
They seem to be all around us — immersive exhibits that enfold the viewer, moving us into the art instead of keeping us at viewing distance. So, why are they suddenly so popular?
Flyting, which was essentially a verbal contest of poetic abuse, was public entertainment in the 15th and 16th centuries. Think of it as the rap battle of medieval times.
Nearly 400 bird species are in danger of extinction by the end of this century and The Audubon Mural Project intends to depict every one of them.
By Carrie Tatro
Opus 40 is a 6.5-acre (2.6-hectare) earthwork sculpture that was hand-cut and created by artist Harvey Fite over a 37-year period. So how did he do it?