Why Rilke’s words still resonate (and appear in ‘Jojo Rabbit’)

An expert on Rainier Maria Rilke offers his take on why the Austrian poet and novelist's words resonate, particularly in films like the new "Jojo Rabbit."

James Devitt-NYU | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture emotions literature movies poetry writing

The first American Jewish literary novel is now published

"'Cosella Wayne' transforms what we know about the history of early American Jewish literature..." Its discovery was recent, as was its publication.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history judaism literature religion

Algorithms find top 11 adjectives for men v. women in 3.5M books

Machine learning analysis of 11 billion words in 3.5 million books reveals a clear pattern in how we describe men and women.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | Aug. 27, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture bias language literature machine-learning stereotypes writing

Greek myths have some scary ideas about robots and A.I.

"Not one of those myths has a good ending once the artificial beings are sent to Earth..."

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford | March 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture artificial-intelligence greece history literature robots

Manuscripts reveal Horn of Africa’s Islamic history

Researchers have discovered and digitally cataloged a huge trove of manuscripts from an understudied area in Islamic studies. See the database for yourself.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen | Feb. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture africa ethiopia history islam languages literature religion somalia

Copyright just lifted on lots of neat stuff

As of January 1, copyright restrictions have lifted on a wide range of creative works from 1923. "They now belong to everyone."

Louisa Shepard-Penn | Feb. 4, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture laws libraries literature movies

The case for teaching teens to question ‘the classics’

There are ways to sharpen students' recognition of messages of power and oppression in classic literature. Here's why that's valuable.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State | Jan. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture education ethnicity gender literature politics race teachers

New book revives ‘Western Front’ author’s lost WWI stories

A new book brings readers eight forgotten short stories by famed German war writer Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.

Niv M. Sultan-NYU | Jan. 22, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture books history literature wars world-war-i

George Orwell wrote long-lost human rights manifesto

George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984, had grander ambitions for his writing than satirizing and critiquing governments, a new discovery reveals.

George Diepenbrock-Kansas | Jan. 2, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history literature politics writing

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