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When Boxing Rivals End up as Lovers

When Boxing Rivals End up as Lovers



Claudius and Andre, played by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are supposed to be holding a press conference for their upcoming boxing match. What starts off as the usual  tiff quickly escalates into a one sided lust conquest. Claudius wants to fight, but all Andre wants to do is ‘fuck him in the ass.’ As far as this activity goes, Andre wants to make this his mission, and has absolutely nothing to say about how he will defeat his opponent. Andre wants to fuck Claudius in the ass throughout their lives as a couple, and will not slow down in old age or death and has no real interest in boxing.

What Does Science Accomplish?

Chesley Bonestell: Saturn as Seen from Titan [Its Moon], 1944; from Michael Benson’s Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, to be published by Abrams in November. ‘Along with French ­illustrator and astronomer Lucien Rudaux,’ Be


Priyamvada Natarajan


A recent survey by the National Science Foundation found that a quarter of Americans did not know if the earth moved around the sun or vice versa. Meanwhile, 33 percent of Americans deny the reality of evolution and still believe that humans and the rest of the animal kingdom have always existed in their present form. Americans have extremely high expectations of and confidence in science and technology and think of it as a national priority—yet they also distrust its results. How to explain this?

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Catastrophic Coltrane and his late Music

Catastrophic Coltrane and his late Music

Geoff Dyer


Offering: Live at Temple University offers further evidence of the catastrophe of the last phase of John Coltrane’s work. “Last” rather than “late” because he became ill and died too suddenly (on July 17, 1967), too early, to have properly entered a late period. He was forty. In any other field of activity that would be a desperately short life. Only in jazz could it be considered broadly in line with actuarial norms. So there’s no late phase in the accepted sense of Beethoven having arrived at a late style, only a sudden ceasing of the unceasing torrent of sound

The interest of recordings from John Coltrane’s final phase—in which his playing became increasingly frenzied and the accompaniment more abstracted—lies partly in what they preserve and partly in any hints they contain as to where Trane might have headed next.

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The Brilliant Paintings of Ajanta Caves

The Brilliant Paintings of Ajanta Caves


William Dalrymple chronicles the history and the theological significance of the paintings from Ajanta Caves in this article for The New York Review of Books. 


In 1819, a British hunting party in the jungles of the Western Ghats had followed a tiger into a remote river valley and stumbled onto what was soon recognized as one of the great wonders of India: the painted caves of Ajanta. In time it became clear that Ajanta contained probably the greatest picture gallery to survive from the ancient world.

Read more about the Ajanta Caves here

Scientists Reveal the Hidden City of Angkor Wat

Scientists Reveal the Hidden City of Angkor Wat


In the year 802 C.E., the founder of the medieval Khmer empire, Jayavarman II, anointed himself “king of the world.” In laying claim to such a grandiose title, he was a little ahead of his time: It would be another few centuries before the Khmers built Earth’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, the crowning glory of a kingdom that stood in what is today northwestern Cambodia. But Jayavarman II had good reason to believe that his nascent kingdom, in the sacred Kulen hills northeast of Angkor, was a record-holder. Airborne laser scanning technology, or LiDAR, has revealed the imprint of a vast urban landscape hidden in the Kulen’s jungle and in the lowlands surrounding Angkor Wat; by the 13th century, the low-density cityscape covered an area of about 1,000 square kilometers.

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More Teenagers in Solitary Confinement in New York than Across America

 More Teenagers in Solitary Confinement in New York than Across America

Kalief Browder had no criminal record when he was arrested. In addition to the time spent in solitary confinement, he was physically abused by jail officials after numerous suicide attempts. He was starved and denied proper access to communication.

Below is an excerpt of an article by Jennifer Gonnerman for the New Yorker about this case: 


In this week’s New Yorker, I wrote about a sixteen-year-old boy from the Bronx named Kalief Browder, who was accused of robbery and confined on Rikers Island. He stayed there for three years, waiting for a trial that never happened. For the majority of that time, he was in solitary confinement, locked in a cell all day every day, with little to do besides read, sleep, mark the time until his next court date, and listen through a vent to his mentally ill neighbor talking to himself. On Sunday, the Times reported that the New York City Department of Correction is planning to eliminate solitary confinement for sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds by the end of 2014. This decision marks the most significant step yet taken by the New York City jails commissioner Joseph Ponte to “end the culture of excessive solitary confinement,” which was the promise he made six months ago, when Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him.

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Ants of New York
Postscript: Alastair Reid (1926-2014)
The Three Hundred Thousand

Japanese Firm Obayashi Construction to Build Space Elevator

Japanese Firm Obayashi Construction to Build Space Elevator

Once the realm of science fiction, a Japanese company has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050.

If successful it would revolutionize the scope of such travel and potentially transform the global economy.

The Japanese construction giant Obayashi says they will build a space elevator that will reach 96,000 kilometres into space.

Read about this amazing engineering feat, which when completed would be able to  transport up to 30 people at a time, for a journey that would last seven days. 


The Real Motive Behind India’s Mars Mission



On Wednesday, having travelled four hundred and ten million miles, India’s Mangalyaan probe settled into orbit around Mars. It will linger there for only six months—about a fifth of the time that it took to build the spacecraft and dispatch it to the Red Planet. The orbiter’s scientific agenda appears to be skimpy. It will send back images of a surface that was first photographed up close by the Mariner 4 spacecraft, in 1965, and it will assay the Martian atmosphere for methane, a gas that mystifyingly replenishes itself instead of being broken down by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Beyond these goals, the orbiter will do little. It is as if the thirty-first scientist to voyage to the Galápagos Islands had stayed only a couple of days, sketched one or two of Darwin’s finches, and then left.

For the Mars orbiter, however, the journey was the thing. “I would say eighty-five per cent of our mission is for technology demonstration,” K. Radhakrishnan, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told the Indian Express.


Read more of this article by Samanth Subramanian 

Here are some great videos about India’s recent Mars expedition:


A One Hundred Year Old Color Photograph of Charlie Chaplin



Lillian Gish. Harold Lloyd. The inimitable Buster Keaton. No discussion of silent movies is complete without mention of — and tribute to — those silver-screen pioneers. But no single figure epitomizes that Hollywood era as neatly as Charlie Chaplin’s immortal creation, “the Tramp.” Baggy pants, tight coat, small hat, mustache, that immediately recognizable, floppy-footed gait — these particulars have become so intimately bound up with our collective idea of what silent films look and feel like that, for countless moviegoers all over the world, Chaplin’s Tramp is the silent era.

It’s especially striking, then, to come upon a color photograph of Chaplin, in character, from so early in his career. The autochrome above, made around 1918, somehow heightens much of the Tramp’s already considerable appeal. Instead of the black-and-white icon of pluck and pathos we thought we knew, we meet a creature of flesh and blood. The pinkish tone of the cheek; the myriad colors evident in the vest; the shadows playing on Chaplin’s brow and neck — all of these details sharpen our interest in Chaplin the man, just as his films spark admiration for Chaplin the artist.

[See more autochromes in a recent LightBox post about color photos from World War I.]

Here, 100 years after Chaplin’s Feb. 2, 1914, screen debut (in a 13-minute one-reeler, Making a Living), LightBox shares this surprising, quiet Charles Zoller portrait of the London-born actor, writer and director. Zoller (1856-1934) was a furniture dealer from Rochester, N.Y., who was introduced to the tricky — but hugely rewarding — autochrome process in Paris in 1907, the very year that the Lumiere brothers first marketed the new picture-making technology. In fact, Zoller — whose archive is housed at the Eastman House — might well have been the first amateur American photographer to work with autochromes.

His Charlie Chaplin portrait, meanwhile, still transfixes us a full century after it was made. Standing in that quintessential pose, Chaplin might be mulling one of his trademark stunts, or reconsidering the sequence of a critical scene. But what really moves us is not the mystery of what’s on his mind, but the sense that we’re actually there with him, in the California sun, moments before someone (perhaps Charlie Chaplin himself) shouts that stirring, cinematic word: Action!

Ben Cosgrove is the editor of He writes frequently on culture and photography for LightBox, and other outlets, online and off.

Watch the original Making a Living (1914), Charlie Chaplin debut film:

Motif Investing, a Startup that Enables Customers to Invests in Ideas

Motif Investing, a Startup that Enables Customers to Invests in Ideas

Motif Investing, a startup founded by Hardeep Walia aims to change the way people invest in the stock market. Instead of cherry picking stocks and paying commissions on each trade, customers can invest in a ‘motif,’ which is an idea or a theme that consists of a collection of companies. They maybe oriented by investment strategies, asset classes, economic trends or just commonplace ideas that are economically viable. Motif Investing was founded in 2010 and has already attracted more than $80 million in VC funding.