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Day of the Dead


Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrates mortality, memory and the meeting of the living with those who are gone The post Day of the Dead appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What music can you hear in Rothko’s art?


On a recent trip to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, I witnessed a peculiar spectacle. A man who had been sitting cross-legged in front of a painting stood up and began shouting.

Box


Where does reality end and digital space begin? Projection mapping shifts the bounds of visual expression and perception The post Box appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why are some people brave and others such cowards?


One Friday evening in March, my husband walked into the house and said: ‘There was a death threat. A defendant in one of my cases.’ My husband is in law enforcement.

Quantum weirdness is everywhere in the living world


The point of the most famous thought-experiment in quantum physics is that the quantum world is different from our familiar one.

Pink Helmet Posse


Sparkles, tutus, radical drop-ins – these six-year-old girls defy doubters at the skatepark and show some serious moves The post Pink Helmet Posse appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

The virus that hitched a ride into the Grand Canyon


With a couple weeks of rowing in front of me, I turned the bow of the whitewater raft to the left and pulled hard at the oars, backing away from the monster waves between me and the sandstone cliffs on the Colorado River’s left bank.

Eye Know


A night-time drive through Tokyo transforms the city into a dizzying sensory experience The post Eye Know appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Balan the Blowpipe Maker


Meet the last man in his Borneo village who still crafts his own blowpipe for hunting The post Balan the Blowpipe Maker appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why is it so easy to dehumanise a victim of violence?


In March 1945, Leatherneck Magazine, an official organ of the United States Marine Corps, published a brief, ostensibly humorous article describing a parasite named Louseous Japanicas.

How does dehumanisation work?


In March 1945, Leatherneck Magazine, an official organ of the United States Marine Corps, published a brief, ostensibly humorous article describing a parasite named Louseous Japanicas.

How to Sharpen Pencils


A practical and theoretical treatise on the craft of pencil-sharpening from a master artisan The post How to Sharpen Pencils appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world


I am bone of the bone of them that live in trailer homes. I grew up next to Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett, the hostile former drug addict from the prison TV drama Orange Is the New Black.

There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world


I am bone of the bone of them that live in trailer homes. I grew up next to Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett, the hostile former drug addict from the prison TV drama Orange Is the New Black.

A Hydrocarbon Heaven


A fuel-cell developer has a plan to allow anyone to convert organic matter into energy The post A Hydrocarbon Heaven appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

A Hydrocarbon Heaven


A fuel-cell developer has a plan to allow anyone to convert organic matter into energy The post A Hydrocarbon Heaven appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What makes the very sticks and stones of a building sacred?


In 570, the year of the prophet Muhammad's birth, Abraha, the Ethiopian viceroy in Yemen, sent an army north into the Arabian Peninsula.

Dinosaur Curtains


A young couple, low on money but rich in spirit, challenge popular conceptions of Middle America The post Dinosaur Curtains appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Dinosaur Curtains


A young couple, low on money but rich in spirit, challenge popular conceptions of Middle America The post Dinosaur Curtains appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Animal deceivers can warn us against the human variety


It’s the friend who betrays you, the lover living a secret life, the job applicant with the fabricated résumé, or the sham sales pitch too good to resist.


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