Produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica's film division in 1951, this video shows how heroin, opium, marijuana, and cocaine actually work
From Iceland to India to Moldova to Bhutan, or what medieval depictions of heaven have to do with the neuroscience of well-being
Floating Worlds is as much a powerful personal memoir of an unusual friendship as it is a priceless cultural treasure
Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design is part heartfelt homage to the beauty of the bike, part museum of notable innovations
Curated to stimulate your critical thinking, Culture is one of this year's most significant time-capsules of contemporary thought
Bringing Jonathan Haidt, Martin Seligman, Alison Gopnik, Steven Pinker, Philip Zimbardo, and others together between two covers
Selznick's new book tells the parallel stories of Ben and Rose, two children trying to find their place of belonging in New York City
If you're an artist, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so paralyzing it makes it hard to actually create
Adolf Hoffmeister's stunningly illustrated book captures his experience of life on the run from the Nazis with humor and poignancy
From ever-inventive designer Stefan G. Bucher comes 344 Questions -- a delightful pocket-sized compendium of flowcharts and lists illustrated in Bucher's unmistakable style
A compelling new book suggests that our relentless pursuit of happiness might be derailing rather than propelling our progress
Photographer Christopher Payne documents our treatment of the mentally ill in his book, Asylum, with an foreword by Oliver Sacks
"I got a bug to do wet plate photography in '76. In this day and age of digital, it's so easy to just shoot thousands of pictures a day."
Altruism by way of self-improvement, or what optimizing your workflow has to do with saving children with mosquito nets in Africa
From pheromones to disease detection via the sense of smell, or what your nose has to do with the neurochemistry of nostalgia
Israeli illustrator Noma Bar reacts to a blatant rip-off of his brilliant portrait of Adolf Hitler found on the cover of a legendary magazine
Doyald Young never made it through high school, but as this short documentary shows, that never made any difference
What is absolutism? Humanism? Genis Carreras's designs render these philosophical movements—and others—comprehensible.
Available in English for the first time, a book by a minimalist French illustrator brings the richness of human society to life
Kindles and iPads have a lot of advantages—but they still can't duplicate paper cutouts. A roundup of impossible-to-digitize reading.