Charles Darwin

Hilarious Victorian-Era Caricatures of Famous Intellectuals

In case you couldn’t tell, Flavorwire loves 19th-century England. So when Open Culture alerted us to the existence of the 1873 book Cartoon Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Men of the Day, we had to click through its pages and share a few of our favorites of the 49 illustrations of famous English people. Drawn by Frederick Waddy, the images below even include one of our favorite Americans. … Read More

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Classic Books Annotated by Famous Authors

Readers come in two editions: those who write in their books, and those who don’t. No matter which you are on your own time, there’s great pleasure to be found in paging through marked-up copies of other people’s books — particularly when the original owners were famous writers themselves. Whether scribbled or printed, snide or appreciative, an author’s annotations give equal insight into the book and the reader, and double as yet another reason to buy physical books. Click through to see the marginalia in the books of a few great… Read More

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The Private Book Collections of 10 Famous Readers

Earlier this month, we stumbled across Carolyn Kellogg’s great article about Bernie Madoff’s book collection, parts of which are being sold slowly on eBay by the person who won Madoff’s books in an auction. Sure, the books someone has may not be as great an indicator of their personality as, er, some other things we know about them, but, nerds that we are, we tend to consider our libraries extensions of ourselves. So of course, we did a little digging, pouring through the collections of famous (or infamous) cultural icons and see what they were made of. After the jump, browse through our excerpts of the private libraries of everyone from Darwin to Houdini to Oprah, and draw your conclusions where you may. … Read More

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Iconic Black and White Photos Amazingly Recolored

We first saw this series of famous black and white photographs made new with a little recoloring over at Thaeger. While the concept isn’t earth-shattering, the results are pretty amazing — taking moments from the history books and reinventing them for a new generation. How else are we to fully appreciate Albert Einstein’s smart sweater, or Charlie Chaplin’s baby face, sans mustache? The portraits in Sanna Dullaway’s series have that reach out and touch quality, and the iconic “event” pictures breathe new life into each memorable moment. Margaret Bourke-White’s photo of the breadline during the Louisville flood in 1937 has been reprinted in blurry black and white so many times, it’s refreshing to actually see the expressions on each person’s face. Meanwhile, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square circa 1945 proves that making out is always better in color. Click through for a closer look at select photos from the series. … Read More

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Find Darwin and Freud in Oleg Shuplyak’s Optical Illusion Paintings

Ukranian Artist Oleg Shuplyak incorporates the historical likes of Darwin, Freud, and Alexander Suvorov into his paintings, but they’re not always noticeable at first glance. By creating strategic outdoor oil scenes, paintings that initially appear as simple renderings of countrysides secretly reveal hidden, optically illusive portraits. Can you see the faces? Shuplyak’s houses double as eyes, swans double as ears, and horses double as noses, and we’re impressed. Enjoy a selection of his mind-boggling paintings after the jump, then check out Amsterdam Art Gallery for more of Oleg Shuplyak’s varying styles. … Read More

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Psychedelic Portraits of History's Greatest Scientists

From Galileo’s bushy beard to Newton’s flowing curls, there have been more epic hairstyles in science than you might think. Nowhere is that fact clearer than in Melbourne graphic designer Simon Bent‘s Science vs. Delirium, a series of portraits that renders history’s greatest scientists in the kinds of psychedelic colors and patterns you might have seen ’60s acid-rock posters. Intending to restore these figures as pop-culture icons, Bent has certainly succeeded in making his subjects look cooler than ever. Click through for a tripped-out gallery of your favorite scientists. … Read More

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Artists Remix Classic Book Covers

For the past seven years, Katie Cromwell and Jensen Carp at Gallery 1988 have been showcasing pop culture-themed artwork to a new generation of LA residents. This month Cromwell and Carp are exhibiting (and selling) 45 limited-edition posters inspired by novels we all know and love, curated by OMGPosters and Rob Jones. At Flavorpill, we can appreciate a good remix, so we’ve picked our favorites from the lot for your viewing pleasure. From James Flames’ homage to the Velveteen Rabbit (complete with cute floppy ears and a leaky eye) to Big Brother’s penetrating gaze (from Doublenaut’s tribute to Nineteen Eighty-Four), there’s something that will appeal to a wide range of bibliophiles.

If you’re in LA, we strongly suggest you stop over at Gallery 1988 on Melrose and LaBrea before the exhibition closes at the end of this month. If you’re not but still want to see more pictures, check out Marina Galperina’s post at Animal New York. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were shocked to see Superman receive a beat-down via the po-po. We were also surprised to hear that a Charles Darwin biopic will open the Toronto Film Festival. We made our ears happy by listening to the new, streaming Dodos album and some acoustic Beck. We laughed… Read More

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After Years of Fighting, the Vatican and Darwin Make Nice

Is the Pope — who already blew us away when he launched his own YouTube channel — hopping on board the recent Darwin trend we noticed last month? A new item in today’s Times suggests it could be true:

“A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. ‘In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,’ said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a ‘higher power’ for the complexities of life.”

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Darwin’s 200th Spawns a Publishing Boom

It’s been feeling a lot like survival of the fittest out there these days, so perhaps it’s apt that 2009 marks a major jubilee for Charles Darwin. February sees the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, and publishers are celebrating with a slew of Darwin-related titles. Harvard’s Belknap Press will publish a facsimile of the original 1859 edition of Origin, annotated by biologist James Costa; and for those who’d prefer a less musty sampling of the book, there’s also a forthcoming Vintage Classics edition — complete with a stylish cover design. [Editor’s note: We’re waiting for this one from Penguin, which has a Damien Hirst-designed cover; the artist talks about that here.] … Read More

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