Culture

The Anti-Commercial Appeal Of Literature In Minority Languages

The Anti-Commercial Appeal Of Literature In Minority Languages

Some writers toil on works they know only a few thousand people might ever read, but that’s sort of the whole point.
Quintessential Fall — How Other Countries Celebrate Autumn

Quintessential Fall — How Other Countries Celebrate Autumn

We know Americans have an obsession with fall, but how do people around the world ring in the season? (It goes far beyond Pumpkin Spice Lattes!)
Will People Still Cheek Kiss In A Post-COVID World?

Will People Still Cheek Kiss In A Post-COVID World?

The “casual greeting” cheek kiss has confounded cultural outsiders for decades. Is it on its way to becoming a relic?
What The Names Of Pasta Shapes Really Mean

What The Names Of Pasta Shapes Really Mean

Most pasta shape names are pretty tame, but a couple of them might shock you.
A Cultural History Of Coffee

A Cultural History Of Coffee

It’s more than just hot bean water. It’s a lifestyle.
Small Talk, Big World: Cracking The Art Of Chit-Chat Around The Globe

Small Talk, Big World: Cracking The Art Of Chit-Chat Around The Globe

How do you banter, yammer, palaver and blather your way around the world?
A World Tour Of Athletics: The Most Popular Sports By Country

A World Tour Of Athletics: The Most Popular Sports By Country

Spoiler: association football (or soccer) is by far the most common choice.
8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

Odds are pretty good you’ll be eating a hot dog on the 4th. And we say that due to a statistical grounding in 4th of July facts.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: What US Soccer Culture Borrowed From The World

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: What US Soccer Culture Borrowed From The World

As soccer’s popularity in the United States grows, American fans are turning abroad for cultural inspiration — for better or for worse.
From Milan To Naples: Italian Dialects In Music

From Milan To Naples: Italian Dialects In Music

To better understand the soul of Italian, you need to get to know its dialects.
8 LGBTQ TV Shows In Other Languages You Should Be Watching

8 LGBTQ TV Shows In Other Languages You Should Be Watching

It’s a gay old time for queer representation in media.
How ‘Latinx’ Is Leading The Resistance Against Gendered Languages

How ‘Latinx’ Is Leading The Resistance Against Gendered Languages

In the fight for inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender equality advocates come face-to-face with the deeply intertwined nature of gender and language.
Is It Cultural Appropriation To Use Drag Slang And AAVE?

Is It Cultural Appropriation To Use Drag Slang And AAVE?

Sure, you want to describe your new ‘bae’ as ‘woke’ and your last weekend as ‘lit,’ but where do these words come from? (And should you be using them at all?)