Tim Brinkhof is a Dutch-born, New York-based journalist reporting on art, history, and literature. He studied early Netherlandish painting and Slavic literature at New York University, worked as an editorial assistant for Film Comment magazine, and has written for Esquire, Film & History, History Today, and History News Network.
Glimpse into the ancient Maya empire through the writing of its own inhabitants.
These composers channeled the horror of the Holocaust and Hiroshima while honoring those who lived through it.
The fellowship's journey through Middle-Earth mirrors the modernization of the English countryside.
The sapient paradox: With brains like ours, why did prehistoric humans wait millennia to start civilization?
One hypothesis: "gossip traps."
It’s a lot easier to point out things that are gezellig (adjective) than it is to define gezelligheid (noun) itself.
Treating “oniomania” or compulsive buying disorder is about protecting your finances as well as your mental health.
Mongol forces never fully conquered the continent, but they played a key role in its historical development.
His plan to replace it with homegrown rice did not go well.
FIRE is a lifestyle that promotes extensive saving in order to retire early, despite the fact that early retirement is far from practical.
When Mongol traders came knocking, Sultan Muhammad II shaved off their beards. Three years later, his whole empire was annihilated.
In order to figure out how English might evolve in the future, we have to look at how it has changed in the near and distant past.
Some classic books, like Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," remain controversial to this day.
“Like real dreams, it does not explain, does not complete its sequences," film critic Roger Ebert once wrote about "Mulholland Drive."
The 1,200-year-old "Book of Ingenious Devices" contains designs for futuristic inventions like gas masks, water fountains, and digging machines.
Jules Verne wrote about gasoline-powered vehicles, weapons of mass destruction, and global warming more than a century ago.
For Nietzsche, a great work of art can either veil the horror of reality or – better yet – help us face it.
"Painfully forced" is how one contemporary critic described Fitzgerald's writing style.
Art criticism is inherently subjective. Still, many critics have tried to make a case for why some of the world’s most celebrated books are in fact terribly written.
In the West, discussions of 20th-century painting are dominated by Warhol and Picasso, but trendsetting artists are found everywhere.
Whether in Russia or China, the secret police are defined by their unquestioning loyalty — as well as by their poor career prospects.
Could the prevalence of flood myths around the world tell us something about early human migration or even the way our brains work?
Lawmen and outlaws were often the same people.
To answer that question, we may have to figure out when the famed painter started to go bald.
Far from practicing witchcraft, the experimentation of medieval alchemists helped bring about the Scientific Revolution.
Created in the 1880s, "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan," which depicts a father murdering his son, divides Russians to this day.
Studying the display of personal wealth across time can help us better understand the history of socioeconomic inequality.