California’s Homeless Find Peace in Libraries

In a world dominated by the internet and social media, being homeless often means being detached from anything that’s not happening in the immediate vicinity. For many of the homeless people living in California, public libraries serve as a type of sanctuary where many go to learn, imagine and connect with the world. In 2014, National Geographic traveled to several of these Californian libraries, profiling …

Cool Hunting Video Presents: The Conjuring Arts Research Center

Our video of the largest known collection of magic books, nestled in a secret NYC location

by Greg Mitnick Nestled in a hidden location in midtown Manhattan, the Counjuring Arts Research Center is ground zero for illusionists and historians alike. The Center provides a range of services, publishes scholarly journals, and teaches hospital-bound kids magic through its Hocus Pocus program. It is perhaps best known as home to one of the largest known collections of historic books, letters, and other media, …