Afternoon Links

The book that gets inside Alfred Hitchcock’s mind

There are more than 700 species of fig, and each one has its own species of wasp. When you eat a dried fig, you’re probably chewing wasp mummies, too.

The joys of medieval manuscripts

Sweeney Todd: “a morality tale for our times.”

A comprehensive history of the Hawaiian shirt

In The London Review of Books, Mark Ford reviews Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue’s heavily annotated two-volume Poems of T. S. Eliot.

Inside the underground hospital built to treat Aleppo’s children

Absolutely infuriating:

On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in the capital, Juba, over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan’s three-year civil war. They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions, several witnesses told The Associated Press.

For hours throughout the assault, the U.N. peacekeeping force stationed less than a mile away refused to respond to desperate calls for help. Neither did embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.

There’s more where this came from. Also, Ivanka is currently vacationing with Putin’s girlfriend. Enjoy your nominee, guys!

Another day, another stupid idea from the stupidest man alive

Trump’s conception of the concept of Freedom of the Press is literally, and without exaggeration, the old Soviet position of freedom of the press”

How does NASA use underwater missions to prepare for space?

France’s government has allocated half a million dollars for the preservation and restoration of France’s oldest Jewish building, discovered by accident under a parking lot in 1976.

“Trump-strapping: Liberal Pundits Use Trump to Win Old Arguments”

Kevin P. Spicer reviews Lawrence Douglas’s account of the trial of Ivan Demjanjuk

Roger Kimball says that if Yale is serious about removing names of slaveholders from residential colleges, it should be consistent and change the university’s name as well.

Nabokov and epilepsy

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