Monthly Archives: December 2017

Afternoon Art Break

“Young Woman with Ibis”
Edgar Degas (1860–1862)


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Your Morning Cup of Links

The case of Stephen Greenblatt

A strange museum

What it means to be Cuban

What the Greek myths teach us about anger in troubled times

Jupiter’s auroras defy the laws of earthly physics

Freedom and art at the turn of the century

The mystery of the lost Roman herb

The inept crusades of the Knights Templar

A man who traveled to some of the world’s most violent places to clown around

Bureaucracy and poetry

Monet’s art collection

How the Jeopardy! writers room comes up with all those questions

Sex is cheap...and that’s a problem

Who painted the first abstract painting?

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Music Monday

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Weekend Art Break

“The Adoration of the Christ Child”
Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen and Workshop (c. 1515)


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Weekend Links

Why truckers love NPR

A guide to the plants of Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Should one always obey the wishes of late authors to destroy unpublished work?

A history of tea and how European colonization changed the Western diet

How Buffy The Vampire Slayer redefined TV storytelling

When things go missing

How Instagram is changing restaurant design

What a dumb time to be alive

The fight over women’s basketball in Somalia

The untold story of the Astros’ rainbow uniforms

Why everyone loves blue

A history of Europe’s four winds

The real Gus Grissom

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Afternoon Art Break

“Mother Holding a Child in Her Arms”
Mary Cassatt (1890)


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Afternoon Links

A colorful history of dust jackets

Why do conductors do the things they do?

Illuminating the past, one precious book at a time

Studios are beginning to digitally resurrect actors and it’s a terrible idea

Fifty years of The Master and Margarita, the Russian masterpiece of magical realism

Terry Teachout on the stark difference between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

How Amazon picks its seemingly random deals of the day

The police murder of Daniel Shaver


“There is a better way to go about organizing the country than bonk-you-on-the-head tribalism, but it requires a measure of maturity and forbearance that we do not seem to be able to muster just now…This is our doing. We have this situation because we choose to have it, because we put our faith in naked political power and therefore choose to elevate the worst and ugliest among us. This is all on us.

What a sad, strange little man

Sounds like the prosecutors overcharged

Lol. And you’ll continue to wait. Suckers.

It’s getting harder for truth to find purchase, since we seem unable to even agree upon what it is any longer. Facts are stubborn things, as John Adams said. So increasingly, the nation seems to be saying ‘to hell with them’ when they don’t conform to our political worldview—politics now trumping morality or honesty more often than not. Facts have gone from being a loosely objective reality that reasonable people can generally settle on (even to further manipulate them for cynical or polemical ends), into a choose-your-own-adventure fantasy stroke book for the onanistically inclined.”

The art of paperbacks

The Vanzolini Saki, an elusive Amazon monkey, has been observed for the first time in 80 years

Psalms in praise of Scotland’s past

101 things learned from Christie’s online magazine

Sargent’s women

Memorize that poem!



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