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

Infuriating

“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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