The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical
Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco
How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies
Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor
Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction
The President isn’t the hero of the American story
The flaw in the Right’s media hate
The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves
Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library
“We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”
“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”
How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease
Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?
Lol. Like I said, you’re going to get single payer, and all I can do at this point is laugh.
Be sure to share the Bloomberg story about this on Facebook using the Windows PC you bought on Amazon, all on the internet powered by Oracle using fiber-optic cable shipped by BNSF.
Unreal. What a bunch of cowards.
Why is the word for wine so similar across languages?
The greatness of tiny churches
The last bookbinder on the Lower East Side
The brilliance of a Stradivari violin might rest within its wood
Unbelievable. A final “fuck you” to America on the way out.
Key part of this essay is the civic consequences of colleges turning out a bunch of credulous dolts.
Progressives destroyed normalcy, now are shocked Trump isn’t normal
Seattle has a secret mermaid society
Why national unity remains so elusive
Academics race to save rare colonial documents in Cuba
Tolstoy on Broadway
A Secret Jew, the New World, a Lost Book: Mystery Solved
Why Chinese speakers cut their hair before New Year’s
Yep. Obamacare (or much the same thing with a different name) isn’t going anywhere, because Americans won’t accept what would actually solve the problem.
As I predicted a month ago, Mattis won’t last long. He’s too good a man.
I love this.
“It’s time to be clear about what is happening. Our soon-to-be commander-in-chief is publicly ridiculing our security agencies, while backing a fugitive on the lam from rape charges who is also an agent of the Kremlin. To call this situation unprecedented is an understatement.”
Louvre blames 2 million fall in visitor numbers on terrorism fears
This is hilarious: “The media’s favorite ‘millennial’ is 55-years-old”
New research on Anne Frank’s arrest
A new history looks at a time when Europe came together
The long death of Product 19, the most beloved cereal you’ve never heard of
Evelyn Waugh’s gift
They “sounded as much like Bernie Sanders supporters as Trump voters.” Lol. Shocking!
Glad to see Tom Cotton has come back to his senses after a brief flirtation with the dipshit brigade.
Italian cop, also a sommelier, teaches wine skills to inmates
Vatican McDonald’s divides opinion
“No one who lived through the Cold War could call those dark and dangerous decades ‘the good old days.’ Hundreds of millions of people lived in political and social repression and economic and spiritual deprivation behind the Iron Curtain. Things were far better in the free world, but the political tension and specter of war, even a nuclear war, were ever-present. What I do miss, however, was the moral clarity that won the Cold War. It has been replaced by a rising tide of moral equivalence as the memories of what real evil looked like have faded.”
A CIA calendar the CIA gift shop refuses to sell? Yes, and here’s the strange story behind it.
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Not a nut, not a leftist, and not an irresponsible intellectual”
The need to read
Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban
What made George Washington different from Benedict Arnold?
Picasso’s self-portraits from the age of 15 to 90
Roman antiquity missing since World War II found in Russia
How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ inspired a generation of opera stars
A brief history of the GRU
A bird identification app
Buckley, the master obituarist
The hard-edged vision of Carmen Herrera
Why the CIA won’t go public with evidence of Russia’s hacking. (This should be obvious, but just in case it’s not…)
Obama has been an utter failure. He is LBJ without the expertise.
O come, let us adore this little-known Spanish painter
Murals saved by Shakespeare’s father restored
The parochial progressive obsession with Ayn Rand:
Bring up your undying love of Atlas Shrugged at the typical conservative gathering and people will smile at you and try very hard not to roll their eyes. Some people think of her novels as a kind of guilty adolescent enthusiasm now grown out-of-date, an intellectual mullet, a stage one goes through between the ages of 14 and 20. Some people use Atlas Shrugged as a totem — it had a moment at the cresting of the Tea Party phenomenon. But it is rare to meet actual adult human beings who organize their politics views (or, for pity’s sake, their lives) around Ayn Rand and her views. I don’t think National Review has a single Randian in the house; I’d be surprised if the Weekly Standard did, and if one showed up at Commentary then John Podhoretz would simply mock him out of existence. Strangely, our progressive friends insist that the Right is entirely in thrall to the ideas of Ayn Rand.