Category Archives: Literature

Your Morning Cup of Links

On health care, bipartisan dishonesty is the problem

Exhumation of Salvador Dali’s remains finds his mustache still intact

Goethe: Life as a Work of Art

The limits of a history of the cross in Christian art

Mary Beard on voting in the ancient world

The dumbest thing you’ll read this week

Civil asset forfeiture is un-American and incompatible with a free society

How capitalism saved the bees

Insanity

No, it’s time to actually teach people something in high school, where algebra is supposed to be taught.

Every word of this

“One of the great enduring stupidities of modern economic life is the belief that buying American is somehow beneficial to the United States as a whole.”

What was Wagner like?

“Trump was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.”

Disband this Party. Unfit to govern.

A new theory of how the moon formed

Hillary’s White House would be no different than Trump’s

Julius Caesar in Gaul

A history of heart surgery

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Weekend Links

“South Wind,” a strange literary best-seller, a hundred years later

Sad that this needs to be explained

“Trump should get off his phone and start lying to my face”

“Sean Hannity, the self-abasing monkey-butler of the Trump regime”

We wouldn’t want to depict pirates in a bad way! So stupid.

The Vatican’s statement on the Charlie Gard case is a disgrace

Picasso’s bulls

The romance of the eclipse

Life as a Lego master builder

A.E. Housman: The Laureate of Loneliness

Germany’s techno DJs, a thoughtful lot

Who names diseases and can they be improved?

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Afternoon Links

Why I don’t bother wading into these “debates” anymore. It’s just dumb tribalists screaming lies. There’s no point.

“I’m glad the Dyke March banned Jewish stars”

It’s time to bring Branwell, the dark Bronte, into the light

The Worst Generation

New book apps

SAD!

Will a 12-part opera distributed online work?

If only someone had warned them

This is so horrible. The horrible – but inevitable – outcome when a society decides to let the state control everything.

The AP investigates its operations in Nazi Germany

The truth about owls

What makes song lyrics poetry?

Alexander von Humboldt’s cosmogony and the Hudson River School

Does democracy die in rudeness?

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Bye-bye boarding pass? TSA, airlines test fingerprints, facial recognition to ID travelers

“The question isn’t whether Trump is a crook. The question is: what kind of crook is he?

Defibrillator drones to boost cardiac arrest survival

Was Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner prophetic?

Eat like an ancient Roman

The Pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes

The rise of Athens

How did the apple become the forbidden fruit in Genesis? A Latin pun.

The publication and influence of Doctor Zhivago

Interesting: “Fleming, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the authors that people most claim—falsely—to have read.”

Luther and music

 

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Afternoon Links

Burn it all down

Every damn day it’s something else. It’s exhausting. And we’re only a little over a hundred days in.

How to read the newspaper

A critical eye is warranted. Newspapers, like all the works of men, are imperfect things, and the nation’s newspaper editors and television-news producers are very much at fault for the low general level of trust in the media. But they do not traffic wholesale in fiction. All of the cries of “fake news!” in the world are not going to change that. What is happening right now is not salubrious skepticism but a kind of mass hysteria, millions of heads plunging with struthioniform insistence into the same sand, as though insisting that reality is something other than what it is, or merely averting our gaze, would somehow alter the truth. Something has changed radically with remarkable speed. Not long ago, when I would inform someone that they had passed along an Internet hoax or erroneous claim (writers on public affairs spend a fair amount of their correspondence thus engaged) the response would be a sheepish “oops.” About once a week, someone will inform me that Hillary Rodham Clinton was disbarred for misconduct (she wasn’t) or that Barack Obama’s mother-in-law is receiving a six-figure federal pension for having babysat his children (she isn’t) or some other such nonsense, and then cry “fake news!” when corrected. The irony is that they have fallen for fake news, and retreat into “fake news!” when their gullibility is shown…We owe it to ourselves to take account of reality. And we owe it to the country, too. It is cheap, it is cowardly, and it is bad citizenship to simply shriek “fake news!” every time reality forces a hard choice upon us.

Here’s why Comey couldn’t just quit in February

101-year-old D-Day veteran claims new record for oldest skydiver

Books about books

“I am told that what the President did is actually far worse than what is being reported.”

Trump’s defense of his Russia leak is not reassuring

Bosch and Bruegel

Opera’s essence is the orchestra 

A New Jersey bill protects pool owners from low prices

“A child cannot be president. I love my children; they cannot have the nuclear codes.”

One does not need to be a Marvel superhero or Nietzschean Übermensch to rise to this responsibility. But one needs some basic attributes: a reasonable level of intellectual curiosity, a certain seriousness of purpose, a basic level of managerial competence, a decent attention span, a functional moral compass, a measure of restraint and self-control. And if a president is deficient in one or more of them, you can be sure it will be exposed. Trump is seemingly deficient in them all.

Of course he did. He’s Trump.

The music of poetry

Tolkien’s tennis shoes

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Afternoon Links

Tiny suns are transforming the search for extraterrestrial life

In the Netherlands, Mondrian across the decades

How to raise an American adult

Christie’s kicks off auction gigaweek with record-shattering $57 million Brancusi

Why Saturday Night Fever wouldn’t be a blockbuster today: “At the time, kids yearned to be adults, and movies reflected that. Today, adults yearn to be kids, and movies reflect that too.”

Why are Dostoevsky’s novels so compulsively readable? What makes his characters seem so alive?

How painting influenced 19th-century French novelists

What’s happening to Venice?

Shakespeare’s Richard III to be staged at Leicester Cathedral

How to decode an ancient Roman’s handwriting 

Bikers might be inconvenienced, so Portland’s Rothko Pavilion might be dead:

“I wonder if that’s part of the idea, to create a structure that will make the homeless and poor feel unwelcome,” museum neighbor Geoff Wren told the Willamette Week.

Yes, I’m sure that’s it, bro. Nailed it.

Profoundly sad for the coming effort on the right to defend veiled threats by a president to intimidate a former FBI director into silence. It’s unacceptable.

Yep. This.

The Comey debacle

They should be worried. Nothing has gone right for them except Gorsuch. And every time they try to put the fire out and be productive President ManToddler stumbles into the room with a gas can.

Even Fox News…

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Oh shut the fuck up

Good, good. Let the Wall Street money flow through you.

Cassini plunges through Saturn’s ‘Big Empty’

AMERICA IS ALREADY GREAT

Very sad

LOL “If Trump is cool with the shitty Democratic policy we used to hate then we’re cool with it too!” What a party of morons.

The rule of law is partly responsible for ‘Mario Kart’s’ success

Hilarious. Are you sick of all the winning yet?

New York’s vanishing diner culture

The case for reading John Milton today

Trump’s executive orders are mostly theater

“First 100 days suggest our democracy is more likely to die in dumbness than in darkness”

“For those at Berkeley celebrating what they believe to be a moral victory, consider this: As much as you may detest Ann Coulter, she has never used violence or the threat of violence to keep someone from speaking. She is a better citizen than you are, with a deeper commitment to genuinely liberal and humane values. You may call yourselves the anti-fascists, but your black-shirt routine — along with your glorification of political violence and your rejection of liberal and democratic norms — suggest that the “anti” part of that formulation is not entirely appropriate. Perhaps you are only young and ignorant, but if you had any power of introspection at all, you would see that you are the thing you believe yourselves to be fighting. You are the oppressors, the censors, the violent, the hateful, the narrow-minded, the reactionary.”

A Japanese scholar on his collection of Middle English manuscripts

The Left’s pants-shitting hysteria over the NEA was for no reason. I told them this President would work out way better for them than for me.

Andrew Roberts reviews the 19th volume of the Churchill Documents

Flannery O’Connor and the way of violence

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