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Your Morning Cup of Links

The difficulty of translating the Pyramid Texts

In praise of slowness

Why do your musical tastes get frozen over in your twenties?

Good for Andrew McCarthy, who has been defending Trump for far too long

I’m not shocked. Flynn is one of the worst people in D.C.

The king of the Netherlands has revealed he has been living a secret double life as an airline pilot

Collectors who purchased Basquiat painting for $19,000 sell it for a mind-boggling $110.5 million 

Evolution and the purposes of life

Benjamin Franklin on the free press

“I don’t know if Lou (Reed) would be cracking up about this or crying because it’s just too stupid”

Stop making terrible arguments for blind loyalty

God bless this ‘grammar vigilante’

Key work by Max Beckmann to hit the auction block for the first time

And the winner of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art is…

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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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Your Morning Cup of Links

What a time to be alive

The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue is stupid and I’m sick of hearing about it.

Another reminder that when fascism comes to America our universities will be largely to blame.

Lol

‘Daniel Deronda’: A novel for our time

Digital music tools are reshaping music education

Drunk on aquamarine light

The jewel of conservatism in Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’

What was Machiavelli really like?

The decline of small town France

Henry James in Florence

Remembering Texan pianist Van Cliburn’s upset victory at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 and his subsequent decline

An ice-age squirrel found by Gulag prisoners gets its scientific due

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The popularity of American country music in rural Norway

Want to buy an old CIA rendition jet?

The sad and cowardly spectacle of the anti-anti-Trump movement

Why did California spend $1 million to fire a single bureaucrat?

Is this the underground Everest?

Michelangelo’s forgotten statue of the risen Christ to go on display in London

A history of gin

Turner’s port paintings

Why the period of rapid economic growth between 1948 and 1973 might never happen again

Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre’s greatest skull

Can neuroscience help us understand art history?

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