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Smithsonian to mount first U.S. exhibit exploring the life and art of Marlene Dietrich

Two long-hidden Veronese paintings, restored to their former splendor, head to the Venice Biennale

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So good:

Hasn’t Bill Clinton been fellated thoroughly enough?…Clinton provided American progressives with all they really want out of a politician: emotional validation. (Hey, Trump voters!) And so Democrats loved him — deeply, madly, and, in many cases, to the point of abasing themselves…Rather than send Bill Clinton into his dotage with a generous allowance of Viagra and interns, they gave his wife — his batty, corrupt, inept, corrupt, feckless, corrupt, preening, unbearable, corrupt, condescending, and corrupt wife — the Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the last good Democrat.

It’s a good gig, being a senator. But that was not a big enough tribute to the Big Creep. And it wasn’t enough for Mrs. Creep, either, who had endured so much public humiliation in the cause of making NPR listeners feel good about themselves. She was running for president from the day she was seated in the Senate. But she could not close the deal. First, she got whipped in the primaries by a nobody back-bencher…And then, after barely edging out Comrade Muppet in the 2016 primary, she lost to a half-literate game-show host. But, as the poet said, there ain’t no cure for love, and Democrats just can’t quit the Big Creep. So they’ve turned to the Little Creep.

Chelsea Clinton, most recently lionized on the cover of Variety, is a 37-year-old multi-millionaire who has never uttered an interesting word about any subject at any time during the course of her life. Judging from the evidence of her public statements, she has never had an original thought — it isn’t clear that she has had a thought at all. In tribute to her parents, she was given a series of lucrative sinecures, producing a smattering of sophomoric videos for NBC at a salary of $600,000 a year. She later went more formally into the family business, leaving her fake job at NBC for a fake job in her parents’ fake charity. She gave interviews about how she just couldn’t get interested in money and bought a $10 million Manhattan apartment that stretches for the better part of a city block. And, since her mother’s most recent foray into ignominious defeat, she has been inescapable: magazine covers, fawning interviews, talk of running her in New York’s 17th congressional district. The Democrats are doing their best to make Chelsea happen.

And, who knows, it might work. It would be tempting to write her off as a know-nothing rich kid who has made a living off her family connections while operating one of the world’s most truly asinine Twitter accounts, but . . . well, you know. But, for Pete’s sake, stop it. Have a little self-respect, Democrats. Build Bill Clinton a statue or . . . whatever. Send him your daughters like a bunch of bone-in-the-nose primitives paying tribute to the tribal chieftain. But stop trying to inflict this empty-headed, grasping, sanctimonious, risible, simpering, saccharine little twerp on American public life. It’s stupid enough out there.

Colossus 82-ton statue of Ramses II unveiled in Egypt after restoration

The messy world of New York’s mid-century art galleries

Soviet children’s books

The naked mole rat is the world’s strangest mammal

Jacek Dehnel argues that Polish fiction has changed little since Communism fell – it is still stuffed with dreams

When pop music was literary

A fascinating guide to moths

Weird clouds may have inspired ‘The Scream’

Second parchment manuscript copy of Declaration of Independence found

 

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London’s lost modernist masterpiece

The Vienna and Berlin philharmonics during the Third Reich

Yep. Some of us warned you.

Because he’s never met a dictator he doesn’t love.

Revisiting Jane Austen’s unfinished novel

Why it smells so nice after it rains 

“Trump and Bee are on different sides politically, but culturally they are drinking from the same cup, one filled with the poisonous nectar of reality TV and its baseless values, which have now moved to the very center of our national discourse. Trump and Bee share a penchant for verbal cruelty and a willingness to mock the defenseless. Both consider self-restraint, once the hallmark of the admirable, to be for chumps.”

A one-man play of C.S. Lewis’s conversion

The Renaissance at home

Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy is dangerous nonsense. It’s redistribution by another name. 

Umbilical cord blood from babies could help bring back memory for dementia patients

Her sentence is bullshit. She should be in jail for the rest of her life. What a horrible person.

A centenary and recent discoveries shine a spotlight on Rodin 

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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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The universe is as spooky as Einstein thought

The luxurious history of dogs in India

How the credit rating was created

Rice vs. Trump is like the Iran-Iraq War for the IC. Can they both lose?

Lol

This. Stop trying to make Chelsea Clinton happen. She’s not happening.

The sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback, defying man and nature

The dinosaur classification system that has been used for more than a century? A computer upended it in 5 minutes.

These people eat monkeys and piranhas. They also have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured.

Here comes the Pizza Gestapo

ESPN has seen the future of TV and they’re not really into it

When every day is ‘Groundhog Day’

The most expensive library in the world?

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Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods

Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle

Jesus Christ, just teach them the canon, FFS.

This will do more harm than good.

“After the health-care debacle, he is proceeding as though he believes that conservatives are his enemies, and he is ready to recruit Democrats, who will bring their policies with them, into that fight. Trump being Trump, nobody knows where he’ll be politically the day after tomorrow, but from one point of view it makes no sense to worry about Trump’s selling out conservatives: He was never a conservative to begin with, and it is impossible to betray principles that one does not in fact hold.”

Notebook written by unknown 17th-century William Shakespeare scholar leaves Antiques Roadshow expert ‘trembling’

Pence’s family practices expose a divide over human nature

Finally, the WORST argument for public funding of the arts

Lincoln the inventor

Norse mythology reimagined

The revival of Yiddish in music and literature

Paris wants to fight terror with culture. Will it work?

Shipwrecked: looking for God in The Ancient Mariner

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The curse of the bahia emerald, a giant green rock that ruins lives

In Phil Campbell, Alabama, his name is my name too

We need more ‘useless’ knowledge

On the pleasures and endurance of letters

Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Don’t dismiss the grand piano

Welcome to the future range of the woolly mammoth

The perils of Jacksonian governance

How two English authors helped start the Spanish Civil War

Did Steven Spielberg ruin the movies?

Time crystals created, suspending laws of physics

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“Giving the figments of your imagination a name and an involved back-story doesn’t make them real. It just makes you nuts.”

Massive, incredibly detailed statue of Ramses II found beneath Cairo neighborhood

Been weaning myself off lately. Social media is one of the worst things we’ve ever invented.

Were Gambia’s borders created by British cannonball fire?

“In crafting this bill, it does seem like Republicans in Congress forgot what it is that conservatives believe…Among them is the belief that the federal government cannot expand access to health insurance in both in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness. Even if it could, that isn’t the federal government’s job. The GOP replacement for ObamaCare pleases no one because it is an effort to synthesize two fundamentally incompatible philosophies.”

Oh goodie. More Trumpian big government, big spending Leftism to look forward to. Seriously, read this on Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure wish list – that no one is sure how to finance – and tell me how it differs from Bernie’s.

Using Shakespeare to ease the trauma of war

How the CIA forgot the art of spying

Did an earthquake shrink Mount Everest?

As I’ve told you before, Wikileaks characterization of leaked documents isn’t accurate. It’s running a disinformation campaign.

Asteroid mining sounds hard, right? You don’t know the half of it.

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