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Afternoon Links

I’m glad the NYT publishes this stuff, but nothing will change. Americans have to learn the hard way. And we’re going to be in a world of pain in the coming decades.

A public university president in Oregon gives new meaning to the idea of a pensioner.

Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall, receives the state’s largest government pension.

It is $76,111.

Per month.

New “Lost In Space” stirs memories of campy cult classic

Sounds like I’ll be watching the new “Civilisations” show mostly on mute because the Left has to ruin everything.

“If we were on Earth-2 and President Mitch Daniels were in office and Republicans were enjoying the luxury of a boring and mature presidency that was tackling head-on the Sweet Fiscal Crisis of Death coming our way, the pull of Ryan’s family might not have been nearly so acute…As a general rule, whether you’re on the right or the left, if you personally hate Paul Ryan, that’s an indicator to me that you’re an unreasonable person. Sure, you can disagree with him. You can be disappointed in him. But if you buy the claptrap from the Krugmanite Left or the Bannonite Right about Ryan, if you think he’s evil or a fraud, I’m going to assume you’re part of the problem in our politics.”

Behold, the stupidest thing you’ll read this month. Delicious food at low prices with excellent customer service but OH NOES THEY’RE CHRISTIANS AND THEY MOCK COWS. DRIVE THEM OUT OF THE CITY! Get a life, people.

Sadly, this is true. 

Why I laugh when teachers want to get paid more.

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday…Additionally, two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was. 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.

This is stupid.

I would love to watch a good movie about this woman.

Almost everyone over 30 somehow survived this “controversial” method of parenting. Back then, it was called “parenting.”

This story is insane.

Good on the White Sox. Can’t imagine what this guy has been through.

The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world

A history of seven buildings between 105th and 106th street in Manhattan

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Afternoon Links

Research shows that people who read words on paper remember them better than those who read words on a screen.

A short history of the ballpoint pen

“Do elephants have souls?” Fascinating.

Why you should read George Eliot

How sad

Children are struggling to use and hold pencils because the excessive use of touchscreen phones and iPads is damaging their dexterity, specialists have claimed. Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have the hand strength and agility to learn to write correctly when they start school. Increasingly the use of digital screens is replacing traditional skills such as drawing, painting and cutting out which boost fine motor skills and coordination.

We’re really not going to make it, are we? What a dumb time to be alive.

Sadly, I think this is probably true.

A contest between a generic neoliberal and Trump would be a battle of airs and grievances, a duel for feigned moral superiority utterly divorced from practical moral and economic questions. It would be phantasmal, like the rest of our political life…Meanwhile the same media that made Trump’s rise possible by investing his every moronic utterance with world-historic significance is trying desperately to pose as a check on his authority. The 2016 election was the story of CNN allowing Trump to phone in his extemporized thoughts on nothing in particular while Rand Paul and Jeb Bush sat waiting in the wings with their boring white papers on criminal justice reform.

Shhhh. Don’t take away our reason to irrationally panic and propose bad policies and scream “murderer!” at those with whom we disagree.

“A lot of right-of-center people in my world love the idea of ‘outsider’ lawmakers, who are unsullied by government experience. I keep hearing that ‘wonky’ candidates are boring, because they keep talking about details that few people pay attention to or even care about. I’d argue that Trump’s epic flip-flop is a demonstration of why conservatives are fools to turn over the power of government to any candidate who hasn’t been fighting the good fight for a long time, and who can’t demonstrate a grasp of key policy details. ‘Outsider’ is turning into a euphemism for ‘a candidate who can’t be bothered to do his homework.’

A biography of the Renaissance’s biggest gossip, Giorgio Vasari


The U.S. Army confirmed on Monday that it had mishandled retired bomb-sniffing war dogs and said it would comply with recommendations in a Defense Department Inspector General’s report that called for reforms. In a report released on Friday, the Inspector General said that canine heroes, which saved the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan while working with brigade combat teams to sniff out roadside bombs, were mistreated by the Army after they returned to the United States.

The report said that some dogs were left in kennels for up to 11 months, beyond a deadline for giving them away for adoption or re-using them in the military or other government agencies. It said they were mistreated through lack of care and attention, and others may have been put down.

Trump’s fake Renoir


Why “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes is a terrible song

Disney World is proof the middle class is booming

Like most of his ideas, this is a terrible, bonkers idea.

A history of British embassies

I have never wanted to drone strike a place so badly.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The escape of Charles II to France

A new biography of Grant


Everything about this story is ridiculous. Especially the “I had a bump on my neck once that turned out to be nothing, so now I need an emotional support rodent to fly with me” part.

We’re raising a generation of idiots and calling it progress.

Solzhenitsyn’s cathedrals

The truth and fiction of Adam and Eve

Massive ancient underground city once housed 20,000 people

Google X and the science of radical creativity

How The Princess Bride built film’s most beloved sword fight

The volatile friendship of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon

A “horrifying and engrossing” history of madness at sea

Is the traditional Western a thing of the past?

The man who invented Bailey’s

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Cooking with Gogol

How photography influenced John Singer Sargent

Singing with new lungs

Your feel-good story of the day

People who shelve their books with the spines facing in are monsters. Who does this?


Glad to see the “let’s be adults instead of wussy garbage babies” movement is growing: “There is a growing sense that we are entitled to have the world adapt to our preferences, instead of the other way around…Put your pet in a damn carrier, as people did for decades in a system that worked totally fine before everyone became incredibly self-centered. Thank you.”

People still pay attention to this talentless fucking idiot for some reason.

“Philip Larkin and Me”

Bernstein at 100

African Science Fiction

Are delivery apps killing restaurants?

East End easels

Edward Lear in full

How a dodgy German biologist influenced art nouveau


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What a dumb time to be alive

Two Raphael paintings unearthed after 500 years

A music critic on why it’s so difficult to write about performances

The underlying cognitive dissonance of the Left and Right

The question that reveals the heart of the culture wars

Liberals have lost their minds over immigration

Trump’s tariffs are statism on the march

Camels disqualified from Saudi ‘camel beauty contest’ over use of Botox

Why do people visit art museums? 

The quest to preserve the live music that accompanied silent films

A long-forgotten 19th century opera about tabasco sauce gets a revival

This is pretty much how I feel about e-mail too

Inside Yale’s secret societies and why they no longer matter

Hemingway’s first short story found in Key West

The many lives of David Bowie

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

Willa Cather’s prairie

Why do orchestras seem to play behind the conductor’s beat?

Trouble at the Tate

When art and spirit meet: fiction and the religious imagination

Rodin’s craftsmanship

A new European narrative?

When ISIS moves into the neighborhood, a family must decide what to do with Hamletbury it or burn it?

Guggenheim removes art featuring live reptiles and videos of dogs on treadmills after it received “explicit and repeated threats of violence.”

The rise of Alexander Calder

Unless you are a severely disabled person (i.e. blind) with a perfectly trained service animal you don’t need to have an animal on an airplane. The notion that people need “emotional comfort animals” with them on airplanes is utterly ridiculous. What a dumb time to be alive.

Wagner’s biggest fan

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The anthology show is back

Dante as theologian


Indeed. More please.

How air conditioning changed the world

The Porn President

Why are so few classic films available on Netflix?

The problem with teaching today

A wonderful new account of 19th century Britain

The insanity of addiction

“Trump is a familiar sort of man who mistakes being hard for being a sadist, and thinks that his own well-documented appetite for inflicting suffering and humiliation on others makes him tough.”

The consolations of Latin

The pleasures and secrets of library archives

Is the golden age of astronomy nearly over?

What’s wrong with Catholic fiction today?

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