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The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre

Good piece on the best movie of the year

Solar system that could support alien life discovered

Social media driving Americans insane

The mythic grandeur of old Hollywood is gone

What did Adam Smith really believe?

Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.

Why the British tell better children’s stories

Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet

Eiffel Tower to get €300 million facelift

The music of the Third Reich

For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz

First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily 

The early life of Prince Edward VI 

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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?

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Abolish Presidents’ Day

Adding to my Netflix queue

Tom Nichols’ book is finally out. Can’t wait to read it.

Catch a star exploding in action in 2022

Centuries of New York history prepare for a move

I love this dog. So gorgeous.

It’s sad that this is necessary. There was a time when parents took their little shitheads home if they weren’t behaving. It was called common courtesy.

Fear not, America. The system IS working.

What mirrors tell us about animal minds

Italy’s art police

The beauty of books

“Unless your argument is honest, principled, and consistently applicable to both sides, you’re just being tribal.

St Mark’s Basilica is scaffold-free for first time in 20 years

Was Nazi art really that bad?

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How politics is ruining college students

How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity

An essential guide for understanding sea power

California’s Matisse

Thank god. He should never have been hired in the first place.

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

No, Trump is not like Orwell’s ‘1984’

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

The devil and Hilary Mantel

Norway turns off FM radio

“How Faulkner convinced me not to become an astronomer”

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Excited to watch Planet Earth II whenever it comes to streaming services. 

Saving babies’ lives by carrying them like kangaroos

German court upholds ruling banning German comedian from reciting poem making fun of Turkish President Erdoğan

Embarrassing bodies: what did the Victorians have to hide?

Doomsday prep for the super rich

The spy revolt against Trump begins

Great summary of why civil asset forfeiture is awful and why we should hope Trump can’t stop its reform.

German town hall stops fox song after vegan complains

Ted Cruz is correct: you don’t have a right to health care

Dolphins are probably getting high on blowfish

What should cathedrals do?

The dark history of the lobotomy

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Prince’s longtime recording engineer, Susan Rogers, elaborates on the key to his creative success and his prolific, generative spirit—he made the space for himself, and he stayed there.

P.G. Wodehouse, sloshed 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art goes open access with 375,000 images

Oldest proteins ever have been found in a 195-million-year-old dinosaur, scientists say

Gerhard Richter’s lost cartoons

How the hysterical left is ruining the anti-Trump cause for the rest of us

Orangutan alarm calls may reveal origins of the first words in the human language, scientists say

Shakespeare in America

How American Gothic became an icon

Of saints and vandals: an art historian’s earthly delights

Sweet Land of Liberty

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Sotheby’s goes risqué in first-ever erotic art auction

How Rauschenberg elevated Tiffany’s window displays into an art form

What a time to be alive

An Oxford college sends Renaissance rarities to the U.S.

The United States is an exceptional, extraordinary, unusual place. One day again I hope to have a President who understands that. Instead of a President who says disgraceful things about it and thinks it’s a terrible place.

Joyce among the Jesuits

Terrible women writers

“What is the Democratic party? Is it a genuine political party, or is it simply an instrument of relatively well-off government workers who care about very little other than securing for themselves regular raises and comfortable pensions?”

Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe

The Problem

Thousands of Mark Twain artifacts threatened by mold at author’s historic home undergoing repairs

Cosmic test bolsters Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”

A history of the oldest but least understood American law enforcement agency: The U. S. Marshals Service

10 sweetest pictures of Pluto from NASA’s latest release

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