Afternoon Art Break

“Mother Holding a Child in Her Arms”
Mary Cassatt (1890)

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Afternoon Links

A colorful history of dust jackets

Why do conductors do the things they do?

Illuminating the past, one precious book at a time

Studios are beginning to digitally resurrect actors and it’s a terrible idea

Fifty years of The Master and Margarita, the Russian masterpiece of magical realism

Terry Teachout on the stark difference between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

How Amazon picks its seemingly random deals of the day

The police murder of Daniel Shaver

Infuriating

“There is a better way to go about organizing the country than bonk-you-on-the-head tribalism, but it requires a measure of maturity and forbearance that we do not seem to be able to muster just now…This is our doing. We have this situation because we choose to have it, because we put our faith in naked political power and therefore choose to elevate the worst and ugliest among us. This is all on us.

What a sad, strange little man

Sounds like the prosecutors overcharged

Lol. And you’ll continue to wait. Suckers.

It’s getting harder for truth to find purchase, since we seem unable to even agree upon what it is any longer. Facts are stubborn things, as John Adams said. So increasingly, the nation seems to be saying ‘to hell with them’ when they don’t conform to our political worldview—politics now trumping morality or honesty more often than not. Facts have gone from being a loosely objective reality that reasonable people can generally settle on (even to further manipulate them for cynical or polemical ends), into a choose-your-own-adventure fantasy stroke book for the onanistically inclined.”

The art of paperbacks

The Vanzolini Saki, an elusive Amazon monkey, has been observed for the first time in 80 years

Psalms in praise of Scotland’s past

101 things learned from Christie’s online magazine

Sargent’s women

Memorize that poem!

 

 

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Music Monday

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Weekend Art Break

“The Drinkers”
Vincent van Gogh (1890)
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Weekend Art Break

“Rainy Day”
Frank Weston Benson (1906)

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Afternoon Art Break

“Levitation”
Egon Schiele (1915)

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Your Morning Cup of Links

People are trash. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie or play and someone wasn’t talking or looking at their phone. What happened to manners?

The surprising joy of Stranger Things: “But the nostalgia of Stranger Things isn’t just for an era, really: It’s for a feeling. That feeling is intimately connected, weirdly enough, with bicycles — and, by extension, the reckless sort of freedom rarely found in childhood today.”

On the same subject:

It’s the same reason everyone loves “Casablanca” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” but merely appreciate “Citizen Kane.” Rick Blaine and George Bailey make us feel things. They help us see in the most basic way that altruism is a fundamental part of life, that giving ourselves makes us more complete. Our country seems more divided every day. And then out of nowhere comes this weird little show. And it doesn’t divide us. It isn’t controversial. It’s just nice. It’s about things we can all agree on. It could not have come along at a more perfect time. For that reason, it doesn’t matter if it ages well. Sometimes things need to be of their times. And sometimes the best way to serve our times is to tell a story that happened a long, long time ago in a decade that seems far away.

How a trove of Nazi art wound up under lock and key on an Army base in Virginia

What’s beneath New York City? Nobody knows.

The marvels of British realist painting

The man who studied the sun’s puzzling heat

Tom Ricks on revising his book on Churchill and Orwell

The lost pleasure of reading aloud

Why do people hike?

What to do with Heligoland?

What was Edgar Degas like?

How smartphones have ruined the museum experience

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