Category Archives: Culture

Happy May Day

Here’s a link to the May 1 entry of an online, hyperlinked copy of Chambers’ Book of Days, published 1869. The book’s subtitle: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of … Continue reading

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Old money

Common-Place, an online publication by The American Antiquarian Society, has done a special issue on money. It’s a treasure trove. Take a look when you’ve got a bit of time and want a long, rich read. [tags] history, money [/tags]

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“America is a Lockean nation through and through.”

A wonderfully lucid look at America — and why other countries don’t always understand America — by Jonathan Walmsley at The Philosophers’ Magazine Online. Walmsley argues that many people interpret American foreign policy in terms of Hobbe’s view of nature … Continue reading

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Homer on stone

A sarcophagus discovered by construction workers in Cyprus last week bears images based on the Iliad and the Odyssey. No word yet on whether Homer intends to sue for copyright violation. (Joking aside, the article says the images are much … Continue reading

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New review on the block

In Slate, Meghan O’Rourke has a piece about Virginia Quarterly Review, a literary magazine that received six nominations for this years National Magazine Awards. This made the Virginia Quarterly Review the second-most-nominated magazine, behind the Atlantic, which received eight, and … Continue reading

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This sounds like a great idea

I just found about about this via Zinnian Democracy: according to Mark Hare at the Democrat and Chronicle, Kenichiro “Ken” Sato, 27, a museum art director from Sendai, Japan who has enrolled in a public administration program at Monroe Community … Continue reading

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The end of handwriting?

In The Guardian this week, Stuart Jeffries asks whether writing by hand will become a lost art, as technology increasingly enables us to communicate without it. He passes on a bit of history along the way. For example, the Sumarian … Continue reading

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Iranian wedding

In photos, by Hengameh Golestan in nthposition. And then, by way of contrast, Iranian women paragliding . . .

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A cartoonist who has been there, done that

His name is Doug Marlette, and he begins his Columbia Journalism Review article like this: Last year, I drew a cartoon that showed a man in Middle Eastern apparel at the wheel of a Ryder truck hauling a nuclear warhead. … Continue reading

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See the nazi. Be the nazi.

When I first read the sad tale of Fairleigh Dickinson University adjunct professor Jacques Pluss, I thought he was a liar who’d been caught in his lie. Pluss joined the Nationalist Socialist Party and, among other things, hosted a neo-Nazi … Continue reading

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