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P[o]ignant Graffiti with Unsettling Sack iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, August 5th, 2016.

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Yad Vashem Sculpture Garden #4 Ricoh KR-10 Super Jerusalem, Israel Sunday, June 14th, 1987.

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Yad Vashem Sculpture Garden #1 Olympus Mu2/Stylus Jerusalem, Israel Sunday, June 14th, 1987.

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Briefs

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

This fresh Los Angelino perspective on Frank Lloyd Wright tries to build the case that the somber Mayan style of the four homes he built in the city reflects the devastation of the mass murder at Taliesin a few years earlier.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Thank you, Evelyn Gordon, for providing some clarity for those now afar over why so many Israelis are supporting Elor Azaria, convicted of manslaughter for killing subdued terrorist Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Gateway

Frederik Pohl

♦♦♦♦

Published in 1976, the themes nonetheless feel contemporary some 40 years later: environmental destruction, economic inequality, social alienation, childlessness. It’s all very naturalistic. We never encounter any aliens because they are long gone, and we don’t understand their amazing technological artifacts at all. And the people are in constant emotional turmoil.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Max Edwards, a 16-year-old writing in The Guardian. What a dude. [Update 8 days later: the man is already gone.]

 

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.

Claire Underwood in House of Cards

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The conclusion of this peer-reviewed scientific article on sauna: “Increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of SCD, CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality.”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Not only isn’t the Israel Broadcasting Association listing the names of the child fatalities from the Gaza bombings but refusing to let B’Tselem pay for an ad doing so. And the Attorney General has upheld the decision. This seems to me a mistake. We must fully own these deeds.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Clap along if you feel like steering wheels are uncouth (via DrudgeReport).

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Surely the definitive article about internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz. Only eating white or yellow food seems a glaring sign that not everything there was quite right.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Adam Garfinkle at The American Interest waxes catholic and sensible on the runaway American health care system — or, more accurately, disease repair system.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

BBC presenter Ben Fogle’s eulogy of his black labrador. This dog angel helped him win his fame, fortune and hot wife. Commiserations.

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Terrific humanistic piece by David Brooks using current presidential candidate bromides as a jump-off point.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

From the comments section: “I feel sad that a supposedly respectable publication would allow a disturbed person to humiliate themselves by publishing a rant as perverse as this.” ‘Breaking Bad Karma: How the cancer victim at the center of the AMC series justifies my skepticism of Holocaust survivors’ by Anna Breslaw. [via Commentary]

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The stuffed former pet cat looks eerily alive reborn as a remote control helicopter. I just don’t know what to think or feel or say about this.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Wild city: On the night shift: Bangkok’s body collectors by Al-Jazeera. Looks like it’s mostly motorcycle accidents, or should that be mortocycle.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Wherein Spengler attempts to understand zombies.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

David Brooks on Charlie Rose discusses the new political schism in America, the recent rise of narcissism in the culture, and some general trends in the thousands of life summaries he’s solicited from readers over 70.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Dead. Qua-daffy. The NYT’s potted (and potty) history. “By the time he was done, Libya had no parliament, no unified military command, no political parties, no unions, no civil society and no nongovernmental organizations.”

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Spengler: the “new, apocalyptic tone” in the Middle East is due to Egypt’s chronic unproductivity.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Beginning of Wisdom

Leon R. Kass

♦♦♦♦

The book of the Book. I am biased but there is just so much here, and the good doctor is such graciously juicy writerly company. I especially like the Babel treatment.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Satan’s open letter to Pat Robertson in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as transcribed by Lily Coyle.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Sixty Hours of Terror — the Mumbai attacks,
start to finish, reported by Jason Motlagh

 
 

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