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Music Recommendations

Used to be – back in the good old days, before CK decided to crack down on all the fun + more

Poetry Break

SONNET 116 William Shakespeare Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which + more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Smith

Today in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, Wadada Leo Smith was born. Over the last few years, Smith has become not + more

A Brief History of Showering

It was in the early 1800s, writes Sarah Zhang, that people began “experimenting with the new possibilities offered by modern + more

Holiday Greetings!

Every year about this time I receive a special holiday greeting. Not just any ol’ greeting, but a package of + more

Think Good, Write Gooder

From Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, by Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner (Princeton University Press, 1994): + more


I picked up my first copy of Desert Oracle the summer before last at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada—mostly + more

Breaking News: People Are Dumb

Got a text from the missus about the latest salvo in the War on Things We Don’t Like Right Now.™ + more

Christmas Gift Idea for Aaron

The American edition of Andrew Roberts’s Churchill: Walking with Destiny comes out today. I know, I know—you’re probably wondering whether yet + more

Quote of the Day

When studio mogul Samuel Goldwyn approached George Bernard Shaw to either convince the renowned playwright to create new material for feature + more

Monday Miscellany

Surprise! Mid-century modern and minimalism are “a feast for the eyes, but a nightmare for the ears.” Wanna be an + more

One of the Best

I first met Pat Lynch around the time he mailed out a two-page, typewritten RFP for annual report design services. + more

Travelogue, part III

Some people’s vacation ideal is a Caribbean cruise, others a European getaway. Me? I dig road trips. And even though + more

Travelogue, part II

Representing everything from wartime paranoia to outright racism, Manzanar paints a rather sordid picture of American history in the 20th + more

Travelogue, part I

Under cover of darkness on the evening of November 2, the missus and I decamped for warmer climes—namely Death Valley + more

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