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May 2020

Miscellany: Three-Day Weekend Edition

How about some long reads for the long weekend? First, Marilynne Robinson, writing in the New York Review of Books, + more

A Lifeline

If you’ve been spending the pandemic sitting around the house in underwear you haven’t washed in a week, sculpting tiny + more

Punishment and Crime

I had in mind a couple of things for today’s post—until I read this jaw-dropping account of a stolen de + more

Catching Up

So I finally got around to watching Friday the 13th over the weekend. Yeah, I know it’s been out for + more


“Troubled by nervous energy and stress since he was young, an intermittent insomniac” who had “difficulty filtering noise and distractions + more

On Art, Artists, and “the Ecstatic State”

A year ago, I wrote about Keith Jarrett on the occasion of his seventy-fourth birthday. I don’t want to make + more

Fight! Fight!

“Quantum mechanics isn’t just an approximation of the truth,” writes Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, + more

Richard Wayne Penniman, RIP

There’s no shortage of obituaries on the late, great Little Richard—who died Saturday at 87—nor should there be for the + more

Friday Cheer

So. How about some good news for a change? First, you’ve no doubt heard that murder hornets have arrived and + more


If you, like me, are digging ESPN’s The Last Dance, you may be interested to know that the network is + more

“There once was a man from Nantucket…”

Yes. A thousand times, yes: Matthew Schneier reminds us that Now Is the Perfect Time to Memorize a Poem—because “it’s + more

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