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June 2020

Monumental Resistance and Monumental Art

“As the former conservator of Central Park, I wholeheartedly support Commissioner Gordon Davis’s refusal to permit the installation of the + more

A Much-Needed Corrective

We live in stupid times. On this there can be no debate. And while it’s certainly tempting to give up + more

A Capital Idea

Kwame Anthony Appiah has an interesting piece over at the Atlantic on language and usage, racial designation as social identity, + more

Poetry Break

from ATTICS OF MY LIFE Robert Hunter* In the attics of my life Full of cloudy dreams unreal Full of + more


Evangeline Garreau, from the latest issue of her never-boring email newsletter, on the occasion of her thirtieth birthday: One thing + more

You Win, 2020

In these unprecedented times (as nearly every TV commercial now begins), I guess it’s nice to know that Australia is + more

Time is money. Or something.

“People who don’t write think that writing is just the physical act,” says author Edward P. Jones, “but first come + more

For Your Next Meeting of The Finer Things Club

To all you “traumatised Brits” triggered by an American woman’s TikTok video describing how to make a cup of “British + more

On My Mind

Seems appropriate right now to share this, the first known television interview with Nelson Mandela: Only twenty-four seconds long, the + more

Weekend Miscellany

Matthew Walther thinks John Lennon’s “Imagine” is the worst song ever recorded. (He’s right, of course.) “Dark heritage” in context. + more

Our Glorious Mosaic

After moving to Argentina three years ago, Dominic Hilton remains frustrated with his inability to learn the language—and bemused at + more

Quote of the Day

From the The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same Department (courtesy of Plato, in his critique of + more

A Little Something to Take Your Mind off the Chaos and Insanity

Couple of cool stories from Humanities magazine: Ron Stanford rediscovers some photographs taken in 1972 while he and his wife + more

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