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November 2020

Design to the Rescue (Again)

I get why New York City recently boarded up its storefronts. It’s a sad state of affairs. But I wholeheartedly + more

“An Overdue Tribute”

Unless you live in—or were planning to visit—the UK, you probably won’t have an opportunity to catch Margaret Calvert: Woman + more

It’s Not My Fault!

One of the few Gen-X characteristic that actually applies to me is slacker.* I’m about as lazy and unambitious as + more

The Magical, Mystical Camelopardalis

“The world is a wild and unlikely place,” writes Katherine Rundell in a short but delightful essay in the latest + more

The More Things Change…

The November 16, 1920 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle reports on a disturbing trend: University of Idaho undergraduates “intent + more

Cheer Up!

Think things are bad now? They’re going to get a lot worse, according to data nerd/pine beetle expert Peter Turchin. + more

Shelf Awareness

Over at The Millions, Ed Simon writes about an anxiety that is all too real to me: a fear concerning + more

Music and Neuroscience

When I’m listening to Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem Domine and I get goosebumps on my arms and feel prickly sensations + more

For Type Nerds Only

After an “intensive typographical adventure” comprising “hundreds of hours of in-depth research, meticulous drawing, discussion, testing, and refining,” a team + more

“And I think to myself / What a wonderful world”

A heart-shaped cattle brand, first recorded on February 10, 1873 and registered to O. C. Whitney of Ennis, Montana—and owned + more


“That the dead do not always stay dead continues to rankle the scientifically minded.” An interview with Brian Eno, whose + more

Take a Moment

“Quiet moments are when we put time aside to be quiet,” writes Robert Fripp about his ambient music series on + more

Ode to the Humble Ballpoint Pen

From the November 12, 1945 issue of Time magazine: In Manhattan’s Gimbel Bros., Inc., thousands of people all but trampled + more

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