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January 2022

Never Forget

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, chosen to commemorate the date—January 27, 1945—that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau. Coincidentally, I + more

At the Grave of Art Bell

Before my life of fame and fortune—a period I refer to on my résumé as “the wilderness years”—I did a + more

Down to a Gnat’s Arse

May I interest you in a 717-gigapixel scan of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch? Before you say “No,” I should point + more

Timewaster

“The act of writing has always been an art,” claim the good folks behind Typatone. “Now it can also be + more

After You

“Another flaw in the human character,” wrote Kurt Vonnegut (Hocus Pocus), “is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants + more

Weekend Miscellany

“Japan has around 300 brands of short-grain japonica rice that go by names like Yume Shizuku (Dream Droplet), Seiten no + more

“A…god who walked among us.”

Today’s the 15th anniversary of Michael Brecker’s death, and Ted Gioia has some thoughts: Almost every saxophonist I met in + more

Quote of the Day

Words of wisdom from the 37th president of the United States, taken from his series of interviews with David Frost + more

“They got a name for the winners in the world…”

So Georgia and Alabama are playing in the college football national championship tonight, I guess? (Sorry—I can’t even feign interest + more

10 for 2021

Did I manage to let 2021 slip by without my annual list of music recommendations? Somebody should probably fire me. + more

The Capital of the Queen of Sheba

“In its prime, from around 1200 to 1550, Great Zimbabwe was home to about 10,000 people. The state covered 1,779 + more

You Don’t Say…

“Night owls are at increased risk for psychiatric disorders compared to early birds.” That’s the headline over at PsyPost, anyway. + more

Miscellany

Happy 2022, everyone. What are the odds we’ll still be around to ring in 2023? I’m guessing somewhere around 11/10. + more

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