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Time to Recalibrate

Tired of all the coronavirus talk? The media’s pendulum-like swinging from despair to hope and back again; the constant barrage + more

Just Trying to Be Helpful

Sure, things are bad. But they could always be worse, right? Like, say, the Black Death of 1347–50: Everyone ran + more


A few articles to take your mind off the insanity: Allison Meier traces “the American cemetery from the colonial age + more

Might as Well Enjoy Yourselves

Not to make light of a serious situation, but I’m noticing that most people don’t seem to know what to + more

Good for What Ails You

I’ve posted this recipe before, but, honestly, this is precisely the sort of medicine we all need right now: Trinidad + more

Walk the Line

“When we give ourselves over to the art of walking,” writes John Kaag over at Aeon, “we exist in the + more

An Antidote

These are troubling times. Disconcerting, unsettling, trying—not to mention downright weird—times. So I offer a little something to take your + more

Worth a Read

“After fifty years, billions of dollars of intensive marketing campaigns, and tens of billions of dollars of profits for pharmaceutical + more

Monday Miscellany

“With [McCoy Tyner’s] death,” writes Andrew L. Shea, “we’ve lost our last living link to perhaps the greatest jazz quartet + more


The great David Gilmour turns 74 today. There are few rock guitarists with such an immediately recognizable sound—or, for that + more

Today in History

Big day today. On February 28, 1943, eleven Norwegian soldiers took out the Vemork chemical plant, putting German nuclear scientists + more


Couple of heavy reads for y’all today. Over at Cabinet magazine, Justin E. H. Smith takes stock of his soul: + more

Quote of the Day

Words of wisdom from the great James Hubert “Eubie” Blake: “Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind—listen to + more

Yay! Technology!

“High-rez music streaming is one of the finest developments in the history of hi-fi,” writes Jim Austin over at Stereophile. + more

Social Media for the Win

There is a Twitter account called Wiki Titles Singable to TMNT Themesong. It is, as its name suggests, a bot + more

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