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Depressing News of the Day

Juho Sarvikas is the chief product officer for HMD Global, the company producing “classic” mobile phones like the Nokia 3310. + more

Quote of the Day

“Art” and the “artist” – by which we mean an autonomous realm of art and a specialist practitioner in music, + more

Public Service Announcement

Because I can’t think of anything in particular to write about today – and I have approximately 386 deadlines to + more

Snow Days

“It’s time to share the spotlight, Midwest,” writes Jonathan Glover in yesterday’s Spokesman-Review. “Frigid temperatures, heavy snow and biting winds are + more


“[O]ver the past few decades, scientists have gotten significantly—even staggeringly—better at predicting the weather.” “It’s like salmon,” says the inventor + more

Quote of the Day

“We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In + more

Support Your Local Democracy

Breaking news: Social media is a cesspool. But at least Twitter – that wretched hive of scum and villainy – isn’t all + more

Sex, Drugs, and TPS Reports

“The history of rock groups” writes Ian Leslie, “can be viewed as a vast experimental laboratory for studying the core + more


Last November, I experienced Death Valley for the first time. I say “experienced” because, well…one does not simply visit Death Valley. + more

Things I Learned Today

Thing one: Despite its appearance, the word contumely* is not an adjective. It’s a noun, and, according to my copy + more


The whole sordid tale behind the rise and fall of Swinger’s Tiki Palace (with pictures!). Will Lloyd makes a pretty + more

Music Recommendations

Used to be – back in the good old days, before CK decided to crack down on all the fun + more

Poetry Break

SONNET 116 William Shakespeare Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which + more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Smith

Today in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, Wadada Leo Smith was born. Over the last few years, Smith has become not + more

A Brief History of Showering

It was in the early 1800s, writes Sarah Zhang, that people began “experimenting with the new possibilities offered by modern + more

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