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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


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

The More You Know…

Ten percent of U.S. electricity is generated from old Russian nuclear warheads. It took two ad creatives all of 45 + more

Road Trip

Oof. The last time we posted anything here was October 21. I think that’s a record. To be fair, I + more


The overall COVID death rate for men is 1.6 times higher than that for women. (Fight the matriarchy!) Side note: + more

I’m Smitten

Remember a while back when I admitted having a crush on Suzanne “Diva of the Diode” Ciani? (Sure, you’ve got + more


Science nerds, rejoice! River Runner enables you to “drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where + more

Deep Thoughts

In his diary entry for October 8, 1995, Brian Eno may have hit on something truly profound: “Starting to think + more

Public Service Announcement

Bidding on a first-edition copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations commences in five days. Fewer than a thousand + more


Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook’s The Rest Is History, a twice-weekly podcast, is just the sort of thing we need + more

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