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Quote of the Day

If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other + more

Poetry Break

MID-MOUNTAIN DIALOGUE Li Po you ask my purpose roosting in jade peaks smiling yet without reply heart at self ease + more

A Melodrama of Money

The headline of Matthew Shaer’s article over at Vulture says it all. “The Invention of the ‘Salvator Mundi’: Or, How + more

“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

I don’t get particularly vexed over politics. I don’t complain about the weather. And even though millennials should all be + more

Waxing Nostalgic

Several years ago, Pitchfork ranked the top 100 albums of the 1980s. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good + more

Miscellany

Over at the New Yorker, Douglas Preston writes about a young paleontologist who “may have discovered a record of the + more

Sports!

Larry Silverberg, a dynamicist at North Carolina State University – and an expert in the modeling of physical phenomena – + more

Abandon all hope…

“Hell,” Jean-Paul Sartre famously said, “is other people.” I think he may have been on to something. But is it? + more

Miscellany

It took Estelle Betzold Doheny nearly 40 years to acquire a Gutenberg Bible. Yet when it finally arrives, “she resists + more

Music Monday

Been listening to some new-ish stuff I picked up in Portland a couple of weeks ago. David Torn’s Sun of + more

Poetry Break

SEPARATIONW. S. Merwin* Your absence has gone through meLike thread through a needle.Everything I do is stitched with its color. + more

Megathrust!

Planning a summer vacation on the Oregon coast? Maybe you should have a Plan B. “Roughly 100 miles off the + more

Etymology Wednesday

This is pretty cool (and by “cool” I mean fun for word nerds and, for everyone else, a painful reminder + more

The Great Database in the Sky

Just when I thought the nerds of Silicon Valley couldn’t get any weirder, news of a super-secret brain-trust of highly + more

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Bad news, folks: Naturalist Adrian Shine, who has led the Loch Ness Project since 1973, says Nessie doesn’t exist. “The + more

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