Elsewhere for September 23, 2017

You should read this for 9/23/2017: Art The British Museum has a killer exhibit: Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia Books, Writing, and Language How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613 Icelandic spelling, declension and etymology dictionaries now free online Food and Drink Rosh Hashana always makes me…

Elsewhere for September 16, 2017

You should read this for 9/16/2017: Art Janet Takahashi has videos teaching Step-by-Step Uncial Calligraphy Half uncial is the hand used in the Book of Kells. The Internet Fireplace Sometimes a looped video of a crackling fire is just the thing. Books and Writing From Glenn Fleishman via Medium: Hot Metal…

Elsewhere for September 10, 2017

You should read this for 9/10/2017: Science The remains of a mastodon discovered during a routine freeway excavation in San Diego shows there was human activity in North America 130,000 years ago — or about 115,000 years earlier than previously thought. “The bones and several teeth show clear signs of…

Elsewhere for September 3, 2017

You should read this for 9/3/2017: Grapes, Medieval and Modern, the importance of protest, speaking truth to power and compensating for evil people.  The labor of September from the Très Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry. September marks the the time of grape harvest in those European countries that…

Elsewhere for August 27, 2016

You should read this for 8/27/2017: Michael Chabon AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR FELLOW JEWS The road to hate: For six young men of the alt-right, Charlottesville is only the beginning Essentially what these young white straight men are complaining about is the fact that they are dumb asses, and they’ve…

Elsewhere for August 20, 2017

You should read this for 8/20/2017: George Saunders: what writers really do when they write A Guided Tour of Every Drink Ernest Hemingway Drinks in A Moveable Feast Tim Cook disagrees with Trump on Charlottesville; Apple donating to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League: “I disagree with the…

Elsewhere for August 13, 2017

You should read this for 8/13/2017: A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming SentencesI don’t know that it’s fading, actually. I do think that the so-called “Transformational grammar” evangelized by Noam Chompsky is useless if you’re not a linguist. Who Is Killing American Women? Their Husbands And Boyfriends,…

Elsewhere for August 6, 2017

You should read this for 8/7/2017: Maxine Waters also persists; antique bison, what would the Romans do, legal brief with side of snark, Fox and lying liars, hummingbirds, vikings, and vixens, sex really isn’t supposed to hurt, honest, and (behind the cut) more 💩🔥💰 idiocy Maxine Waters is badass Fairbanks scientists…

Elsewhere for July 30, 2017

You should read this for 7/30/2017: Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting Via NPR: You Asked, We Answered: What Happened to the People in That N.H. Ghost Town? Four Rice Boys Captured by Native Americans in 1704; Three Rice Boys Decide To Stay A Barred owl, crows, and mobbing….

Ich Am From Irelande

This is one of those early poems that’s particularly dear to my heart; there»s an almost infectious joy in the invitation to “Come and dance.” This Middle English lyric is by one of my very favorite poets, Anonymous. She’s quite prolific, and exceedingly long-lived.1)In all seriousness, I have no real…

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