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Elsewhere for July 26, 2021

You should read this for 7/26/2021: Art, Music, and Film ‘Boundless invention’: British Museum to show more than 100 unseen Hokusai works At some point, possibly in the 1840s when he would have been in his 80s, Hokusai decided to embark on a project titled The Great Picture Book of Everything for which he let his imagination run wild. His idea was to present vignettes from Buddhist India, ancient China and the natural world. It was never published so the drawings were instead put in a box and have not been seen publicly since. Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language Good…

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Elsewhere for July 11, 2021

You should read this for 7/11/2021: Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language Queer readings of The Lord of the Rings are not accidents There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory “Pundits and politicians have created their own definition for the term, and then set about attacking it.” The United States is not in the midst of a “culture war” over race and racism. The animating force of our current conflict is not our differing values, beliefs, moral codes, or practices. The American people aren’t divided. The American people are being divided. Republican operatives have buried the actual definition of critical…

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Elsewhere for July 3, 2021

You should read this for 7/31/2021: Art, Music, and Film The mystery of the Georgian papier-mache horse – in pictures Vija Skangale, a curator, grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the 1980s, and now lives in London. One day, looking through childhood photos, she found an image of her four-year-old self atop a papier-mache horse at the local zoo. “All my Tbilisi friends have a similar photo,” she says, “but I knew nothing about the photographer.” So she posted on social media and was overwhelmed by the response. Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language I was born in poverty in Appalachia….

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Elsewhere for June 26,2021

You should read this for 6/26/2022: Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language Coronavirus | COVID-19 ‘Are you kidding me?’ Fauci responds to rightwing attacks over emails In his interview with the Times, Fauci pushed back. “It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves,” he said. “… And that’s the reason why I say people who then criticise me about that are actually criticising science.” He added: “The people who are giving the ad hominems are saying, ‘Ah, Fauci misled us. First he said no masks, then he said…

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Elsewhere for June 19, 2021

You should read this for 6/19/2022: Art, Music, and Film George Oates Returns to Revitalize the Flickr Commons Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language Top 10 novels told in a single day “From James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Nicholson Baker, the ‘circadian novel’ can pack lifetimes of experience into 24 hours” Oxford University Press to end centuries of tradition by closing its printing arm Oxford University’s right to print books was first recognised in 1586, in a decree from the Star Chamber. But the centuries-old printing history of Oxford University Press will end this summer, after the publishing house announced…

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Elsewhere for June 6, 2021

You should read this for 6/6/2021: Art, Music, and Film H/T Kira Cee: That Fat, Jolly Fella Isn’t Buddha Biden Begins ‘I’m a car guy’: Biden zips around in electric Ford truck to boost clean-energy agenda The day revealed Biden not so much in rare form but in his truest form. His entire life has been crafted, in many ways, around cars. The affection for automobiles is as much a part of Biden as his Irishness and his love of ice cream, and it’s one that has deepened over the years. The event on Tuesday also married that longtime love…

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New Belgium Abbey Ale

The New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado is best known for their Fat Tire amber. But New Belgium makes a lot of beer as one of the first generation of commercially distributed American craft breweries, going all the way back to 1991; it’s now the third largest craft brewery in the United States. Their second most recognized beer was the second one released; New Belgium Abbey Ale. New Belgium Abbey Ale is a Belgian dubbel (that’s double in English) style beer. It’s called an “Abbey” beer because Abbey Ale’s creation was inspired by the beers brewed at Trappist monasteries…

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New Belgium Brewery

New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado began as a local brewery.  Co-Founder and brewer Jeff Lebesch spent time in 1989 riding a mountain bike with “fat tires“ through Belgium, sampling the beers as he went. Inspired by the experience, the beers, and the Belgian malts, hops, and yeast, Lebesch returned to Fort Collins and began home brewing Belgian style beers. His first beers were a brown Trappist-inspired dubbel (later known as Abbey), and an amber that eventually became New Belgium’s flagship brew, Fat Tire. Lebesch, trained as an electrical engineer, turned his engineering know-how to brewing, creating a home-brewery…

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Elsewhere for May 8, 2021

You should read this for 5/08/2021: I’m still on hiatus, but managed to accumulate a short list of links. Art, Music, and Film Master of Catherine of Cleves: Acquisition of a Previously Unknown Illumination Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language The Philip Roth biography is canceled, Mike Pence’s book could be next — and publishing may never be the same It’s tempting to see this as just another isolated incident — like Grand Central’s decision not to publish Woody Allen’s memoir in 2020 or Threshold’s decision to drop Milo Yiannopoulos’s book in 2017. But I think this week marks a sea…

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Elsewhere for April 24, 2021

I’m taking a bit of a hiatus from regular posting to work on other writing. I may very well post a few things here, but I’m not going to be keeping a weekly schedule. Science and Nature Groundbreaking effort launched to decode whale language On a crisp spring morning in 2008, Shane Gero overheard a pair of whales having a chat. Gero, a Canadian biologist, had been tracking sperm whales off the Caribbean island nation of Dominica when two males, babies from the same family, popped up not far from his boat. The animals, nicknamed Drop and Doublebend, nuzzled their…

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