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Elsewhere for May 26, 2018

You should read this for 5/26/2018: Books, Writing, and Language Earliest Version of Our Alphabet Possibly Discovered “The earliest example of our alphabet — a possible mnemonic phrase that helped someone remember “ABCD” — has been discovered on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of limestone from ancient Egypt, a scholar believes.” Food…

Elsewhere for May 19, 2018

You should read this for 5/19/2018: Art and Film Jinx Allen Craig obituary “Young American who was the subject of a famous photograph when she was gallivanting in Italy in 1951” Report: The Wrath of Khan Director Reveals He Was Making a Star Trek Trilogy for CBS, But It’s Been Delayed Books, Writing, and…

Elsewhere for May 5, 2018

You should read this for 5/5/2018: Art and Film An Investigation of Black Figures in Classical Greek Art Books, Writing, and Language Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives “A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.” This is the kind of…

Elsewhere for April 28, 2018

You should read this for 4/28/2018: Art and Film Watch This In-Depth Take on Everything Wrong With The Hobbit Movies “critic Lindsay Ellis has embarked on an epic journey of her own, to dissect the failures and follies of The Hobbit. In a series of three critical videos, Ellis runs the gamut through all three films…

Elsewhere for April 21, 2018

You should read this for 4/21/2018: Art and Film Randall Grahm On His Iconic Wine Labels Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard has blazed his own wine trail for decades. But it’s not just what’s in the bottle that has garnered attention. From Le Cigare Volant to A Proper Claret and beyond, the labels that adorn…

David Sibley’s Sibley’s Birding Basics

David Sibley, the author and illustrator of Sibley’s Birding Basics is best known as the man responsible for The Sibley Guide to Birds (second edition 2014). David Sibley is also the content expert behind the iOS app The Sibley eGuide. The son of an ornithologist, Sibley grew up birding, beginning to draw…

Elsewhere for April 14, 2018

You should read this for 4/14/2018: Books, Writing, and Language A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain An elegy for handwriting? This TLS review of two books about handwriting discusses Ann Trubek’s somewhat wretched and very slanted The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting. As…

Elsewhere for April 7, 2018

You should read this for 4/7/2018: Art and Film Amazing Macro-Photography Of Individual Snowflakes [10 Pictures] Books, Writing, and Language 22 Ambassadors Recommend the One Book to Read Before Visiting Their Country If male authors described men in literature the way they describe women Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database…

Elsewhere for March 31, 2018

You should read this for 3/31/2018: Art and Film The National Museum Of Scotland Is Putting Its Entire Collection Online “Using Google Arts and Culture’s museum view experience, which is similar to how Google’s Street View works, tourists can view the 20,000 objects on display at the National Museum. The virtual display also…

Elsewhere for March 24, 2018

You should read this for 3/24/2018: Art and Film Easter Egg Art: Hatched From An Ancient Tradition To Celebrate Rebirth Books, Writing, and Language The art of the big lie: the history of fake news From the Reichstag fire to Stalin’s show trials, the craft of disinformation is nothing new….

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