Thursday, May 06, 2021
… 78rpm Records Digitized by George Blood, L.P. : Free Audio : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)
… Obscura No More: How photography rose from the margins of the art world to occupy its vital center. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)
From the medium’s beginnings, starting in 1839, photographers sought to have their work recognized as art. Indeed, the modern history of photography has been written as a kind of pilgrim’s tale, a major plotline of which is a progressive discovery of the medium’s unique artistic nature following a series of unsatisfying imitative encounters with the arts of painting and drawing.
… Top Shots: Compelling Photos From Around Our Region. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
… 'Deplorable' professor creates 'anti-indoctrination mill' with new education startup | Just The News. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
American Scholars will "challenge the ideologies that are being purveyed" in mainstream schools, including critical race theory, postmodernism and socialism, he said. It wants to prepare students for the "political outlook" they are likely to face in college.
… EXCLUSIVE: Classified study found COVID-19 could have originated in Chinese lab | WJLA.
… Chinese leaders “have not been forthcoming through this process,” and that U.S. analysis “is not based on an assumption that what they say is true.”
‘He’s got a wee spring in his step’: 92-year-old grandfather becomes bestselling poet. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
McCulloch’s son William told the Guardian that his father was “over the moon” at the sales. “He has been writing poetry for years, and sent it to different places, but always got rejected,” he said.
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
… Capitalist Havens of Free Speech | City Journal. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
… After [Andrew] Sullivan left , he quickly attracted some 60,000 subscribers to his new newsletter on the independent online platform Substack; he more than doubled the income he was earning at the magazine, he said. One media critic described Sullivan’s success as “gut curdling” to other journalists. Substack reportedly recruited Yglesias, offering him a hefty advance to join after news of his clashes within Vox emerged. Among the other popular features on Substack are Mounk’s free-speech newsletter Persuasion, which aims “to persuade, rather than to mock or troll, those who disagree with us” and gained about 25,000 subscribers just weeks after it debuted in April 2020; and former reporter Matt Taibbi’s widely read media criticism, published under the rubric TK News.
… 50 years of failed doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions; the so-called ‘experts’ are 0-50.
More than merely spotlighting the failed predictions, this collection shows that the makers of failed apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science. While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not revisited.
Monday, May 03, 2021
… First Known When Lost: April.
April would not be April without its characteristic tinge of melancholy. All of those cherry, plum, and pear petals drifting down beneath a blue sky, carpeting the green grass and the sidewalks. It's wonderful how April and October share a similar bittersweet wistfulness and wistful bittersweetness, isn't it? Every six months, year after year, the falling of petals and the falling of leaves. Trying to tell us something
… Memoirs of a Woke Warrior - Daisy Waugh - The Oldie.
It will surprise no one that I am not a fan of wokeness.
… Newsalert: The Kentucky Derby bested the Oscars and the SOTU in ratings? Wow.
It had more to offer than just horses’ asses.
… Bedside Reading by Marilyn Nelson | Poetry Foundation. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)
… In Praise of a Brazen Poet: On the Essays of Kay Ryan, Outsider. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
“Something nonsensical in the heart of poetry is the very reason why one can’t call poetry ‘useful’,” she explains at one point, and then adds, a little later, “This is why Auden and others can say with such confidence that poetry makes nothing happen. That’s the relief of it. And the reason why nothing can substitute for it.” We don’t expect critics to assert such truths anymore, let alone with such confidence. We expect them to “problematize,” to qualify. Ryan’s own confidence, then, is thrillingly anachronistic: obstinate, sure, but warming, too, as if a cast-iron stove were squatting in the middle of that valley.
Sunday, May 02, 2021
Saturday, May 01, 2021
… A Journey into Mask Country | The American Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Then it happened. Upon exiting the car in downtown Washington, I had one of those Charlton Heston end-of-civilization epiphanies. Here in the cool spring air were people who actually wore these things outdoors, as a matter of habit. “You maniacs!” I shouted more or less to myself, trying to remember when it had first been established beyond any reasonable doubt that there was no meaningful risk of outdoor transmission of the virus. I stumbled along in a daze past double maskers, a species I assumed were bred only in captivity, and a child wrapped in some kind of translucent garbage bag. Rain began to fall.