Monthly Archives: March 2015

Naked Lady of the Week: Monika Chantal

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This model goes by a lot of names: Anna, Nelly, Eleanora, Nata. Monika Chantal is probably the most fantastic sounding, so I’m going with that. Monika was active a few years back on all the big … Continue reading

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Starbucks Goes Kitsch

Glynn Marshes writes: Okay, I’m going to say it: when Starbucks worked, as a cultural phenom, it worked because the experience was something close to art. Yes, we sophisticates quickly wearied of the Starbucks experience. The damn franchise has been … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Claude Joseph Vernet, “Storm on a Mediterranean Coast,” 1767. Download a super hi-res copy here. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Coke Is It!

Blowhard, Esq. writes: One thing the United States continues to lead the world in is innovative soda packaging. Would you like glass, plastic, or aluminum? Bottles, cans, mini-cans, or mini-bottles? Single serve, 6-pack, 8-pack, 12-pack, or 20-pack? All of these photographed … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Human Rights

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s funny how, in the past thirty years or so, same-sex marriage has gone from something obviously ridiculous — something even the vast majority of gays had zero desire for — to an undisputed universal human right supported … Continue reading

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Notes on “Always for Pleasure”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This Les Blank documentary, focused on the Mardi Gras traditions of New Orleans, is a zesty and clamorous memento mori, but it’s also a vision of America (and life) that in its breadth, color, and immediacy … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Razib reads a book about Confucianism. Speaking of Eastern thinkers, I recently finished and loved Grant Hardy’s Great Courses lecture series about Asian intellectual history. I found it to be a near-ideal overview of a very large field: vivid and … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Stephi, of Microminimus and Flickr — Plus Bonus Interview With Her

Paleo Retiree writes: Stephi — who shares her pix on Microminimus and Flickr — and her photographer husband create images that often remind me of the great pinup paintings of the ’40s and ’50s, paintings by artists like Vargas and Elvgren. … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Drottningholms Palace, Sweden. Source. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: Just as the right to marry has seen its stock skyrocket on the Universal Fundamental Human Rights Market over the past decade, the right to free speech has been plummeting. (H/T Fabrizio) Steve Donoghue on the David Foster … Continue reading

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