Monthly Archives: April 2015

“Cultural Literacy for Religion”

Paleo Retiree writes: I enjoyed Mark Berkson’s hyper-basic (one-half to four lectures per major religion) Great Courses series very much. My beefs with it first, but only because complaining is so much more fun and easy than praising. It wasn’t the anthropological lecture … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Bernardo Bellotto, “View of the Grand Canal and the Dogana,” 1743. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hieronymus Francken II, “The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting a Collector’s Cabinet,” 1621-1623. More here. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I spotted this at Design Within Reach, a chic national chain that sells modernist furniture, at their location on 3rd Avenue. Erasing the boundaries between inside and out is one thing if you live in Newport Beach, CA … Continue reading

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A Walk Down Bedford Ave.

Fenster writes: I wrote here about a walk down Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, a half-mile slice of interesting grit and glamour–mostly grit–in the otherwise upscale suburbs west of Boston.  It was night time at 5 PM near the shortest … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Bruges, Belgium. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Mad Men Notes: S7, Ep9 — “New Business”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lots of people are disappointed with this episode, but I enjoyed it. What’s wrong with an action-packed installment filled with hook-ups, rebuffs, and comic interruptions? Does every episode have to be slow and ponderous? 1. Betty is going … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Great War”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1959 “The Great War” is appropriately titled: it may be one of the great war films. Certainly it’s a thoroughly Italian one: a war film in which no one is sure who’s in charge or … Continue reading

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Mad Men Notes: S7, Ep8 — “Severance”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Someone once said that TV recaps are the lowest form of writing — which is probably true — but why should that stop me? Therefore, I’ll be spouting random opinions and observations about the last half season of … Continue reading

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Science Fantasy

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Gawping at “science” evangelists has developed into one of my favorite pastimes. I use the scare quotes because, more often than not, the people who are celebrated as science evangelists (typically at places like Reddit) seem to … Continue reading

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