Guardian.UK: Does the age of an author matter when writing YA fiction?
“One thing we’ve learned from Yalc, is that writers of all ages - young and old – write exactly the kind of fiction that YAs want to read, and long may it continue!” Who comes up with story ideas like this? Ageism!?! How old was Dr. Seuss?
History Extra: Elizabeth I - The monarch behind the mask.
Very sad, actually.
Time: Happy B-day, BUGS!!!
Lookin’ good for seventy five years young.
Register.UK: New study into lack of women in Tech: It’s NOT the men’s fault.
“Really it happens a lot earlier than college.” You have to look at the whole timeline for young lives. Right down to the pink baby blankets.
RISD Fleet Library: Special Collections/Dazzle patterns for ships.
Vox: Hillary Clinton’s favorability among Americans is at its lowest since 2007.
Still feel comfy, oh “she’s-got-unprecedented-approval-levels” Dems? And the race isn’t really started yet.
WaPo: It’s not Dixie’s fault.
A worthy read. Written by one of our leading civil rights historians.
The Mischiefs of Faction: Many Men, Many Supporters, United in Anger.
I don’t know. The Democrats have had veritable Muppet Shows of characters running in previous primaries, esp. when there are no strong candidates. Every shade of Dem from left to center. Reflections of the base, in the full spectrum of philosophies (I’m being kind). I don’t think it’s worth overanalyzing.
Jane Austen Gift Shop: New Portrait Painting.
Apparently, every young lady needs a Mr Darcy. Early Xmas gifts?
History: Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice.
“Special FX” ... even in the past.
Cinefix: Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time.
LRB: Julian Barnes reviews ‘Ever Yours’ by Vincent van Gogh.
ArtDaily: Ireland shrugs off French riddle over Nobel laureate W.B. Yeats remains.
““It kind of makes the whole thing very spicy and international and mysterious. [snip] I used to have an enormous amount of fun with tours because I’d sneak up behind the visitors at the grave and say: ‘You know he’s not really in there.’” HAHAHAHAHA ... Keeping a sense of humor about such things always helps. No need to get all melodramatic. Well, maybe a little.
I cast my heart into my rhymes,
That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.
Photo Attorney: Must Watch - “Everything You Know About Copyright Is About To Change”.
Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.
“... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...
LRB: Andrew O’Hagan · Short Cuts.
“Atticus doesn’t just stand up for a black man in the novel: he comes to see how the white supremacist mentality operates against a man on the basis of the man’s colour. And such a lawyer, after such an experience, would not be able to say the crude things we must now imagine him saying twenty years later.” My italics. Good point: though identically named, these are not the same protagonists. One could not morph into the other. So the works must be judged separately, and Watchman must ever live in the shadow of Mockingbird, the dark and twisted relation.
Open Culture: The Master [Ansel Adams] Explains The Art of “Visualization”.
ArtDaily: Nepal quake forces ‘living goddess’ Bajracharya to break decades of seclusion.
“Perhaps the gods are angry because people don’t respect traditions as much anymore.” I wonder how she feels about smartphones.
Italian Ways: The Ferrari 625 Trc Spider: winning beauty.
Just about the perfect sports car.
Kickstarter: Bring Back Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit.
Yes! But don’t overrestore ... don’t clean off all that lovely Moondust.
Popular Archaeology: Bones of Philip of Macedon Identified.
Wrong skeleton, but the right one is quite fascinating and fits the historical record well.
SciAm: Drought-Plagued Western States Play Politics with Water.
“If these states stopped effectively double-counting their resources, they would have to change laws, upend traditional water rights and likely force farmers and cities to accept even more dramatic cuts than they already face — a political third rail.” Keep your hand on your hogleg when you talk water around here. Seriously.
NY Times: Royal Family’s Nazi Salute in 1930s Stirs Debate in Britain.
Oh please. Not even the NY Times here gives you enough background. The House of Windsor was originally the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, thanks to Prince Albert (with or without his can). There were many Brits in WWI and WWII who were deeply uneasy about the German roots of the British royals. To say the Sun was careful to put this into a historical context ... puh-leez. This was pulling out a historical tidbit and milking it, without giving even a shred of authentic historical context. Why do you think Churchill parked the Duke of Windsor’s rear-end over in the Bahamas? Way too friendly with the Third Reich, by half. Whereas Winnie and George VI would take lunch together every Tuesday, to discuss war progress. King G and the Queen Mum sat through the Blitz in London, along with everyone else ... that should put ‘paid’ to the Sun’s little stunt.
Archaeology News Network: Medieval leather shoes found at Oxford Westgate dig.
ArtDaily: Lederhosen abound as thousands celebrate Bavarian costume in southern Germany.
Major props ... leather shorts in 90 degree weather, out in the sun? Yeesh.