Weekly Wrap-up: July 8

¶  The incomparable Olivia de Havilland turned 100 (though I remain partial to her sister, Joan Fontaine). ¶  British museums are hosting a “spot the fake” contest in order to get museum-goers to take a closer look. And I totally want to play. ¶  A couple weeks ago, science discovered a new shade of blue.…

Weekly Wrap-up: Feb 5

  COOL ARTICLES AND LINKS FROM THE WEEK   Magical, frosty photography from Belarus, by Alex Ugalnikov Farrow & Ball came out with nine new colours. I’m off to paint everything Vardo. Catalog poetry is real. The Paris Review proves it.  Chloroform is a knock-out — the early days of anesthesia. Customers at a Waitrose store…

Weekly Wrap-up: Jan 29

Cool articles and links from the week Quirky History: The Hatpin As A Lady’s Weapon Of Choice, Posted by E.H. Kern, Quirk Books In advance of the release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, learn about real women who used mundane items to fend off attackers.   The Invention of Serendipity, by Horace Walpole, The Paris Review…

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