“This Is Because of Their Similarity to the Human Head”: Orthodox Customs to Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptist

which is what we're doing today. Commemorating it, I mean, not doing it. … [Read more...]

In Atlantic City, Where They Wed the Sea With Rings

I never knew that was a) not solely a Venetian tradition and b) tied to the Assumption of Our Lady! Super-fascinating.Here's the great Robert Browning poem, "A Toccata of Galuppi's." You'll see that I misremembered it in the title of this post. Oh well. … [Read more...]

Celeb Chef Repaints Pink Hotel Different Shade of Pink

BBC reports!A 15th Century hotel owned by the celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been repainted because it was the wrong shade of pink. Babergh District Council visited the Angel Hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk, on Tuesday and found the wrong colour had been used on the building.The pale pink makeover had been sanctioned by a manager but local people said it "lowered the tone".It has now been replaced with a more traditional, darker, Suffolk Pink.The building, first licensed in … [Read more...]

“Monk Takes Devotion to New Heights”…

...by sitting on them. … [Read more...]

“Some Prefer Nettles”: Drifting Toward Divorce

Some Prefer Nettles is a slim 1928 novel by Junichiro Tanizaki about the opening of Japan to the West; and, also, about a couple who can't quite seem to pull themselves together enough to divorce. They have a strange existential lassitude about it, even as everyone around them urges them to make some kind of resolution.Should they divorce? They're not happy but then again their unhappiness is just normal unhappiness, as Kaname's father-in-law finally points out to him. They have a son who is … [Read more...]

“The First Day of School in Russia”

was September 1, like always. … [Read more...]

“The Banjo Lesson”

Lovely. "As the art historian Judith Wilson has pointed out, Tanner transforms the conventional view of blacks as innately musical by emphasizing the role of teaching the transmission of black cultural forms." … [Read more...]


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