Do not adjust your set!

Awesome tv-glitch wooden cabinet. Via SKTJ. … [Read more...]

“Building Blocs: An exhibit at the intersection of politics, art, and urban design”

My review of a MoMA show, in the Weekly Standard: The phrase “political architecture” evokes the idea of architecture for and by politicians: a blank-faced Ministry of Truth; a giant Mussolini head on a wedding cake; or just the sullen civic compromises which remove anything distinctive because it might be offensive. And “architecture for the people” has mostly meant architecture imposed on the people, with the government as landlord. You’ll live in my future and you’ll like it!This show at … [Read more...]

“The Very Best of Strange Soviet Architecture”

The introductory paragraph seems calculated just to annoy me, but the actual photos are amazing. … [Read more...]

“Playing cards collection” at the Beinecke: WWII Britain, Russian prison, planets, more!

Via TKB. … [Read more...]

From “History in the Comic Mode,” a festschrift for Caroline Walker Bynum

The point of writing history is not...  somehow to cleanse ourselves, as it were, of the taint of the past--the humanist/Reformation/Enlightenment project of exposing the past as past and cordoning it off behind the fence of anachronism.  Rather, it is to allow ourselves still to be touched by the past. --Bruce Holsinger and Rachel Fulton Brown; via Millinerd … [Read more...]

Gene Wolfe, from SF writers’ 1987 time-capsule predictions for 2012

The Thumb—Power: America and the U.S.S.R. preserve an uneasy accord, each testing the other's will within well-defined limits. No major nuclear war has taken place. Soviets are more like Americans (and Americans more like Soviets) than anyone else. --read the rest here; Tim Powers's answer sounds eerily like the kind of thing my grandfather would have written! Link is probably via Jesse Walker. And I made the case in that final sentence here! … [Read more...]

“Reading Ray Bradbury in the Soviet Union”

possibly via Jesse Walker? Anyway, they make dandelion wine! Sort of. … [Read more...]


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