Seven Quick Takes: Things I Saw On Vacation

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We don’t vacate much here, and when we do we try keep it to driveable locations where there’s something to do. The beach vacation is simply a mystery to me. I don’t understand the appeal of flying somewhere to sit on a beach and work on my melanoma. I don’t even like beaches. These criteria [Read More...]

Richard III’s 3D Spine

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Because nothing is really real until it’s modeled in 3D, a team at the University of Leicester created a 3-D model of King Richard III’s spine. Here it is (hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor left or right to rotate): The bones have been subjected to more detailed analysis since their discovery, [Read More...]

World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection Going Digital

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC is the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, and beginning next month it’s going online. The Library will be releasing scans of their collection, as well as publishing an app called The  Luminary Folger Shakespeare for accessing it all. The project eventually will make 50,000 digital images available to the [Read More...]

Shakespeare’s Curtain Theater Discovered

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England’s second permanent theater was built by the actor-manager James Burbage in 1576. Burbage called it …  The Theatre. (Look, they were making the greatest works of drama in the English language at the time: they couldn’t be bothered  to come up with a good name as well.) Not far away, in Curtain Close, Shoreditch, another [Read More...]

The Arkangel Shakespeare

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The discovery of the Arkangel Shakespeare in my county library system led me back to Shakespeare much the way Aquinas lead me back to the church. By giving me a fresh new entry point to a work of transcendent truth and beauty, it re-introduced me to an old friend I’d ignored for too long. I [Read More...]


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