The Footfalls of Memory: T.S. Eliot Reads His Four Quartets


These two posts – featuring Flannery O’Connor and A.A. Milne reading their own material — are a few of my favorite things. So is this post, wherein Jeremy Irons performs T.S. Eliot’s bewildering masterpiece, “The Waste Land.” So you can just imagine how this recording makes me feel: Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, [Read More...]

When Sports Worlds Collide


Over the past year or so, I’ve become quite a cricket fan. I’m firmly ensconced in amateur territory, of course — a fact that will probably never change — but I’m having a blast all the same. It’s a crazy, crazy game. (Also, yes. I was watching it before I got hooked on Downton. How [Read More...]

Stunning Aerial Photographs From A Commercial Airline Pilot


I stumbled across this guy a few hours ago. My mind is still blown. My name is Karim Nafatni. See the world through my eyes… I’m offering only a few mesmerizing samples because I’m never quite sure how much of someone’s work one can share before moving from “Check This Stunning Stuff Out” to “Look [Read More...]

OK Go Forth and Conquer


For those not yet familiar with OK Go, they’re an alternative rock band who exploded onto my radar a number of years ago as a result of their absurdly complex, gleefully imaginative music videos. “This Too Shall Pass,” for example, is a masterpiece of Goldbergian, single-take extravagance that must be seen to be believed — and [Read More...]

A World Without Traffic Lights


This short, Poynton Regenerated, recounts the counterintuitive adventures of Poynton, “a town within the civil parish of Poynton-with-Worth, and the unitary authority area of Cheshire East, England.” Frustrated by ever-growing gridlock, city planners embraced something radical in an attempt to revitalize their downtown center: They removed their traffic lights: …Engineers completely reconfigured the intersection at the center [Read More...]

The Soothing Genius of Leo Kottke


I can still vividly remember the first time I heard Kottke play. It was during those early college days, as my roommate and I were just starting to feel each other out. Discovering how much we had in common (and also, not); what we liked and disliked (musically, ideologically, liturgically, snack-food-wise, etc.); negotiating how to [Read More...]

Tomaso Albinoni and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad “One-Hit Wonder” Moniker


For years, I’ve been fascinated by Tomaso Albinoni, the Baroque composer whose presence in the public “eye” is tied almost exclusively to a single piece: the bleak and ubiquitous Adagio in G minor, which he didn’t really even write. In 1945, Remo Giazotto, a Milanese musicologist traveled to Dresden to complete his biography of Albinoni and his [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Renan Ozturk Edition


This, folks, is what a “sizzle reel” should look like; an amazing visual feast. Renan Ozturk was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013, and his Vimeo page contains some of the most mesmerizing, visually resplendent things I’ve seen in a long time. Like that plane-and-ice-flow shot from his 2013 reel. Wow! (Also, some of [Read More...]

Vacillating Between Gnathonic Schwarmerei and Weltzchmerz


It’s hard to know what one could possibly say about this Mental Floss article on “13 Words That Knocked Out Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists” other than to admit that it makes me feel stupid — an unpleasant (but common enough) occurrence. My favorite example of a word I could never spell (and that I [Read More...]

Prejudice-Free Soundtrack Listening


Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a promotional featurette involving A Film That Shall Remain Temporarily Nameless But Which I Have No Intention Of Watching Any Time Soon. While the details are hazy to me at the moment — tabbed browsing can get a bit crazy at times — the Trailer in Question somehow ended [Read More...]