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Remembering Places That Have Never Existed

In Art, Items of Singular Interest, Letters, Places on August 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

It’s settled: I need to visit the island of Menorca. Located in the Mediterranean Sea and belonging to Spain, this gorgeous island is home to about 94,000 people, three ancient megalithic monuments, one of my favorite wines, and the always delicious cow’s milk cheese called Mahon. All of which is more than reason enough to visit. But what has cemented it for me is that I just discovered there’s a hotel there inspired by — gasp! — one of my most beloved books, Italo Calvino’s Invisible CitiesRead the rest of this entry »


How Ryan Gosling Drove Out the Black Bile of August

In Items of Singular Interest, Motion Pictures on August 16, 2012 at 2:31 am

I want to tell you about Drive. But I can’t do that without first telling you a bit about my bile. See, lately I’ve been feeling melancholy. Or at least that’s what I thought I was feeling. On a whim, I checked the Merriam-Webster definition.

An abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and characterized by irascibility and depression.

Obviously I had misdiagnosed myself. I’m proud to say that my black bile level has been fine since this past January, and I expect it to remain so.

Laurence Olivier as the Melancholy Prince

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Chateau Ste. Philip Morris: Big Tobacco and Washington Wine

In Items of Singular Interest, Sipping on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 am

I have mixed feelings about this. I’m admitting that. Perhaps I’ll be less conflicted tomorrow. But today I am disturbed. Today I let a simple question — “What is Altria?” — lead me somewhere I didn’t expect to go. Today I am facing an ethical dilemma that’s grayer than what I normally encounter on a day-to-day. Today I am deciding if I should buy wine. Let me tell you what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

Yale Does Shakespeare (and a Little Dickens)

In Items of Singular Interest, Letters on June 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm


Remembering Shakespeare is a fun online exhibition brought to us by Yale University. (Look at it here.) The curators are David Scott Kastan, a professor of English at the university, and Kathryn James, who serves as Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. What a mouthful, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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