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Confessions of an Italian Appassionata

In a culinary academy in Florence, I asked an architect-turned-chef-turned-restaurateur about the passions that had changed her life: How did she know that she was choosing the right one? “Ah, signora,” she replied. “We do not choose our passion. Passion chooses us.” I understood. Italy chose me. More than thirty years ago, shivering in a frigid Swiss station after a talk in Gstaad, I impetuously headed south to a sun-kissed country I’d never visited. I had no reservations, no itinerary, no ink...
Tags: Travel, Books, History, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Venice, Florence, Palermo, Parma, Sicily, Sardinia, Stefano

Fascinating neighborhood history...

"The other “bayou” was the fascinating Bacon’s Swamp. Today, the area that used to be covered by this large Marion County bog is part of Broad Ripple. Although Google Maps still shows a lake there called Bacon’s Swamp, this is really just a pond, re-engineered out of what used to be a genuine freshwater wetland.Like its neighbor a little to the south, Bacon’s Swamp was created by the melting Wisconsin Glacier. About 20,000 years ago, the ice left an indent on the land that filled with water. ...
Tags: Guns, History, United States, Wisconsin, Bacon, Tam, Marion County, Underground Railroad, Broad Ripple and Environs, Horton hears a Hoosier, Keystone Avenue

Not All G3’s are H&Ks – the Rheinmetall G3

When we think of the iconic Cold War G3, we automatically think Heckler & Koch – but that wasn’t always the case. When the fledgling West German Army adopted the, now famous, roller-delayed rifle it was produced by not just H&K but another famous German arms manufacturer – Rheinmetall. Today, thanks to the Cody Firearms […] Read More … The post Not All G3’s are H&Ks – the Rheinmetall G3 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Cold War, History, Bundeswehr, Editorial, Heckler & Koch, Rifles, Rheinmetall, G3, Roller Delayed Blowback, West German Army, Rheinmetall G3, Rheinmetall Today

Lent: Jo Walton's new novel is Dante's Groundhog Day

I love Hugo and Nebula-Award winner Jo Walton's science fiction and fantasy novels (previously) and that's why it was such a treat to inaugurate my new gig as an LA Times book reviewer with a review of her latest novel, Lent, a fictionalized retelling of the live of Savonarola, who reformed the Florentine church in the 1490s, opposing a corrupt Pope, who martyred him (except in Walton's book, and unbeknownst to Savonarola himself, Savonarola is a demon who is sent back to Hell when he is martyr...
Tags: Reviews, Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, News, History, Pope, Renaissance, Florence, Dante, Cory Doctorow, Walton, LA Times, Jo Walton

The Writing System of the Cryptic Voynich Manuscript Explained: British Researcher May Have Finally Cracked the Code

Humanity will remember the name of James Joyce for generations to come, not least because, as he once wrote about his best-known novel Ulysses, "I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality." If Joyce was right, then the author of the mysterious Voynich manuscript (about which you can see an animated introduction here) has set a kind of standard for immortality. Filled...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, History, Seoul, Maria, James Joyce, Mediterranean, Cheshire, Facebook Twitter, Joyce, Ulysses, Colin Marshall, Medieval Academy of America, 21st Century Los Angeles

Should the people always get what they want from their politicians?

Should we listen to the voice of “the people” or the conviction of their representatives? Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has inspired virulent debate about the answer. Amidst Theresa May’s repeated failure to pass her Brexit deal in the House of Commons this spring, the Prime Minister appealed directly to the frustrations and feelings of the people. “You the public have had enough,” she asserted in a speech of March 20. “You are tired of the political games and the arcane procedural ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, White House, European Union, History, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Literature, Bristol, British, Baker, Montgomery, Brexit, Social Sciences

Books + Beach Towels for Summer 2019

Dynamic duos for the ideal summer day off Winter provides the pleasure of reading a book while enveloped in a cozy blanket, but the warmer months grant us time to read under the sun. Whether at the beach or pool, in a backyard, on a rooftop or simply a slice of ground at a park, a book and towel is all that’s needed—and we here …
Tags: Books, Music, Design, Fiction, Summer, History, Reading, Culture, Short Stories, Non-fiction, Reading Lists, Summer Reading, New Releases, Personal Essays

Looking at Game of Thrones, in Old Norse

The endtime is coming. The night is very long indeed; sun and moon have vanished. From the east march the frost-giants, bent on the destruction of all that is living. From the south come fiery powers, swords gleaming brightly. A dragon flies overhead. And, terrifyingly, the dead are walking too. Heroes are ready and waiting; representing the best of mankind, they have trained in anticipation of the greatest of battles. Now the two mighty forces lock together in apocalyptic combat. Who will emerg...
Tags: Europe, Books, Hbo, Featured, Neil Gaiman, History, Literature, Game Of Thrones, Iceland, Got, Tolkien, George R R Martin, Rhine, A Song Of Ice And Fire, Loki, Wagner

Why Knights Fought Snails in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts

The snail may leave a trail of slime behind him, but a little slime will do a man no harm... whilst if you dance with dragons, you must expect to burn. - George R. R. Martin, The Mystery Knight As any Game of Thrones fan knows, being a knight has its downsides. It isn’t all power, glory, advantageous marriages and gifts ranging from castles to bags of gold. Sometimes you have to fight a truly formidable opponent. We’re not talking about bunnies here, though there’s plenty of documentati...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, New York City, History, Italy, Reddit, Randall, Macclesfield, Random, Lombardy, Facebook Twitter, Rex Harrison, George R R Martin, Dolittle

Preaching as teaching in the Medieval church

We have long assumed that medieval sermons were written for the laity, that is, those with no Latin and probably minimal literacy. But most of the sermons that survive in English contain a significant amount of Latin. What did a medieval lay person understand when he or she heard a sermon?The function of such Latin is just one part of the blurry picture we have of the nature of medieval literacy. Walter Map (1140-1210) described a boy he knew whose family was clearly of some means (the boy later...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Religion, History, Christianity, Literature, English, Medieval, Latin, Whitchurch, Trinity College Cambridge, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, OSEO

How to Make a Medieval Manuscript: An Introduction in 7 Videos

All of us came of age in the era of mass-market books, bundles of text on paper printed quickly, cheaply, and in large quantities. Nothing about that would have been conceivable to the many varieties of artisan involved in the creation of just one manuscript in the Middle Ages. Even here in the 21st century we marvel at the beauty of medieval manuscripts, but we should also marvel at the sheer amount of specialized labor that went into making them. We might best appreciate th...
Tags: Google, Books, College, History, Seoul, British Library, Facebook Twitter, Doyle, Lovett, Kells, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Kathleen Doyle, Patricia Lovett, Eadwine, Bibliothèque Nationale de France Killer Rabbits

How historians research when they’re missing crucial material

How do you write about an historical topic when the principal sources that would reveal what happened and why no longer exist? Good case studies exist in the Royal Navy’s efforts in the run-up to the First World War to reform the spirit ration (the alcohol allocated to members the Royal Navy) and to suppress homosexuality. In both these instances, policies were in place and actions taken, but there is a near void in the government records.This may be deliberate. The Admiralty Record Office Diges...
Tags: Books, Featured, Navy, History, Ministry Of Defence, First World War, Royal Navy, Parliament, British, Whitehall, Churchill, Ministry of Defense, Arts & Humanities, Primary Sources, Military History, British Military History

9 forgotten facts about Leonardo da Vinci

For over 500 years, the masterworks of Leonardo da Vinci have awed artists, connoisseurs, and laypeople alike. Often considered the first High Renaissance artist, Leonardo worked extensively in Florence, Milan, and Rome before ending his career in France, and his techniques and writings influenced artists and thinkers for centuries after his death.Today, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, here are nine surprising facts about his work:In a letter to Ludovico Sforza, ruler o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Music, Milan, London, Featured, France, History, Rome, Paris, Oil Painting, National Gallery, Madrid, Louvre, Mona Lisa

Exploring the Da Vinci Requiem

Wimbledon Choral Society and conductor, Neil Ferris, commissioned me to write the Da Vinci Requiem to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Leonardo died on 2 May 1519 at the Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, France; Wimbledon Choral Society will premiere the work in the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 7 May 2019.Before starting work on the Requiem I remembered that my parents had The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci somewhere in their house. In 1946, soon after these transl...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Milan, London, Featured, History, Renaissance, Choral music, Choir, Da Vinci, Lux, Requiem, Leonardo, Giorgio Vasari, Kyrie

Gardens and cultural memory

Most gardens are in predictable places and are organised in predictable ways. On entering an English suburban garden, for example, one expects to see a lawn bordered by hedges and flowerbeds, a hard surface with a table for eating al fresco on England’s two days of summer, and a water feature quietly burbling in a corner. In warmer places, such gardens are not necessarily expected yet are still there. Some years ago I happened to be passing through the Iranian city of Abadan, at the southern end...
Tags: Books, Japan, England, Featured, Washington, China, Iran, History, World, West, Pakistan, Korea, Peru, Surrey, British, Gardens

Talking to my daughter about the economy, by Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist, university professor and politician, best known for his brief stint as Greek finance minister during the troubled early months of the Syriza government. This book was written before those events, and was a bestseller in a number of languages before getting an English translation. It’s less academic and more personal […]
Tags: Books, Future, Economics, History, Yanis Varoufakis

In America, trees symbolize both freedom and unfreedom

Extralegal violence committed by white men in the name of patriotism is a founding tradition of the United States. It is unbearably fitting that the original Patriot landmark, the Liberty Tree in Boston, sported a noose, and inspired earliest use of the metaphor “strange fruit.” The history of the Liberty Tree and a related symbol, the Tree of Slavery, illustrates American entanglements of race and place, nature and nation.The Liberty Tree was a specific elm (Ulmus americana) in the Province of ...
Tags: Books, Texas, Featured, California, Boston, Trees, US, America, Indiana, History, United States, Slavery, Brazil, Java, Republican Party, North America

Notre-Dame, a work in progress

At dusk on Monday, April 15th, just in time for the evening news, the world was treated to the horrendous spectacle of uncontrollable flames licking the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. The fire spread from a scaffold that had been installed six months earlier for restorations, completely consuming the timber roof with its lead covering and turning the majestic steeple into a tinder box that came crashing down at the church’s crossing. Some observers were quick to compare this dramatic dis...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Featured, France, Religion, History, Architecture, Current Events, Paris, World Trade Center, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Renovations, Emmanuel Macron, Hugo

Who invented modern democracy?

Did modern democracy start its long career in the North Atlantic? Was it invented by the Americans, the French and the British? The French Revolution certainly helped to inject modern meaning into a term previously chiefly associated with the ancient world, with ancient Greece and republican Rome. In the 1830s the French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville concluded from his trip to the United States that it was possible for a modern state to function as a democracy (in both a political and a soci...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Greece, Democracy, France, Russia, Americas, Spain, History, World, Rome, Britain, United States, French Revolution

Interesting factoid...

"At the base of the spire was a group of statues: the twelve Apostles, in four groups of three, each group preceded by one the animals symbolizing the four evangelists, and all of them -- all but one -- facing out towards Paris. The lone exception? St. Thomas, patron saint of architects."Click on the link for the rest of the fascinating story! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: News, Guns, History, Paris, Thomas, Tam, Neat-o, Teh Intarw3bz

A 16th Century “Database” of Every Book in the World Gets Unearthed: Discover the Libro de los Epítomes Assembled by Christopher Columbus’ Son

The 16th century was a thrilling time for books, at least for those who could afford them: building a respectable personal library (even if it didn't include novelties like the books that open six different ways and the wheels that made it possible to rotate through many open books at once) took serious resources. Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus, seems to have commanded such resources: as The Guardian's Alison Flood writes, he "made it his life’s work to create the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, Wikipedia, History, Colon, Seoul, Alexandria, Jorge Luis Borges, Christopher Columbus, Facebook Twitter, Daley, University of Copenhagen, Magnusson, Borges

Celluloid Swords Into Archaeological Plowshares

Declassified hi-res photo negatives from Lockheed U-2 spy plane flights from the '50s and '60s are helping map out early civilization..."Interesting archaeological features captured in the images included a canal irrigation system in Northern Iraq and prehistoric stone-wall hunting traps called desert kites, which were used to trap animals like gazelle over 5,000 years ago. The kites were preserved for a very long time because of the dry desert environment, but as modern agriculture expanded int...
Tags: Science, Guns, Iraq, Planes, History, Tam, Neat-o, Lockheed U

Harold Wilson’s resignation honours – why so controversial?

On February 6 Marcia Falkender, the Baroness Falkender, died. She was one of the late Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s closest and longest-serving colleagues, first as his personal then political secretary. An enigmatic figure, she has been variously reviled, mocked, and defended since the end of Wilson’s political career. Most notoriously she was connected to Wilson’s 1976 resignation honours list, the “Lavender List.”Twice a year, every year, the British government publishes a list of people it ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, British, Harold Wilson, Political Parties, British history, British politics, Political History, 20th century British politics, 10 Downing Street, 1weceb, British Honours System, British Political History, Lavender List

The Cambridge Philosophical Society

In 2019, the Cambridge Philosophical Society celebrates its 200th anniversary. When it was set up in 1819, Cambridge was not a place to do any kind of serious science. There were a few professors in scientific subjects but almost no proper laboratories or facilities. Students rarely attended lectures, and degrees were not awarded in the sciences. The Philosophical Society was Cambridge’s first scientific society. Within a few years of its foundation, it had begun hosting regular meetings, set up...
Tags: Books, Technology, Featured, Society, History, Britain, Cambridge, Charles Darwin, South America, Cavendish, Charles, British, University of Cambridge, Darwin, Wilson, Scientist

You can vote in the Children's History Book Prize!

You've got one week to vote in the Children's History Book Prize, whose nominees this year include Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages -- the third book in the Gordon Family Saga, which includes 2009's incomparable White Sands, Red Menace, a book that like a genderswapped, woke Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, with extra helpings of Cold Ware paranoia and terror, all wrapped up in poetic, Bradburian nostalgia. The other nominees are also promising: * Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Dougl...
Tags: Post, Books, Publishing, Kids, News, Cold War, History, Ya, Ellen Klages, Frederick Douglass, Tonya Bolden, Kelly Yang The Journey of Little Charlie

The Day Our Planet Took A Bullet

The Tanis site, in short, did not span the first day of the impact: it probably recorded the first hour or so. This fact, if true, renders the site even more fabulous than previously thought. It is almost beyond credibility that a precise geological transcript of the most important sixty minutes of Earth’s history could still exist millions of years later—a sort of high-speed, high-resolution video of the event recorded in fine layers of stone. DePalma said, “It’s like finding the Holy Grail clu...
Tags: Science, Guns, History, Earth, Nature, Tam, Richards, DePalma, Tanis, Jimmy Hoffa

Why the forgotten alternative translations of classical literature matter

When they are creative, translations and imitations can be the most revealing form of criticism. It is sometimes said that translation is the most intimate form of reading; successful translations are also highly expressive. The English-language heyday of classical verse translation, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, produced works that people still read, enjoy, and study today, beginning with English classics such as Alexander Pope’s Homer and John Dryden’s Virgil. Translation has be...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, Classics, Shakespeare, Latin, Hutchinson, Hastings, Homer, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Ben Jonson, Alexander Pope, Lucretius, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, OSEO

800+ Treasured Medieval Manuscripts to Be Digitized by Cambridge & Heidelberg Universities

Western civilization may fast be going digital, but it still retains its roots in Ancient Greece. And so it makes a certain circle-closing sense to digitize the legacy left us by our Ancient Greek forebears and the medieval scholars who preserved it. Cambridge and Heidelberg, two of Europe's oldest universities, this month announced their joint intention to embark upon just such a project. It will take two years and cost £1.6 million, reports the BBC, but it will digitize "more than 800 volumes...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Books, Greece, College, History, Bbc, Libraries, Cambridge, Vatican, Philosophy, Seoul, British Library, Heidelberg, Aristotle

The First American Picture Book, Wanda Gág’s Millions of Cats (1928)

For better (I’d say), or worse, the internet has turned cat people into what may be the world’s most powerful animal lobby. It has brought us fascinating animated histories of cats and animated stories about the cats of gothic genius and cat-loving author and illustrator Edward Gorey; cats blithely leaving inky pawprints on medieval manuscripts and politely but firmly refusing to be denied entry into a Japanese art museum. It has given us no shortage of delightful photos of artists with their c...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, History, K-12, Literature, Charles Dickens, Hayao Miyazaki, Ucla, Edward Gorey, Facebook Twitter, Pete, Greenwich Village, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow

6 books on the occult and mysticism

Almost by definition, the occult is a mysterious, hidden and captivating genre.These six books help illuminate occult thinking and history for the curious reader.Ranging from Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century to Alesiter Crowley, also known as "the wickedest man in the world," these books are sure to entertain and provide their readers with a solid background in the occult and mysticism. Strange Angel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scie...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Religion, America, History, Nasa, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Innovation, Philosophy, Agrippa, Wilson, Crowley, Parsons, Carlos, Don Juan, Wernher von Braun

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