Daily Archive: February 4, 2011


After the jump, a watercolor painting of a lion-tailed macaque by an unnamed Chinese artist (circa late 1820s) from the John Reeves Collection, featured in a current exhibition at the London Natural History Museum.

Bachmann, Burr, and Patriotism

How about a break from arguing over the mandate? I’m in the middle of Burr, Gore Vidal’s fictional account of the life of America’s most reviled duelist. Why am I reading it? Well, the...

Occasional Notes: Political-Aesthetic Musings

Leitmotif: Here we come to a turning of the season Witness to the arc towards the sun A neighbor’s blessed burden within reason Becomes a burden borne of all and one Decemberism: I’m enjoying...