Language:[L1] We clarify misunderstandings every 90 seconds.
[L3] Language biases we don’t realize we have.
[L4] From Oscar Gordon: John McWhorter explains the weirdness of English.
[L5] Sarcasm is the best thing about the Internet.
[L6] Here’s an interview with a language inventor.
Music:[M1] Chloe Angyal has a good piece about the stultification of the country music man.
[M2] Mene Ukueberuwa writes of millenials, love, and opera.
[M3] Remember Take That? I only remember that one song, and here’s why I pretty much only have that one song to remember them by.
[M4] Meghan Neal wonders why we are satisfied listening to music in two dimensions. I can already feel myself being something of a fuddy-duddy, unenthused about video (much less audio) moving to the third dimension.
Fiction:[F1] Will Sloan at Hazlitt looks at movie novelization and its struggles. In high school I did a book report on the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey novelization. Hadn’t seen the movie.
[F2] I thought that everybody knew that Disney ripped off the Lion King?
[F3] This look back on Gargoyles makes me want to go back and watch all of it again from start to finish. Preferably through the eyes of a teenager or pre-teen, but even as an adult.
[F4] Alan Sepinwall ranks NYPD Blue characters. I’m glad to see that someone else liked (pre-drama) Kirkendall as much as I did. Charlotte should be at the bottom, though. Good list, though.
[F5] Does anyone else remember Marvel’s New Universe?
Classics:[C1] Miguel Monjardino makes the case for Thucydides and why studying him remains important. The History of the Peloponnesian War was, without a doubt, my favorite classical assigned text.
[C4] The enduring influence of Alice in Wonderland in the world of video games.
[C5] Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, revisited.
History:[H1] The interesting history of George and Martha Washington.
[H2] Michael Hoffman has a couple pieces on the Meiji era of Japan (1868-1912), the second of which talks of their interest and fascination with the US. Also, check out this awesome nine minute video of the history of Japan.
[H3] The truth of Dr Strangelove.
[H4] Ethan Siegel explains how we stopped Hitler’s atomic bomb.
[H5] Jason Sorens explains how Greece became rich… when it was rich, anyway.
[H6] It appears maybe humans arrived in the Americans by boat.
Technology:[T1] So humanity becomes redundant at this point, right?
[T3] Via Aaron David, the Faraday Cage for live conversation. Yeah, totally illegal in the US, but I don’t know about Britain.
[T4] Shape-shifting, amphibious drones! Actually, that’s just an application for a developed composite material that can go from sturdy to shape-shifty back to sturdy relatively easily.