Ordinary Sunday Brunch: Culture Quick Links

“… millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
– Susan Ertz

Ordinary Sunday Brunch

  • Music Links

[Mu1] This seems to me to veer a tad to much into “back in my day” territory but I understand the sentiment. “No more heroes: how music stopped meaning everything; Technology and hyperanxiety have diluted the dissident power of pop music.”

[Mu2] Interesting take: “Contemporary composition has become as fractured as the art world—and that’s a good thing.”

[Mu3] Another music career cut short, and this one as it was just becoming really interesting as a result of a reinvention.

[Mu4] Well written little piece on music, this one from Maine Public and by a high school student, “Music Connects, Expands Opportunities to Understand”

[Mu5] An interview and overview of Chopin’s ballads as interpreted by Leif Ove Andsnes.

Art Links

[Ar1] Brian T. Allen considers college art museums.

[Ar2] 98 year old French art dealer, and WW2 resistance hero, is selling some incredible pieces.

[Ar3] Yep, that sounds like Vegas; “Paint and Puff”combining cannabis and art.

[Ar4] Art and its effect on the mind is an old debate; adding modern psychology is just another element to endless discussion.

[Ar5] Fascinating breakdown of a painting I’ve seen but not really considered, and a lot of history to this back story; “A work that shocked, aroused debate, that gave the establishment a bloody nose. It’s The Raft of Medusa by Théodore Géricault.”

History Links

[Hi1] Here is a different kind of preservation: The National Museum of Funeral History.

[Hi2] There was a time the drive-in theater was more popular than their under roof cousins. This local review includes a long history, and surviving examples, of the by gone era.

[Hi3] From “Gypsy vans” to modern class “A”, a history of RVs.

[Hi4] A history of drug busts, including “In 1989, authorities seized more than 21 tons of cocaine worth roughly $6.9 billion on the street sitting in a nondescript warehouse.” That is a lot of dope on the table.

[Hi5] “Brosé, frosé, all day: The definitive history of rosé’s rise to cultural dominance”

Food Links

[Fo1] “Ranking Every Kind of Cooking Oil by How (Un)healthy They Are” and number 7 will probably shock you.

[Fo2] This seems short-sighted: “Detroit food truck refuses to serve cops.”

[Fo3] The simple things are often the ones that get you, so good review of 7 food safety measures. Proper temperature in your fridge is one that’s overlooked both for safety and preservation.

[Fo4] A quick overview of Cuban food.

[Fo5] With the NFL back in action, the good, the bad, and the WTF of stadium food.

[Fo6] “Food Halls” are becoming all the rage. If you are unfamiliar, think shopping mall food court meets food truck creativity meets urban renewal development opportunity.

Religion Links

[Re1] These folks in Brazil make the Pastafarians look downright orthodox in beliefs.

[Re2] “Seventeen years later, a Spanish religion teacher named Resurrección Galera is back at her job, which she lost in 2001 after the Catholic Church refused to renew her contract because she had married a divorced man.”

[Re3] This Waco, TX church is having a three Sunday dialogue with local Muslim leaders, complete with pot luck afterward. The mosque reciprocated and had the pastors to their place, and reportedly have spoken in 60 area churches so far.

[Re4] Religion and its effect on medicine, “If you put eternal damnation against taking a flu shot, probably the flu shot’s going to lose.”

[Re5] Xi Jingping’s crackdown on “corruption,” which is basically anything he doesn’t like in China, is focusing once again on religion.


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Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. “… millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

    This is a problem I see among my retired contemporaries. For so many years, five of seven days each week were planned out by somebody else. Even much of the remaining two days were semi-automatically filled: houses are sinks for time, it was a day when they could go fishing or hiking, etc. Then they hit retirement, and those are not enough, especially as it becomes more difficult to deal with physically demanding things. To quote the retired Denver cop who lives across the street from me, “The good spots for fly fishing are still good, but now that I’m 70 the question is whether I can get to them.”

    Sometimes I wonder if this will be as much of a problem for women as more and more of them will have spent ages 25-45 working full time. I don’t know a big enough sample to have any feeling for it.

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