Ordinary Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch: Culture Quick Links

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ordinary Sunday Brunch

Music Links

[Mu1] This Is Why Some People Love Music — And Others Really Don’t. “But in a study published today in Current Biology, Spanish and Canadian researchers report on a group of “music anhedonics” — literally, those who do not enjoy music. This is an intriguing phenomenon, and we presume very rare. Importantly, these people are not “amusic” — an affliction that often results from acquired or congenital damage to parts of the brain required to perceive or interpret music. In this study, the “music anhedonics” perceive music in the same way as the rest of the population.”

[Mu2] More than one third of music consumers still pirate music. ““Music piracy has disappeared from the media in the past few years but it certainly hasn’t gone away,” David Price, director of insight and analysis at IFPI, told the Guardian. “People still like free stuff, so it doesn’t surprise us that there are a lot of people engaged in this. And it’s relatively easy to pirate music, which is a difficult thing for us to say.”

[Mu3] Barry White’s Music of Love: Often scorned by critics, the great soul singer was a musical prodigy whose romantic songs helped to create a new mode of modern masculinity
Art Links

[Ar1] “On February 26, 1965, Salvador Dalí woke up with a temperature of 101 and realized his day wasn’t going to go as planned. The surrealist master had agreed to visit Rikers Island—the New York City jail complex located off the shores of Queens and the Bronx—that afternoon to paint alongside the prisoners. He was a sucker for a good media stunt, and the New York City Department of Correction had already heralded the visit with great fanfare in a press release. Dalí was due to arrive ceremoniously by boat, with his wife, pet ocelot, and a gaggle of reporters in tow.”

[Ar2] This Award-Winning Australian Land Art Is Designed to Power 900 Homes…But will it ever be built?

[Ar3] “Art Historical” carvings are taking jack-o-laterns and pumpkin carving to another level.

History Links

[Hi1] A history of loneliness

[Hi2] Way more interesting than you might think: “From music to the moon, postal museum puts distinctive stamps on history”

[Hi3] A history of sexual violence, and those attacks that did, a notably did not, change the course of history.

Food Links

[Fo1] If you missed it, our friend Kristin’s excellent piece “Club Sandwiches.”

[Fo2] Food laws in California, America’s most populous state and a bellwether of change in other states, are changing for the better.

[Fo3] Chicago is quickly becoming a hotbed of investment for startups in the food industry, befitting the city’s history of being the world’s hog butcher and stacker of wheat.

Travel Links

[Tv1] You see, Pittsburgh is far more than friendly, hard working people who welcome tourists with wide smiles and a sincere, “Hello, how are you?” A contagious charm permeates the city that is palpable from the moment you arrive until you decide it’s time to leave.

[Tv2] Can you imagine spending nearly 19 hours straight on an airplane? That’s what passengers aboard Singapore Airlines’ new flight between Singapore and Newark will embark on Thursday, when the route goes into operation. It’s the new longest flight in the world, both by distance and time in the air.

[Tv3] Ekiben (??), an abbreviation of eki (station) and ben (bento), is a prized, and some would say essential, element of long-distance train travel in Japan. While eating in a local commuter train is frowned upon, travellers on longer rides, such as bullet trains or trains that take reservations, are encouraged to take a meal.


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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. Tv2: Whenever one of these ultra-long air links starts up I look up the great circle route because they’re often surprising. This one is basically due north and south, passing very close to the North Pole. By eye, a majority of the flight is over land.

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  2. I stopped pirating music as a matter of course a long ago, but I do occasionally do it, if there is a song I want that I just can not find for purchase. It’s rare, but it happens.

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