Casanova's Biscuits -
…he had strong opinions on their proper consumption.
Animals and Pets are Good for the Blues, from a book called Worry and Nervousness (1915), by William Samuel Sadler
(Source: archive.org, via publicdomainreview)
“Man all in all is but a botching…” -
When I religiously confess myself unto myself, I find the best good I have hath some vicious taint…. Man all in all is but a botching and parti-coloured work.
—Michel de Montaigne, “We Taste Nothing Purely,” translated by John Florio
The word “botch” has been in the news in the…
47 infant deaths occur every day because of the way society in the United States is structured, resulting in our health status being that of a middle-income country, not a rich country. There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing. — Stephen Bezruchka, http://bit.ly/1pQxYB7 (via bostonreview)
Why Are There So Few Prominent Women in the Art World? -
If women in publishing have it bad, then the gender gap in the visual arts is even worse
New on the Design & Violence blog: Google’s Digital Attack Map tracks network invasions around the world.
[Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, Colin McMillen, CJ Adams. Google Ideas. Google Big Picture Team. Arbor Networks, Inc. “DigitalAttackMap.com.” Oct 21, 2013. Image courtesy of Google Ideas, DDoS data © 2014 and Arbor Networks, Inc.]
"The annals of history are filled with anecdotes of musical nuns behaving badly: cross-dressing to attend the opera, burning down convents, and, worse, making money from lavish musical performances. But the moral panic over singing sisters stemmed from idle gossip that, behind shrouded by the walls of the convent, nuns engaged in some downright dirty behavior. If popular art was any indication (see above), then the brides of Christ weren’t nearly as virginal as they claimed. In between Satanic singing, they did what any woman with time to kill would: they harvested penises and hooked up with monks. The link between the lurid nature of song and licentiousness was unambiguous”
Our Enduring Love of Singing Nuns, The Hairpin