The Anti-Bamboozler

In a career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, Henry Louis Mencken became not only one of America’s most memorable prose stylists, but also one of its most prolific ones. Mencken (1880-1956) led many literary lives, often several at once. He began newspapering in his native Baltimore in 1899, quickly rising from a reporter to an editor and columnist. His bombastic commentaries for the Baltimore Sun gained attention far beyond his hometown, and his work for the Smart Set and the American Mercury affirmed his national profile as the dominant social critic of the 1920s. Mencken wrote about politics, music, drama, and literature, collecting his best essays in Prejudices, a series of six volumes that rests at the heart of his oeuvre. But there was so much more: memoirs, books on theology, ethics, the state of the American woman, and a mammoth philological study called The American Language. The thousands of letters he wrote to everyone from Theodore Dreiser to Ezra Pound to F. Scott Fitzgerald are their own monument to industry.

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Music From Another Planet – Blind Willie Johnson

Not many know the name Blind Willie Johnson. He died sick and penniless in the ruins of his burned down home. Yet his music was sent into outer space by NASA, on a mission to introduce alien civilisations to planet Earth and the human experience. Interstellar music Something generous, and uplifting, for all humankind. Josh Lyman (The West Wing) […]

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My Father’s Body, at Rest and in Motion

His systems were failing. The challenge was to understand what had sustained them for so long.
—Homeostasis holds complex systems together invisibly; we notice only its failures.
—The call came at three in the morning. My mother, in New Delhi, was in tears. My father, she said, had fallen again, and he was speaking nonsense. She turned the handset toward him. He was muttering a slow, meaningless string of words in an unrecognizable high-pitched nasal tone. He kept repeating his nickname, Shibu, and the name of his childhood village, Dehergoti. He sounded as if he were reading his own last rites.

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Worship? Meditation? Sacrifice? What Ancient Ritual Activities Were Held at the Externsteine Sacred Stone Formation?

Externsteine is an unusual sandstone rock formation near Ostwestfalen-Lippe in the northwest of Germany. It is unique among other monolithic sites in Europe because it is a natural formation that has been altered by human hands. Whereas Stonehenge was built by people, Externsteine was built by Nature and then manipulated by people.

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'Chains That Set Women Free' – Glorious 19th Century Posters of Women on Bikes – Flashbak


The amusing point about the cycling mania as it affects the feminine world is that not only the young and frivolous but the staid and middle-aged are swayed by it. The lady may be no longer young; she may be stout; she may never have been known to depart by one hairsbreadth from the narrowest accepted canon of propriety. It is of no avail: none of these things shall save her: if she is not an absolute cripple, she will be seen this summer careering along the roads on a bicycle along with the youngest and giddiest of her sex.

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Vintage Hotel For Sale, straight out of a Wes Anderson Film Set

On the off chance that anyone out there reading might be considering getting into the hotel business, I thought this little piece of local real estate news was worth sharing. Sent to me by a reader, I was immediately enchanted by the Opinicon Resort on the shores of Rideau Canal at Chaffey’s Lock in

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June 1939. “Entrance to mess hall. Quarter Circle U Ranch, Big Horn County, Montana.” Medium format negative by Arfer Ruffstein.
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A New Silk Road

Chongqing, China. December 2017. A passenger enjoying the view of the city from the ferry on the Yangtze River. ***GENERAL CAPTION: Chongqing is a major city in southwest China, with a population of over 30 million is considered the largest urban municipality in China. Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub. Chongqing Western Logistic City was established in 2007 on an area of 35,5 SqKm. Here is also the formal Km0 of the Belt and Road Initiative. The Chongqing – Xinjiang – Europe International Railway is an 11.000 km international link that connect China to Germany (Duisburg) via Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belorussia and Poland.

China is investing billions in building pathways to Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

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