Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection at the Museum of Art

The new jewelry exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art contains glittering gems. -PJ Gach...more

The Lonely Grave of Rosa Bevan

It's Halloween ... . Do you want to hear a spooky story?This one's a weird tale, and, if I live to be a hundred, I don't think I’ll ever be able to come up with a rational explanation for what took place that day.It had been a bitterly cold October. Normally in London, we enjoy soft, gentle autumns with just a hint of summer lingering on into November. But that year winter had come early....more

A Noisy Penis in the Linguistic World (A Guest Post From Alis)

(Alis has done did a guest post, and Imma liked it.)The Linguistic “noisy penis”. No, I’m not talking about my Linguistics 211 professor. I promise. Please don’t sue. Remember--if you don’t acknowledge the similarities, no one will notice them. Really.**crickets**Ahem. Where was I? Right. Linguistic “noisy penises.” Those fascinating little things. Those twisty bits of language that make the Word Nerds amongst us quiver with excitement. Just thinking about them makes me smile. The lacuna. The squinch. The eggcorn......more

IMPRESSIONS OF JOY: Paintings of Fanny Brate

Fanny Brate (Swedish, 1861 – 1940) was a Swedish Impressionist who in 1880, at the age of eighteen, was accepted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. She was forced to give up painting after her marriage but became a patron of the arts instead....more

Yes, I Colour It But It's All Natural

Friends in Kitakyushu often talked about Ms Nakahara's younger sister, Hitoko Fujisaki. She, too, is a textile artist like her sister, but they said she does more experimental work, such as collecting soil samples from all over Japan to make pill bugs or dango mushi in Japanese.  I had no idea what they looked like and I pictured balls of clay with large pieces of fibre  sticking out. I still do not know what those particular pieces look like but I now understand how the soil samples were probably used since I had the pleasure of meeting her the other day....more

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like”…Naw, Too Soon!

I’ve held off and was able to control my shock and horror when I saw the “Christmas in July days” advertised on assorted Home Shopping channels. I’ve even refrained from snarkish mutterings while rolling my cart past twinkling displays in Costco. A TV channel (not to be named) is launching Christmas themed movies on Halloween. I am NOT a Grinch, but, it is too soon....more

What Does The Whiteness Project Really Show About Race in America?

Watching the videos from the first installment of The Whiteness Project—24 clips filmed this July in Buffalo as part of documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow's project—was uncomfortable, and sadly revealed nothing surprising. How do you reject white privilege? How do you deny responsibility for humane speech and action towards others? How do you co-opt other people's struggles? It's pretty easy, apparently.  ...more
Rita Arens Thank you, Rita. Some of these comments make me want to scream. The denial of ...more