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The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures

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No place like home: eastern Europeans in the West Midlands

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Masha Ivashintsova (1942−2000)

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When Soviets met Stans: the tower blocks of central Asia

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In Remembrance of Photographer Michael Wolf

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Snailiens and other delights from Ravendark Creations

The Beginning of Recorded Sound

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Sharp suits, thin ties and the coolest musicians on Earth

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Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

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Vesterbro som visuel arkæologi

Lorem Picsum

A few things that grabbed my mention:

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No 3 review – minimalism made human: Beth Gibbons is wonderful, but she adds something very different from, say, Dawn Upshaw. Most reviews are (quite surprisingly) very positive. Oklahoma Was Never Really O.K.. Ouch. 'To Sleep With Anger' Finds New Life With Criterion. Walter Benjamin in Ibiza: Benjamin is, it would seem, having a renaissance. Or at least is being talked about a bit. The People Who Hated the Web Even Before Facebook.

The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable: "What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose; and the belief that any policy to promote human welfare must always encourage more work."

The British Banksters: "More than 3,500 bankers in the UK are paid more than €1m (£850,000) a year, according to pay and bonus details published by the European Banking Authority."

Meet a Most Improbable Trump Megadonor: A Vegan “Buddhist Artist” From China.

Joy Division's Legacy, Explained.

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Haubitz+Zoche

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Turkey's Photography Doyenne

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Blondie's Chris Stein Illuminates a Bygone New York City in His Latest Photography Book

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Vivian Cherry: a lifetime photographing New York's streets

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Yuri Andries captures life in the harsh and beautiful landscapes of Ladakh

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Miami Beach in the early 90s

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Stalin's Granddaughter Turned Out To Be A Real-Life Tattooed Tank Girl

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Johnny Cash Mural – Sacramento, California

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Here are the Winners of Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' Photo Contest. Some humblingly good ones there.

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Senegal photos from 1920s show African elegance in pre-Instagram era

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Nathan Lyons: An Irresistible Passion for Photography

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Privately made records enjoy a cult following among collectors, but few are as legendary as Donnie and Joe Emerson’s 1979 LP Dreamin’ Wild.

Fruitland

(BTW: they are on Spotify).

Oh, yeah:

What troubles me the most these days is the detachment of anger from reality. Comfortable people in prosperous and peaceful societies, living longer and healthier lives than ever before in history, put on yellow jackets and riot, demand to leave the European Union, campaign against vaccinations that have eliminated some of the worst diseases that have plagued humankind, rage against medicine and bio-technology, embrace convenient fictions to explain away inconvenient facts, and think that even the most commonplace things are phoney. And when you ask them why, the answer will be at best fallacious and at worst uncritically thoughtless.

Fat Man on a Keyboard: Unreason

Why Is the Night Sky Dark?:

I love how simple questions can reveal deep truths about how the universe works. Take “why is the night sky dark?” It’s a question a small child might ask but stumped the likes of Newton, Halley, and Kepler and wasn’t really resolved until Einstein’s theory of general relativity and the Big Bang theory rolled around. Here’s the paradox: if we live in a static infinite universe, shouldn’t the sky be unbearably bright?

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In the late 1950s, fingerstylist John Fahey birthed an alter-ego named Blind Joe Death, a mythic bluesman who personified what music critic Greil Marcus has dubbed old, weird America. In shaping his eccentric personal mythology, Fahey once claimed to have built a guitar from a baby’s coffin. He christened his own music American primitive, though it was neither purely American (he incorporated Indian ragas, as well as classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, into the form) nor primitive (he could neither read nor write music, yet his odd tunes were complex).

American Primitive Guitar

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Fan Ho Photography

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The Abandoned Grandeur of Crumbling Palaces Showcased in Large Format Photographs by Thomas Jorion