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15 Mar 18:08

Coming to America

by jessige

Sharita Turner

In which Karl Ove Knausgaard’s NYT series about travelling to the United States visits Duluth, Superior and more.

My Saga, Part 2: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Passage Through America

The post Coming to America appeared first on Perfect Duluth Day.

15 Mar 06:13

Everything according to plan

14 Mar 03:12


15 Mar 14:45

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian
Cary Renquist


Two new species of peacock spiders have been discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia, including this one with vivid reds and blues. This one is nicknamed "Sparklemuffin." This image was taken by Jürgen Otto, an entomologist who specializes in photographing spiders. (image via Colossal, My Modern Met)

Two new species of peacock spiders have been discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia, including this one with vivid reds and blues nicknamed “Sparklemuffin.” The image was taken by Jürgen Otto, an entomologist who specializes in photographing spiders. (image via Colossal, My Modern Met)

This week, considering why museums publish online, destroying an Islamic museum, a new peacock spider, Mac’s original icons, male shaming, and more.

 How should we assess the success of museums and their online publishing endeavors?

For museums to become significant publishers online, they need to accept that playing the metrics game will mostly only preserve the status of certain institutions: those with name recognition and large encyclopedic collections that can be digitized and utilized in diverse ways, from research to a Tumblr, appealing to an audience that varies from the art historian to the occasional user based thousands of miles away from the museum. This strategy has been incredibly successful for museums that already top the list of visitor counts — the likes of the Met, MoMA, or the Tate and their millions of Twitter followers and Facebook fans. This is not a digital strategy that would work for a contemporary art space in a mid-size city. In the past decade, as institutions internalized the importance of digitizing, a number of attitudes toward online presence emerged. The building of online publishing platforms relates to a traditional role of museums — to support research, then publish and publicize it — and indeed, many museums large and small publish catalogues, books, and sometimes also magazines. But publishing on the internet differs from these initiatives because of the pressure to attract a global audience. If most text online goes unread, how to explain the incentive of these institutions to publish?

 Felice Picano talks to Lambda Literary “On Remembering the Past, the AIDS Crisis, and Gay Activism“:

It is the job of a writer to convey a world that is gone. There are so many different types of people, some well-known and some not known at all. All are good subjects, and all the people who have been around us define who we are. I find them fascinating. I’m the dullest of them.

 The story of a car bomb that detonated outside Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art last year. It demonstrates how dysfunctional the Egyptian museum system is when confronted with emergency situations:

The problems began immediately after the blast. Amid the chaos, curators were unable to locate the distinctive Allen key required to lever open the intricate locking mechanisms for the few showcases that withstood the explosion. As water from the sprinkler system seeped into the cracks, desperate workers resolved to smash their way in, but succeeded only in chipping other valuables and mixing new glass among the fragments of 1,000-year-old lanterns and urns.

 Museum of Modern Art Curator Paola Antonelli has acquired Macintosh’s original icons, designed by Susan Kare:


 Writing for the Boston Globe, Michael Andor Brodeur sees a rise in male shaming by the media:

Where did this intensified attention toward the male body come from? It’s easy to conjure some likely culprits: The 24/7 validation cycle of social media has stoked hyper-consciousness of appearance among the famous and non (even the most dashed-off selfies are the product of several takes); and the Internet joins the already noisy shame-scape of gossip magazines, fitness advertisements, movies, and TV shows that regularly sport more six-packs than the parking lot at Gillette Stadium.

But according to Dr. Jennifer Greenberg, a research director at Massachusetts General Hospital who works with patients suffering from severe fixations on appearance, while men and women are both subjected to unattainable ideals and altered images, men may put more emphasis on them.

 It was revealed this week that the NYPD has been editing the Wikipedia pages of the people they’ve killed, like Garner and Diallo. According to Capital New York:

Computer users identified by Capital as working on the NYPD headquarters’ network have edited and attempted to delete Wikipedia entries for several well-known victims of police altercations, including entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. Capital identified 85 NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, although it is unclear how many users were involved, as computers on the NYPD network can operate on the department’s range of IP addresses.

 Xkcd tackles the topic of “art projects“:


 DC’s Holocaust Museum is receiving collection donations at a rate of four a week, something it never predicted when it opened in 1993.

 The Field Museum in Chicago had this response to the destruction of antiquities by members of ISIS (aka Islamic State):


 These are some surprising statistics about the religious affiliation of US prison populations:

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 Thanks to @felixsalmon for this laugh:

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Required Reading is published every Sunday morning ET, and is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth a second look.

15 Mar 03:00

Saint Jude Thaddeus, I thank you for your support. My...

Saint Jude Thaddeus, I thank you for your support. My masochistic partner had a doubt about his desires. We argued heatedly about it, until the day of the breaking up came. However, four months later he couldn’t stand the separation, and thanks to Saint Jude we returned to each other. He realized what he wanted and accepted who he was. So now, before going to sleep, he asks me to spank him really good.

Mariano Larios
Mexico City, 1960

14 Mar 14:00

‘Bitter is the wind tonightIt tosses the ocean’s white...

Bitter is the wind tonight

It tosses the ocean’s white hair

Tonight I fear not the fierce warriors of Norway 

Coursing on the Irish sea

This anonymous poem is written in the margins of an Early Irish manuscript that now resides in the monastery of St. Gall in Switzerland. Most likely dating from around 850 AD, the text may have been complied in a northern Irish monastery such as Nendrum or Bangor (both in Co. Down). In a just a few, short words it conveys the sense of dread that was permeating through Irish monastic communities in the 9th century AD. During this period Viking raids were an every present danger and the Irish Annal’s record numerous attacks on monasteries. 


14 Mar 14:16


14 Mar 17:20

Nuclear reactor start-up (Cherenkov radiation)

14 Mar 19:27

Happy π Day

Happy π Day

14 Mar 21:49

Sacred Heart, thank you for giving me the opportunity to love...

Sacred Heart, thank you for giving me the opportunity to love and be loved. This love is forbidden, but it made me feel everything I had desired. I know it’s a sin, but nobody’s gonna deprive me of this pleasure. I repent of nothing, and I’m never leave him.

Colonia Roma, Mexico City
February, 2006

14 Mar 03:14



13 Mar 16:41

Native american indian knife cherokee blue opal”fire within”...

Cary Renquist

If I owned that I think that I would be compelled to perform some sacrifices...

Native american indian knife cherokee blue opal”fire within” master knapper ga

13 Mar 15:44

Surfing Girls of Iran

12 Mar 14:58

Susan Peters in a publicity photo for Random Harvest (1942)

Susan Peters in a publicity photo for Random Harvest (1942)

10 Mar 08:03

seems legit

10 Mar 14:30

Nauhi Olin per Edward Weston, 1923-24

Nauhi Olin per Edward Weston, 1923-24

09 Mar 17:22

The Forgotten History Of The World's First Taco Bell, And Today's Attempt To Save It

A casual visitor to that first location would never have guessed that Taco Bell would eventually become the multibillion-dollar business it is today. It was one of the country's centers of aerospace engineering starting in the '40s, as the NASA facility in Downey built many of the spaceship components for the Apollo Project. The once-beige facade has been painted orange, and the ornamental edifice above the entrance that once housed the titular bell was destroyed in a fire a few years ago. Want to read more from HuffPost Taste?

11 Mar 16:30

This Map Shows Where the Happiest and Unhappiest People Live in the US

by Melanie Pinola
Cary Renquist

I'm from the Happiest lil' County in WI... And now I live in the unhappiest county in CA.

All other things being equal, the south, parts of the west, and upper midwest are the happiest places in the United States according to a recent study.


11 Mar 17:44


Cary Renquist

Why I was banned from the life art modeling circuit...

11 Mar 18:17


12 Mar 16:34

Karaba Brick Quarry David Pace Karaba is a small African village...

Karaba Brick Quarry David Pace

Karaba is a small African village in southwestern Burkina Faso. Outside the village, a short distance from the dusty main road, is a quarry where men carve bricks from solid stone using only picks and shovels.

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11 Mar 15:42

Chloë Sevigny by Brianna Capozzi for Marfa Journal No.3

by Bo Abeille

I love this strange, sexy, gorgeous editorial of Queen Chloë. She sells odd beauty so perfectly. My adoration of her is in the same league as Paz de la Huerta, Tilda Swinton, and Helena Bonham Carter. They’re all so unbelievably beautiful and so unbelievably weird, which makes them wonders deserving of worship.

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11 Mar 23:43

Together, fellow miniature creature, we will grow big and strong to rule the world

Cary Renquist

Snoopy and Charlie Brown?

12 Mar 13:41

50 Watts

Cary Renquist

"...quite possibly the richest source of book-related design and illustration in the universe.

If you're looking for me, I'm lost somewhere in 50 Watts.
12 Mar 13:35

The Genetics of Domestication If you’ve ever owned a cat, you...

The Genetics of Domestication

If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know that sometimes they feel only half domesticated, ready to become wild animals the second they make it out the door. But housecats are, in fact, genetically distinct from their wild cousins, having been domesticated some 10,000 years ago, right around the time that humans developed agriculture and settled into what became the beginnings of human civilization.

Today’s domestic cats are directly descended from the Near Eastern Wildcat (also called the African Wildcat) about 10,000 years ago, when it is thought that the desert dwelling wildcats started hunting the rodents that were attracted to the newly established grain stores that came with agriculture. Cats kept the rodent population down and in return were given a warm, dry place to sleep and a steady supply of food, leading to a sort of self-domestication where “they just hung out […] and humans tolerated them.” The more social the cats became, the more stable their place with humans was, leading eventually to cats becoming the most popular pets in the world.

A new study published recently in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science examined the genomes of 22 domestic cats and compared them to the genomes of two European and two Near Eastern Wildcats. The researchers identified at least 13 genes linked to domestication, as they have clearly changed between wildcats and housecats. These genes are linked to things like learning, memory, and behavior: all things that make housecats more social than their solitary cousins. The idea that housecats are social may surprise some of you, but try petting that adorable wildcat next time you’re on the African savannah and you’ll see just how social Professor Snugglepants really is.

Another important set of genes uncovered by this study is involved with the migration of neural crest cells, stem cells that are immensely important in the developing embryo and control everything from skull shape to fur color. This finding supports the hypothesis that these cells are the ultimate controller of domesticity, something that would explain why domesticated animals share many similar traits such as smaller brains and certain coloration patters.

This is important because the main trademark of domestication is sociability, not only with other cats in this case but with humans and other animals such as dogs as well, which were domesticated some 30,000 years ago. The genes that control domestication may also control social development on an evolutionary scale, which could tell us something about how early humans evolved to be the social butterflies we are today.


Submitted by Kelsey M., Discoverer.

Edited by Jessica F.

11 Mar 19:49

humansofnewyork:"We’re going to Grandma and Grandpa’s...


"We’re going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house."
"What do you do at Grandma and Grandpa’s house?"
"Anything I want."

10 Mar 23:19

Oh Myyyyy, Christian. Set phasers to Fabulous!

10 Mar 00:24


10 Mar 01:02

Author Temple Grandin: Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock helped autistic people connect with their loved ones

by The Conversation
By Temple Grandin, Colorado State University Editor’s Note: Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and an advocate for people with autism, wrote eloquently about her identification with Spock, the half-Vulcan character in TV’s Star Trek, in her 1996 autobiography Th...
09 Mar 15:43

devil bearing Jesus(Matthew 4:8 ‘the devil taketh him up into an...

Cary Renquist

Jesus has the same look that my cat gets when I pick him up...

devil bearing Jesus

(Matthew 4:8 ‘the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them’)

missal, France ca. 1470-75

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 425, fol. 48r