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Unthinkable and un-American: Yes, I am not a fan of “The Simpsons.”

I’m told that there was some sort of mega-Simpsons marathon on TV yesterday. I’m told, rather than I know for sure, because I don’t watch a lot of TV, and … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

A landmark 632 years in the making: the odyssey of Cologne Cathedral.

One hundred and thirty-four years ago today, on August 14, 1880, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm I attended … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 42: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” a painting about climate change.

This is the final entry in my “42 Historical Objects” series. I thought long and hard about what to choose for the final article, and after much contemplation I picked this … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Leaving the Huntington: a few pictures from my trip.

Today was the last day of my research fellowship, and after nearly a month in residence at the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California, I’m going home tomorrow. … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Donald Duck and Wartime Propaganda

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On the 9th of June 1934, Donald Duck debuted in Disney’s The Wise Little Hen, which was part of the Silly…

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Chimborazo”: the stunning environmental romanticism of Frederic Edwin Church.

Yesterday I saw this painting at the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art at the Huntington Library, and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s called Chimborazo, and it … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: Paper Moon Diner, Baltimore, Maryland.

This wacky eatery features not only bold food, but an extremely bold artistic look as you can see just from glancing at the above screenshot. Go to the full 360cities.net … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy birthday to the Chrysler Building, the Art Deco jewel of a vanished age.

On May 27, 1930, 84 years ago today, the Chrysler Building in New York City first opened to the public. At that time it was both the tallest building and … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 32: the Crystal Palace dinosaurs.

These concrete models of dinosaurs, life-size, are truly fascinating artifacts not just of ancient zoological history, but also the Victorian Era. They currently occupy a few islands in the center … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 29: “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

This amazing painting, depicting the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France in December 1804, has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I think it’s one … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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