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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 30th, 2008
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Please consider the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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T.C. Boyle

November 30th, 2008
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T.C. Boyle 
The American author poses on a flight of stairs.


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Primal Scream

November 29th, 2008
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Now bear witness to this primal scream therapy session.


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“Sailor,” by Vladimir Tatlin

November 29th, 2008
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“Sailor” 
Please enjoy this Vladimir Tatlin painting from 1911.


Kimberly M. Wetherell

Where There’s Fart, There’s Fire

November 28th, 2008
by Kimberly M. Wetherell

BERLIN, GERMANY –

I have long held the contention that German is comprised of merely 50 root words, endlessly rearranged and combined to make it one of the most complicated and difficult languages known to man.

Example:  The two syllable darling known in English as a “matchbook”  gets expanded to the whopping five syllable “Streichholzschachteln”  which literally translates to something along the lines of “box of wooden sticks that you strike”.

Seriously.

But if you break these impossibly long words down into their smaller components, you can easily suss out the definition based on the roots.

Here are a few examples.

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Slade Ham

If You Could Ask Just One Question

November 28th, 2008
by Slade Ham
HOUSTON, TX -

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving. While drones buzz up and down the roads looking for “unbelievable savings” on things they don’t need to begin with, I’ve been at my apartment packing. Maybe it’s the holidays, maybe it’s the music I’m listening to, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been rereading things I wrote a over a decade ago… I’m not sure what it is, but as I stand here by this balcony swirling my coffee around in circles and looking out across this parking lot, I keep wondering what I’m missing. What do I not know that I wish I did? If it was ever just me hanging out with God, what would I ask? Right now there’s only one question that keeps fighting itself to the front:

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“The Spanish Well, Purbeck”

November 28th, 2008
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“The Spanish Well, Purbeck” 
Please enjoy this 1945 painting by artist Frances Hodgkins.


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Middle Eastern Geography Sing-Along

November 28th, 2008
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Learn your Middle Eastern geography the fun and easy way. Sing!


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Mark Crilley Teaches Us How to Draw Feet

November 27th, 2008
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Mark Crilley teaches us how to draw feet.


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“Os Noctìvagos,” by Otto Dix

November 27th, 2008
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“Os Noctìvagos” 
Please enjoy this 1928 painting by Otto Dix.


Amy Shearn

I See Pregnant People

November 26th, 2008
by Amy Shearn

BROOKLYN, NY-

It is a phenomenon that began the first month we were “trying.” While on vacation this summer in Quebec we were seated in a restaurant and my husband started laughing – above my head hung a large, rather grotesquely vivid painting of hugely pregnant woman in a red dress. As I anxiously awaited the day when I could pee on an informative stick, they only seemed to multiply. One would be standing beside me in the elevator, another would follow me onto the subway. It didn’t help that we live in a neighborhood that seems, in certain seasons, a kind of hothouse experiment in human fertility. There it was – there were pregnant women everywhere.

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Ryan Day

Rub, the Lucky Birds Foot

November 26th, 2008
by Ryan Day

SHANTOU, CHINA-

I travel by rickshaw these days, which is odd. I mean, to be comfortable with rickshaw travel is not something I ever expected. But the fresh air, the cruising under the night sky just a little buzzed after a stop at Shantou’s finest wine bar where elbows were rubbed against those of the budding bourgeois. Sometimes I think of the rickshaw as a time machine, transporting me back to a moment when the triangular straw hats and tattered short pants of the driver were no less obsolete than… rickshaws. Despite the allure, I think I’m witnessing the last days of rickshaw culture here in Shantou. Traffic is getting a little too car oriented and I can’t imagine this mode of travel making it very long in such a fast growing city. There are other bits of local culture in Shantou, however, that seem perfectly safe for the forseeable future, and one of those was exactly what I set out to explore on the back of my rickshaw last Saturday night. (more…)


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Voltaire

November 26th, 2008
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Voltaire 
A portrait of one of the Enlightenment’s greatest writers.


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Dr. Andrew Weil on the Worst Diet in the World

November 26th, 2008
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Dr. Andrew Weil talks about the worst diet in the world.


Kimberly M. Wetherell

Of Polyglots and Paralysis

November 25th, 2008
by Kimberly M. Wetherell

LONDON, ENGLAND (Gatwick Airport) –

As I was being driven to Schiphol airport today, my driver told me a joke.

What do you call someone who speaks two languages?

Bilingual.

What do you call someone who speaks three languages?

Trilingual.

What do you call someone who speaks one language?

I winced; dreading the punch line.

An American.

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“Eagle,” by Alexander Calder

November 25th, 2008
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“Eagle” 
Please enjoy this sculpture by Alexander Calder.


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Rick Rosner in Errol Morris’ First Person

November 25th, 2008
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Rick Rosner is featured in an episode of Errol Morris’ terrific series, First Person. This is the first part.


Brad Listi

Human Burnout, Restaurant Death, & the World’s Fastest Wheelchair

November 24th, 2008
by Brad Listi

LOS ANGELES-

Driving around Los Angeles yesterday with my wife. Running errands. Sunday. We pass a pet store.

WIFE: I was in there the other day. The guy who owns it used to be a producer.

ME: I think you mean LA Dogworks, the daycare place.

WIFE: It’s the same.

ME: Same owners?

WIFE: No. Just the same situation. An ex-Hollywood guy who quit his job and started up his own pet store.

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Megan Power

You Shoulda Put A Ring On It: The Feminist Aesthetics Of Beyonce’s Rhetorical Paradoxes

November 24th, 2008
by Megan Power

SAN ANTONIO, TX-

Can you pay my bills

Can you pay my telephone bills

Can you pay my automo’bills

I don’t think you do

So you and me are through

(Bills, Bills, Bills, 1999)

In the traditional machine-child model of hetero relationships, a woman remains childlike in her dependence on a man to provide for her financially.

The typical female response to male financial failure, under the old model, would be repression of anger, crying, withdrawing and withholding of physical affection.

Beyonce does not smother her emotions. She expresses them forthright. And ends the relationship.

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The Kennedys

November 24th, 2008
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The Kennedys 
Please enjoy this Richard Avedon photo of John and Jackie Kennedy.