November 23, 2017
On the eve of the Civil War, a nightmare at sea turned into one of the greatest rescues in maritime history. More than a century later, a rookie treasure hunter went looking for the lost ship—and found a different kind of ruin.The Wreck of the Connaught, by David Wolman.
David and Jonathan by Anthony Oliveira
David and Jonathan’s love is the apotheosis of this redemptive love; despite centuries of embarrassed and embarrassing exegesis, their relationship is explicitly romantic, explicitly “surpassing the love of women” (2 Samuel 1:26), and its power is the means by which God (in his usual manner of favouring the outcast, the second son, the marginalised) remakes and renovates the collapsing and decadent reign of the paranoiac Saul, bringing rain to a parched landscape.
The Patania family of Santa Fe and Tucson are three generations of jewelers. The first two links (from 2011) provide an extensive history of the Italian immigrant Frank, a silversmith by trade, who wound up in Santa Fe, saw Native American jewelry and the gems used, and married the two. His son and grandson have carried on the business. These works are absolutely gorgeous and splendid and magnificent. I lived in Tucson for 14 years and cannot understand how I missed their shop, the Thunderbird. Ah well. Here's the link to Part Two This history also has a lot of photographs. [more inside]
“Six months ago, I got a phone call from someone pretending to be Apple Computers. And, just through sheer force of will, and I guess a lot of free time, me and Damiano managed to figure out a lot about these people.” A story of friendship, sleuthing, and scamming. Full transcript available at the bottom of the page.
"Did you spot a ragtag procession of musicians, people in costume, children and dogs marching from Aldgate through Whitechapel to Mile End Waste last Sunday? Behind this light-hearted frolic was a serious intent, for this was the Great Yiddish Parade, commemorating the procession of Jewish unemployed and garment workers which took place here in 1889." So writes the Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life in a photo-filled post about the event. [more inside]
There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. (Michael J. Coren, Quartz)
[…] Amazon’s unprecedented logistics and delivery infrastructure, paired with access to personal data about Americans’ purchasing habits, means it is unique in the history of global commerce. No company has ever wielded this combination of consumer insight and infrastructure, say historians and legal analysts, which means the company grows stronger and less assailable with every purchase.[more inside]
R.I.P. Terry Laughlin, founder of Total Immersion Swimming, a technique emphasizing streamlining, mindfulness and working with the water which has proven incredibly effective in teaching even adult hold-outs to become not just at ease, but confident, graceful swimmers. [more inside]
"It all went wrong when Sanchez turned the wrong way," Ryan says. "That was the first indication that it was going to be a bad play. But we had no idea it was going to be a disaster."- ESPN presents an oral history on the fifth anniversary of the Butt Fumble.
On Twitter, Paul the Trombonist (@jazztrombonist) tweets: "I accidentally texted my wife with voice recognition...while playing the trombone" #singlelinktwitter
In a departure from tradition, a young widow’s marriage was solemnised in the presence of around 500 widows in the 400-year-old Gopinath temple of Vrindavan This simple description of a photo gallery published by The Hindustan Times last month leaves out the context and background that would convey to the foreign reader the groundbreaking nature of the entire event.