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Finding Britain’s Lost Gods

I. Gods of Prehistoric Britain; II. Paganism in Roman Britain; III. Anglo-Saxon Pagan Gods; IV. Viking Pagan Gods in Britain: the first four of an on-going series of hour-long lectures at Gresham College by cravat-wearing historian Ronald Hutton. (Previously).
posted by misteraitch at 12:29 PM Mar 23 2023 - 12 comments [65 favorites]

Self-testing and toys to help you learn about your music listening

The Music Lab has tests for you to learn how good you are at discerning melodic discrimination and recall, mistuning perception, and beat alignment and more (previously). "This Is What It Sounds Like" offers compare-and-contrast samples to help you reflect on your taste in melody, novelty, realism, timbre, and other elements. Its links lead to further online tests and demonstrations.
posted by brainwane at 9:58 AM Mar 23 2023 - 32 comments [58 favorites (44 in the past 24 hours)]

Berber Music / ⵜⴰⵏⵎⵎⵉⵔⵜ

In pursuit of music to study/work/live to, may I present this 1.5 hr spotify playlist of north African music featuring bands such as Bombino, Imarhan, and Ali Farka Toure.
posted by rebent at 11:59 AM Mar 23 2023 - 12 comments [39 favorites]

That time Mark Twain and the The President raised a son together

From Matt Baume comes the story of The First Gay TV Movie: The Battle Over "That Certain Summer" [27m], a 1972 made-for-television movie starring Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook as a gay couple struggling with the ramifications of trying to bring Holbrook's son from his marriage into their lives. Developed by the team who had created the recently successful Columbo, it made it onto television just a few years after the Stonewall Revolution.
posted by hippybear at 8:04 PM Mar 23 2023 - 14 comments [17 favorites]

Five (SFF) Authors We Wish Had Written More

In the wake of Cameron Reed's announcement that she is working on a new book and that Locus-nominated The Fortunate Fall is being republished next year, James Davis Nicoll points us at five other science fiction and fantasy authors whose careers ended too soon, for various reasons. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 5:00 PM Mar 23 2023 - 32 comments [16 favorites]

Hot Take Swan Song

In 2022, the podcast Hot Take—a "holistic, irreverent, honest look at the climate crisis and all the ways media and society are talking—and not talking—about it"— was acquired by Crooked Media, the network founded by the men behind Pod Save America. A year later, the hosts of Hot Take have written separate takes about why the podcast is ending, highlighting mismanagement and malfeasance from the company that acquired them.
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted at 4:12 PM Mar 23 2023 - 14 comments [13 favorites]

From One To "40" -- We Have To Talk About The New U2 Album

It started out as Edge's pandemic project. [Rolling Stone] Why not remake some old songs in a new flavor? Larry's on light duty, at best, after back surgery, and it's lockdown anyway so let's just fuck around with a sort of front porch vibe. Two years later, and we have the totally unexpected (even by their label) new U2 project Songs Of Surrender [Wikipedia]. Forty songs spanning their career, organized into four albums. Tracks with major lyric changes marked with •. We begin with The Edge: One, studio version [from Achtung Baby], video, best live recording, most famous cover version [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:43 PM Mar 22 2023 - 42 comments [76 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be

Peace activist and educator Kees Boeke (previously) wrote Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be, a Quaker-inspired view of what democracy could look like. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 11:37 AM Mar 23 2023 - 14 comments [13 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

“We kept hoping the statue would be restored, but it never was”

In the 1950s, the Met began acquiring pieces from Robert E. Hecht, an American-born antiquities dealer who spent decades running afoul of authorities and was ultimately tried on charges of antiquities smuggling in Italy. In 1959 and 1961, Italian prosecutors charged Hecht with antiquities smuggling, and in 1973, they issued an arrest warrant for him that was later revoked. But the Met kept buying from him.
In search of stolen gods at the Met, the latest in a series on looted statues by the Nepali Times, focuses on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns “at least 1,109 pieces previously owned by people who had been either indicted or convicted of antiquities crimes”.
posted by Kattullus at 2:48 PM Mar 23 2023 - 10 comments [11 favorites]

a hand sitting still on a handrail and the bodies blurring past together

Alexey Titarenko is a Russian photographer with a particular focus on long exposure and city photography, a combination that leads to stunning civic ghostliness as in, among other collections, City of Shadows (1991-1994), or the somewhat more restrained New York (2004-present). See also his photocollage of perestroika-era signs and symbols, Nomenclature of Signs. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:26 AM Mar 23 2023 - 7 comments [17 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

The lesbian spy network that never existed

In 1918, there was a lesbian spy network working to "exterminate the manhood of Britain" called The Cult of The Clitoris... Except actually, there wasn't. It was a fake news scandal that somehow won a libel trial. This is the story of the sapphic cult that wasn't.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 8:15 AM Mar 23 2023 - 13 comments [14 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]


伝統工芸品青山スクエア (Iga-yaki (pottery)) [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 10:16 PM Mar 23 2023 - 5 comments [8 favorites]

The People's Plan for Nature

Can citizens' assemblies save the planet? The People’s Plan for Nature, launched on Thursday, sets out the UK public’s recommendations for reversing massive declines in Britain’s nature. A hundred people were invited to come together, in a citizens’ assembly, to agree on a plan for how to renew and protect nature. More information at [more inside]
posted by N8yskates at 9:04 AM Mar 23 2023 - 3 comments [11 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

misleading language choice, inadequate context, and biased sourcing

Alec Karakatsanis' meticulous research on copaganda.
A "Shortage" of Punishment Bureaucrats: When the New York Times Is Like a PR Firm for Police Unions.
Public Relations Spending by Police Part 1 and Part 2: In 2014, Chicago cops had 6 full-time public relations employees. During the coverup of Laquan McDonald's murder, the city increased its police budget to 25 full-time positions. As of 2023, Chicago cops have 48 full-time PR positions.
How the Media Enables Violent Bureaucracy Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 10:43 AM Mar 24 2023 - 1 comment [6 favorites]

Neon - A Short Skate Film

Neon is five minutes of mindblowing freestyle skateboarding from Andy Anderson, Isamu Yamamoto, and Kilian Martin. [more inside]
posted by Dysk at 12:50 AM Mar 23 2023 - 16 comments [20 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

For many, Link is gay or trans or both, and that’s a powerful thing

Link is a gay icon, and Zelda fans know it [Polygon] “The Legend of Zelda’s beloved and iconic protagonist, Link, is tagged in more than 17,000 pieces of fanfiction on Archive of Our Own. Among those stories, more than 300 are tagged with “Trans Link,” and nearly 2,000 feature Link in a romantic relationship with Prince Sidon (or Ganondorf, for the enemies-to-lovers fans). AO3 may not be the only metric for how many Zelda fans interpret Link as gay and/or transgender, but it’s one of the biggest. This is no surprise, as fans have been speculating on Link’s gender and sexuality since at least 2009, though realistically he’s been on the minds of queer players since The Legend of Zelda was first released in Japan in 1986.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:42 AM Mar 23 2023 - 31 comments [9 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Heaven criteria

it might've been nice to know this before dying
posted by simmering octagon at 11:37 AM Mar 23 2023 - 10 comments [9 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

The world's smolest monkey

The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world and arguably the cutest. These gummivore rainforest-dwellers are also called pocket monkey, little lion, dwarf monkey, and finger monkey. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:57 PM Mar 23 2023 - 8 comments [5 favorites]

Punk and Porn in New York City

In the mid 1970s, there was a crossover between punk rock and porno movies. Maybe it was because we were all fighting the system, or because we were looking for an anarchic and creative outlet for our energy. Or maybe it was just because we were kids with no money and we were acting out… I don’t know, but the reality was that a lot of us would hang out together. from Part 1: Elda Stilletto, Warhol, Glitter Rock, and the Birth of Blondie [NSFW, words & pictures] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 5:22 PM Mar 21 2023 - 12 comments [51 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Get your Club Z points ready

Zellers returns to Canada. (sort of.) Is nostalgia to blame? asks The Walrus, where anyone who follows Brittlestar knows the answer is definitely yes (and be careful, this tune is catchy). (link to YouTube) [more inside]
posted by warriorqueen at 7:29 AM Mar 23 2023 - 60 comments [10 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

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