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Sadie Stein contemplates textspeak in today’s “New York Times” crossword and, as God is her witness, argues against humble opinions.

Sadie Stein contemplates textspeak in today’s “New York Times” crossword and, as God is her witness, argues against humble opinions.

James Joyce Italian Foundation: Call for Papers http://italish.eu/james-joyce-italian-foundation-call-for-papers/

James Joyce Italian Foundation: Call for Papers http://italish.eu/james-joyce-italian-foundation-call-for-papers/

Lesson learned: in the court of public opinion, nothing carries more weight than a well-timed poem. Bear this in mind next time you’re stoking the flames of religious unrest in your community.

Lesson learned: in the court of public opinion, nothing carries more weight than a well-timed poem. Bear this in mind next time you’re stoking the flames of religious unrest in your community.

“During the First World War, advertisers seemed to be responding to people’s needs relatively quickly … In Country Life, one of the things I noticed, being a woman, was that there were a lot of ads for guard dogs. It’s things like that that start appearing throughout the war that start to be advertised very widely, as casualty lists mounted … Many of the manufacturers who produced the most eye-catching ads are still in business today. The ads worked.”

“During the First World War, advertisers seemed to be responding to people’s needs relatively quickly … In Country Life, one of the things I noticed, being a woman, was that there were a lot of ads for guard dogs. It’s things like that that start appearing throughout the war that start to be advertised very widely, as casualty lists mounted … Many of the manufacturers who produced the most eye-catching ads are still in business today. The ads worked.”

THE REAL STORY BEHIND EDGAR ALLAN POE’S DEATH Was it alcoholism, rabies, or a violent election day scam? More than 160 years later, the burning question remains: What killed Edgar Allan Poe?

THE REAL STORY BEHIND EDGAR ALLAN POE’S DEATH Was it alcoholism, rabies, or a violent election day scam? More than 160 years later, the burning question remains: What killed Edgar Allan Poe?

"Nesse circo de muitos palhaços,vou desfazendo os laços.Tragam as taças,vou misturar as raças, abaixo o preconceito.Vamos brindar!Será que ainda tem jeito?"

"Nesse circo de muitos palhaços,vou desfazendo os laços.Tragam as taças,vou misturar as raças, abaixo o preconceito.Vamos brindar!Será que ainda tem jeito?"

Misty Woodford’s Polaroids. Pictured: Brigade.

Misty Woodford’s Polaroids. Pictured: Brigade.

“What better enforcer of the democratic dogma than a tossed pie? A gooey face is an instant social equalizer.” A personal history of pieing for profit.

“What better enforcer of the democratic dogma than a tossed pie? A gooey face is an instant social equalizer.” A personal history of pieing for profit.

Illustration of a magic circle ritual. Credit: Wellcome Library, London (http://wellcomeimages.org) / Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere.

Illustration of a magic circle ritual. Credit: Wellcome Library, London (http://wellcomeimages.org) / Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, nineteenth-century illustrations of the Irish countryside from “Ireland: Picturesque and Romantic.” Pictured: Killaloe on the Shannon.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, nineteenth-century illustrations of the Irish countryside from “Ireland: Picturesque and Romantic.” Pictured: Killaloe on the Shannon.

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