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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.

Walter Matthau would be ninety-four this month. The poet Aram Saroyan, his stepson, spoke to him in 1974 about the vagaries of fame.

Everybody Knows Me: An Interview with Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau would be ninety-four this month. The poet Aram Saroyan, his stepson, spoke to him in 1974 about the vagaries of fame.

On the new era of “authorpreneurship,” in which no one can simply write: “Authors are becoming more like pop stars, who used to make most of their money selling albums but who now use their recordings as promotional tools, earning a living mainly from concerts. The trouble with many budding writers is that they are not cut out for this new world. They are often introverts, preferring solitude to salesmanship.”

Don’t Be an Author—Be an Authorpreneur! and Other News

On the new era of “authorpreneurship,” in which no one can simply write: “Authors are becoming more like pop stars, who used to make most of their money selling albums but who now use their recordings as promotional tools, earning a living mainly from concerts. The trouble with many budding writers is that they are not cut out for this new world. They are often introverts, preferring solitude to salesmanship.”

A report by British dermatologists makes the audacious claim that Shakespeare is responsible for Western society’s obsession with clear skin. “Shakespeare’s works have survived the intervening centuries; has his success led to the perpetuation of Elizabethan negativity toward skin disease?” Apparently, too many of his plays feature insults about skin disease—poxes, boils, carbuncles, moles, blots, blemishes, plagues—an excess of abscesses, a sebaceous surfeit.

Elizabethan Warts and All, and Other News

A report by British dermatologists makes the audacious claim that Shakespeare is responsible for Western society’s obsession with clear skin. “Shakespeare’s works have survived the intervening centuries; has his success led to the perpetuation of Elizabethan negativity toward skin disease?” Apparently, too many of his plays feature insults about skin disease—poxes, boils, carbuncles, moles, blots, blemishes, plagues—an excess of abscesses, a sebaceous surfeit.

Jacquet Mesrine

Jacquet Mesrine

“It’s a street to feel small in: a street that has tried at greatness, terrible and sublime.” In the second of a two-part series, Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi explores the history of Berlin’s boulevard of broken dreams.

Berlin’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Part 2

“It’s a street to feel small in: a street that has tried at greatness, terrible and sublime.” In the second of a two-part series, Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi explores the history of Berlin’s boulevard of broken dreams.

“He’s looking for a suit.” “Are you two getting married?” “We’re siblings.”  Sadie Stein on mistaken relationships.

Suits

“He’s looking for a suit.” “Are you two getting married?” “We’re siblings.” Sadie Stein on mistaken relationships.

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

Ireland: Picturesque and Romantic

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

“When his twinkling eyes met mine, he recognized a comrade-in-arms.” Sadie Stein on smiling at strangers in public.

The Set

“When his twinkling eyes met mine, he recognized a comrade-in-arms.” Sadie Stein on smiling at strangers in public.

Who know's what you'll find in an old box?  An Agatha Christie fan found these in a strongbox she paid a mere £100 for in 2006, amazing!  #AgathaChristie #Jewellery #Golf #Diamond #Rings #Brooches #Antiques #Vintage

Who know's what you'll find in an old box? An Agatha Christie fan found these in a strongbox she paid a mere £100 for in 2006, amazing! #AgathaChristie #Jewellery #Golf #Diamond #Rings #Brooches #Antiques #Vintage

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