Monthly Archives: June 2015


Lenny Kravitz outside Serge Gainsbourg’s home, rue de Verneuil, Paris.

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A useful folly?

I still haven’t made up my mind about the Garden Bridge over the Thames, but this interview with the designer, Thomas Heatherwick, has nudged me towards the “yes” camp: The Garden Bridge is based on the idea that the best … Continue reading

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Ornette Coleman at Ronnie Scott’s

1967. Benny Green was in the audience.

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The planners

How they tried to destroy Bath (my home town) in order to save it.  A “Look at Life” report from 1968.

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The perfect troll

Yes, the face is all too familiar. [Via Jonah Goldberg]

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“I said I was Jewish in the winter and Indian in the summer.” A child’s view of identity, from Mira Jacob’s photo-essay “37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son”.

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Grand Palais, 1916

“The Great Nave: Wounded Soldiers Performing Arms Drill at the End of Their Medical Treatment.” [@metmuseum via @RPanh]

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The future of journalism?

Are BuzzFeed, Vox and the other digital newcomers really as innovative as we like to think? Michael Massing, continuing his NYRB series on new media, is unconvinced: When one considers the amount of resources that the sites I’ve mentioned have … Continue reading

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That year [1968], at the Reading Festival,  Arthur Brown was lowered onto the stage from a helicopter with his hair aflame. He’d just released a record on Track called “Fire” and this was a Kit Lambert publicity stunt. But Arthur … Continue reading

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