Views of the Earth

Srid pa’i khor lo (Wheel of Life). Painting on cloth, twentieth century. Tibetan Collection ‘Umar bin Muzaffar Ibn al-Wardi. Kharidat al-‘Aja’ib wa Faridat al-Ghara’ib. (The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange). Late seventeenth century. Near East Section... Read More


Write Space

“Cabana Veil Not only does it add romance and charm to your setting, but our graceful polyester veil protects you from insects as well. The mosquito netting comfortably covers a 9-foot umbrella. Polyester Works with 9′ outdoor umbrella Great protection... Read More


The Dancing Plant

“On Oct. 31, 1873, Charles Darwin wrote to Sir Joseph Hooker, “Now I want to tell you, for my own pleasure, about the movements of Desmodium [gyrans] … The little leaflets never go to sleep, and this seems to me... Read More


Benjamin Zephaniah

“Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought. I get angry when I hear that word “empire”; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped... Read More



“Europe, France, Paris. Large Fashion Models in France. A new generation of fashion models are emerging in Paris – the capital of fashion. It took them all day to shoot all the photos for the catalogue that Ronde et Jolie... Read More


Writing Tips PDF

Following Edward Tufte I attempted to design the most useful single piece of paper to cram in the back of my fancy faux-leather Italian notebook. I built a Writer’s Reference PDF including useful tips from hack writers like Strunk and... Read More



“Elsewhere they’re tearing down the rain forest. Here, we’re putting it back. If we can do this in Colombia, there’s hope that people can do it anywhere.” —Paolo Lugari, Founder of Gaviotas The eastern savannas of war-ravaged Colombia, known as... Read More


Are Americans becoming second-class consumers?

“I keep noticing with dismay that many of the gadgets I consider for purchase are deliberately crippled in their US versions. It used to be only European consumers had to suffer from inflated prices and reduced functionality, usually self-inflicted due... Read More


The Circus Art of Johnny Meah

“Over the course of his forty-year career, Johnny has painted everything from taxidermied Sia-mice Twin Cats to Frighteningly Factual Facsimiles of two-headed babies to a torture show titled Man’s Inhumanity to Man, which turned out to be a collection of... Read More