Like money, garments circulate and are exchanged: among people and around the world. One way to make them circulate is by resuscitating them, rescuing them from wardrobes and chests of drawers and giving them a new life by re-wearing them. What motivates this tendency that, breaking with the linear concept of modern time, reintroduces the … More On clothes: Rescued, re-worn, donated, exchanged, and ever on their own journeys around the world.
BY NICHOLAS DE VILLIERSAssistant Professor of English and film at the University of North Florida It seems to me that, for a writer, the issue isn’t how to be “eternal” (mythological definition of the “great writer”) but how to be desirable after death. —Roland Barthes, The Preparation of the Novel (303) Almost every journalist I’ve … More The Amicable Return of Roland Barthes
We are not biologically programmed to rest a full night of consolidated sleep. In fact,some societies favor shorter periods of sleep, during both the day and night. Image via Creative Commons. BY MATTHEW J. WOLF-MEYERAssistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz Have humans evolved to sleep in a consolidated, nightly fashion, … More On the evolution of sleep
This infographic illustrates the actual cost of obtaining a seat in Congress. While this could be termed “politics as usual,” John McGowan argues for a different, pragmatic approach to politics with an emphasis on the rule of the law. Graphic via Good.is. BY JOHN MCGOWANDirector of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the … More Trying to escape "politics" as usual.
BY LARRY MILLETTArchitectural historian and author of Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery The trouble with fiction, as anyone who wrestles with writing it will tell you, is that it can seldom match the sheer weirdness of reality. Images of the two carved faces of the Kensington Rune Stone (Illinois State Historical Society, 1910) … More Sherlock Holmes and the famous Kensington Rune Stone