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Hold Still: Sally Mann on the Treachery of Memory, the Dark Side of Photography, and the Elusive Locus of the Self

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““Photographs economize the truth; they are always moments more or less illusorily abducted from time’s continuum.” “Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation,” pioneering researcher Rosalind Cartwright wrote in distilling the science of the unconscious mind. Although I lack early childhood memories, I do have one rather eidetic recollection: I remember standing before the barren elephant yard at the Sofia Zoo in Bulgaria, at age three or so, clad in a cotton polka-dot jumper. I remember squinting into a scowl as the malnourished elephant behind me swirls dirt into the air in front of her communism-stamped concrete edifice. I don’t remember the temperature, though I deduce from the memory of my outfit that it must have been…”

Hold Still: Sally Mann on the Treachery of Memory, the Dark Side of Photography, and the Elusive Locus of the Self

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We’re Gonna Build a Fourth Wall, and Make the Brechtians Pay for It

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Open Culture



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“By now, you undoubtedly know what happened when Mike Pence went to see Hamilton on Friday night. And the brouhaha that unfolded from there, particularly on Twitter. Tweets came and went throughout the weekend. But, if you’re keeping score at home, none outfunnied this tweet from Jeremy Noel-Tod. We’re suckers around here for Brechtian humor. Find us on Twitter at @openculture. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and Twitter and share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox. And if you want to make sure that our posts definitely appear in your Facebook newsfeed, just follow these simple steps. Related Content: Watch Them Watch Us: A History of Breaking the “Fourth Wall” in…”

We’re Gonna Build a Fourth Wall, and Make the Brechtians Pay for It

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1950 Superman Poster Urged Kids to Defend All Americans, Regardless of Their Race, Religion or National Origin

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“It makes sense that Superman would take a tolerant view of immigrants and other minorities, given that he himself arrived on Earth as a refugee from the planet Krypton. The Man of Steel may strike you as an unlikely mouthpiece for progressive ideals, but 1950 found him on a book cover, above, engaged in conversation with a small crowd of mostly white boys: “…and remember, boys and girls, your school – like our country – is made up of Americans of many different races, religions and national origins, so … If YOU hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his religion, race or national origin – don’t wait: tell him THAT KIND OF TALK IS UN-AMERICAN. HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN!” In other…”

1950 Superman Poster Urged Kids to Defend All Americans, Regardless of Their Race, Religion or National Origin

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Ferment Honey to Brew Your Own Mead

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Make Magazine



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“It’s easy to brew this ancient elixir from honey and yeast! Read more on MAKE The post Ferment Honey to Brew Your Own Mead appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.”

Ferment Honey to Brew Your Own Mead

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Virginia Woolf on the Nature of Memory and How It Threads Our Lives Together

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““Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither.” “In these all-seeing days, the traffic between memory and forgetting becomes untrackable,” Teju Cole wrote in his beautiful essay on photography and “our paradoxical memorial impulses.” But what is memory, exactly? Schopenhauer believed that it mediates the blurry line between sanity and insanity. Bruce Lee wrote of “the value of an alert memory.” But although neuroscientists have identified memory as central to our experience of identity and the mechanism by which our bodies encode trauma, we remain befuddled by its nature and its function in our lives. Most disorienting of all is its associative potency — the gentlest whiff of a certain smell…”

Virginia Woolf on the Nature of Memory and How It Threads Our Lives Together

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Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in San Antonio, Texas

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“Drink a beer whilst you admire stuffed cougars and shrunken heads. Albert Friedrich was just a 17-year-old bellhop in 1881 when he purchased the building across the street from the hotel he worked at and opened a saloon. In what could have been an ill-advised business move, he began accepting antlers, horns, pelts, and other game trophies as payment for drinks. A skilled furniture maker, Albert would craft the trophies into chairs and tables, which were sought after by the likes of Kaiser Wilhelm. These went on to decorate the ceiling and walls of the bar, eventually coating it entirely. His wife, Emile, got in on this action as well; she would accept jars of rattlesnake rattles and then use them in decorative works of folk…”

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in San Antonio, Texas

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New X-Carve CNC Router Bulks Up for Advanced Usage

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“Last May, we spotted what looked like an updated version of Inventable’s X-Carve. The company has now made it official. Read more on MAKE The post New X-Carve CNC Router Bulks Up for Advanced Usage appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.”

New X-Carve CNC Router Bulks Up for Advanced Usage

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Follow our RNC correspondent!

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We sent a comedian and former game-show contestant (and journalist) to cover the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Follow along on instagram at @atavistmag and Twitter at @justintrevett. Welcome to the circus!

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Hawai’i County “Magic Of The Season”

Hawai'i County Magic of the Seasons
Hawai’i County Magic of the Seasons

The County of Hawai’i is hosting its second annual holiday open house from the 10th through the 21st and we’ve been going almost every evening. It’s so close, just two doors down Aupuni, that it’s no effort at all. Each department decorated a Christmas tree and is hosting one of the 10 nights when there is food and music. The food is provided out-of-pocket by the staff. There doesn’t seem to be any concern about church/state conflict here, but taxpayer money didn’t go to the food, which is different each night and for the most part generous and tasty. Tonight the bub enjoyed the egg salad sandwiches and I enjoyed the Portuguese bean soup.

The music has been different each night, with talent ranging from local students to well-known locals who have made it big on Broadway and are back visiting family. And the songs have ranged from traditional hula to Christmas standards to other local music, but almost always with ukulele in the arrangement, with guitar, bass, or slide guitar.

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Hilo Christmas Parade

The Hilo Christmas parade is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The parade originates by the King Kamehameha statue in Wailoa River State Park. I took the sweet boy and we sat on the curb on Pauahi Street. We watched antique cars, a brass band, girl scouts, boy scouts, a ukelele band, many beauty queens, a kazoo band, and other floats with lights go past, including Santa riding the firetruck at the very end. The sweet boy was entranced and danced to the music, watched the kids around us play, and waved to the beauty queens. If you are in Hilo for Thanksgiving, the Christmas parade is a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

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