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May Day MMXV

”We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves.”

– Marilyn Monroe

Revolution

Independent Bookstore Day 2015

Every collector knows the probably apocryphal story of the nineteenth-century composer and bibliophile Charles-Valentin Alkan, found dead in an avalanche of his own books, crushed when his shelves upended onto him.

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ART&CULTURE

Reflections on Means and Ends

The hand that signed the paper

The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;

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International

The Two Flavors of MAD MEN

Note: This is light on spoilers for those who are behind on the current (half)season. 

Do you remember Season 2 of Mad Men?  Sure you do.   1,445 more words

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Reclaiming the Orient

Painting: Les Chérifas by Benjamin-Constant

In Benjamin-Constant’s 19th century painting Les Chérifas, three young women lounge seductively on a sofa embroidered with gold. They are naked, fair-skinned and watched over by a black eunuch. 1,357 more words

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ART, DRUGS AND CREATIVITY: A PERSONAL REFLECTION


****DISCLAIMER**** before I get into this subject I would like it clearly stated that I never experment with drugs until I had graduated high school and that anything they ever gave me, they took a great deal more. 2,470 more words

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