A weekly roundup of articles that caught my attention...
Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses by Sarah Laskow at Atlas Obscura
Medieval scribes protected their work by threatening death, or worse.
Just in time for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season, intended to be literary, not theological; contemplative rather than devotional.
The Grandeur of Old Hollywood Is Gone by Camille Paglia at The Hollywood Reporter
Just in time for the Oscars: The social critic writes that Elizabeth Taylor's 1961 win was "a huge cultural watershed, a prefiguration of the coming sexual revolution," which predated a new generation of "hip, smart and cynical" stars.
Why I'm Breaking Up With Feminism by Kristen Hatten at Chronicles of Radness
"This is the full text of my speech to students at Boots on the Ground TX this weekend in Austin, a joint venture of UT Dallas and Texas Right to Life. The theme of the conference was #Diversity, so I decided to test the limits of that diversity a little bit, and be the most diverse mofo there."
"The old curriculum, with its emphasis on hard mathematics, dead languages, ancient history, and classical music, is often portrayed today as “irrelevant,” an offense to modern children, a way of belittling their world and their hopes for the future…"
Cultural Backwash by the editors of The New Criterion
“This is a tale of a celebrity selfie which became an artist’s copy of a selfie, which became a valuable piece of art before it became an artist’s political comment on the copy of a selfie of a celebrity who is now a political figure, who has yet to comment on his comment.”