Nightcap

  1. On LBJ’s (not so) Great Society William Voegeli, New Criterion
  2. All roads need not lead to China Parag Khanna, Noema
  3. The guileful, soulful art of Khadija Saye Stuart Jeffries, Spectator
  4. Being black in Argentina Gabby Messina (interview), Latitude

Nightcap

  1. Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet space art (gallery) Kadish Morris, Guardian
  2. The year I left the Soviet Union Alex Halberstadt, New Yorker
  3. Free speech, libel, and privacy rights Mark Hemmingway, RealClearPolitics
  4. 8 out of 10 Texans already live in cities and metropolitan areas Steven Pedigo, Dallas Morning News

Nightcap

  1. Central Saharan rock art Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Inference
  2. Indigenous Japanese tattoo cultures are making a comeback Alex Martin, Japan Times
  3. 3 personality traits in the US, mapped Olga Khazan, Atlantic
  4. Humanity just had the best decade ever Matt Ridley, Spectator

Afternoon Tea: Pigeons (1910)

This is from John French Sloan, an American and a socialist. Check out his wiki. Click here to zoom in on this marvelous painting.

Afternoon Tea: Pear Tree (1903)

This is from Gustav Klimt, my favorite artist of all time. Click here to zoom. I just started getting in to his “nature” stuff. He and Egon Schiele made cool landscapes. Have a good rest of the day!

Nightcap

  1. The state of American alliances in Asia Panda & Parameswaran, Diplomat
  2. India’s new dark age Shikha Dalmia, the Week
  3. On the socialist revival in the United States John Judis, American Affairs
  4. Holocaust art and the temptation to pigeonhole Simon Schama, Financial Times

Nightcap

  1. The Taliban of San Francisco Serge Halimi, Le Monde Diplomatique
  2. Citizens of the State Maeve Glass, University of Chicago Law Review
  3. A wake-up call the woke won’t read J Oliver Conroy, Guardian
  4. The man behind national conservatism Daniel Luban, New Republic

Nightcap

  1. Michael Pollan interview on psychedelics Fresh Air
  2. Spinelli vs. Hayek Federico Ottavio Reho, EPICENTER
  3. The Rock Art of Malarrak Archaeology
  4. How Islam shaped the West Rowan Williams, New Statesman

Nightcap

  1. The street gangs of Weimar Berlin Marilyn Macron, Los Angeles Review of Books
  2. The road to compromise (LGBT and religion) Mark David Hall, Law & Liberty
  3. Angels through the ages Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Spectator
  4. France and Africa Dave Glovsky, Africa is a Country

Afternoon Tea: Minerva or Pallas Athena (1898)

NOL art Klimt minerva or pallas athena
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From my main man Gustav Klimt.

Afternoon Tea: The Scapegoat (1854)

NOL art Holman Hunt the scapegoat
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Man, I like this one. It was painted by William Holman Hunt, an English painter. Hunt belonged to a school of art that called itself the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Here is a wiki on the Brotherhood.

Afternoon Tea: The Women of Algiers in their Apartment (1834)

From Eugene Delacroix, as requested by Jacques Delacroix (no relation):

nol art delacroix the women of algiers 1834
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Afternoon Tea: Diomedes Devoured by his Horses (1866)

NOL art Moreau diomedes devoured by his horses 1866
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This one is just plain crazy, and it’s by the French painter Gustave Moreau. Here is a wiki on the story of Diomedes, by the way. And here is Barry Stocker on ancient Greek thought.

 

Afternoon Tea: Urvashi and Pururavas (unknown)

From the great Malayi (India) painter Raja Rami Varma:

NOL art Varma urvashi and pururavas
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Varma was one of the first artists in colonial India to blend Western art with Indian traditions. Urvashi and Pururavas is an old Hindu love legend (wiki). And here is a wiki on Varma.

Here is yet another wiki, on the Malayali.

Afternoon Tea: Ahasver (1910)

NOL art Hodler ahasver 1910
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This beauty is by Ferdinand Hodler, a Swiss painter. Rest assured, there’ll be more from him.