Don’t Learn About Art THIS Way!

None too subtle was Theodore Shaw, the inventor of Conjecturism, a theory of art criticism that he invented, and continued to peddle via double-truck ads in newspaper supplements and various sectarian-intellectual journals of the 1940s-60s (Commonweal, Commentary, Partisan Review). Many … Read More

A Common House Pet Becomes a Harbor Seal

Puijila darwini resembles a common house pet, and could easily be mistaken for an otter or large stoat. However, it is actually the ancestor of the walrus, sea lion, harbor seal, and other popular members of the pinniped family. What … Read More


Vladimir Putin and the World of Art

The world was in quite a pickle in 1944, the year Vladimir Putin was born. The Germans were being chased out of the Baltic Countries (soon to become slave satrapies of the USSR) and the historic Hanseatic Port of Riga … Read More


Soft Pretzels in the Quaker City

How did soft pretzels conquer the Quaker City? It all began about 1850, when an order of nuns decided to bake and sell soft pretzels in order to raise money for a school softball team. In those days pretzels cost … Read More


Art for the Masses

A glorious thing with fiction, art, poetry, and protest from the irreverent radical magazine that shocked American manners and morals. Begun in Greenwich Village in 1911 and ended by the Post Office in 1917, The Masses’ circulation was never large. … Read More


Series of Poems You Ought to Know

The Conundrum of the Workshops By Rudyard Kipling WHEN the flush of a newborn sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold, Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mold; And the first … Read More


Low Man on Totem Pole

Results aren’t in yet, but it appears that Gravlax Hoonersby, Jr. has been unanimously voted Low Man on the Totem Pole. I am not astounded by the ostensible recipient; I always knew Hoonersby had it in him. What amazes me … Read More


Video tests

C’mon Get Happy, 1929, with Joe Frisco Our friend David Sheean of Galena, Illinois writes that he is looking for information on and friends of the late Joe Frisco.

If These Old Bones Could Talk!

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