Online digital version of Tim Robinson's famous map of the Aran Islands in Ireland.
Classical Monuments covers the Lion Sarcophagus in Pisidia
Interview with Nigerian-American writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about race, gender and what feminism means around the world.
The "mall short": how hedge funds made a ton of money off the collapse of shopping malls (NY Times)
My Modern Met piece on Petra, with great pictures.
Preserving Australia's ancient Wollemi pines, a relic of the Cretaceous.
Razor blades get dull because sometimes hair can crack steel.
Saul Griffith, a major expert on electricity generation, has a plan to decarbonize America and generate millions of jobs.
A pet cemetery in Roman Egypt: 86 cats, 9 dogs, and 4 monkeys imported from India.
Wreck of a nearly intact 17th-century cargo ship called a fluytschip found on the sea floor off Finland.
Tim Alberta on the "Grand Old Meltdown;" one Republican veteran tells him that all the party stands for now is "Owning the libs and pissing off the media."" But in the same magazine, Rich Lowry has a different view.
Photographs of London's old secondhand book shops taken in 1971.
Marks and Co, is the book store Helene Hanff corresponded with (and bought books from) after the war and made famous in her book 84 Charing Cross Road. Wonderful, short read. Hanff had a great wit.
Those Aran maps are fabulous. This put me in mind of a question, which you (John) are probably in a position to answer: whatever their original purpose, do we have any evidence of these structures being put to any use in historical times? I'm of course especially curious if there's any evidence of local big men using them as dwellings, but I also wonder if any of them were used as corrals etc. I'm also interested to see there is some suggestion that Dun Aengus wasn't always half open to the cliffs like it is now. When I visited, one of my first thoughts was, "not a good place to be a sleepwalker."
Whoops. I should have made clear, by "these structures" I meant the duns.
@ David - When I wrote about Aran many years ago I could not find out anything about the Duns before Victorian antiquaries discovered and made much of them. But I am now reading Tim Robinson's "Stones of Aran" so I may have more to report when I'm done.
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