Luke Mogelson's first-hand account of the escalating violence among Trump's hard right supporters that culminated in the Capitol Riot, at the New Yorker.
The Uffizi Gallery has put online 88 illustrations for Dante's Inferno by 16th-century artist Federico Zuccari, quite fascinating
Using lava lamps to generate truly random numbers.
Interesting Vox piece on Baked Alaska, aka Tim Gionet, a internet troll who seemed to believe in nothing but his own drive for fame. He ended up in the Capitol riot and now seems on his way to prison. Gizmodo once asked of him, "Is there a magic number of times people get to 'jokingly' say they’re a Nazi before we take them at their word?"
Why Sea Shanties are having a cultural moment.
Analysis by two MIT scientists says "hypersonic" weapons are being overhyped and won't really be any more dangerous or stealthy than the weapons we already have. (NY Times) Of course, the weapons we have are already plenty bad.
Dostoevsky in Love: the crazy romantic history of a man who thought only suffering gave meaning to life.
Surgery to replace aging hips, knees, etc. has gotten much better over the past decade and now results in much less post-operative pain; new robotic techniques are making it even easier. (New York Times)
Scholarly article shows, with lots of math, that French Protestants who migrated to Prussia after 1685 did materially help the Prussian textile industry. Welcoming high-skill immigrants is the one state act that has always been found to help national economies.
Russian avant-garde art from c. 1890-1925 is hugely popular and valuable, and a lot of it lost its provenance around the time of the Revolution, which is why there are so many fakes.
‘I have never written a plot-driven novel,’ Le Guin said. ‘I admire plot from a vast distance, with unenvious admiration. I don’t do it; never did it; don’t want to; can’t.’ Posted for the people who tell me they can't write because they can't think up plots.
Biden's team and its stated priorities show where the Democratic Party ended up after four years of Trump: left of Obama but right of Sanders and Warren.
QAnon supporters are sad: "It's like being a kid and seeing the big gift under the tree thinking it is exactly what you want only to open it and find it is a lump of coal."
Sometimes it's the disease that kills you, but just as often it's your body's messed-up immune response. Including with Covid-19.
Ben Sasse on what Republicans need to do to recover from Trump and conspiracy mongering. (The Atlantic)
Every one of Trump's budgets zeroed out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, but the agency survived and its budget even grew a little. (New York Times) An acquaintance of mine who used to work there told me that the key to their survival has been cultivating the wives of Republican legislators. I mean, their constituents may hate the NEA, but are they going to fight with their wives over an agency that only spends $167 million a year? And will the ever increasing number of female Republicans in Congress change the equation?