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On memory palaces, medieval and modern. A medieval woman’s life would not have taken the form of a straight line.
A story about living. « I have a family and I have a job and I have a teaching gig, and these things have me. »
Floods, hailstorms, plague, fire, children lost on a mountain or trapped for years in a ruined villa. On the stories of Adalbert Stifter.
A story about romance. « The eve of a suitor’s arrival, bigger than Christmas or birthday, I tell you. »
« Less is more »? The scale and shape of his body gave the architect Mies van der Rohe an unequaled weight and architectural authority.
An iron curtain makes a powerful canvas. Images from Sven Johne & Falk Haberkorn’s Aus Sicht des Archivs, documenting life in the former East Germany in the 1990s.
On racial metonymy and the art of misidentification. (Meanwhile: has a glass of beer ever been more crisply and deliciously depicted? Has the froth of a European pilsner ever looked so delectable?)