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“Toast cannot be explained by any rational means”*…

 

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Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” rendered on toast by @ClaireLarsson

 

Twitter is largely an echo chamber of gamers and white supremacists and white supremacist gamers, howling with the ceaselessness of a puppy chasing its tail. It wasn’t always like this. People used to have fun on the internet, according to the old tales.

For a few minutes today, you can return to a state of innocence. This week, a charming hashtag has sprung out of Germany: #KunstGeschichteAlsBrotbelag, which according to my expertise (Google Translate) comes out as “Art History as a sandwich.” The premise is pretty simple: classic works of art reinterpreted as pieces of toast. That’s it! And the people doing it are really very good…

Samples at “Enjoy these classic works of art reinterpreted as toast“; the thread is here.

* Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

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As we take a bite, we might spare a thought for Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov; he died on this date in 1841.  A writer, poet and painter, sometimes called “the poet of the Caucasus,” he was the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin’s death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism.  His influence on later Russian literature is still felt in modern times, not only through his poetry, but also through his prose, which founded the tradition of the Russian psychological novel (and was, this hugely influential on Dostoevsky, among others).

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Written by LW

July 27, 2018 at 1:01 am

Barry White was already booked in North Korea…

 

Vladimir Putin has often insisted that fertility is key both to Russia’s internal security and to Russia becoming more influential on the global stage.  More specifically, he’s been enjoining his countrymen (and women) to have three children per family.

Now (The Moscow Times reports), in support of this thrust, Putin has enlisted that most potent of aphrodisiacs, sweet soul music… in the persons of the Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris– AKA, Boyz II Men.

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As we slip into something more comfortable, we might spare a thought for Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky; he died on this date in 1881.  The author of eleven novels (including  Crime and PunishmentThe Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov), three novellas, seventeen short novels, and three essays, Dostoyevsky is considered one of the greatest “psychologists” in world literature– and the cartographer of the Russian soul.

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Written by LW

February 9, 2013 at 1:01 am

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