Thanks to the Guardian‘s occasional history lessons via photography, like this one:
Eschewing the race for the South Pole, geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson took his scientific expedition to the eastern Antarctic – a region totally unmapped and unexplored. Here is a glimpse of the photographic archive that records their epic journey
Historically elephants have been part of the rich culture of Kerala. As the physical representative of Lord Ganesha, people consider this animal a harbinger of good fortune, a remover of obstacles and an inseparable and integral part of religious and economic life as both temples and mosques embraced the animal during festivals. Read more…
Thanks to National Public Radio in the USA for this story, which looks like it could be product placement (for Bushnell, to whom we can only say bravo even if we are not generally thrilled by the blurring of journalism and commerce) disguised as oddball news:
We’ve been fascinated by an “eagle cam” trained on a nest in Iowa and been thrilled by the view from a camera attached to an eagle that soared above Chamonix, France.
If you liked those, you’ll likely be interested in this, too:
For those of us (and there is more than one of us among Raxa Collective contributors to this blog) who took advanced literature courses during high school in the 1970s, when Samuel Beckett was still writing and directing, this post on the New Yorker‘s website is a thrill. Beckett was taught in a manner that made him seem to a teenager like a contemporary Shakespeare. We had no images of him to know how amazing his face was, nor any details of his life until a biography that came out after his passing. So, we appreciate this:
In this week’s issue of the magazine, Hilton Als reviews the current production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Sean Mathias, at the Cort Theatre.
In contrast to the minimalism of his plays, Beckett himself led a rich life. An Irishman in Paris, he met James Joyce in the nineteen-twenties, and the author took Beckett under his wing as a research assistant for a book that eventually became “Finnegans Wake.”