Friday Links: books and drugs and rock n’ roll
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- “Art and drugs have been happy bedfellows since before recorded history,” maaan.
- And on a similar note, doping at the Olympics goes back to ancient times. (Not that that makes it okay!)
- Extreme metal logos abide by a strict and clear visual code that conveys to listeners exactly what they’re getting into.
- A reviewer calls Michel Houellebecq’s art exhibition a “terrible, terrible show,” and “pure self-parody”—except for the photos of the controversial French author’s late corgi, which brought tears to the critic’s eyes.
- Finally, an airline that understands us: Condor Airlines allows passengers one more kilogram of carry-on weight for books.
- One of those books might very well be China Miéville’s latest, which offers the perfect intersection of two of our nerdy interests: fantasy and art history.
- Incidentally, studies have found that reading books is tied to a longer life.
- This is four years old, but an evergreen as far as we’re concerned: elephant fails in illuminated manuscripts! (You might remember our own post on Dürer’s rhino fail.)
- #foodporn isn’t new—in fact, it’s an art history genre!
- And on the subject of hashtags, here’s something to look forward to on Mondays: #MapMonsterMonday