My trip to Michigan was, overall, pretty good. Saw my sister and 2/3 of my nieces, spent time with colleagues, had dinner with an old friend, visited my mom’s grave, and spent time with my in-laws.
I was also able to spend some time at the DIA. The Rivera murals are an absolute treasure–I hadn’t seen them in nearly 20 years and they’re still heart-stoppingly gorgeous. I love the whole thing, but I have an especial love for the vaccination panel, which nearly caused the murals to be painted over.
I was also able to spend some time with Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes” and it was time well spent. The light in the painting is extraordinary and I found the quality of it to be superior to that of the Caravaggio a few paintings over.
Anyhow. If you ever go to Detroit, the art museum is one of the places you absolutely must visit. It’s wonderful.
No theme this week, just some randomness that caught my attention.
- The fall of the confidence man I’m pretty sure that I’ve read about most of the confidence men mentioned in this piece.
- I’d been a bit unsure about whether or not I wanted to read Michelle McNamara’s book about the Golden State Killer–true crime isn’t really my thing–but her letter to the Golden State Killer, published in the New Yorker, convinced me. Now, when I’ll get to it, who the heck knows?
- Best headline in the history of the newspaper: Spaniard raised by wolves disappointed with human life.
- Welp, this is worrisome: Why are more women committing suicide?
- Exploring what an interruption is in conversation. This is a fascinating précis of a study by Stanford doctoral candidate Katherine Hilton.
- This is also pretty great: SkyKnit: when knitters teamed up with a neural network. I very much want to knit one of these patterns, but I have entirely too many projects going on right now.
- This was surprisingly moving: Elegy for the world’s oldest spider (there are, alas, spider pictures in the article for those of you who can’t cope with arachnids or other many-legged invertebrates).