The attraction of lunatic balls seems to have come not only from the fear of violence or unpredictability in asylum-dwellers’s behaviour, but from the existential threat of being forced to ponder the blurry distinction between sanity and insanity.— Linda Besner
Our corpses react unpredictably when left underwater. Luckily for researchers interested in such things, humans and pigs decompose in remarkably similar ways.
Why the Canadian media must do more to challenge its own sexism. And speak out against the predators in its midst.
The Arcade with Anshuman Iddamsetty
Gambling in Second Life with Perfume Genius.
Wonder Woman, the creation of a polymathic polygamist, wasn’t just ahead of her time—as Jill Lepore’s new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman shows, she might have been ahead of ours, too.
Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood touches on the political roots of yoga in India. What is yoga now, and who has it been for?
The filmmaker discusses the process of writing his debut novel, great illiterate screenwriters, and finding beauty in our bodies’ grislier corners.
In this ancient Pompeii, sex was marketed unapologetically, with a directness that would shame the most mercenary of modern advertisers. Independent sex workers used graffiti to advise clients of prices and locations, while erotic frescos functioned as non-verbal signage for brothels, luring in passersby.— Alexandra Kimball
Three fake plastic bushes per sill
in the mall promenade.
A poor man’s Platonic ideal,
like the subset that forms in my heart
for the Tyrolean girls of retail.
My omniscience evaporates
outside the subject/object divide.
Not to say you aren’t lab rats
but I believe you believe I believe in free will.
A stint teaching at a writer’s workshop in Ramallah leads the author to examine the Palestinian resistance through the literature that has shaped it. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.
How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.