- Classics scholars respond to the use of the ancient Roman “SPQR” by White Nationalists. The abbreviation stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus, “The Senate and People of Rome,” which was used in antiquity to represent the Roman state. They write:
Despite the similarity between Augustus’ and Mussolini’s appropriation of SPQR, the phrase’s ancient meaning ceased to be understood many centuries before the rise of Italian Fascism. With the decline of the prestige and significance of the Roman Senate in late antiquity the phrase fell out of use. It was revived in the 12th century by citizens of the city of Rome as a symbol in their revolution against the authority of the church. In this revolution SPQR had a liberatory and anti-authoritarian meaning, unlike that which the modern fascists imposed on it.
Arcis is a new art storage facility in Harlem that offers its clients a Foreign Trade Zone. But are they selling the art world a luxury tax haven, or just banking on confusion?
While women were the primary writers and editors of these pages, World War II brought even more women into journalism, and into a wider variety of news sections. When, after the war, male journalists returned to their previous roles, women who had been writing and editing more hard-hitting stories were often forced back into the women’s and food pages. Newly empowered, many of the women helming these departments by the end of the 1940s conceived of ways to evolve their coverage. Themes around women entering the workforce, grocery prices, wages, nutrition, food safety, and hunger seeped into the pages. Their efforts were largely ignored by — and their offices sometimes geographically distant from — other more “serious” sections of the newspaper. This de facto independence allowed many of the female editors — largely college educated with serious credentials — to have freedom over the topics they covered.
- Kind of related … these are the most popular restaurants in the United States and would you believe the top joint is in Las Vegas?
The highest-grossing independent restaurant in the country is in a four-level, 60,000-square-foot space — lounge, nightclub and pool included! — inside the Venetian hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. “We’re very good at volume,” says Rich Wolf, co-founder of Tao Group, which includes outposts in New York and other cities. “We love big spaces.”
There’s nothing subtle about the restaurant. We enter through a cavelike entrance lined with concrete water tubs filled with flower petals and lights to reach what feels like a temple crossed with an opium den, all red and dark yet illuminated to flatter. From our second-floor perch, I’m eye-to-eye with the 20-foot Buddha that centers the space. Above my head hang enormous panels on which a Beijing calligraphy artist did his thing with a giant brush. The men’s room is stocked with enough cologne options to open a duty-free shop.
- Brian Dillon on Joan Jonas at the Tate Modern:
In her earliest videos, which one comes across quickly in Tate Modern’s ambitious but sometimes frustrating survey (until 5 August), Jonas appears as Organic Honey: a feathered 1930s-style starlet, wearing a close-fitting mask from an erotica store on Manhattan’s 42nd Street. In blurry black and white, Organic Honey stares into a broken mirror, then back at the camera. She distorts her features by pressing her face to a large glass jar full of water, into which she tosses coins as if it were a lucky fountain. The enigmatic action is periodically accompanied by loud electronic buzzing. There are more mirrors: small and round, large and triangular, close-up and getting smashed with a hammer. Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy (1972) is a study of pictorial space, the performing body and Jonas’s relationship with certain eloquent objects, whose outlines she draws frenziedly: old dolls and fans inherited from her grandmother.
- Enjoy this resignation letter submitted by a Department of Homeland Security employee to the Homeland Secretary:
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) July 23, 2018
There are real consequences to this overemphasis on crime. Polling has shown that Americans believe violent crime is rising though it’s been falling for years.
- Javier Cabral of LA Taco writes about the debt his owes to LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold:
This was the truest depiction of Jonathan, using his privilege to pay it forward to the underserved and people of color. At a time when I was broke and almost gave up on my writing dreams, he secured a freelance position at L.A. Times for me to make me his official restaurant scout, and write stories as the extension of his stomach. He wrote my letter of recommendation when I tried to transfer to USC (Ha. They didn’t accept me.)
Gold made me look real good in front of my big-shot bosses from New York when I got my first staff job as a food editor, even though he was slightly disappointed that I became an editor, because he knew that meant I wouldn’t write as much. He introduced me to the Guelaguetza family, who have come to be like my second family. He always came through for me no matter what and always, always had my back.
It’s far likelier, though, that Charles cleaves to the trappings of the Eastern Orthodox tradition—particularly its Greek iteration—simply because it is a tradition. One didactic anecdote that has appeared in a number of Russian publications, and has even become a sort of inspirational quote, recalls the prince saying to an audience in a “closed English club” that: “[W]e are all running into an abyss of depravity, debauchery, looting, thievery, complete immorality, to full corruption. The sole place, which I see, where maybe such a revival could begin is Russia.” Never mind that the report is of questionable veracity at best; even years after Charles compared Putin’s activities in Crimea to Hitler’s irredentism, nationalist publications like Zavtra (Tomorrow) have brandished Charles’s alleged praise of Russia as a virtual campaign endorsement.
- An absolutely fantastic and mesmerizing map of the voting results in every district across the US, created by the New York Times. This is how the district around Hyperallergic HQ voted:
- How do you compete with this story of a Siberian woman who faces up to six years on extremism charges for social media posts including satirical pictures of priests and Jesus Christ? Moscow Times has the story and here are some of the images:
Часть картинок и заключения лингвистических экспертиз. У меня все, берегите себя и своих близких, а по возможности бегите отсюда)) pic.twitter.com/JcvdVYvXm9
— Frolová (@La72La) July 23, 2018
I love black people lmao pic.twitter.com/I8RfgzHqpN
— Brianna (@Briiseppe) July 27, 2018