My friend Jonathan loaned his copy of Argo to George H. W. Bush, who loved it....more
Posts by: Joshuah Bearman
George Murray Levick, in the early twentieth century, on Scott’s expedition to antarctica:
“When seen for the first time, the Adélie penguin gives you the impression of a very smart little man in an evening dress suit, so absolutely immaculate is he, with his shimmering white front and black back and shoulders.”
But the penguins are oversexed monsters, apparently, to such a degree that Levick didn’t include his observations about the species. From Slate:
While visiting Adélie penguins rookeries, Levick was shocked by the activities of what he called “hooligan cocks.” Males accosted and copulated with other males, females that were injured, chicks that had tumbled from their nests, and corpses.
He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart.
The following is an excerpt from “Baghdad Country Club” by Joshuah Bearman. You can find the full story on The Atavist.
Iraqis have a word, barra, which means “out there,” and for those lucky enough to be inside the Green Zone came to mean the rest of Baghdad, the bedlam beyond the T-walls.
Being shaped like Foghorn Leghorn:...more
Do you miss Beanie Babies? Get ready for a booster shot....more
They look like this and speak volumes about youth, adulthood, and all that’s in between:...more
Why aren’t more people talking about Ghaddafi’s elite team of virginal super soldiers?
We all knew Ghaddafi was a megalomanaical and evil dictator with a flair for fashion. But who knew he could combine all his interests in one stroke of evil genius with the Amazonian Guard, a team of hand-picked, martial arts-trained, marksman virgins in matching berets?...more