The Voice of Witness project, founded by McSweeney’s Dave Eggers, is a nonprofit that records the narratives of those who have survived harrowing experiences. The project was started after Dave came back from the Sudan, where he witnessed people trying to rebuild their lives after the civil war....more
Posts Tagged: Smithsonian
If you find clowns more sinister than hilarious, you’re in good company. Clowning has long been associated with a frisson of tragedy or fear, since way before It or John Wayne Gacy.
Smithsonian has an intriguing history of the art of clowning in all its guises, and the reasons why it has both captivated and creeped out audiences for hundreds of years....more
This Smithsonian article has been pinballing around the Internet, and for good reason.
It tells the story of a team of Russian geologists who went to remote Siberia in 1978 and stumbled upon a family who had been living there for decades in order to escape civilization and practice a religion so fundamentalist that bread was forbidden....more
Yeah, yeah, Obama, hurray(!) and stuff. What we were all really dying to know is if Measure B would pass in Los Angeles County.
The answer is yes, it did, and porn actors will now be required to wear condoms while filming. How this will affect porn sales remains to be seen, but most people in the industry, including actors, aren’t optimistic....more
The Smithsonian delves into the history of nylon stockings in their recent “Stocking Series.”
Although these accessories may seem everyday and even out of fashion to us, the Smithsonian covers the mayhem surrounding the product’s introduction in the first installment of the series, a mayhem that only intensified as nylon was monopolized for army use during World War II:
“When the war was over and rations were eased, nylon stockings returned to stores and sold quickly....more