It used to be only hardcore bibliophiles had heard of books like the Voynich manuscript, the Codex Seraphinianus, or Carl Jung’s The Red Book. In my research for FEAST OF SHADOWS last year, I discovered […]
One single ethnic group constitutes fully 18% of the entire human species. At 1.3 billion in number, Han Chinese are the largest “tribe” in the world. There is simply nothing analogous to them in the […]
Jian Guo, known as “Breathing,” is a Chinese-Australian artist and illustrator whose colorful works seem almost like stills of bright crystalline contraptions — stained-glass orrerries that turn to the tinkling music of the spheres. It’s […]
Depictions of the universe, variously considered. List of figures: Hilma af Klint (circa 1920) THe world according to Hildegard von Bingen (12th cent.) Cosmolux by Paul Laffoley (1981) Sphaera Coelestis Mystica (1739) plate 7 by […]
I love art that tells a story. Chinese artist Jin Xingye captures single frames from dreamlike stories, each a moment of a larger implied narrative.
There is not, and probably never can be, a science of why we eat the things we do. While there are clear material influences — people in hot climates tend to eat spicy food because […]
A cenotaph is a marker or monument to a person whose remains are interred somewhere else. Pictured above is Enlightenment architect Étienne-Louis Boullée’s famous design for a massive cenotaph in honor of Sir Isaac Newton. […]