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Peak Leaves in New York

Portage Canyon, Genessee River, in Letchworth State Park, New York sees peak leaves and warm weather.  Carved out of the limestone by Devonian era by the last continental glacier, Letchworth is a national treasure.  So beautiful that William P. Letchworth’s niece was moved to write:

“God wrought for us this scene beyond compare
But one man’s loving hand protected it
And gave to his fellow man to share.”

Yes, the terrier has a piece of pepperoni on her butt.  Bad parents.

THE DARK SECRET OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’S CROSS

Featured Image: Apse from San Martin at Fuentidue – The Cloisters – Metropolitan Museum of Art – Courtesy of Spanish


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The Cloisters

Towering high atop the bluffs above the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Manhattan, The Cloisters museum is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s stunning collection of medieval sculpture, architecture, and decorative art.

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Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan

Constructed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the towering ramparts of this Romanesque castle were built from the ruins of a number of French abbeys that were painstakingly transported stone-by-stone to this location on the northern edge of New York City.  Situated in historic Fort Tryon Park, with its gardens and breathtaking views of the City and the Palisades, The Cloisters offers a peaceful sanctuary from city life and is itself a work of art.

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The Bury St. Edmunds Cross

Deep inside its galleries, in a small and otherwise unremarkable display, stands an ivory cross that legendary Met director Thomas Hoving considered it to be the single most fantastic and unique work of art to survive the Dark Ages.  Hoving became obsessed with acquiring the cross, with its elaborate motifs and delicate figures carved in deep relief, that he would pay the largest sum of money the Met had ever paid for any single work of art at the time.

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GOLDEN AGE OF THE POSTER, 1880-1918

Industrial revolution advancements in printing technology – including the mass production of metal lithographic plates over the traditional limestone – provided artists with an efficient medium to apply bold colors, elaborate typography, and stunning imagery to the printed page.  The Minneapolis College of Art & Design shares their remarkable collection of pre-World War I posters from artists including Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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BACKYARD BEAR

By now, we all know that animals can be real jerks, right?  A WJW Cleveland news reporter puts any lingering doubts to rest in this hard-hitting exposé of a bear being a jerk in one lady’s backyard.  The silly starts at about: 20 seconds.

CHILDHOOD|PHOTOGRAPHER CONOR NICKERSON HANGS OUT A LITTLE HIM

Montreal-based musician and photographer, Conor Nickerson, has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and his photography has been featured in Montreal Gazette and on Breakfast Television.  In his project, Childhood, Conor has Photoshopped himself into old family photos of himself as a kid.  A wonderful concept from Conor and his execution yields some poignant results.  Link


 

On the Nature of Bullsh*t

Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, a Washington Post columnist, the Editor at Large of Time magazine, an international bestselling author of five, a Yale and Harvard graduate with his doctorate in philosophy who could perhaps best be described as a pundit’s pundit.  As if all that wasn’t enough, to round out his bona fides in the area of bullsh*t, Zakaria was suspended back in 2012 by CNN and Time amidst accusations of plagiarism to which he would go on to apologize admitting he made a great mistake.  One might even go as far as saying that if bullsh*t had wings, it would be Zakaria’s voice that you’d hear utter the words, “This is your captain speaking.

Nevertheless, we generally like Zakaria and try to catch his columns and weekly show whenever we can.  That may be why we were so surprised that we missed this little rant he dropped on Don Lemon filling in on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.  Warning: the following clips contain a lot of ‘bullsh*t’.

Wow.  Ok.  So he went off a bit and dropped a few expletives on primetime TV.  Despite the repeated use of one of the infamous seven dirty words, Zakaria still comports himself with a refined, almost professorial air and his words carry with them a certain measure of authority.  But, he wasn’t done.

Not in the least.  Professor Bullsh*t would continue his lecture series on his show later that week.  Not only does he not apologize, Zakaria doubles down with this 400-level course in the Art of Bullsh*t.

Other noteworthy bullshit artists philosophy majors include Steve Martin, Angela Davis, Bruce Lee, Susan Sontag, Gene Siskel, Alex Trebek, David Foster Wallace and George Soros.  Link

Fareed Zakaria GPS airs on CNN, Sundays 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. ET.  You can also listen to his views on global policy, foreign affairs, and apparently, bullsh*t, on his podcast over at CNN.com.


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