Everything just needs to get back to how it was before.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)
The Roses of Heliogabalus (Detail)
Oil on canvas, 1888
Absolutely. These books contain different degrees of dystopia, and span from early 20th century to present day. The nightmares multiply greatly after the mid-1980s for reasons I won’t get into here (neoliberalism); and we seem to have hit saturation point. There’s a definite shift from novels about fascism & communism toward the spectres of consumerism, genetic engineering, media addiction, and environmental disaster.
Through exploration of the ancestral context of taste, scientists can better understand how modern humans use the sense of taste to make decisions and survive. Evolution has shaped our sense of taste to guide us to seek the food we need to survive, while steering clear of foods harmful to us. It is understandable that early humans who avoided spoiled meat and poisonous berries were able to pass down their genes, giving modern humans the ability to avoid them too. But what explains the countless humans who voluntarily consume, and even enjoy, some bitter foods? Why do we eat bitter greens? Brussels sprouts? Hoppy beers? Why do we tolerate some bitter flavors and not others? Read more…
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Portrait of Rufo, Arbore tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
© JOEY L
You have friends sign their name vertically with a fountain pen and quickly fold the paper in half, creating “ghost” or “skeleton” autographs! They’re so cool and spooky looking! #victorian #edwardian #handwriting #antiquebooks #curio
Oh, this is a lovely idea!
I should try to fill a sketchbook with these
….once I find a fountain pen and figure out how they work