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The Squirrel is Wearing a Blue Dress

On sensory perception vs. awareness, The Dress infernal, and empathy.

After the internet juggernaut that was The Dress – about which I think we can say 1) interesting things have been written, good job! and 2) horse is dead, people, move on – another article has started making the rounds, having to do with how our perceptions of color have changed over time.

No one could see the color blue until modern times, argues Kevin Loria over at Business Insider. This article is a pretty great read for anyone interested in how language, perception, and awareness interact in our minds. But – and this is an important but – the headline is completely inaccurate, and buries the most interesting points of the discussion in clickbait’s characteristically sloppy swagger and panache. Continue reading

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And Here is a Fabulous Virginia Woolf as Cathy Comic.

With thanks to the wonderful and amazing Johnny Schmidt for his graphic stylings.

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore: A Cathy Comic Crash-Course for Millennials

I’d Scream Except I Had an Auto-lobotomy.

Did you know there are women’s comic strips? Because there are! But sometimes you can go through much of your life without addressing, or even really recognizing, the huge impact of a cultural phenomenon that at one time was taking place all around you. Thus, during a recent bout of insomnia that drove me to read the entire Internet (and also because RESEARCH) I made a couple of really messed up discoveries about the iconic women’s comic strip Cathy. Continue reading

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[I would like to preempt this post by saying that I am VERY FORTUNATE that no one for whom I currently work writes things like the bit of realia quoted here, but that yes, this is a piece of actual copy I received many years ago. I’m protecting the source for reasons that are about to become obvious. —Ed.] Continue reading

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Lovely Inanities in Lifestyle Sections: November Necropost: Macarons

So, in November, there was a marvelous article about macarons in the New York Times. It’s a perfect, perfect example of a lovely inanity. Continue reading

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