The layout of our little community of Riverbend lends itself to an occasional block party. The streets and single-family homes are aligned in two lobes, like lungs to the left and right of a main bronchial boulevard that runs north and south along the spine of the subdivision. This arrangement limits traffic to a shallow, respiratory inflow and outflow, with no cars passing through at high speed. Halloween, consequently, is a pretty big deal in my neighborhood.
A paleoanthropologist from up the road in Boulder is performing wear analysis and isotope analysis on fossil teeth to determine australopithecine diet.
Read this review of a new book on Columbus’ forgotten voyages.
I was delightfully surprised by this piece on the world’s oldest museum built by a Babylonian princess 2500 years ago and excavated by British archaeologist Leonard Woolley in 1925. I remember reading this story in one of my first books on archaeology when I was 8 or 9 years old and hadn’t heard it since. The whole article is very well done with a bonus picture of Woolley with his younger colleague, T.E. Lawrence.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about a recent visit to the Denver Art Museum. The new director there, who shook up the Native American exhibits, is apparently a Maynard Dixon expert. I’ve posted before how much I enjoy Maynard Dixon’s work so it was nice to see that the new director has had them pull out and show what they have. The painting above titled “The Prisoners” is an illustration used for the cover of Sunset Magazine in an issue that dealt with the American incursion into Mexico in 1916.
“Little Sister” is an oil sketch painted in 1917 while Dixon was on a trip to Montana.
This painted folding screen is a real eye-popper, emblematic of Dixon’s work, and I think I have seen it illustrated in every book I’ve ever read about him. “Study in Cubist Realism” was painted in 1925. I got a stern lecture from one of the Museum staff for using my flash while taking this picture.