You Might Like … to Linger a Bit Over Lear, Lunch, Bad Guys, Elites, Swiss With Sticks, Cavemen, and More

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.

Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture – Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae, or parrots – Edward Lear – Lear was in all respects an unusual man. Which is to say, a typical Victorian. Best known for his nonsense rhymes and for having popularized limericks, he also did impressive drawings of birds. And had a big beard.

Guernica – The Messy Business of Tacos – Jeffrey M. Pilcher – And a beard is probably what you don’t want if you’re into tacos. “There is no single ‘authentic’ cuisine, but rather multiple variations of Mexican food.” But Taco Bell probably ain’t it.

The Atlantic – Ice Man – Elmore Leonard – “He saw deputies in their serious hats coming through the restaurant from the kitchen, four white guys who looked like they meant business.” And those were’t tacos in their hands. The great(est) crime writer gives us a freebie.

YouTube – Top Secret Drum Corps Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2009 – gelkoid – Speaking of things in hands, here we have drumsticks. In the hands of Swiss!! And then they set them on fire…

Wired – X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Has His Eyes on the Future – Ted Greenwald – Fire in the belly, as they say: Here’s a guy who picked up where NASA left off. And founded Singularity University. And Planetary Resources Inc.

Prospect – The Problem with Meritocracy – Tom Streithorst – A review of the book Twilight of the Elites: not only might your status be down to luck and not the fire in you, but it’s probably wrecking things for the rest of us because elitist insecurity is fractal.

Business Insider – 10 Super Rich Guys Who Jumped Bail – Gus Lubin – And (successful) elitism encourages you to flee, it would seem. Some ultimate failures here too, though.

99% Invisible – What Gave You That Idea? – Starlee Kine – Hard to know where it came from, but interesting to explore: in this case not the idea to run away but the notion for the wildly successful ad campaign for Geico, conceived at a time when insurance was, well, simply boring.

Los Angeles Review of Books – The Illusion Of Sex – Gioconda Belli – But you’re kicking yourself for not having had the idea of 50 Shades of Grey, low lit though it is. Belli reviews the book for the rest of us.

The Browser – Leah Price on the History of Reading – staff – Shades of Grey is one of the five books discussed in this interview of a historian of reading.

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