I have read two articles in the last week whose arguments have begun with Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay The End of History, which argued that as we reached the final demise of the U.S.S.R., “liberal democracy had triumphed and become the undisputed evolutionary end point toward which every national system was inexorably moving: fundamental political ferment was over [...]
I have been fascinated by Ai Weiwei, the 54-year-old provocative artist and voice of dissidence in China, since May, when I heard an interview with his English translator on one of the my favorite podcasts. He was detained and questioned and kept by the government for 81 days this year, after his blog incited uproar from citizens who agreed [...]
This year we celebrated some new family traditions, since our lives have shifted greatly from this time last year. My parents have sold their home, and now live in a one-bedroom condo-style apartment on Main Street in downtown Dublin, Georgia. Their only spare bed is the couch, so it wasn’t a suitable destination for our [...]
“Some things in our lives are so pervasive, that we give them little thought. A ballpoint pen, for example, or a rubberband. The coffee filter gets little consideration too.” It is a marvelous fact about human history that, in fact, most of what we leave behind for others to study us by are the things [...]
This fall I took my first quilt class, at Whipstitch Fabrics in Atlanta, because I wanted to tackle a quilt design based in circular design. In particular, I had long coveted Denyse Schmidt’s Single Girl pattern, which is a quirky, uneven take on the traditional Double Wedding Band motif. This pattern had been on my [...]
1950s holiday cheer, and kitsch old & new One day last week, I spent the morning compiling and digitizing documents to go in an exhibit case we have in the lobby of the Archives, and the goal was to fill it with Christmas-y documents that we have there at the Archives. Hard when you’re a [...]
Friday Saturday Sunday Then, finally, Dexter on Showtime at 9, one of the best reasons to start a new week. Season 6 is so, so good. I forgot to take a picture because the episode was so good. Happy week, everyone!