Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual
Investigating why Russian people sniff bread while drinking vodka offers a portal into the realities of Russian life at a time when sympathetic cultural insight is sorely lacking.
The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair
American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry—invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller—who cornered emerging industries and amassed incredible wealth at the expense of the public and their employees. Yet few know the name of Madam C.J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century. Unlike those corrupt businessmen of yesterday or the ones who rule Wall Street today, Walker offers an inspirational icon for our age—a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America’s elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none.
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Manning Up: How ‘Mantiques’ Make It Cool for Average Joes to Shop and Decorate
These aren’t your grandma’s frilly antiques, displayed in her living room or dining room. These are the more unusual “manly” antiques and “junk”, hidden away in your Grandpa’s Man Cave, the garage, under the bed, or the bathroom closet. Think old pinup calendars, old straight edge razors, old tools and oil cans, tin signs from a gas station long gone out of business, his old toy cars from when he was a child, etc.
Memes, Fair Use, and Privacy
All the important stuff you should know about memes and the law. Worth reading, before you get yourself into trouble.