There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly describes the state of my apartment. It means buying books and letting them pile up unread.
Taking a trip to the Department of Public Works may not sound exciting, but for lovers of noir, history, and architecture, visiting the hidden Street Light Museum run by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting is an illuminating experience.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London’s more prestigious and beautiful museums. Based in Knightsbridge, it houses a permanent collection of 4.5 million art and design objects, making it the largest museum in the world of it’s kind. They’ve got everything: post-classical sculpture, Italian Renaissance paintings and ancient ceramics. Given that they proudly exhibit cultures from all over the world, you’d think they’d be OK with breastfeeding in 2017. Sadly not.
The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (~3 minute recordings) have been made on 78rpm discs.
A 10-year-old refugee, who has attracted global attention and the nickname of “the little Picasso” for his artistic talent, is holding his first exhibition – and donating all the money raised at the event to a sick Serbian boy.