Morning Belz, Aug. 23
An absorbing look at Parmigianino’s Madonna — NYT
Teaching Afghan women about Duchamp’s urinal — BBC*
Poll: 72% of Americans support mask mandates — USA Today
Biden mostly preserves Trump’s immigration policy — Noah Smith
Farm-tech pioneer Indigo’s stumbles and adjustments — WSJ**
Flooding west of Nashville kills at least 21 — Tennesseean
Reminder to be skeptical even of oft-cited scholarship — JSMP
*Note the way one of the women shakes her head in disbelief. The clip is from Adam Curtis’s “Bitter Lake,” a 2015 BBC documentary that I haven’t watched but looks good and is available on Amazon Prime.
**The convenience and reliability of the local grain elevator remains, for now, undefeated.
“It's this sense that we're eating decomposition. You could call it death. To me it's a taste of that, but a promise of something delicious. So I think it's almost a subconscious way of being prepared for death, and facing our own mortality. And for me that analogy, of, really a death, a decomposition, creating this wonderful flavor, it’s a promise of something better. I experience that over and over again when I look at cheese, when I smell cheese, and then when I look at the microbial ecology of cheese. That’s the wonder for me, that it’s a promise of life beyond death.” — Sister Noella Marcellino
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