After the misery of a winter that seemed like it would never end, the dogwoods are coming into bloom, the pollen blankets everything, and it seems as if it is finally spring. Some various things to read, some apropos of the change of the weather:
- The beauty of pollen grains
- The beauty of Pollen Island
- In the springtime, I think of my imagined pastoral version of England, like that of Kenneth Graham….
- ….and also of Benjamin Britten.
- It may be spring, but we have lost the seasons.
- Was Updike a genius? Or just horny?
- The history of the office; or, why we wish we were outside when we’re at work
- American cities are full of folks who want to walk and bike, especially in nice weather; or, why parking lots are increasingly wastes of money.
- The ode to the mint julep, the greatest of all drinks.
- The French Revolution and the birth of conspiracy theories.
Apropos of the final link, Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy:
Three Folk Songs by Benjamin Britten:
Finally, the mint julep, again: