Tuesday, March 31st
Medieval technology, indistinguishable from magic “If the manifestations of the preternatural were various, so were its causes. Nature herself might be responsible – just because she often behaved predictably did not mean that she was required to do so – but so, equally, might demons and angels.”
Electrified “Although there is no quantitative test to measure the depth of a meditative state, I felt that my thoughts were, for a few hours afterward, calmer, more manageable, more countable – like a few sheep standing in a pasture instead of some demented sheep convention.”
Happy 100th Birthday, Billie Holiday “Holiday herself never thought much of her own voice. Szwed mentions a rehearsal tape where she’s joking with the other musicians, and says, ‘This voice of mine is a mess, a cat got to know what he’s doing when he plays with me.’”
Cow mad in India “Having once deemed cow slaughter a capital crime, earlier this month the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed a law in the northern state of Haryana that makes the act punishable by only up to 10 years in prison.
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