Set against a magnificent backdrop, Monaco is among the most glamorous races in the world. The culture has inevitably inspired the Formula 1 event, along with those who dare to race there. Author Stuart Codling walks us through the race’s unique history in The Life: Monaco Grand Prix. Our Book Garage series showcases what every gearhead and enthusiast should … [Read more...] about Automoblog Book Garage: The Life: Monaco Grand Prix
Shoes in fairy tales
Illustration by Eleonore Condo. Painting: Cornelis de Vos, Apollo Chasing Daphne, 1630, oil on canvas, 75.9″ × 81.4″. Shoes are humankind’s oldest invention to aid mobility. Thousands of years before a clever Mesopotamian first tilted a potter’s wheel up onto its side to make a chariot, or a nomad tamed the first wild horse on the grasslands of the … [Read more...] about The Myths We Wear
Let’s begin with a story. This one’s mine. I pass dozens of street peddlers and beggars daily, and never fully understand what makes me reach for my change before one and not another. Running late, I know, stays my hand. Children don’t necessarily have me reaching for my pocket, but I suspect I help the young families more than the old. Why? Difficult to say. … [Read more...] about Anti-Desperation: The Compassionate Humanist’s Most Important Fight
Let’s begin with a story. One magical day in 1985, Marty McFly, freshly returned from an adventure in 1955, gets whisked off to the future to help his kids. 2015 proves a wondrous world of flash-growing pizza pies and hoverboards… as well as a famous pair of self-lacing sneakers. When Back to the Future II came out in 1989, there was still time to imagine … [Read more...] about Can We Blog Our Way to a Better Discourse?
Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805–August 4, 1875) revolutionized storytelling with his timeless fairy tales, driven by a cinematic sensitivity to beauty. In mid-February of 1834, while touring Europe, 29-year-old Andersen arrived in Naples just as the mighty Mount Vesuvius was in the midst of one of its then-regular and dramatic eruptions, three centuries after the … [Read more...] about Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About It in a Beautiful, Dramatic Account