Your own star-gazing suit

If you’re like me, you’re usually standing around wondering how to dress like an 18th-century astronomer. So imagine my pleasure when I found : How to Dress Like and 18th-Century Astronomer over at AltasObscura. The suit is insulated with wool and flannel, and boasts a pair of built-in slippers to keep [Nevil] Maskelyne’s toes nice […]

Xenophon sounds kinda xool

Eve Browning, a professor at UT-San Antonio wrote an amazing essay on Xenophon, one of those ancient Greek guys you might brush up against at some point in a philosophy or history class, but maybe forget about. Or, heck, maybe you’re always thinking about Xenophon. Either way, you’ll really dig this essay, which opens telling […]

Inside the food world’s riskiest business

Recently came across “An excerpt adapted from Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business | Henry Holt and Co.” through the Longreads folks. Two years in and I know this moment well — it’s the instant when whatever critical task you’re performing, on deadline, is superseded by a demand for labor so much more pressing that […]