This Slate story, What Was the Venus de Milo Doing With Her Arms? by Virginia Postrel describes a fun project she hired me to work on–designing and 3D printing a restoration of Venus de Milo’s missing arms, showing her holding tools, spinning thread in the ancient technique.
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Mount Monadnock is the heart of the Monadnock Region. This drive will take you through all of the towns which make up the area. The drive can be done in one day, but you should plan for at least 3 days, as you will want to stop along the way to explore. I designed the 230 mile route so you can start and end in the same town.
Map and driving directions. Click the 2nd icon (looks like a list) to see the driving directions. You can print the route or download it for use with your Garmin or Google Earth.
I went back into some of my older posts and chose an image from each town to give you an idea what you may see…
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Eugène Atget, Bon Marche, 1926-27. George Eastman House
I recently came across the BBC adaptation of Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise and, as a self-confessed Francophile, couldn’t wait to begin watching it. A few episodes in, though, my enthusiasm dimmed when it became clear that the series didn’t faithfully follow the book. Zola’s novel is, at heart, an acerbic commentary on consumer culture, not a love story. Where Zola makes The Ladies’ Paradise, a department store, into a protagonist, the show instead relies on the budding romance between a shop girl and the store’s owner to drive it along. The Ladies’ Paradise is the backdrop of the story, but unfortunately not its focus.
Zola, often credited as one of the shrewdest observers of 19th-century French society, did not choose the department store arbitrarily as the setting for his novel. By the time he wrote The Ladies’ Paradise in the 1880s…
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