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Daedalus Howell researches the recherche near the epicenter where arts, society, and culture collide. This magazine is a record of his explorations.

Summertime Blues: A Bigger Splash (1967), David Hockney.

Cure for the Summertime Blues

Who says there's no cure for the Summertime Blues? I mean besides Eddie Cochran... And, okay, fine, Brian Setzer. Besides those guys — no one. Because there are plenty of cures for the...

I have the need — the need for mead! Not.

As a media gadfly, I'm on every kind of PR list imaginable. Whereas I once resented receiving publicity spam, particularly if it was off my beat but now, given the absurdity of...

Is Ikea Making a Rocky Horror Picture Show Furniture Set?

The Internet recently lit up like the string of Christmas lights festooning Will Byers' living room thanks to the Swedish furniture-for-the-people store Ikea. Apparently, the living room sets of the iconic Stranger...

Word Watch: Paleography

Yep, it sounds like dinosaurs or a diet fad but it's my new word this week: Paleography. n. The study and scholarly interpretation of earlier, especially ancient, writing and forms...
Saint Drogo

Saint Drogo, Patron Saint of Coffee Houses. And Sheep.

Like many of my godless generation, I know more about Marvel superheroes than I do about saints. Still, I was surprised that I had never heard of Saint Drogo — the patron...