We all have our morning rituals. Mine is waking up well before sunrise and padding into my home office to fire up the computer. While it struggles from slumber, I make coffee and argue with the cat. He believes he should be fed "Nowwwww" while I insist he wait until my wife and I are ready to leave the house, otherwise he will sneak into places where he is not allowed during the day, and fall asleep.
Back at the computer, I begin my reading with Arts & Letters Daily, a web portal sponsored by The Chronicles of Higher Education.
It's where I go to kick-start my mind.
A&L Daily is a simple, straight-forward web page, evoking the look of an 18th century broadsheet. There are three columns of links: Articles of Note, Book Reviews, and Essays/Opinions.
And itÂ is amazing what they pack into so lean a design.
The two editors, Dennis Dutton and Tran Huu Dung hail from opposite ends of the political/cultural spectrum, so the links, always written with witty teasers, cover a wide range of thought.
I lifted these examples of ALDaily teasers from Wikipedia:
- "Before Ritalin, little Tom Bradley set out for his Mormon school each morning, head brimming with amino acids, keen to challenge his teacher's creationism..."
= "'A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.'" Joseph Stalin was callous, but maybe somehow right..."
- "Anti-poverty advocates point to drug abuse and depression as prime "barriers to work" for welfare moms. And drunken, abusive men?"
- "Science does not follow a clear road to truth; better is the idea of a meandering river in flood and drought..."
- "Oprah Winfrey? Compared to the whining, spoiled, conceited snots of the high-art literary world, she's an exquisite, classy lady..."
- "You've taken LSD and are headed for a bad trip. Whose music do you seek as a quick antidote? Mozart or Haydn?..."
ALDaily's features often leave me heavy with food for thought, so for a little light intellectual dessert, I navigate down the resource list to a topic titled Nota Bene.
Here the links are often humorous and frequently bizarre.
This is today's list:
Brainy men healthier
Tipping is down
Mocking Thomas Kinkade?
Rolf Potts profile
The Bad Sex Award
In praise of the turkey
Awkward group photo
LÃ©vi-Strauss at 100
The Saga Of The Plane Trip That Took Four Days by Duckie 1
A touching testament to the essence of humor - being pain.
Smoking Required - A Sordid Tale of Stupidity and Intrigue by Greg Schiller
Life after the smoking ban.
A humorous take on a wonderful tradition.
The Blessing of the Christmas TreeÂ by Kimberly Ripley
A Christmas story.
Today's Links (Check back throughout the day for updated links):
My Gift to Myself May Have Backfired! By Kimberly Ripley
A very embarrassing Christmas Card.
Med School to Admit First All-Asian Female Class by Con Chapman
It was inevitable.
Not the Time of Year to Peek (Humor Monday)Â by Elsie Duggan
A little early Christmas cheer
Last Week In Humor:
Why Peahens Love Long, Sexy Peacock Tails! By Gary (aka: William Pinn) J
Recession Bingo -- Jack Engelhard by Jack E.
Neil Young and Wilco, Toronto Air Canada Center by The Shark Guys
I Am Jack's Inopportune Headcold Â by De ( It takes a village to feed a dragon.) M.
Carla's Corner for the Silliest Gifts This Christmas by Ian Thorpe
You Know You're On Gather Too Much When... by Ed Williams
Wombat Writing Accidents -- CCXXIV by Pat Betram
And Then There's Football by Mike Ball
24 Hour Boozing in DC for Obama Inauguration by The Shark Guys
It Be A Guy's Thing! By Ed Williams
Thought~Byte No. 130 by John Philipp
Thought~Byte No. 24 by John Philipp
Con Chapman's Links: