A wonderful story about a wonderful writer: "Octavia Butler and the Pimply, Pompous Publisher"
(Plus- The Fellowship of the Ring)

Be grateful that the Butler did it: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/29/wr

The lost cities of the ancient tropics have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside nature. @palaeotropics explains: "The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be"
(Plus- Karl Popper)

Acclimate: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/28/an

At 700, Dante’s Divine Comedy is as modern as ever – a lesson in spiritual intelligence that makes us better at being alive. @platospodcasts explains: "The Divine Dante"
(Plus- Jean Baudrillard)

Muse (in meter!) on modernity: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/27/i-

On composites, crayfish, and reinforced concrete’s tentative alkalinity: "A Symbiotic Truce," from @pencerw @the_prepared
(Plus- the Arch of Constantine)

Delve into durability: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/25/th

A most marvelous mystery, solved by @adalva: "On the Trail of a Mysterious, Pseudonymous Author"
(Plus- O. Henry)

Get to the bottom of it: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/24/an

Authoritarian food obsessions can have a lasting legacy: "The Dictators Who Ruled Their Countries’ Cuisines," from @amayyasi
(Plus- Dorcas Reilly)

Contemplate comestible coercion: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/22/ho

How much should we value the past, the present, and the future? "Being in Time," from @paulbloomatyale
(Plus- the Temple of Artemis)

Thinking about how we think about time: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/21/be

There are an infinite number of infinities. Which one corresponds to the real numbers? "How Many Numbers Exist? Infinity Proof Moves Math Closer to an Answer"
(Plus- Bernhard Reimann)

Contemplate counting: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/20/if

Can one writer curse another for life? "William S. Burroughs’s Hate Letter to Truman Capote," from @knownemily in @lithub
(Plus- Harold Camping)

Examine enmity: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/19/ho

An MIT team's 1972 model suggested that society could collapse this century. New research suggests that we’re "on schedule." Bracing-- important-- reading.
(Plus- Thomas Kuhn)

Get serious: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/18/th

Demanding visibility: "A Florida Man Is Threatening to Sue an Artist Whose Invisible Sculpture Sold for $18,000, Saying He Came Up With the Idea First"; from @tddafoe in @artnet
(Plus- the stealth bomber)

Muse on the missing: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/17/no

Answers in search of a query at "100 Literary Jeopardy Clues from Real Episodes of Jeopardy!" (Answers-- that is, questions-- provided.)
(Plus- The Catcher in the Rye)

Just ask: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/16/ju

"Life at the Edge of Impossible": 10,000 feet under the sea, these snails thrive with a little help from their friends; from @adrienneday
(Plus- Carl Woese and the Tree of Life)

Examine extremes: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/15/li

How exposure to misinformation inoculation sometimes makes things worse-- and how to do better: "They Swore by the Diet I Created — but I Completely Made It Up," from @AlanLevinovitz, via @DenseDiscovery
(Plus- Bastille Day)

Think critically: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/14/on

"The Perils of Paradigm Economics": Simplistic political and economic ideologies don't lead to effective policymaking; but something in human psychology makes many crave them anyway, from @AndresVelasco
(Plus- Sidney Webb)

Acknowledge nuance: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/13/po

Continental drift, supercontinents, and deep history: "1 Billion Years of Tectonic Plate Movement in 40 Seconds"
(Plus- Etch A Sketch)

Buckle up: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/12/ev

Diving into the data of devotion: "The American Religious Landscape in 2020"
(Plus- Bardaisan)

Ponder piety: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/11/lo

The first of many was unearthed almost three centuries ago, and we still don't know what they were for: "Mysterious dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire"
(Plus Bunny Lapin and Reddi-Wip)

Ponder the puzzle: roughlydaily.com/2021/07/10/in

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