My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.

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  • A dreadlocked man on a horse is a radical act. Even in 2019. Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War was commissioned to mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the first slaves landing in America.
  • More on electric cars than you need to know. The Chinese car industry has already hit a tipping point, says The Gregor Letter. For the rest of the global auto industry, it’s only a matter of time.
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. A group of barbers is trying to save lives, one conversation at a time.
  • Most tennis professionals pay to play. You need to be in the top 100 to make any money. This is what life is like lower down the rankings.
  • Terry Riley’s Sun Rings uses sounds harvested from outer space. The work was originally commissioned NASA. A Kronos Quartet concert recording has now been released. Their label shared a track  on Youtube.

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“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)