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“The Pyramids of Gizeh near Cairo from an altitude of approx. 600 m, 21 February 1904,” courtesy Swiss Federal Archives for Historic Monuments, Eduard Spelterini Collection. This photograph accompanies “Flights of Fancy: A history of ballooning,” by Steven Shapin, in the January 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”