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Friday finds

New York City a century ago, as chronicled in photos from the city Department of Records. The images range from disturbing (two would-be robbers who met their end at the bottom of an elevator shaft) to beautiful (an unidentified man looking at Manhattan from the George Washington Bridge). Most have never before been publicly available.

The hidden rooftops of New York City. One in the Financial District sports a model of a World War I fighter plane.

What do women want? Author Beverly Akerman reads 50 Shades of Grey to find out.

Lock Neil Young into a listening booth with an ocelot? I am so there!

How to make medieval illuminated letter cookies.

Because it had to happen — The Wire: The Musical. With some of the original cast members, yo. So much awesome in one place.

While you’re waiting for next April and the start of the Game of Thrones third season, cool your heels on this replica of the Iron Throne. While you’re at it, you can ponder these scientifically plausible explanations for those highly variable seasons.

Planning to visit Germany? Be sure to spend some quality time at Ferropolis.

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I link, therefore I am

All eight episodes of The Shock of the New, the magisterial 1980 series about modern art, narrated by the great art critic and historian Robert Hughes, is now available on YouTube. Up above is Episode One, “The Mechanical Paradise.” The other episodes are “The Powers That Be,” “The Landscape of Pleasure,” “Trouble in Utopia,” “The Threshold of Liberty,” “The View from the Edge,” “Culture As Nature,” and “The Future That Was.”

Slavery as the midwife of American freedom.

Poetry as a game of chess.

In 1995, Disney did something quite unusual, for Disney at least — it told a veteran animator, Steve Moore, to make a short cartoon in the fractured fairy-tale mode, all with complete stylistic freedom. The result, Redux Riding Hood, mingled the Big Bad Wolf, time travel, and a jazz soundtrack inspired by Charles Mingus. Watch it here

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Linkin’ linkin’ I’ve been thinkin’

A list of 12 German words that have no English equivalents, though they really should.

No, you can’t write a paper on Edgar Allan Poe.

The perils of working with a small press.

Relationship advice from H.P. Lovecraft.

50 Shades of Grey: The dirtiest parts. Not really all that dirty, but whaddya want from a book that originated as Twilight fan fiction?

Innumerable documents recording atrocities committed by British officials during the final days of empire were secretly destroyed in order to keep them out of the hands of post-colonial governments.

These songbirds make the Shaggs sound like the Supremes.

Gandalf’s beard has deeper roots than you might realize.

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