Who's Afraid of Art?
On Friday, May 9th, a television show called “Al Raees Wel Nas” (The President and the People), hosted by TV personality Osama Kamal, accused me of being recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood. As you may already know, the Muslim Brotherhood has been officially designated as a terrorist…
7:17 pm • 15 May 2014 • 55 notes • View comments
This is what happens when two young engineers get distracted from what they were supposed to be doing.
The famous Dendera Zodiac was originally carved on the ceiling of a little stone chapel on the roof of the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. It was discovered by French artist Vivant Denon during Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1799.
Also part of Napoleon’s troupe of artists, architects and engineers were Prosper Jollois and Edouard deVilliers.
They were members of a surveying team who were supposed to be studying irrigation techniques in Upper Egypt. However when Vivant told them about his discovery, they rushed to sketch the zodiac themselves. Because the inside of the chapel was almost pitch black, they had to lie on their back and draw by candlelight.
This engraving of the Dendera Zodiac was based on their sketch and was published in the epic record of Napoleon’s expedition, Description de l’Égypte.
(Via Hieroglyphica )
1:19 pm • 7 May 2014 • 3 notes • View comments
Cecily McMillan was declared guilty of assaulting an officer. At an Occupy protest, she elbowed a plain-clothed cop who brutally grabbed her breast from behind. Police beat her till she went into a seizure. She faces up to seven years.
3:02 am • 6 May 2014 • 614 notes • View comments
Are we really so different that we must be horrified of one of them uncovered, and completely okay with the other?
this is now my most favorited post ever
(Source: dustulator, via sassybambina-deactivated2014052)
7:53 pm • 5 May 2014 • 621,200 notes • View comments
Tucked into the chilly, silvery Financial District, Molly’s home is a whiskeyed oasis and one of the last places in Manhattan you can straight-facedly call “bohemian.” The walls are hung salon-style with her and Fred’s paintings; the bathroom, with its peacock-blue wallpaper, is a selfie haven. Molly occupies the seemingly disparate roles of carnivalesque painter, politically active writer, and foreign correspondent. When we meet, she’s preparing for a story she can’t talk about
-“Molly Crabapple’s Too Many Things” Adult Mag
A day in the life of Molly Crabapple.
7:51 pm • 5 May 2014 • 230 notes • View comments
“Ibn Battuta is critical of nudity in a bath-house in upper Egypt and complains to the governor who puts a stop to that practice.”
The Travels of Ibn Battuta, 14th century traveller.
Ibn Battuta was apparently “bedan*,” everyone.
*ِEgyptian term which translates to “testicles” or more accurately its colloquial equivalent: “balls.” Often refers to pain in the balls.
8:41 pm • 3 May 2014 • 1 note • View comments