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Presidential sex writing

stuckinabucket:

havingbeenbreathedout:

According to the New York Times Magazine, the sexually explicit WWI-era correspondence of former President Warren G. Harding with his long-time mistress (and possible, if unlikely, spy for Germany) Carrie Fulton Phillips, is about to be released. Harding, in the featured excerpts, comes off very much as an early twentieth-century version of the sulky presidential man-child Fitzgerald Grant III from ABC’s Scandal—a fact I actually find pretty interesting from a storytelling perspective, since the letters are about as solidly in his own voice as something is possible to be, yet he still comes off (to me) as firmly unsympathetic.

Reluctantly I have drifted to the unavoidable impression that you had [illegible] that you were probably more interested and diverted by the attractive men who were near at hand, and able to bestow their admiration and attention. Men nearby are infinitely preferable to a prosy lover from a thousand miles away, who can only write the same old story over and over again. I suppose you will think I never mean anything that I say, but I am likely to get into politics again.

Blah blah blah, Warren, I can hear her dozing off from here. Though there were also moments where I felt less his doucheyness and more his sort of human absurdity, which is also an impressive little narrative trick, though one I’m fairly sure he didn’t intend (bolding mine).

Didn’t go to church today — it cost too much last Sunday — so I got up, had a luxurious bath and donned my bathrobe in which to breakfast. Three weeks ago [the robe] touched and covered your beautiful form, and that made it hallowed to me, and I wanted contact with it, to make me seem nearer to you. And I wanted to sit before the fire afterward, in freedom of dress, and dream of you and of loving you, intimately, until [illegible]. I like to dream in loose, flowing garb, because I can dream more intently. And I did — to alarming release. I called your name aloud thrice, begging you to come, and a voice from upstairs responded, wanting to know what I wanted. I was alarmed and sobered.

I’m sure you were, Warren. I’m sure you were. Anyway, interesting to me from perspectives of both historical sexually explicit writing, and diverse things sex can do in narrative, so thought I would share. 

Also the 29th President of the United States apparently called his erection “Jerry,” so you know. There’s that.

"What the hell do you want, Warren?" "Nothing, dear, I was just having a wet-dream about my mistress." "Again?”

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SCULPTING HUMAN EVOLUTION 

Paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès is reconstructing human evolution through her sculptures.

The sculptures above are in no particular order. 

You can view more pictures and get more information here

The true faces of our ancestors. We are their successors, and owe them all of our days. If you’re in the DC area, do your brain some service and visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. It’s immense, immersive, and quite a beautiful journey back through time.

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Mapping The Diseases That Will Most Likely Kill You

Depending on where you live, these are the diseases that will most likely kill you. Using data from the World Health Organization, Simran Khosla at the the GlobalPost labeled each nation with the disease that caused the most death in that country.

And it seems like much of the world will succumb to heart disease. Most prevalent in Africa is HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. You can zoom in on the other regions at GlobalPost.

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oosik:

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Avoiding stores the day after Thanksgiving since 2005. (Prior to that I was working in them.)

Emily, were you aware of this shop?