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An hour-long BBC special with Judi Dench and her love of trees (it’s only available through January 19). Read full post

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Festive hymns made feminist. Read full post

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GQ’s profile of Gal Gadot.

Gadot grew up in the water—gal is the Hebrew word for “wave”—and after an hour of talking on the beach, she suggests we go for a swim. A few moments later, there is Gal Gadot, in black couture leather-flower Gottex, floating in the lapis-blue Mediterranean, eyes closed, with her face turned up to the dazzling noon sun, and also, uh, me. She chose this floating spot scrupulously, picking her way around underwater rocks until there was only soft sand beneath her feet. Little fish flick silently around her body. “Tell me what you like to eat,” she purrs, breaking the calm quiet of passing swells. Then she springs her observation trap: “BECAUSE I NOTICE YOU DID NOT EAT THE EGG SANDWICH THAT I BROUGHT YOU.”

I am dumbstruck. I have been pretending, I thought convincingly, to eat the egg sandwich since we unfurled our towels.

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Talk about a room of one’s own–Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii designed a home with earthquake-safe bookshelves that you can climb (the entire house is gorgeous if you like modern architecture style). Read full post

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It’s probably out of most people’s budgets, but Taschen has a new Ernst Haeckel book out. Read full post

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Happy Thanksgiving, US-ians. Read full post

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Due to the seal’s small size and veining on the stone, many of the miniature details are only clearly visible via photomicroscopy. Courtesy of The Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati

This will probably be the only time I feature a piece of art with all dudes on it, but this find is amazing.

“What is fascinating is that the representation of the human body is at a level of detail and musculature that one doesn’t find again until the classical period of Greek art 1,000 years later,” explained Davis. “It’s a spectacular find.”

Even more extraordinary, the husband-and-wife team point out, is that the meticulously carved combat scene was painstakingly etched on a piece of hard stone measuring just 3.6 centimeters, or just over 1.4 inches, in length. Indeed, many of the seal’s details, such as the intricate weaponry ornamentation and jewelry decoration, become clear only when viewed with a powerful camera lens and photomicroscopy.

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