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  1. Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit.

    When Ruta’s daughter moved halfway around the world from Estonia, she kept asking her mom for recipes for the dishes she was missing. The result is Estonian Cuisine, an introduction to the Baltic state’s culinary culture.

    Cooking
  2. The Penguin Digest

    Penguin Random House India is the subcontinent’s largest English trade publisher; on their blog, they share book excerpts, literary news, and interviews, with a focus on South Asian voices.

    Authors
  3. all about Madonna

    Celebrate the pop icon’s 60th birthday by diving into the rich archives of all about Madonna, where you’ll find news, interviews, magazine stories, and other materials going back decades. 

    Culture
  4. Beautiful Things Art Blog

    Interested in learning more about new artists? Rosa JH Berland is a curator and historian of modern and contemporary art. On her site, she showcases some of her favorite artists and publishes essays and reviews.

    Art
  5. Messy Nessy Chic

    A self-described “Cabinet of Chic Curiosities,” Messy Nessy Chic is the labor of love of Paris-based Nessy and Alex, who share posts on travel, art, and fashion, as well as a well-curated selection of internet finds.

    Art
  6. You Don’t Have to Live in Public

    Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”

    Commentary
  7. “These ‘rules’ have shown impressive staying power. From cocktail parties to kitchen tables, these seemingly fascinating bits of grammar trivia have been repeated over and over, in some cases for centuries. Too bad they’re not true.”

    Commentary
  8. Why Emily Contois Is Still Blogging After Six Years

    A recent episode of online trolling hasn’t stopped this food and media scholar from making her voice heard.

    Academia
  9. In Search of Beirut’s Collective Memory

    Journalist Iain Akerman follows Mona El Hallak, a Lebanese architect and activist, as she tries to reconstruct facets of the city’s past through the archive of a long-defunct photographer’s studio.

    Culture
  10. On Boy Books and Girl Books

    “Can we all agree that there is no such thing as a girl or a boy book?” Teacher and parent Pernille Ripp writes on the toxic effects of defining books by the gender of their supposed audience.

    Books
  11. Architecture
  12. A Beast for the Ages

    Why do we love (and fear, and kill) polar bears with so much intensity? At Longreads, Michael Engelhard, a wilderness guide and anthropologist, looks into the Arctic predator’s grip on our imagination.

    Animals
  13. Really, libraries don’t need reinventing, thanks.

    Librarian Deb Baker rejects a recent op-ed calling for Amazon to replace public libraries: “Libraries are often the only egalitarian spaces in American communities, radically welcoming of everyone who comes through their doors.”

    Books
  14. Why Did American Music Festivals Almost Disappear in the 1970s and ’80s?

    In the 1970s, music festivals went “from cultural phenomena to endangered species.” We’re in a new golden age of live music now, but what happened in the interim?

    Culture
  15. In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late

    At Undark, Amy Maxmen follows the archaeologists and scientists who are racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization of Nubia.

    Culture
    Photo by Neil Brandvold (Undark)