The BBC airs a documentary series which looks at stuff…
What makes us human? It’s our stuff.
A truly incredible radio series from the BBC traces the history of human civilization through 100 objects from the British Museum. It kicked off last week with an Egyptian mummyfrom the third century BC (the series apparently isn’t purely chronological–object number 2 was a 1.8-million-year-old carved stone chopping tool). The show runs through September, ending with modern marvels like the credit card, Soviet propaganda, and Hokusai’s famous Wave. Object 100 is still a secret though–any guesses?
Esquire’s Charles Pierce has good things to say about the State of the Union.
TMN’s Robert Birnbaum looks at a new anthology of European fiction edited by personal favourite Aleksandar Hemon.
Finally, because those nights are still cold… the Amateur Gourmet’s Soup Battle of 2010. FYI Vesalka’s Cabbage Soup is hella delicious.