The Whale Burns His Own Body

The Whale Burns His Own Body

What always shocked the Moby Dickheads was a whaleboat’s flimsiness, how squat the gunnels, how thin the planks separating whalers from depthless ocean and the 65-ton sperm whale they’d stabbed. All yesterday I’d been stuck working the whaleboat exhibit. That meant...
The Disc of Phaistos

The Disc of Phaistos

Photo by savas_bozkaya / Shutterstock.com Shining under a spotlight in the Heraklion Museum, the Phaistos Disc glistens in a glass box. A sun, a full moon without a face seems to smile. Tourists stop. Press their noses to the glass, and squint until their eyes widen...
Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida

Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida

“Ivan Albright’s ‘Into the World there Came a Soul Called Ida,’ Art Institute Chicago by jennifer yin is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 (Ivan Albright, 1929-30) It is strange becoming your mother watching the pills line upstalwart soldiers...
Magical Marvin’s Mechanical Museum

Magical Marvin’s Mechanical Museum

“Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum” by Jamie Bernstein is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A strip mall warehouse of machines that my grandpa would take us to on Sundays, where we’d visit with the glass box fortune teller, ride on the three-horse...
Chagall Windows

Chagall Windows

Photo by ParentingPatch, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons A woman sits down beside you in Gallery 114. “Do you know,” she says, “these were installed just as my mother was dying. “As she got sick, got worse, got that terrible treatment.” You look at her and...