Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | January 25, 2015

Sunday Link Collection

1. A letter that Ayn Rand wrote to her teenaged niece in response to a request to borrow $25 to buy a dress. The letter is…everything you expect from Ayn Rand. (Says Mallowry Ortberg: “This letter so perfectly encapsulates everything I find deeply endearing about this bloviating monster. It is 30% very good advice, 50% unnecessary yelling, and 20% nonsense.”)

2. Leann Davis Alspaugh on how museums are tracking and data-mining patrons: “In addition to what we volunteer by visiting websites and completing surveys, many museums are learning more about us through a new form of data mining technology: digital beacons. These small wireless transmitters, now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, for example, can track how fast visitors move through the galleries and which pieces draw the greatest crowds.” (H/T: Andrew Sullivan.)

3. Have I mentioned how cool it is that Amazon is producing a TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle? (H/T: Jim Henley.)

4. Where Disney’s money comes from, broken down by source.

5. Michael Munger on the recent past in Cuba.

6. At Slate, Dan Kois on the Oscar nominations:

As is true many years, most of the actors nominated for Best Actor appear in movies the academy deemed worth a Best Picture nod. And there among the Best Actress nominees is Reese Witherspoon, one of this year’s crop of great actresses giving performances good enough to be nominated for Best Actress, but not telling stories important enough, as far as the academy is concerned, to be nominated for Best Picture. (This despite the fact that Witherspoon’s costar, Laura Dern, also earned a nomination, for Best Supporting Actress.) Only one Best Actress nominee is in a Best Picture nominee; needless to say, it’s Felicity Jones, who’s playing the wife of a famous scientist.

7. Women rejecting marriage proposals in Western art history.

8. On fantasy, realism, and the three recent Hobbit movies: “For fantasy to work, it has to be based on reality. And ultimately, these Hobbit films do not feel real.”

9. A blog devoted to the fashion and costumes of Star Trek: TNG. You’re welcome.

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