Thousands of Occult Books in Nazi Collection Rediscovered: Today in Critical Linking

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A rare library of books on witches and the occult that was assembled by Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler in the war has been discovered in the Czech Republic.

Somewhere, Dan Brown is opening a blank Microsoft Word document at this news.

The real-life US Supreme Court justice will preside over a mock trial between The Merchant of Venice‘s Shylock and Antonio on July 27. Characters Shylock (the play’s antagonistic Jewish moneylender), Antonio (who stands to lose a pound of his flesh to Shylock), and Portia (who disguises herself as a doctor of law to save Antonio) will also be played by famous lawyers from around the world, according to the site of the organizing group, The Merchant in Venice.

If I were RBG, I’d be looking to get out of the country for awhile before the election too.

At a dig outside Florence, a group of researchers have unearthed a massive stone tablet, known as a stele, covered in Etruscan writing. The 500-pound stone is 4 feet high and was once part of a sacred temple display. But 2500 years ago it was torn down and used as a foundation stone in a much larger temple.

This find is especially exciting because Estruscans mostly wrote on cloth or other materials that don’t hold up well over millenia.

If I ran iBooks, I’d launch a major initiative – Apple Books – with the goal to make Apple Books the destination of choice for book lovers (the app and website). By following Apple Music’s lead and focusing on Content, Curation and Community, Apple Books can become more than just a store.

I have wondered myself what Apple could do if it cared about books even 1/10th as much as it cares about music.

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