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Jonathan Parkes Allen
Historian of medieval to modern Islamicate worlds & beyond. & . Purveyor of fresh online historical content. Orthodox Christian, dad, &etc
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 8h
Replying to @raissathomas
our cats were not very interested in our first child- they don't mind him, but they're not exactly close- but our boy kitty LOVES our daughter, he'll come over to flop down next to her when she's sitting on our bed, and loves to be petted and hugged by her, it's super adorable
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 8h
Replying to @Mar_Musa
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 8h
big sad mood in this self-portrait by the late Ming artist Chen Hongshou (d. 1652) pensively reclining with his wine cup, painted in the waning days of the Ming era (Met. 1999.521a):
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 20h
Replying to @jordanlperkins
the year is 2065, Donald "First Brain-in-a-Vat President" Trump directs his forces to reconquer the breakaway province of Cascadia, the ensuing wild carnage gives rise to the 37th consecutive impeachment proceedings of his unending tenure as POTUS
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 21h
Replying to @Mar_Musa
J. G. M. Hans Thewissen describes the ultimate inglorious fate of Koch's chimerical creation in his book The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years (UCLA Press, 2019):
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 21h
Replying to @Mar_Musa
the bottom part of this handbill (held in Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library), note that the exhibition stayed open until 10 at night, also school groups could get an unspecified discount:
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Jonathan Parkes Allen 21h
please enjoy this fabulously over the top 1845 advertisement for a display by the German-American grifter and curiosity peddler "Dr." Albert Koch, who assembled a hodgepodge of late Eocene basilosaurid whale fossils, collected in Alabama, into HYDRARCHOS THE SEA SERPENT
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
Replying to @raissathomas
misread that initially as "burn alive"
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
Replying to @apophatically
outdoor stuff, mostly hiking and days at the beach (well, the Western Shore of the Chesapeake, we call it 'the beach')
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The Met: Islamic Art Sep 23
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
Replying to @Mar_Musa
we live in a c. 1940 apartment building with solid old radiators, relatively tall but not excessively so ceilings, and graceful arches in the entrance hall (& solid radiators)- nothing fancy, and like many, many others of its time, but remarkably livable and quite elegant really
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
Replying to @M_T_Miller
working fine for me- try accessing it after opening a private browser, idk why but for a while this was the only way I could get it to open for me (it's working fine in normal browser now)
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
just look at the gorgeous floral design of the doors of the left-hand example- aesthetic and functional!
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 23
has there ever been an American Presidential election before about which pundits, celebrities, politicians etc instead of proclaiming it The Most Important Ever of All Time, were like "hey it's cool, this one's not a big deal, you can vote or sit it out if you want, whatever"
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Replying to @trabbez
I've seen Sufjan live twice, first while touring in support of Illinois, then for Age of Adz; the latter was really quite incredible
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Replying to @Mar_Musa
this is from Kai-wing Chow, Publishing, Culture, and Power in Early Modern China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004)
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Ming book boats ftw
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Replying to @kushnerbomb
this should be included in said movie
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Replying to @Mar_Musa
The details are just delightful, both aesthetically and as examples of the artist's versatility and use of motifs and techniques drawn from across early modern Eurasia:
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Jonathan Parkes Allen Sep 22
Replying to @Mar_Musa
The artist, perhaps the noted mid-18th c. painter Mīr Kalān Khān, was likely drawing upon a Western European depiction of Herod and Salome carrying the decapitated head of John the Baptist, rendered here as the head of a creature I do not recognize (note a living one tied up)
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