Why not kick off 2012 with former poet laureate W. S. Merwin’s poem, “To the New Year“?
Chuck Klosterman wonders, which rock stars will historians of the future remember?
Thanks to recent advancements in digital scanning technology, it looks like the Herculaneum scrolls will be made legible after some two thousand years. The new technique allows for close study of the scrolls without causing irreparable damage to the papyrus via exposure to the moisture in the air, an issue which had dogged scholars for centuries. If the impermanence and tenuousness of writing is more your speed, here’s a bit on Twitter, instead.