"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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What, exactly, constitutes a life?

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Confronting death, it’s borders all the way down.

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Jeff Coudriet, and the afterlife on Facebook.

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Kitty GenoveseTimes photograph of Kitty Genovese

Winston Moseley’s brutal murder of Kitty Genovese in the small hours of March 13, 1964 remains one of the most riveting stories in the annals of crime. In a famous New York Times story about the murder, Martin Gansberg reported that thirty-eight witnesses had watched from their window on that cold night in the Queens […]


National Geographic News reports that the skull of a plague victim unearthed near Venice exhibits an unmistakable hallmark of treatment for vampirism. The woman’s mouth was forced open by a brick — a measure that prevented her from spreading the plague by chewing her burial shrouds, the alleged modus operandi of pestilential vampires. The unfortunate […]

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Atlantic correspondent James Parker is the hilobrow critic par excellence. Whether reviewing a biography of G. K. Chesterton or musing on the meaning of slasher films (as he does in the forthcoming issue of the Atlantic Monthly), Parker’s criticism takes humankind — the needy, striving, but sometimes transcendant self with its long shadow of hungers […]

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A Skull balanced against a stone block; the letters LB intertwined with the jaw

We’d like to think the L and the B signify Low Brow. But they more likely represent the initials of engraver M. Lucas Brunn, who made this memento mori in Germany around 1600. From the great Flickr stream Kinzertorium, which collects early modern images of monsters, martyrs, and mayhem.