December 8: On the 27th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, Yoko Ono says she’s still struggling with forgiving his killer, and The Nation remembers Lennon’s 1969 song “Give peace a chance” and “the mainstream media’s relentless hostility to Lennon’s peace activism.”
Bounty in Bamiyan buddha bombing? Asking whether the Bamiyan buddhas bombed by the Taliban can be rebuilt, the New York Times writes on the unexpected and fascinating finds uncovered by the explosions, including a reliquary hidden behind the horsehair-and-mud facades that contained “three clay beads, a leaf, clay seals and parts of a Buddhist text written on bark.”
Dueling Diggers: Archaeologists have been busy elsewhere too: some in the West Bank think they found one of the world’s oldest churches–on the site that once housed the Ark of the Covenant. And Vatican archaeologists believe they’ve found a sarcophagus dating to AD 390 that contain remains thought to be those of the Apostle Paul.
Of guards and gas: The recently opened Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) can boast ten missing things, writes the Detroit Free Press. Among them, no admission, no guards, no white walls (it’s housed in a former car dealership), no restaurant, and no shop. Meanwhile, the blogosphere’s atwitter over something the new ICA Boston–opening Sunday–does have: a commissioned Chiho Aoshima mural depicting a flatulent goddess.
Found on Flickr: File under “Not my job.”