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Dordogne Diary: The Sarlat Gherkin
Among history’s mysteries, along with the megalithic structures that dot Europe from Malta to Stonehedge, is the purpose of the Lanternes de la Mort/des Maures, referring either to Lanterns of the Dead or Lanterns of the Moors. There are more than one hundred of them in southwestern France. The one below left is located in Sarlat-la-Canéda in France’s Dordogne region. The XIIth and 13th century structures reputedly had one or several lights showing out the sides of a cone-like tower. Some historians speculate that they indicated a cemetery, but several of the towers are not situated anywhere near funerary sites; other scholars suggest the Lanterns could have been navigational aids or central sources of fire for local inhabitants or occult symbols to keep death at bay. We don’t know. I like that.
In London, the building in the above right photo was named the Swiss Re tower, but it is now called 30 St Mary Axe, though everyone knows it as “the Gherkin.” Designed by Sir Norman Foster, it resembles a Lantern, don’t you think?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…