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Japan: six months after the earthquake

Japan: six months after the earthquake

In the past few months I’ve been thinking about how quickly the story and aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan disappeared from the front pages of the mainstream news. I’ve been wondering about the recovery efforts and what in hell happened with those nuclear power plants. The Atlantic’s photo blog, In Focus, with Alan Taylor (creator of The Boston Globe’s popular Big Picture feature) at the helm, somewhat answers my question with a collection of before and after photos of Japan. The earthquake and tsunami hit Japan earlier this year on March 11th, and the devastation of the immediate aftermath seemed overwhelming. Clearly, a lot of work remains, but these photos (such as the one above) taken six months later reflect how remarkable the clean-up and recovery efforts have been.

$1.25 per day food budget

$1.25 per day food budget

LIFE published this info-photograph of what a $1.25 per day food budget would get a hungry person in 1952. My bag of soy chips cost me 2 bucks today. [Via]

Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway hanging out

Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway hanging out

The previously mentioned blog Awesome People Hanging Out Together, which highlights unlikely notables and the famous photographed with each other, recently posted this picture snapped in 1944 of a uniformed Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway walking the streets of London. With a little Internet sleuthing, the back story behind this photograph is fascinating: At the start of the second World War and prior to the bombing in Pearl Harbor, in their effort to recruit the US and the influential members of society into supporting and joining the war, the British government sent spies to the US. Roald Dahl was sent to the States in this campaign. Under the guise of being a RAF British pilot, Dahl worked glamorous DC parties:

Capote and a puppy

Capote and a puppy

There’s so much WIN in this undated photo of a stylish Truman Capote nuzzling a content puppy. I think this is the same dog that Capote references in his various letters published in “Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote,” such as in this one to poet John Malcolm Brinnin in the summer…

Round table photo of legendary directors

Round table photo of legendary directors

Love this photograph of directors Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis and Francis Ford Coppola getting together for a group shot at a 50th birthday party for Lucas on May 14, 1994. It was a daylong affair at which the famed circle of filmmakers who’d long been part…

The real reason the temperance movement failed

The real reason the temperance movement failed

This old photo of prohibitionists makes me laugh (and drink). ‘Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Not Touch Ours’ was a slogan used by the US American Anti-Saloon League, the premier prohibitionist organization in the early twentieth century. The cougar on the left pointing at the sign? HOT.

Never-before-seen photo of J.D. Salinger

Never-before-seen photo of J.D. Salinger

There’s nothing phony about this photo. What you’re seeing above is a never-before-seen photo of a 49-year-old J.D. Salinger taken in April 1968. This photograph was recently posted on Newsweek’s website: He was recently divorced, and three years into the seclusion that would span the last 45 years of his life. He has bags under…