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22 March 2018

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the James Webb Space Telescope, the Anonymous Project, Bill Cunningham's secret memoir and a strange fate befalls three of our favorites.

  • In Building the World's Most Powerful Telescope, Marina Koren and Alan Taylor present 28 photos by NASA photographer Chris Gunn of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble's successor. Plus you get to see how to clean a mirror using snow.
  • In Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos, Sarah Moroz highlights the Anonymous Project, "an archive of a half-million castoff snapshots." Slide film, in fact. "Time, loss and change lend a mournful touch to the Anonymous Project, since the subjects are unknown and many of them are most likely long dead," Moroz admits. "But there is also a sense of honor and joy in reviving these moments for contemporary viewers, offering a personal portal that transforms the lives of strangers into timeless archetypes of human kinship."
  • Bill Cunningham Left Behind a Secret Memoir, Matthew Schneier reports. The N.Y. Times fashion photographer, who died two years ago after a nearly 40-year career at the newspaper, chronicled "his dress-mad childhood, service in the Korean War (during which he decorated his helmet with flowers), a move to New York, success as the ladies milliner 'William J.' and his beginnings as a journalist." Fashion Climbing will be available Sept. 4.
  • Very strange. First, Mike Johnston has an arrhythmia problem that has him ambulanced to Rochester for a coronary catheterization. He's home but not quite recovered. Then Kirk Tuck, who has been wrestling with the recent death of one parent and the care of the surviving one, announced he's taking a break because he's "run out of things to say." And then Lloyd Chambers suffered a concussion and is taking a few days off. We wish them all well. Our little corner of the world is a duller place at the moment.

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