Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 989th straight, features the most understated street vendor I came across in Marrakech during a visit two years ago. If you’ve been to Marrakech, you know that the quiet types are generally not among those peddling goods on the street.
The full uncropped version is below.
Marrakech, Morocco, 18-Sep-2014.
Today’s Three Favorite Reads:
- The Book of Bruce Springsteen – Vanity Fair’s October 2016 cover story.
For 50 years, the rock icon has turned his struggle into songs, his unrest into performance. Today, as he wraps up a top-selling tour and publishes a 500-page memoir, he is coming to terms with life out on the wire.
- Life in a Landfill – Roads and Kingdoms. In Guatemala City’s largest basurero.
- Incredible discovery of intact female figurine from neolithic era in Turkey – Ars Technica.
Nine thousand years ago in Turkey, a large settlement called Çatalhöyük thrived for more than a millennium. Full of densely packed mud brick houses covered in paintings and symbolic decorations, its population hovered around 5,000. That made it one of the biggest settlements of its era, somewhere between an outsized village and tiny city. Now, archaeologists excavating there have discovered a rare, intact statuette of a woman buried carefully with a valuable piece of obsidian.
On this day in the Piran Cafe Archives:
- 2015 – The Pic du Jour is a scene facing west from Slovenia’s 14th century Celje Castle just as the refugee stream of thousands was beginning to gather on the Slovenian-Croatian border about 72 kilometers to the southeast.
- 2014 – The Finest Orange Juice Seller on the Planet. Again, a friendly face from Marrakech.
- 2012 – How Fire was Discovered. An 18-second video look at Matter into Light: The Discovery of Fire, a 2011 installation by Marc Quinn at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco.