Createquity: The BFA’s Dance With Inequality.
“Has the arts degree become a luxury, or are artists from less advantaged backgrounds missing out on something?” There’s something I suppose only someone raised around the Ivy League could appreciate, affecting this. An arts degree is one of the few ‘socially approved’ degrees for rootless young children (mostly female) of affluence. As a result, there is often a bifurcation in arts programs - those who are ‘coasting’ until graduation, versus the working-class talents who are scraping to afford the education, milking the experience and contacts extensively in whatever free hours they have beyond the necessary work-study and other financial aid debt-slavery used to attend the best art schools. Sale ramen and bottled spaghetti sauce for four years, and worse ... to realize their dreams. To enter the workforce for a <20k paycheck, often. Yeah, realities. Meantime, the affluent coasters marry up to other bluebloods, nary a concern about debt. Or about art.
Youtube/Netflix: The Little Prince - Main Trailer.
Brings tears to my eyes. Saint-Ex comes to save the world, at just the right time. Only few will listen. Will it make a difference? I hope. Fervently hope.
Literary Hub: On the Art and Writing of the 1980s (And Against the 90s).
That third paragraph. How I wish I’d written it!
HyperAllergic: Kids Smash Art at Glass Museum While Adults Stand by Filming.
Speaking of parenting ... I was at Whole Foods the other day, and a gaggle of kids were rushing down the aisles knocking down boxes and packages. I said, “Whoa, whoa, WHOA”, the parents glared at me. They started to walk away, but I’d popped at that point. “It’s not up to others to do your job for you.” The husband really wanted to take a swing! I walked over to the info desk and let the WF people know about the mess. They said “It happens all the time. We’re supposed to ignore it.”
My uncle used to have this flat paddle hanging by his back door, with the words “Board of Education” printed on it, enhanced by an image of children getting paddled. [Later: Found online.] When we’d have dinner over at his house, I’d be stuck at a folding table next to that paddle. I don’t think I ever behaved so perfectly in any house as I did at my uncle’s. Perhaps an idea for stores. You don’t have to ever USE it. It just sits there as an imagination-generator.
ArtDaily: Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions.
“Kraus specifically objected to one item in next week’s auction, lot #206 described as a warrior jacket of scalps. ‘In our world, if that’s human remains, you cannot sell human remains. It’s just not the thing to do’ ...” It is wrong, and it should stop.
Literary Hub: How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction.
The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.
“ Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...
DP Review: LandscapePro software promises simple steps to dramatic changes.
This kind of software makes me crazy. I saw an article by a photographer the other day, who changes the size of features in his landscape shots via Photoshop. Makes mountains taller, seashells bigger/smaller, that kind of thing. The result is a complete fantasy. Sure, that has a place in photography, but it should be labelled as such. Fantasy. Fine art shot. Not reality. Very hard to place the line between sometimes.
Bad enough we alter colors and ranges of contrast routinely. Worse that we photograph crowded places during slow times, giving the impression that beauty and solitude are guaranteed (Santa Fe, this is getting very hard to do with all the tourism pushes). You see a photo of Santa Fe Plaza empty - it’s fiction. The place always has people in it.
It’s good, occasionally, to ask one’s self “What exactly am I portraying and why”.
BBC: ‘Elizabeth I dress’ stored as altar cloth under vicar’s bed.
Can’t quite judge the size. Seems like an awful lot of cloth for the bustier sort of clothing depicted. Unless it also included the skirt.
Catapult: The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness.
“I moved through these scenes like a ghost yet felt astoundingly whole.” Well-expressed.
Dazed: Studio Ghibli’s back with a co-produced silent film.
“It’s an 80-minute, full-length feature that tells the tale of a sailor stranded on an uninhabited tropical island, grappling with the prospect of an eternal life of solititude with only crabs and fish for company. He tries in vain to escape, before a mysterious woman turns up out of the sea, along with a giant red turtle.” In case you’re exhausted of caped and armored crusaders at the cinema.
PVC/ART OF THE CUT: Interview with “Captain America: Civil War” video editor.
“I would argue that the rhythm is not something determined by the location of a single cut, but is something that appears after multiple cuts – like a drummer, you don’t have a rhythm with a single drum beat ... there has to be a sequence of drum beats to have rhythm.” YES!
Guardian.UK: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away.
Oxford American: Not Yet Lost. [Must-read!]
“We both knew what it felt like to mourn something we had not yet lost.” I call this the read-of-the-month. Wonderfully written, best thing I’ve seen online in ages.
George R.R. Martin: Excerpt from the Winds of Winter.
Now I can stop apologizing for the slowness of Santa Fe’s most-recognized resident ...
Atlas Obscura: Take a Ride on 9 of the Most Incredible Model Trains in the World.
Forget Trump for a while, look at these model trains!
Hyperallergic: In Quest for Selfie, Tourist Scales and Smashes 126-Year-Old Statue
Self-absorption continues to escalate ...
YT: Rita Moreno - Berklee Commencement Address.
She raps about halfway in. She even worked in ‘perspicacity’. You go, girl.
Guardian.UK: Tudormania - Why can’t we get over it?
“Mantel is still working on the final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She told me it was going well, but could not say when it will be finished, or published.” George RR Martin syndrome! It’s catching!
LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.
Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.”
NPR: The History Of Children’s Books.
“A shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face.” Getting them on the ‘victimization’ train early, eh?
Independent.UK: Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka disappears into private collection.
Terrible shame. Look at the exquisite modelling of the features.
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Good reading right now.
Much of interest, but I take you to Chapter 20 in specific.
The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.
Oh yes. On my reading list!
New Yorker: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.
“Affixing the word “creative” to something is the quickest way to make it sound virtuous, and creativity has almost become a moral imperative. And yet today the “creative class” no longer calls to mind a generation of struggling artists, but a group of college graduates with soft skills and Internet-based jobs they have difficulty explaining to their parents.”