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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!

05/11/16 • 10:21 AM • ArtsChildhoodGeneral • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hyperallergic: In Quest for Selfie, Tourist Scales and Smashes 126-Year-Old Statue

Self-absorption continues to escalate ...

05/11/16 • 09:44 AM • ArtsHistoryLawMobilePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

YT: Rita Moreno - Berklee Commencement Address.

She raps about halfway in. She even worked in ‘perspicacity’. You go, girl.

05/10/16 • 12:52 PM • ArtsChildhoodMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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!

05/10/16 • 12:46 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

05/10/16 • 08:07 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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?

05/10/16 • 07:52 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Independent.UK: Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka disappears into private collection.

Terrible shame. Look at the exquisite modelling of the features.

05/09/16 • 08:17 AM • ArtsHistoryLawPoliticsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Good reading right now.

Much of interest, but I take you to Chapter 20 in specific.

05/06/16 • 08:38 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.

Oh yes. On my reading list!

05/06/16 • 06:47 AM • ArtsBooksPersonalScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

05/04/16 • 01:22 PM • ArtsInternetPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlas Obscura: House of Eternal Return.

Santa Fe’s latest attraction gets Atlas Obscura’s attention. So if you wonder where ol’ George has been spending his time (rather than writing), you need look no farther.

05/03/16 • 03:29 PM • ArtsEntertainmentSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.

... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.

05/03/16 • 10:47 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryHuman RightsWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?

Dream on.

05/03/16 • 09:59 AM • ArtsEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.

Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.

05/02/16 • 07:03 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHuman RightsMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Sir Ian McKellen Releases New Apps for Shakespeare’s Plays.

$5.99 per play? Seems ... steep. 37 apps, by the time you’re done, you’re out $220 some bucks, sans tax.

05/02/16 • 06:43 AM • ArtsHistoryInternetMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.

No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!

04/30/16 • 02:56 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Economist: Language anxieties - A long decline.

It seems that the slovenly teenager, not to mention the purse-lipped schoolmaster, is at least 4,000 years old.

04/29/16 • 07:27 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Flickr: Labels and Tags.

I may have pointed to this before, or maybe just something similar. Tickles the back of my brain. Well, it’s always an aesthetic joy.

04/28/16 • 10:36 AM • ArtsDesignHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BronxBanterBlog: The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.

It might be innocent as a train wreck. But I’d like to see it investigated. To me, I just can’t believe that girl just got to that bed and lay down and died. You just can’t make me believe it.

04/26/16 • 11:08 AM • ArtsHistoryLawMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Cindy Sherman Takes On Aging (Her Own).

Although Ms. Sherman expresses contempt for the superficialities of social media (“it seems so vulgar to me”) her new images of old-time film stars also hint at our digitized present. Ms. Sherman shot herself against a green screen, then used a computer to insert the landscapes behind her, many of which show off their digital origins.” If I may be so bold, and not incur wrath ... ditch the dye, embrace the grey. I have. Healthy acceptance of the hallmarks of age - and, hopefully, wisdom.

04/26/16 • 07:46 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity.

Ask any photographer. Butofcourse, silly. Give me one fixed focal length lens, and tell me to go get great shots. I never do as well creatively with a zoom as I do with a single prime. I’ll get more usable photos with the zoom. But I’ll get more aesthetically pleasing stuff with the primes.

04/25/16 • 01:36 PM • ArtsPhotographyPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Beyoncé Unearths Pain and Lets It Flow in ‘Lemonade’.

How is this not a work of pretentious self-pity? How isn’t this the mistake of the year?” Perhaps it is the first wave of a much-needed correction for objectification and misogyny in hiphop lyrics. Waking up to the complexities, realities and responsibilities of relationship, color, sex. Ironic, then, that Billy Paul died over the weekend. He gave us the man’s view - smooth, no drama. Beyonce rips out the lady’s. Compare.

04/25/16 • 08:02 AM • ArtsHuman RightsMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DP Review: Photographer Brian Ach shares his experiences of working with Prince.

A number of news agencies have called me asking if I have unpublished photos of Prince. I do - I have tens of thousands of them.  But they aren’t mine to share.

04/24/16 • 10:46 AM • ArtsHistoryMusicPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Shakespeare the Social Scientist.

Also, I note that PS Mag is now on ‘white-label’ Medium.com. Seems too spare, with fonts just a bit too large, compared to the original non-Medium version.

04/22/16 • 09:38 AM • ArtsBooksDesignHistoryNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlas Obscura: 8 Places From Shakespeare That You Can Actually Visit.

Always helpful to have the actual place in one’s head, when one reads the works. Tangential: I recently found a program on British castles; overwrought and overproduced with too little actual information for the time allotted, but seeing Stirling Castle and Stirling bridge gave much color to RLS’s Kidnapped. Re-read it last night in one fell swoop.

04/22/16 • 09:18 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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