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APNewsBreak: Texas will allow Prada Marfa to stay.

After nearly a year of negotiations, the Texas Department of Transportation tells The Associated Press that it has reached an agreement that will save the Prada Marfa by classifying it as a museum.

09/17/14 • 10:29 AM • ArtsHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Natty Bumppo, Soviet Folk Hero.

This took the top of my head off. Incredible.

09/15/14 • 07:15 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPoliticsTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly.

There’s absolutely no reason an e-book couldn’t display complex formatting, other than because of cheap-to-produce maximize-profit laziness. This is where Apple’s book offerings can be better.

09/15/14 • 07:15 PM • ArtsBooksDesignGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Writing Advice from D. H. Lawrence at 21.

Things which are obvious are worth no more than a mention. If you cannot tell people of something they have not seen, or have not thought, it is hardly worthwhile to write at all. Try and study people, and the living soul which is the essence of mankind. If you have externals, they must represent something.

09/12/14 • 09:38 AM • ArtsBooksHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Elizabeth I ‘airbrushed’ for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI.

The original portrait of Elizabeth I, revealed by x-radiography, shows her wearing an elaborate costume with large ‘wings’ around her head. This was almost completely overpainted in the eighteenth century to create the ‘prettified’ image we see today.” No plastic surgery, so revise the paintings ... after all, for politicians and royalty perpetuity is more important than now.

09/12/14 • 09:26 AM • ArtsHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.

Every white American male under the age of 50 is some version of the character he plays on “Louie,” a show almost entirely devoted to the absurdity of being a pale, doughy heterosexual man with children in a post-patriarchal age. Or, if you prefer, a loser.”  AO Scott rips out a doozy. Tangentially, I’ll also mention that A&E reportedly not only dropped “Longmire” because they didn’t own the franchise, but because the fans were too old. God forbid you should have a plot that plays out over months and is delightfully unpredictable, even if you’ve read the novels. Then again, the fault may be worse than simply an inability to mature ... it may reside in the fact we don’t read at all {link via Euan Semple on FB}.

Later: If you want a book that embodies the ‘adulthood’ points mentioned by the author above, you might wish to try Daniel Martin, by John Fowles. An incredibly rich book. Discussing this tome is the first time I ever described prose as ‘loamy’. I’m still learning how to write from it. Try the library first though, see if you like it. Definite difference from YA-style modern novels.

09/11/14 • 02:38 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vimeo: Fleetwood Mac “Rhiannon (Luxxury Edit)”.

Different mix.

09/11/14 • 11:26 AM • ArtsHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wikipedia - use of the term ‘Shipping’ (fandom).

I ran across this a while ago in a discussion about a book series; a term I hadn’t heard at the time. Thought others might appreciate the clue.

09/11/14 • 10:34 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: Why Walking Helps Us Think.

Joyce and Woolf were writers who transformed the quicksilver of consciousness into paper and ink. To accomplish this, they sent characters on walks about town. As Mrs. Dalloway walks, she does not merely perceive the city around her. Rather, she dips in and out of her past, remolding London into a highly textured mental landscape, ‘making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh.’

09/10/14 • 05:36 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Carrara’s marble quarries - setting beauty free.

Michelangelo traveled personally to Carrara to select the blocks of marble from which his mallet, punch and chisel would free masterpieces such as the ‘Pietà’, ‘David’, and ‘Moses’.”  Great selection of photos.

09/10/14 • 04:07 PM • ArtsHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A Conversation On Cool: Frida Kahlo image and quote. [Great.]

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.

09/10/14 • 03:03 PM • ArtsHistoryPhotographyPsychology • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Reading insecurity - The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deep

“You should take a 20-second screen break if you’ve been gazing into your computer, smart phone, iPad, or e-reader for more than a half hour. I’ll wait. It’s OK if you don’t come back—we both know by now that most people won’t finish this article. If you do return, though, I’d like to bring up something that has been bothering me: reading insecurity.

09/10/14 • 09:57 AM • ArtsBooksComputingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Observer.UK: Sam Shepard - ‘America is on its way out as a culture’.

Detroit’s a great example. All of those cities that used to be something. If you go to a truck stop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, you’ll probably see the face of America. How desperate we are. Really desperate. Just raw.”  Great interview, the whole thing. Take the time to parse it.

09/10/14 • 09:56 AM • ArtsBooksSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HyperAllergic: British Museum Wants Someone to Update Its Website for Free.

“It is also, according to a current online listing, seeking free help on its website and other “products” from experienced coders in the guise, naturally, of an unpaid internship or ‘student placement’ with its ‘Digital Team.’”  Not as egregious as some others. No laundry list of JS tech to know.

09/09/14 • 09:47 AM • ArtsDesignHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Behold - Britain’s Ugliest Building.

The architects and developers behind the project have defended the complex, arguing that they’ve created jobs, provided much-needed investment to Woolwich, and already sold many apartment units.” Sorry folks ... rests on the shoulders of the architects primarily. Secondarily on the city planners who approve such monstrosities.

09/07/14 • 02:36 PM • ArtsTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Roads & Kingdoms: In the Blood.

More Dracula.

09/05/14 • 07:52 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HuffPo: What Neuroscience Has To Say About The ‘Tortured Genius’

The ability to imagine things, to be able to see things in your mind that don’t actually exist—everybody can do that. You don’t need to be mentally ill for that to occur.” What a relief. Still, beware the source.

09/03/14 • 01:35 PM • ArtsPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FFFFOUND!: Spoof of classic O’Reilly geek book cover.

Hilarious. Warning: some may find it offensive.

09/03/14 • 01:27 PM • ArtsBooksGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Metropolitan Museum launches flagship app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

This free digital resource is the easiest way to see what’s happening at the Met every day, wherever you are. The Met app is available on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, and can be downloaded free from the App Store.” Hell yeah ... instadownload. Mostly a wrapper for their website, but still worth it (free).

09/02/14 • 08:39 PM • AppleArtsInternetMobileSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Marble mosaic floor revealed at Amphipolis tomb.

Ah, the suspense is killin’ me.

09/02/14 • 04:28 PM • ArtsHistoryScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Weezbo: Wooden Volkswagen Beetle.

While on the subject of cars ...

09/02/14 • 10:13 AM • ArtsHistoryVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Photogrammar.

Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).” Oh, my.  Check out Santa Fe - some looks remarkably the same, but most quite different. We were a dusty little backwater!

09/02/14 • 10:04 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsPhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Leafnote review - Focus on writing, not on how to use the app.

Smells like Scrivener ‘lite.’

08/28/14 • 11:31 AM • AppleArtsBooksDesignSoftware • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Retronaut: Posters from the Spanish Civil War.

Get yer Robert Jordan on.

08/28/14 • 10:35 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Art Newspaper: Serrano’s Piss Christ stokes controversy once again.

Shades of the 80’s, rising up through the effluvia of history ...

08/28/14 • 10:09 AM • ArtsHistoryReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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