The Smart Set: The Real Problem with Public Discourse.
“And the best thing about it was, nobody in his life — not his parents, his adult children, his grandchildren, not his neighbors nor the members of his church congregation—knew that Bob Anderson, retired accountant, family man, churchgoer and pillar of his suburban community, was really the infamous scourge of the Internet, that dreaded and admired titan among trolls, Mrpoophispants.”
Guardian.UK: Michelangelo’s bronze panther-riders revealed after ‘Renaissance whodunnit’.
“Crucial to the attribution of the bronzes, which belong to a private British owner, has been a tiny detail from a drawing by an apprentice of Michelangelo, now in the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France. The drawing shows in one corner a muscular youth riding a panther in a similar pose.” Thin.
The Millions: Honey, Would You Read My Book?
Applicable to bloggers, too.
IAMPETH: Compendium of Real Pen Work.
Imgur: Updated Google Maps Middle Earth.
TessGerritsen: My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood.
“Alfonso Cuaron was attached to direct my film — a fact I did not know at the time.” Documentary proof of that, and she’s got Warner ‘dead to rights’ [excuse the pun]. Linked for those writers who read here.
Neil Gaiman: Reader frets over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ popularity.
c|net: The sixth ‘Game of Thrones’ book won’t be released in 2015.
Not especially surprised. He’s been busy doing PR, operating the Jean Cocteau theatre, driving his purple Tesla ...
MessyNessy: The Travelling Troupe of Giant Marionnettes.
What will they do next? It’s all wonderful.
Closer to Van Eyck.
Like art? Like, really detailed Old Master art? Without visiting a museum? Here. I think I sneezed some altar-dust.
New Yorker: The Man to Know in Ancient Rome.
“That I am safe, neither, as yet, do I believe, nor do I rejoice.” I think you had to be there. Sure to get the serial comma folks all nervous and jerky.
ArtDaily: New takes on modern design, William Wegman’s art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum.
Oh, those long-suffering Weimaraners. Look at the eyes. Yet you have to laugh.
Guardian.UK: Tutankhamun’s botched beard: conservation chief demoted to royal vehicles role.
“Last week, her duties included the conservation of one of the world’s most important collection of artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s fabled death mask and jewellery, as well as hundreds of ancient mummies, tombs and statues. From now on her role will be limited to overseeing the contents of Egypt’s royal stables.” A judgment worthy of Hatshepsut.
Italian Ways: Antonio Allegretti, “Eve after the Sin” with a surprising finale.
Paris Review: Shying.
“... people don’t look at you sitting by yourself and think, ‘she’s shy.’ They will, perhaps, attribute to you all the power you give them. In short, they will merely think you aloof.” I can’t remember the last time I used the word, “shy”. Worthy of thought.
MessyNessy: Building Mr. Eiffel’s Penthouse Apartment - A Tower Under Construction.
Good old steelwork.
CBC: Archaeologists find casket with Don Quixote author’s initials.
No real new information, but photos.
c|net: Emma Watson to play bookish Belle in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Not at all who I pictured for the role. Too WASP-ish, too skinny. And where’s the chestnut-brown hair? I understand the ‘bookishness’ choice, but ... meh.
Guardian.UK: Can art still shock?
I always get disappointed when people only consider art within a ‘shock’ framework. Eliciting emotion should not be limited to outrage or disgust. What of thrill, what of inspiration, what of happiness? Why are these considered ‘lesser’ emotions in the artworld? Boring, even?
medievalbooks: Medieval Speech Bubbles.
Even bubble-less. Clever.
LRB: Hilary Mantel reviews ‘The Voices of Gemma Galgani’.
“It ought to be possible to live and thrive, without conforming, complying, giving in, but also without imitating a man, even Christ: it should be possible to live without constant falsification. It should be possible for a woman to live – without feeling that she is starving on the doorstep of plenty – as light, remarkable, strong and free.” Powerful load of baggage to load on a book or four. But worth the read.
Paris Review: Hoarding Books on a Road Trip to California
“One of our hosts, a kindly German who spent time in Tibet as a young man before becoming an old one in the hills above Santa Fe, strongly encouraged us to invest in snow chains ahead of a coming storm. The advice was sound, but Sheena and I had trouble accepting that problematic amounts of snow could find their way to any part of Arizona. The next morning, in Flagstaff, we could just make out the Jetta under a foot of fresh, white powder, as more flakes fluttered down.” Never underestimate Mother Nature and the high desert mountain region. This isn’t the Sahara.
Italian Ways: Riccardo Manzi’s art and irony for Pirelli.
I always adored these ads, but never knew who the artist was. Now I do. Great!
Vox: This gorgeous tree shows early American history in a whole new way.
You know, I can waste hours in second-hand shops looking at out-of-date history books, encyclopedias. So much is edited out of modern texts, that add context to our understanding of past eras.
The Art Newspaper: Pompeii to stage exhibition of objects returned by tourist-looters.
“There is a colourful legend that says that those who steal from Pompeii will be persecuted by bad luck.” That probably does more than all the warning signs and CCTV.