Intellectual Honesty In The Time Of Trump

Messing around with the notion of truth is a luxury that comes with affluence. We have spent the past 50 years undermining the basic institutions of society — not just our sense of common purpose and identity, but also normative values like truth and duty and expertise. The politics of consumerism — and grievance — have overwhelmed the politics of unity and responsibility. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Time of Trump, 10.06.20

Mycons makes it easy to create and buy custom icons for your iOS homescreen

A new app called Mycons, launched today, is tapping into the iOS 14 homescreen customization trend by making it easier for anyone, including non-designers, to quickly create their own custom icons, as well as shop premade icon-and-wallpaper packs from designers. With the release of iOS 14 in mid-September, millions of users began to take advantage of new functionality like iOS widgets to customize their iPhone homescreens. As a part of this trend, users also rediscovered how to use Apple’s Short...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Apps, Design, Etsy, Tech, Ios Apps, Designer, Icon, Mccarthy, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Jenna McCarthy, Aesthetic, Daniel McCarthy, Ios 14, Widgetsmith

Mycons makes it easy to create and buy custom icons for your iOS home screen

A new app called Mycons launched today and is tapping into the iOS 14 home screen customization trend by making it easier for anyone, including non-designers, to quickly create their own custom icons, as well as shop premade icon-and-wallpaper packs from designers. With the release of iOS 14 in mid-September, millions of users began to take advantage of new functionality like iOS widgets to customize their iPhone home screens. As a part of this trend, users also rediscovered how to use Apple’s S...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Design, Etsy, Tech, Ios Apps, Designer, Icon, Mccarthy, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Jenna McCarthy, Daniel McCarthy, Ios 14, Widgetsmith, Ios 14 Homescreen, Custom Icons

Indie Book Stores Launch Campaign To Compete Against Amazon

An ABA survey from this summer found that some 20 per cent of members could go out of business, meaning hundreds of stores face closure, especially as government aid runs out. While the overall market for books has been surprisingly solid in 2020, has apparently fared best as the public increasingly makes purchases online. According to a report issued last week by the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, “Amazon accounts for over half of all print book sales and o...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Aba, House Judiciary Committee, 10.13.20, Compete Against Amazon

Brooklyn Artist Simone Leigh Chosen To Represent US At Venice Biennale

The last two U.S. representatives to the Biennale — Martin Puryear, also a sculptor, in 2019, and Mark Bradford, a painter, in 2017 — are Black artists, as well. The next edition was originally scheduled for May 2021, but the pandemic forced it to be postponed a year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, US, Brooklyn, Venice Biennale, Visual, Mark Bradford, Biennale, Martin Puryear, Simone Leigh, 10.14.20

Are Countries With Written Constitutions Better Off?

“Without a written constitution in place, statutes are the U.K.’s highest form of law, and its unwritten constitution is a combination of legislation, conventions, parliamentary procedure, and common law. To some this setup may be odd or confusing, but my book’s conclusion is that unwritten constitutions can perform just as well as written ones, and that Britain’s unwritten constitution may be just as good as America’s esteemed document.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, Britain, 10.09.20

How We Think About “Misinformation”

Our disinformation metaphors help us see new possibilities (how might we “clean up” disinformation, or treat “information disorder”?), but obscure others (if disinformation is a pollutant, why is it such a useful political tool? If disinformation is an attack, why does it seem so sociological?). Metaphors shape our discourses, ideologies and histories. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

This Indigenous Australian Actor Puts A New Spin On The Archetypal TV Cop

“It’s something that hits close to home for [Aaron] Pedersen, who is of Arrernte-Arabana descent and grew up poor in the Northern Territory town of Alice Springs. His childhood with an alcoholic mother was chaotic and even violent, and Pedersen and his seven siblings bumped around in foster homes as wards of the state.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Northern Territory, Alice Springs, Pedersen, 10.12.20, Aaron -RSB- Pedersen

We Are a Family

Long ago, in New Line's early days, there was a group of us who hung out together socially a lot, most of us gay men, and the weirdest topics would come up in our conversation. I mean, weird. One of my favorite topics was Collective Nouns. There are some really funny ones in our language. We all know it's a gaggle of geese, a herd of buffalo, and many of us have heard of a murder of crows. But have you heard of an ambush of tigers? A bloat of hippopotamuses? A business of ferrets?My little gang...
Tags: Theatre, Live, Stage, Scott Miller, Broadway Musical, Musical Theater, Musical Theatre

Jerry Saltz: When Public Art Goes Wrong

Medusa is typical of the kind of misguided bureaucracies and good managerial intentions that often result in such mediocrities. Don’t even try to figure out why it now stands across the street from the County Criminal Courthouse. This ooh-la-la monstrosity is sure to be a lightning rod for zealots protesting nudity and a co-star in endless selfies. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Visual, Jerry Saltz, 10.13.20

The 200-Year History Of The Accordion

Inspired by the sheng, a bowl-shaped mouth organ that a French Jesuit missionary brought back from China in 1777, various hand-powered free-reed instruments that became the accordion and concertina were being developed in Europe by the 1820s. They made it to the New World in fairly short order and, by the 1880s, had reached Japan. For about half a century, there were even “player accordions” that used rolls of punched paper the way pianolas did. Laura Stanfield Prichard offers a brief history o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Japan, China, New World, 10.12.20, Laura Stanfield Prichard

What Museums Are Allowed To Do Politically

“Did you know museums are allowed to support or oppose a ballot measure? An institution may understandably want to get behind a budget increase for the cultural sector, for example. But they can’t let their staff volunteer for a candidate or party during work hours. Museums can serve as polling or voter registration sites and host nonpartisan candidate forums, but they can’t allow only certain candidates or parties to rent their space, or offer them discounted rates to do so.” – Hyperallergic ...
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.13.20

Peter Schjeldahl On The Guston Controversy

“In a small way, the controversy exemplifies divisions that are splintering the United States: votes of no confidence in the good will of contending interests. (Signatories to the letter include Black artists and intellectuals, as the conflict is widely cultural, not narrowly demographic.) Any difference may breed enmity. In our Partisan States of America, we watch our words—or, perversely, don’t—for fear of, or with ardent intent of, offending. Offense doesn’t spur debate; it replaces it.” – T...
Tags: Art, United States, Black, Visual, Peter Schjeldahl, Guston, Partisan States of America, 1012.20

All These Hit Documentary Series — Are They Just Reality TV Gone Highbrow?

Basically, yes, argues Kathryn VanArendonk, and the docuseries boom we’re seeing now couldn’t have happened without “a television landscape primed by decades of reality TV.” What’s more, the qualities the two genres share “are key to why [a docuseries can be] so delicious.” (Besides, “Anglo-American culture has yet to meet something lowbrow that it didn’t find a way to repackage as classy and valuable.”) – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Kathryn VanArendonk, 10.13.20


The audiences interact with characters one-on-one through the letters and can possibly alter the arc of the pieces through their correspondences. For a few of the play tracks, audiences can select particular characters to follow and even determine outcomes based on their response letters. “It’s a bespoke adventure—a tailor-made adventure specifically designed for you and your experience.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Snail Mail, 10.13.20

First-Ever National Award For Disabled Artists Launched By Ford And Mellon Foundations

“After a yearlong research study in conversation with disabled people, the initiative” — called Disability Futures — “has named 20 artists, filmmakers and journalists in its first class of fellows, each of whom will receive a grant of $50,000 administered by the arts funding group United States Artists. The 18-month initiative not only pledges financial support, but aims to foster a creative community across mediums and generations.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Ford, Issues, 10.14.20, Mellon Foundations

Why Kathryn Morgan Quit Miami City Ballet A Year After Her Triumphant Return To The Stage (It Isn’t Pretty)

Once a very promising young soloist at New York City Ballet, Morgan had to stop performing for years due to hypothyroidism (with its attendant weight gain) and an autoimmune disorder. In 2019, by then a social media star, she was hired by Miami City Ballet in a move that got both dancer and company plenty of positive news coverage. Last week, in a 33-minute video that went viral, she recounted difficulties at the company that culminated in her being humiliatingly cut from a role (she’d be “an e...
Tags: Art, Dance, Miami City Ballet, Kathryn Morgan, 10.13.20, New York City Ballet Morgan

Publishing Insider Joins A Books-To-Prisons Pipeline

“When he isn’t promoting books for W.W. Norton, Peter Miller, publicity director of Norton’s Liveright imprint, moonlights as the owner of Freebird Books, a small used bookstore he operates in Brooklyn. … A year after buying the store, Miller heard that Books Through Bars, which donates books to prison inmates around the country, needed a space for its collection operations.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Brooklyn, Words, Miller, Norton, Liveright, 10.09.20, Norton Peter Miller

Why Do Certain Artworks Get Stolen Over And Over Again?

Munch’s The Scream has been carted off by thieves twice, there are three Dutch Old Masters paintings that have been stolen three times each in the past 50 years, and the poor old Ghent Altarpiece has been taken an unlucky 13 times. Such works become famous, and thus very hard to fence, so why would they be repeat targets? Because, say two experts, stealing them can get the thieves clout — clout of more than one kind. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Ghent Altarpiece, 10.13.20

AMC Theatres Says It Will Be Out Of Cash By The End Of The Year

Major movie releases that were previously scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter have either been rescheduled for 2021 or slated for streaming releases, “leaving a reduced slate of movie releases for the remainder of the year, and release dates may continue to move.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Amc Theatres, 10.13.20

How The UK’s Famous Drama Schools Are Responding To Calls For Systemic Change In Theatre

“For many, British drama schools are beacons of excellence, whose training has led to fulfilling careers, but for others they have become symbols of all that is wrong with British theatre. The heads of some of the UK’s most prestigious schools speak to Lyn Gardner about finding the balance between tradition and change.” –
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Lyn Gardner, 10.14.20

Herbert Kretzmer, Who Wrote Lyrics For ‘Les Miz’, Dead At 95

A career newspaperman, he started as a film journalist in his native South Africa and went on to be a theatre and TV critic for two London tabloids; he moonlighted as a song lyricist, writing the words for “Goodness Gracious Me,” “Yesterday When I Was Young,” and Charles Aznavour’s “She.” Then came the offer to write the English adaptation of an old flop, a French musical version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables — and, as he later said, “I was able to give up my day job at 61.” – Variety
Tags: Art, London, People, South Africa, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer, 10.14.20

New York Philharmonic Cancels All Of 2020-21 Season

“It is really fair to say that in the 178-year history of the Philharmonic, this is the single biggest crisis,” said CEO Deborah Borda of the shutdown caused by the COVID pandemic. (A possible silver lining: could the hiatus be used to get started on reconstructing the orchestra’s concert hall?) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Deborah Borda, 10.13.20

2,600-Year-Old Egyptian Sarcophagus Opened For First Time

“The newly unveiled coffin is one of 59 sealed sarcophagi unearthed at the Saqqara necropolis — a sprawling ancient cemetery located south of Cairo — in recent months. Found stacked on top of each other in three burial shafts of differing depths (between 32 and 39 feet each), the coffins date to Egypt’s 26th Dynasty, which spanned 664 to 525 B.C.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Egypt, Cairo, Visual, Saqqara, 10.13.20

Inspiring White House Interior Decorations Pictures as House Interior Inspirations Ideas

These white interior decorations pictures were dedicated for those who love with the nice look of house space with white cover decorations. The whole house space in this post will release a new inspirations in house interior and decorations. Actually, when we were looking down into these house interior inspirations, we will see the amazing combination between decorations plans and the furniture plans that use the white and shiny applications. These inspiring white interior layouts were suitable ...
Tags: Books, Living Room, Dining Room, Interior Design, Home Space, Kitchen Space, Interior Inspirations, Interior Layouts, Interior Decorations, Interior Designs, Furniture Arrangements, Furniture Plans

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