The Cultural Cost Of Four Years Of Trump

Michelle Goldberg: “When I think back, from my obviously privileged position, on the texture of daily life during the past four years, all the attention sucked up by this black hole of a president has been its own sort of loss. Every moment spent thinking about Trump is a moment that could have been spent contemplating, creating or appreciating something else. Trump is a narcissistic philistine, and he bent American culture toward him.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Trump, Michelle Goldberg, 10.29.20

Lockdown Has Jumbled The Place Of Artists In Our Culture

“It would be easy to dismiss a surfeit of depressed artists as the most minor of national considerations, given the loss of jobs across the spectrum, but it is important to examine how we got to this point, and why there should be an onus on our politicians to take more care in their consideration of our collective fate.” – MAX
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.20.20

Why Being An Optimist Might Be A Liability During COVID

Most people have a tendency to overestimate the chances of experiencing a positive (like getting a promotion), and underestimate the likelihood of experiencing a negative event (like getting robbed or sick). Typically a benign — even beneficial — human quirk, the “optimism bias” could be contributing to the spread of coronavirus according to behavioral psychologists. – Big Think
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20

Investing In Artists Rather Than Just Buying From Them

One huge bright spot, for example, is Soho Rep’s Project Number One, which puts artists on salary through June 2021. The artists in this program have been moved from a project-based, transactional relationship with the theatre to a more holistic, sustainable one. I believe this is an incredibly important, perhaps transformative, shift for our field to make. – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20

Paris’ Legendary Shakespeare & Co. Sends Out An SOS

“We’re not closing our doors, but we’ve gone through all of our savings. We are 80% down since the beginning of the first wave. We’ve now gone through all of the bookshop savings, which we were lucky to build up, and we have also been making use of the support from the government, and especially the furlough scheme. But it doesn’t cover everything, and we’ve delayed quite a lot of rent that we have.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Shakespeare, 10.28.20

"And while Trump had to mount a (successful) hostile takeover of the Republican Party, [Kanye] West’s run indicates a far less difficult path as an independent candidate for any celebrity..."

"... willing to spend the money and actually do a little bit of work. There’s no reason to think that it won’t happen in the future, and West has shown the path. Without lifting a finger to campaign or formulating a single discernible policy, he will receive tens of thousands of votes in November. If, in 2024, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson or Oprah Winfrey or even Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, decides to mount a bid for the White House, there is a road map. With a little bit of foresight and the sa...
Tags: Art, Kim Kardashian, Law, White House, Kanye West, West, Republican Party, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Kanye, Trump, John the Baptist, Ann Althouse, Merging Politics And Showbiz, Kanye -RSB- West, Ben Jacobs NY Magazine St John

COVID Lockdown 2.0: Will Screens Still Prevail?

Futurists are predicting that the pandemic has accelerated the permanent decline of everything from watching movies in traditional theaters to standing in line at theme parks. But as we approach what is looking more and more like a second lockdown, this one timed alongside a cold, dark winter here in the upper Midwest, are those in-home screens going to dominate everything again? Is Big Tech going to once again take home all the spoils? Are we all going to let that happen? – Chicago Tribune ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Midwest, 10.28.20

Diane di Prima, R.I.P.

What I like is her poetry’s simplicity. I like its rich feeling, which is straightforward and strong and not at all sentimental. Her poems age well. I’d be surprised if her poetry didn’t last longer than the poetry of many of the Beats. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Diane di Prima, 10.29.20

Thieves Are Stealing Nazi Artifacts From Dutch Museums

“Amid huge global demand for second world war memorabilia, museums in Ossendrecht, in north Brabant, and in Beek, Limburg, have been ransacked in recent days and months. In response, a series of Dutch institutions have removed their most valuable exhibits from display or implemented stricter security measures over fears that the thefts are being carried to order.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Brabant, Ossendrecht, Beek Limburg, 10.28.20

We Need New Art Institutions

“I don’t think we need “new” art. The arts professionals that have been protesting in the streets and sending out declarations on social media are calling for institutional changes, not new aesthetic movements. They want to cut through the pieties that circulate in academia and arts institutions about art as a calling because they are struggling for survival in a milieu that pays lip service to high-minded values but is perversely unequal in its distribution of resources.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.26.20

How To Rebuild A Healthier, Fairer Theater Ecosystem? Bring Back Repertory Companies

Jim Warren, founding artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center, writes that the “revolutionary changes” he recommends — companies of 15 to 20 resident actors, performing shows in rotating repertory and handling administrative jobs as well as performing, and working 40-hour weeks with full benefits — “are a jumping-off point for righting a history of wrongs.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Jim Warren, American Shakespeare Center, 10.29.20

Why composers shouldn’t attack each other in public

In the end, everyone comes out looking bad. And so it was when composer Matthew Aucoin, age 30, took on Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) in the Nov. 5 New York Review of Books. – David Patrick Stearns
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Pierre Boulez, Matthew Aucoin, 10.30.20, New York Review of Books David

David Toole, Pioneering Disabled Dancer, Dead At 56

“A double amputee whose combination of physical power and bewitching delicacy created arresting imagery on stage and TV around the globe,” — most famously at the opening ceremony for London’s 2012 Paralympics — “[he commanded] remarkable control, buoyancy and adept physical displays, sometimes giving the impression that his body was in flight.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, People, 10.28.20, David Toole

Music Exec Is Buying Up Distressed Music Venues Across The Country To “Save” Them

Marc Geiger, the former global music chief of the giant talent agency WME, has quietly amassed a war chest to fortify empty clubs during the pandemic and help them grow once they reopen. One of the most charismatic figures behind the scenes of the music industry — a motormouth futurist who helped create Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of how the internet could help musicians — Geiger portrays his latest venture as a kind of personal crusade. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Geiger, Marc Geiger, 10.29.20

US home prices just keep going up. They shot up this August at the greatest speed in 2 years.

Homeownership is becoming the most popular — and the most newly unattainable — pandemic trend. Dennis Lane/Getty Images The national median home price has been spiking amid the pandemic, as people scramble to take advantage of surprisingly low mortgage rates. Because housing inventory has hit a record low, even moderate demand from home-buyers has pushed prices up. The August edition of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index was released on Tuesday, showing home prices ri...
Tags: Real Estate, Design, News, Housing, US, Trends, Wealth, Economy, San Diego, Housing Affordability, National Association of Realtors, Oxford Economics, CoreLogic, Arts & Culture, Case-shiller, ATTOM Data Solutions

This Tactile Pregnancy Test Offers Much-Needed Privacy to People With Visual Impairments

Pregnancy tests these days can get surprisingly high tech—and may even be rigged to play Doom. It’s also an unfortunate reality that these high-tech tests aren’t always accessible for the visually impaired. Because most rely on digital screens, blind or partially sighted people often have to ask someone else to read…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Design, Accessibility, Consumer Tech, Pregnancy tests

Superhero comic art in dub and reggae album covers

In Sheep's Clothing is a hi-fi audio bar in Los Angeles that, of course, has been closed due to COVID-19. In the meantime, the heads behind the operation shifted their mad cratedigger and curation skills to the Web with free playlists, an annotated guide to the bar's wonderful record collection, and features about music and vinyl culture. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, Los Angeles

Alex Ross Speaks About His Wagner Quest

“You actually never know who is going to turn out to have an interest in Wagner. I think a lot are working composers and musicians [who] end up engaging with him on an extremely practical level. It’s not necessarily a question of dealing with these huge Wagner questions, but just, “Is there something to be learned from him right now?” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Alex Ross, Wagner, 10.28.20

Utah Is Actually A Dance Hotbed. How’d That Happen?

“We’re relatively small, yet boast a top-tier ballet company, the nation’s first repertory dance company, the first school of ballet at an American University, the world’s largest ballroom dance program and multiple powerhouse studios.” How did that happen? “Utah has a unique history that nourished dance,” says one local insider, and that history very much includes the Mormon settlers. – Salt Lake Magazine
Tags: Art, Utah, Dance, American University, 10.27.20

"... this is presumably a caricature of the artist as the devil."

Noticed, this morning, in the lower right corner of a painting, as I was looking into the authorship of the Book of Revelation. The image appears over the artists signature. Nice feet, tail, wings, armor, and whatever that is on the head. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Bible, Satan, Hieronymus Bosch, Ann Althouse

Hollywood Finally Starts Trying To Get Nonwhite Accents Right

“Over the past five months, major film and television studios have signaled renewed efforts to depict people of color thoughtfully and authentically. It isn’t really possible to verify the sincerity of these efforts, but the changing role of dialect coaches — and how they’re allowed to work — may offer a way to judge their success.” A reporter talks with three dialect coaches, one Black and two Latina, about the new demand for their work. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 10.28.20

Amazon Says It, Not You, Owns The Videos You Buy On Amazon Prime

“When an Amazon Prime Video user buys content on the platform, what they’re really paying for is a limited license for ‘on-demand viewing over an indefinite period of time’ and they’re warned of that in the company’s terms of use. That’s the company’s argument for why a lawsuit over hypothetical future deletions of content should be dismissed.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, 10.28.20

When Edward Gorey Created Set Designs & Tony Award-Winning Costumes for a Broadway Production of Dracula (1977) Edward Gorey and Halloween go together as well as Dracula and Halloween. Bring the three together (well, it’s almost Halloween), and you’ve got a triumvirate of classic, wicked, scary fun. The alignment of these dark stars first occurred, , when a Gorey-designed production of Dracula “premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater on October 20th, 1977, just in time for Halloween.” Starring Frank Langella in the title role, “the production w...
Tags: Google, England, College, Theatre, Bela Lugosi, Broadway, Houston, Florence, Bram Stoker, Edward Gorey, Tony, Facebook Twitter, Tod Browning, Dracula, Josh Jones, Gorey

The PlayStation 5 has a tiny detail that pays homage to the console's roots

The PlayStation 5 and its gamepad, the DualSense. Sony The PlayStation 5 was first revealed back in June, and is scheduled to launch on November 12. The console's design is a major departure from the last several generations of Sony's PlayStation consoles, and has become an inspiration for memes. Aside from the unique new look, the PS5 also features a tiny detail that pays homage to PlayStation's roots: The classic triangle/circle/cross/square logo is all over the console and its gamepad. ...
Tags: Gaming, Design, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Playstation, Sony, Detail, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Gamepad, PlayStation 5, PS5, DualSense, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Sony to Business Insider Kevin Webb Business

The Inescapable Problem With Pop-Up Opera On A Truck

Michael Andor Brodeur: “For all the power and dramatic force opera can generate, it remains a sublimely vulnerable form, its fantasy created onstage and tenuously protected from the elements by the eggshell shield of the proscenium. Here, outside among the hum and honk of afternoon traffic, it doesn’t really stand a chance.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Michael Andor Brodeur, 10.28.20

Ethics And “The Lesser Of Two Evils” Strategy

In deciding whether to compromise your ideals, or whether to take a stand, you might ask yourself: ‘Will this compromise undermine projects that I’ve committed to, through which I’m actively trying to make the world a better place?’ (In which case: stand by your principles.) ‘Or are my ideals and principles simply idle, such that a moral compromise wouldn’t affect any projects actively in train?’ (In which case: act so as to promote the lesser of two evils.) – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20

At Last Minute, Baltimore Museum Of Art ‘Pauses’ Controversial Sale Of Three Paintings

“The decision” — made just a few hours before the gavel was to fall at Sotheby’s — “not to move forward with the offloading of paintings by Clyfford Still and Brice Marden, plus an Andy Warhol canvas through a private sale, follows weeks of controversy, which culminated in indirect censure from the Association of Art Museum Directors.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Andy Warhol, Visual, Brice Marden, Sotheby, 10.28.20

Wole Soyinka To Publish His First Novel In 47 Years

“The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most recent novel, Season of Anomy, was released in 1973. Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth, which will be published in Nigeria before the end of the year [and internationally in 2021], will be his third.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Words, Anomy, 10.28.20

Why is Storytelling So Powerful?

Storytelling is an intrinsic part of the human experience, dating back thousands of years. Much of history as we know it is due largely to stories being passed down through generations. There is nothing quite as compelling as a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. So how does this translate to the presentation space? You want to make sure your audience is tracking with you. You must deliver information that will yield your desired result. Let’s explore why storytelling’s capacity to be...
Tags: Design, Storytelling, Content, Presentation, Forbes, Speaking, Emory University, Brand Story, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Brand Storytelling, Nick Morgan, Storytellings, Presentation Storytelling, Storytelling Tips, Finding The Story

Grafomaps' custom map posters and T-shirts make great personalized gifts — here's what it's like to design them

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. is a website that lets you design custom map posters and T-shirts of any place in the world.We went through an easy design process and created posters and a T-shirt of our favorite vacation spots — the finished products are really cool.  Custom map posters start at $49 without a frame and can go up to $119 for metal frames, while T-shirt prints cost just $35.Right now, you can save $15 on everything exce...
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