Did American Cities Build Too Many Luxury Developments?

Across the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has sapped Americans’ appetite for fancy projects like this, in no small part because the cross-section of upwardly mobile people who can afford such apartments—like well-off students, high-earning young professionals, or people with second homes—have fled urban city centers or scaled back on spending. – Slate
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.14.20

The Cost Of Being Charley Pride

Ultimately, Pride was rewarded by the country music business — by the end of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s, he was one of the genre’s central, crucial performers, a part of the firmament. But he was also, naturally, the exception that proved the rule — even with his success as an example, the country music industry remained largely inhospitable to Black performers. He was a one of one. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 12.14.20

Poets On COVID – Is This All There Is?

“This lukewarm book, largely uncompromised by alert feelings, political insight, wit, striking intellect or lightning of any variety, is — to borrow a slab of Orwell’s Newspeak — doubleplus ungood.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Orwell, 12.14.20

How The Internet Broke Our Brains

“Imagine the 21st-century worker as accessing two modes of thinking: productivity mind and leisure mind. When we are under the sway of the former, we are time- and results-optimizing creatures, set on proving our industriousness to the world and, most of all, to ourselves. In leisure mode, the thrumming subsides, allowing us to watch a movie or finish a glass of wine without considering how our behavior might affect our reputation and performance reviews. For several hours a week, on Sunday eve...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.13.20

White Remains Top Vehicle Color Globally According to Axalta

  Axalta released its 68th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report today, and it said 81 percent of vehicles are white, black, gray or silver. White at 38 percent is the most frequently purchased automotive color worldwide and has been for 10 years consecutively. Black remains at 19 percent year-over-year and is a luxury vehicle favorite. Gray, […] The post White Remains Top Vehicle Color Globally According to Axalta appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Marketing, Global, Color, Trends, Paint, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Black, Cosmetics, News Blog, Axalta, Consumer Preferences, Vehicle Colors

Protecting Your Dream- A Guide to Navigating Criticism

Many presenters are leaders and entrepreneurs. As such, you’ve likely either had the opportunity to watch your dream come to life, or are in that process now. Throughout this process, criticism is inevitable. Sometimes, along the way, dreams take shape perhaps in different forms than we originally anticipate. Now, this doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Being prepared for whatever may come your way instead of leaving yourself vulnerable to your critics will make all the difference. ...
Tags: Design, Entrepreneurship, Advice, Inspiration, Entrepreneur, Criticism, Will Smith, Presentation, Dream, Inner Critic, Pursuit Of Happiness, Speaking, Critique, Presentation Design, Dare To Dream, Protect

Dancing on Stone and in Water

I’ve said it before, and forgive me if I say it again: Dancers can’t not dance. There they are on my laptop’s window — at work in their apartments, in parks, on piers, and in empty streets. Maybe partners and roommates have filmed you performing; maybe you just attached your cell phone to a music stand and shooed the cat away. Dušan Týnek’s Quarry Dance IX is nothing like that. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 12.11.20, Dušan Týnek

Swan Song for the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in the U.S.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is at the end of the road in the U.S. Unlike some cases, in which models are dropped with little fanfare, FCA has decided to send the 4C out in style with the roll out of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, a salute to the ’67 Alfa Romeo 33 […] The post Swan Song for the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in the U.S. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Fca, Autos, Alfa Romeo, Italian cars, Rare Rides, Collector Car, Car Collector's Corner, 4C Spider, Stradale Tributo

Could The Streaming Wars Hit Their Peak In 2021?

The problem with all this growth is that eventually streaming services will just run out of households to sign up. This year, video-on-demand services have seen more growth than any other time in their history… But in 2021 the industry could see a massive cooling. Everyone will have tried everything and pretty much decided which ones they’re sticking to. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 12.11.20

What Ancient Cave Art Teaches Us About The Place Of Art In Human Existence

“It’s rare to see art that is intrinsically woven into, and ultimately shapes, the very fabric of society. Was art always destined to be something that came only after we had satisfied our basic subsistence needs? Human evolution suggests not.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.10.20

By The Numbers: Just How White Publishing Is In America

By the end, we had identified the race or ethnicity of 3,471 authors.We guessed that most of the authors would be white, but we were shocked by the extent of the inequality once we analyzed the data. Of the 7,124 books for which we identified the author’s race, 95 percent were written by white people. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, America, Words, 12.11.20

The Best Architecture of 2020

The editors of Dezeen have chosen their favorites. – dezeen
Tags: Art, Visual, Dezeen, 12.11.20

Classical Music’s Real Diversity Problem? Class

Today, the genre is grappling with what, on the surface, might seem like an entirely different aspect of its legacy: the historical lack of diversity in its orchestras and ensembles. The truth is that these legacies could hardly be more intertwined: Economic discrimination has produced diversity dramas of all sorts. Yet you’d never know this from recent attempts by critics to wrestle with the genre’s representation problems without so much as a passing reference to class. – The New Republic ...
Tags: Art, Music, 12.10.20

Mary, Jesus, and Cookie Monster

The Mother, the Son, and the real Holy Spirit. Can you spot Cookie Monster? (@marksumm, thanks UPSO!)
Tags: Art, Post, News, Funny, Pareidolia, Mary Jesus

The Head Of WarnerMedia Is Suddenly An Industry-Wide Supervillain

Jason Kilar made what he thought was a pretty decent decision, given the coronavirus – to launch Warner Bros’ entire 2021 slate both in movie theatres (well, the ones that are open) and HBO Max. Filmmakers, agents, actors, movie theatre chains, and many others are bemused or furious. To put it mildly, many in and out of Warner Media “chafe at what they see is a lack of respect for Hollywood tradition.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Warner Bros, Jason Kilar, Warner Media, 12.13.20, HBO Max Filmmakers

The 7 Biggest Packaging Design Trends For 2021

Here are the 7 biggest 2021 packaging design trends that are powerful, relevant, and easily adapted for any business.
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TV’s Landscape Had Several New Nonbinary Characters This Year

From Star Trek: Discovery to Good Trouble, TV shows added nonbinary characters this year. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – GLAAD – even has a checklist for writers’ rooms. All this isn’t an untrammeled joy for nonbinary people, however: Often, “nonbinary characters don’t appear to be informed by a real nonbinary person’s experience and perspective.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation GLAAD, 12.14.20

Ben Bova, Science Fiction Writer And Editor Of Prominent SF Magazines, 88

Bova was a “hard” science fiction writer – that is, no fantasy, but a lot of space travel and the science that might ensue. He edited Analog magazine and published new generations of writers there and at Omni, where he was the first editor. He won many Hugos and a lifetime achievement award from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation “for fueling mankind’s imagination regarding the wonders of outer space.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Omni, Bova, Ben Bova, 12.13.20, Arthur C Clarke Foundation

Iconic Japanese woodblock print "The Great Wave" recreated in Lego

Lego Certified Professional Jumpei Mitsui brought Hokusai's iconic ukiyo-e woodblock print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" (c. 1829-1833) into the Lego realm. Marvel at this incredible work in Osaka's Hankyu Brick Museum. 富嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏 をレゴで立体化しました。長年作りたいテーマで頭の中でイメージはできていたのですが、今回ついに具現化することができました。立体なので色んなアングルから楽しめる作品になっています。今日から大阪の阪急三番街・HANKYU BRICK MUSEUMで常設展示しています!— 三井淳平 / Jumpei Mitsui (@Jumpei_Mitsui) December 11, 2020 レゴで作った「富嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏」を動画で撮って...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Prints, Lego, Osaka, Hokusai, Kanagawa, Woodblocks, Jumpei Mitsui, Hankyu Brick Museum

A Plea For Books For Christmas

“Books remain the ultimate gift: easy to wrap, available in such a multifarious array that there’s truly something for everyone and, best of all, a desperately needed break from screens in the age of TikTok and Zoom. A book does not beep at you, spy on you, sell you out to marketers, interrupt with breaking news, suck you into a doomscrolling vortex, cease to function in a nor’easter, flood your eyes with melatonin-suppressing blue light or otherwise interrupt your already troubled sleep.” – Th...
Tags: Art, Words, 12.13.20

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...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Home, Art, Trends, Features, Gifts, Van Gogh, Gift Ideas, Sint Maarten, Home Decorating, Wheatpaste, Ellen Hoffman, Grafomap, Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks 2020

The History Of Sexism And Classism In British Science Underpins Everything About The Movie Ammonite

When Francis Lee first read about Mary Anning, he felt a connection to her. Then he did the work to make gritty Lyme come to life. “I did extensive research to make sure that not just the facts about Mary but the facts about the day and how people lived their lives and what it meant to have no money in this time. … All of that is very, very factual.” But the film’s detractors have fastened their (homophobic) outrage on the relationship at the heart of the film between paleontologist Anning and ...
Tags: Art, Media, Mary, Francis Lee, Mary Anning, Anning, 12.11.20

Which Of Steve McQueen’s Five New Films Should You Watch First?

Whew, they’re all part of a piece, of course – that’s why they come under the title Small Axe as an anthology series – but some are more full films than others. Let’s say you have three hours. Which one, or ones, are best? – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Steve McQueen, 12.13.20

Why Author Allie Brosh Went Silent For Years

The author, whose illustrated tales resonate with what seems like anyone online (the memes are legendary and numerous), basically went radio silent after the publication of Hyperbole and a Half. Seven years – and many traumas – went by. But her new book is hitting at a weirdly accurate time. “I didn’t know quarantine was going to happen when I wrote the material, but I do hope that the last chapter in particular—the one about being your own friend—could be helpful for people feeling a similar t...
Tags: Art, Words, Allie Brosh, 12.12.20

Christmas Carol Is More Than Humbug, Even For Those Weary Of Tiny Tim

Truly. Even this year, or perhaps especially this year. “‘Will you decide who shall live and who shall die?’ this Ghost of Christmas Present asked Scrooge, a question asked many times this year: Is it those in government who played down the disease, those in law enforcement who disregarded Black lives or those who have put others at risk during the pandemic?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, 12.13.20

Prolific New Music Composer Molly Joyce Blazes A Trail

And with one hand, at that. She’s “among the most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome. She’s composed spectral, searching works for orchestra, choir, string quartet and percussion ensemble; collaborated with ­virtual-reality artists, dancers and poets; and studied with the likes of Samuel Adler, Martin Bresnick and Missy Mazzoli. … She has carved a unique sound as a composer by treating disability differently: not as an impediment but as a wellspri...
Tags: Art, Music, Missy Mazzoli, Molly Joyce, 12.13.20, Samuel Adler Martin Bresnick

Anthony Veasna So, Whose First Book Was The Subject Of A Bidding War, Has Died At 28

The young Cambodian-American writer died suddenly and unexpectedly at home. He was on the brink of literary stardom as “the author of crackling, kinetic and darkly comedic stories that made vivid the lives of first-generation Khmer-Americans.” His book Afterparties will be published next year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 12.13.20, Anthony Veasna

Calling 2020 ‘The Year The Music Died’ Is Far More Truth Than Cliche

Where should musicians go, and what should they do? “Everyone in the live music business has asked that question since the pandemic decimated the industry. The damage was relentless and comprehensive, and it’s nowhere near over: tours grounded, beloved venues shuttered, layoffs made permanent and lifelong dreams vaporized. An industry at the crest of a hugely profitable decade has plummeted off a cliff.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.11.20

Carol Sutton Of Steel Magnolias, Queen Sugar, And Hundreds Of Other Projects, 76

Sutton died of complications from Covid-19. The New Orleans native – who never relocated from her home city – acted in her first movie with The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman in 1974, but she had “honed her acting abilities beginning in 1968, when she joined one of the rare African-American theatrical troupes in the Deep South. The Dashiki Project Theatre, founded by students at Dillard University and other historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana, was based in New Orleans ...
Tags: Art, People, New Orleans, Louisiana, Black, Sutton, Dillard University, Jane Pittman, 12.12.20, Carol Sutton Of Steel Magnolias Queen Sugar

What Should MoMA Do About Philip Johnson’s Massively Racist Legacy?

Truly, the man who was the founding director of architecture and design at MoMA is now a liability – or so says Harvard, which recently took steps to remove his name from the university’s buildings and official references. “His history with fascism, antisemitism and the Nazis is well documented. He tried to start a fascist political party in the United States, attended the Nuremberg rally of 1938 and described Hitler as ‘a spellbinder.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Nazis, Harvard, United States, Nuremberg, Hitler, Issues, Moma, Philip Johnson, 12.13.20

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