Canada’s Non-Fiction Revolution

In Canada, the most trail-blazing contemporary nonfiction is being produced by writers of colour and Indigenous writers, many of whom are women or nonbinary. – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Canada, Words, 12.17.20

Gamer Awards Show Draws Monster Ratings

The 2020 telecast, staged this month from a Hollywood soundstage as well as dozens of remote locations, pulled in more than 83 million livestreams, falling just a bit shy of doubling last year’s 45.2 million livestreams, which was itself a sharp increase from the 11.5 million the ceremony garnered in 2017. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Los Angeles, Audience, 12.21.20

Disability As A Social Construct (Am I Really Disabled?)

“For most of my life, I’ve been used to thinking of disabled people in the mainstream way – that is, in the third person. When I tick ‘yes’, I still can’t quite believe it. Even after eight years of paying close attention to disability scholarship and activism, when I picture disability, my mind still defaults to the stock images: the wheelchair symbol, the guide dog, the white stick, the prosthetic limb, the accessible toilet.” But… – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.10.20

Art Versus Ideology – A Philosophical Battle

“No living artist I know of, however fervently activist, is renouncing art as a distraction from moral commitment, as the more extreme Constructivists did. But a good deal of recent polemical art suggests a use-by date that is not far in the future. Aesthetic judgment, based in experience, confirms differences between what is of its time and what, besides being of its time, may prove timeless. I feel that our present moment, marked by imbroglios of art and politics, forces the issue, even in fa...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.21.20

How Fashion Appropriated The Styles Of Enslaved People

The experiences of enslaved people were not always deemed important enough to record for posterity, and the glimpses that have been preserved are often distorted by interventions of enslavers. We are left to wonder: Who are they? What were their names? What were their favorite colors? Why did they choose to be photographed on these particular occasions? Why did they style themselves in these ways? – Guernica
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.21.20

Since They Cancelled This Year’s Bad Sex In Fiction Award, Here’s Some Brand New Bad Sex In Fiction

“The judges offered the justification that ‘the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well,’ but come on — the bad things we’ve weathered in 2020 are exactly the reason we need to laugh and cringe at [execrable sex writing]. … The Literary Review judges admonished writers not to take the cancellation as ‘a license to write bad sex’ — but they abandoned us in our time of need so we don’t have to listen to them.” – Electric Literature
Tags: Art, Words, 12.18.20

Problems With The Meritocracy

Humans are given to hierarchy—we measure ourselves against those around us and strive to better our relative position—but we are, at the same time, unhappy that this is true of ourselves. This predicament is the product of two drives. – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.21.20

Do We Need A New Liberalism?

“Properly understood, liberalism offers an incomparably rich, four-century-long experimental history of a never-ending quest to find the best way for diverse people—and peoples—to live together well in conditions of freedom. It is a theoretical treasure trove and a practical experience bank. How telling, by contrast, that so-called “post-liberalism” cannot even come up with a proper name for itself; its very moniker reveals its epigonic character.” – Prospect
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.20.20

“No Duty to Police Clients”? The Continuing Saga of NY Attorney General’s Sales-Tax Suit vs. Sotheby’s

Having reviewed the court papers to date, I have an opinion about what they indicate regarding auction-house business practices, but … – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Sotheby, 12.22.20

How The Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge Prepared Its Lessons And Carols Service For This Year Of Pestilence

Just as the boy chorister who sings the opening solo never knows that he’ll be the one to do it until immediately before the service (and its worldwide broadcast) begins, so — with a new strain of coronavirus raging around England — the choir and its director didn’t know until a week before Christmas Eve whether they’d be able to to the worldwide broadcast live. Here’s how they prepared for either eventuality. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, England, 12.22.20, Choir Of King

The Erasure of the Arts

To me the most salient feature of The Upswing, the important new book co-authored by the sociologist Robert Putnam (who also wrote Bowling Alone) on the disappearance of “social capital,” is incidental: the authors completely fail to consider the arts. In fact, I have the uncomfortable feeling that The Upswing may partly be a symptom of the shortcomings it observes. And it is not alone. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Robert Putnam, 12.22.20

This home paint startup is a millennial haven - it offers highly curated colors and bundles supplies for easy shopping

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Backdrop Backdrop is a paint startup that wants to make it less of a chore to paint your home.It sells paint ($59) in a small selection of colors, samples ($3) that ship for free, and supplies, plus it has an online calculator that helps you determine how much of everything you'll need. The shopping experience and products feel more reminiscent of a design-studio than a hardware store - an exciting...
Tags: Reviews, Home, Home Decor, Trends, CMO, Bedroom, Home Office, International Rescue Committee, Warby Parker, Bathroom, Interior Design, Marrakesh, Home And Kitchen, Skywalker, Natalie, Clare

Why Just ‘Adding Context’ To Controversial Monuments May Not Change Minds

In two words, confirmation bias. If the text about slavery added to a statue of a Confederate general at a battleground or to the displays at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello conflict with visitors’ pre-existing beliefs, those people will dismiss the new information as irrelevant (if they even notice that it’s there). This is particularly true at historical monuments because, research has shown, most people who visit them don’t go there to learn. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, 12.18.20

Why Was Longtime Oregon Children’s Theatre Director Suddenly Fired?

“The departure of McKeen, one of the city’s most prominent arts leaders, comes as something of a shock. He’d been OCT’s managing director since 2008. Before that he spent several years as a grant writer and fundraising consultant for several Portland arts organizations, served a year as the first manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, and spent three years as general manager of Portland Center Stage.” – Oregon Arts Watch
Tags: Art, Theatre, Portland, McKeen, 12.17.20, Oregon Children, Oregon Cultural Trust

More Details On Congress’ COVID Funding For Performing Arts Venues

“We secured the Save Our Stages Act for indie music venues, Broadway, comedy clubs, indie movie theaters, and more,” Senator Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter Sunday night. “These are people’s jobs and livelihoods, and they need this help now. I won’t stop fighting for them.” – Rolling Stone
Tags: Art, Congress, Broadway, Issues, Chuck Schumer, 12.21.20

Fanny Waterman, Co-Founder Of Leeds International Piano Competition, Dead At 100

“Somewhat embarrassingly, it was one of her own pupils, Michael Roll, who won the first competition, … but, despite the controversy, the event gradually grew from what she herself described as a ‘cottage industry’ into one of the most important of its type in the world.” She remained chairman and artistic director of “the Leeds” until just five years ago. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Leeds, 12.21.20, Fanny Waterman Co, Michael Roll

Illegal Streaming Would Become A Felony Under COVID Relief Bill

“It’s been less than two weeks since Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) released his proposal to increase the penalties for those who would dare stream unlicensed works. … It’s had very little time to circulate before evidently becoming part of the spending package. If passed, illegal streaming of works including movies and music tracks could carry a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. That’s not the only change to copyright law, either.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Bill, Sen Thom Tillis R NC, 12.21.20

A Terrible New Copyright Law Got Inserted Into The COVID Relief Bill That Just Passed

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation has argued that it could mean huge fines for individuals sharing copyrighted material on social media. ‘The CASE Act could mean internet users facing $30,000 penalties for sharing a meme or making a video,’ it wrote earlier. ‘It has no place in must pass legislation.’ It noted that if an individual is hit with a CASE claim, they would need to reply to the Copyright Office ‘in a very specific way, within a limited time’ to avoid a steep fine.” – Engadget
Tags: Art, Media, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Copyright Office, 12.22.20

Can Dudamel’s New Virtual Reality Film Make The Young’uns Think Orchestral Music Is Cool?

“The film” — titled Symphony in Madrid — “is split into two, 12-minute sections. The first, shown on a giant screen, follows three young musicians in Spain, the US and Colombia as they practise their instruments and move through landscapes and soundscapes that range from the Mediterranean coast to the streets of New York and a coffee farm on a tropical mountainside. For the second, visitors are invited into the other trailer, given a virtual reality headset and headphones, and urged to take lea...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, US, Spain, Colombia, Madrid, Mediterranean, Audience, Dudamel, 12.22.20

Dances With Death: In Russia, Ballet Continues, Pandemic Be Damned

As colleagues and fans in other countries look on with either envy or incredulity, ballet dancers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities keep coming to the theater, rehearsing, and performing. Outbreaks happen regularly within companies and dancers have to quarantine, but onward they go. – Gramilano (Milan)
Tags: Art, Russia, Dance, Moscow St Petersburg, 12.19.20

Trump’s Executive Order Targets Modernist Buildings

Retitled “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” it begins with a paean to “beautiful public architecture,” before moving on to a litany of disapproval aimed at modernist federal buildings. – NPR
Tags: Art, Visual, Trump, 12.21.20

Are You Chunking Your Content?

Understanding exactly what to say and what not to say in your presentation takes time and practice. First, just because it can be said, doesn’t mean it should. Saying too much puts you at the risk of information overload, confusion, and overwhelm. Next, the words on each slide of your presentation should be easy to comprehend, learn, and commit to memory. Easier said than done? Using various strategies will help you achieve these three key measures. Now, chunking is a great place to start. What...
Tags: Design, Presentation, Content Creation, Content Strategy, Thought Leadership, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Content Structure, Thought Leader, Content Editing, Content Creator, Content Building, Content Advice, Chunking, Content Edits

Scammers Are Conning Famous Authors Into Sending Them Unpublished Manuscripts

Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Ethan Hawke, Jo Nesbø and James Hannaham are a few “of countless targets in a mysterious international phishing scam that has been tricking writers, editors, agents and anyone in their orbit into sharing unpublished book manuscripts. It isn’t clear who the thief or thieves are, or even how they might profit from the scheme. … In fact, the manuscripts do not appear to wind up on the black market at all, or anywhere on the dark web, and no ransoms have been demanded. ...
Tags: Art, Words, James Hannaham, 12.21.20, Margaret Atwood Ian McEwan Ethan Hawke Jo Nesbø

French Police Seize Hoard Of 27,000 Ancient And Medieval Artifacts, Probably Looted

Authorities seized the trove, which includes coins and jewelry from ancient Rome, bracelets and similar items from the Bronze and Iron Ages, and metal objects from the European Middle Ages, from a Frenchman in Belgium who claims he had found the objects in his apple orchard. Customs officials in both countries say they were probably smuggled from France. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Rome, Belgium, Customs, Visual, 12.17.20

Pandemic Relief Legislation Will Aid Indie Movie Theaters But (Probably) Not Big Chains

“The grants will provide much-needed relief to these venues, many of which have seen their business all but vanish as the pandemic canceled concerts and stage plays, while pushing almost all new theatrical releases to 2021. These particular grants, however, appear to disqualify the three largest players in the domestic movie theater business: AMC, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, AMC Cinemark, 12.21.20

Plans For Smithsonian Museums Of Women’s And Latinx History Saved By COVID Relief Bill

Hopes for the two long-discussed projects appeared crushed earlier this month when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) blocked the legislation that would have authorized them. But other lawmakers managed to get that bill attached to the omnibus spending and relief measure passed late Monday night. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Bill, Visual, Sen Mike Lee R UT, 12.22.20, Smithsonian Museums Of Women

Through the stained glass, vividly

Katayun Saklat , 82, is a charming and exuberant painter and stained glass artist Seated in the drawing room of her Auckland Square apartment, Katayun Saklat, painter and stained glass artist, though not necessarily in that order, speaks about her exceptional life and her art, as a number of her assistants come and go, pleasantly interrupting her for instructions. Saklat, 82, is a charming and exuberant personality and the room is a bit like her. But then it is also her gallery, Gallery Kata...
Tags: Art, UK, Life, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bombay, Buckinghamshire, Srinagar, Calcutta, Parsi, Zarathushtra, Katayun Saklat, Grant Lane, Katayun, Suhas Roy, Auckland Square

Astad is gone, but is more alive than ever

‘Astad had the courage to plough a lonely furrow. He made a life of his own, on his own, and created a path-breaking dance style.’ ‘Only a few in the performing arts could do what he did.’‘A classical dancer can fall back on tradition, but Astad created something absolutely new.’ Article by Archana Masih | Rediff IMAGE: Astad Deboo, the legendary dancer who died after a brief illness on the morning of December 10, performs at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Photograph: Kind courtesy Ritam Banerj...
Tags: Art, Europe, Washington, France, Life, India, Syria, Afghanistan, Paris, Myanmar, Delhi, Mumbai, Damascus, Maya, Afghanistan Syria, Foreign Service

thecollectibles: Art by Jeremy Adams

thecollectibles: Art by Jeremy Adams
Tags: Art, Sport, Cycling, Jeremy Adams

sadfishkid: journal comics:#4 return to sender

sadfishkid: journal comics:#4 return to sende
Tags: Art, Sport, Cycling, THIS COMIC.. is smth that can be so personal

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