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Winner-Take-All Urbanism (Hey, Amazon HQ) Leaves A Lot Of Cities Behind

What can be done for the non-New Yorks, the non-San Franciscos, the non-Seattles? “Left to their own fate, state and local policymakers often end up shoveling money at companies in the hope of attracting future investment. It isn’t working. For today’s left-behind communities to bounce back, the federal government has to act.” – The Atlantic
Tags: IDEAS, 03.24.19

How Miami Became A Book Town

Mitchell Kaplan founded Books & Books in 1982, a time when Miami was seen as a place of drug running, diet culture, and political unrest – and certainly not literary culture. But, well, “thirty-seven years, an international book fair and eight additional locations later, Kaplan is celebrated as the man who turned Miami into a book town, and one of the foremost literary centers in the world.” – The New York Times
Tags: WORDS, 03.22.19

Many American Film Critics Missed This, But ‘Suspiria’ Is About The Guilt At The Heart Of German History

The more German history you know – no, not only about the Nazis, but yes also about the Nazis – the more you’ll understand how very, very much cultural work this movie is doing. The movie “explores the trauma of our world by embedding [a] fable in a historical past which holds terrifying prospects for our future.” – Medium
Tags: MEDIA, 03.23.19

Is All Hope Gone For Hastings Pier?

This story has a lot of questions attached, about money and selling to someone who has had other companies go bad, etc., but – “First, it’s worth asking why piers in general are so troublesome and troubled – for tales of burning, failing, closing piers, or of piers falling into questionable hands, or any news item enabling the headline “The End of the Pier Show”, have become part of the national story. There is the decades-long struggle to rescue the rusting remnants of the West Pier at Brighto...
Tags: VISUAL, 03.24.19

The Most Expensive Thing To Buy Now Is Human Interaction

The poor and middle-class can’t escape screens, and the data they hoover up both mindlessly and with (scary) intention. But the rich can, and do. – The New York Times
Tags: IDEAS, 03.23.19

The Office Of The Architect Chosen For Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Has Some Terrible Intern Practices

Junya Ishigami + Associates allegedly sent an email to a student interested in interning in their Tokyo office laying out the conditions for internship: “No pay, a six-day working week and office hours that run from 11am until midnight. The placements were described as lasting between two and three months (‘or more’), with interns required to bring their own computer equipment and software.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: VISUAL, 03.22.19

The Art World Is Finally Responding To Older African American Artists

Well, indeed: “‘There has been a whole parallel universe that existed that people had not tapped into,’ said Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.” For some of the artists, the attention can feel like a bit of a mixed blessing, but the advantages are strong. – The New York Times
Tags: VISUAL, 03.23.19

Dave Frishberg Is 86

And there’s not enough – hardly any – video of him performing, but here’s one. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: AJBlogs, 03.23.19

Wait, Who Exactly Is The Real-World Analogue To The Baddies In The Most Recent Marvel Movie?

Spoiler alert, perhaps obviously. But really, whom are the Kree meant to represent? It’s unclear, or variable, perhaps, but for sure: “The Kree become a scapegoat, an oppressive empire that oppresses the oppressed.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: IDEAS, 03.21.19

Birmingham’s Young, Popular, Fiery Conductor Says British Orchestras Don’t Have An Easy Life

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla became the music director for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She says, “British orchestras, the CBSO included, don’t have an easy life. They work very hard, very fast. They don’t have the government support you get in, say, Germany or Austria or elsewhere. Or the rehearsal time.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: MUSIC, 03.23.19

Barbra Streisand Said Some Pretty Bad Stuff In An Interview

Today, she apologized for much of the interview wherein she blamed the parents of the men who say Michael Jackson abused them when they were kids, and saying such things as “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. … They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.” – The New York Times
Tags: ISSUES, 03.23.19

Gaillard With Parker, Gillespie, Marmarosa, et al

Here’s a gathering of 1940s Los Angeles all-stars. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: AJBlogs, 03.21.19

San Francisco Symphony Musicians Announce Their Support For Striking Colleagues In Chicago

They are supposed to perform in Chicago on Tuesday, but they say they “will join striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians on the picket line if the labor conflict hasn’t been settled by then.” (They already sent a letter of support, but this is a bit more direct.) – Chicago Tribune
Tags: MUSIC, 03.22.19

We Need To Talk About The Author Of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’

Charlotte Perkins Gilman has become a go-to feminist author with her clear, understandable, and terrifying short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” forgotten after her death but rediscovered in the 1970s. But she wrote a lot of nonfiction as well. In that writing, “she accused non-white immigrants of ‘diluting’ the racial purity of America and advocated for a government-run, slavery-adjacent system of forced labor, which she called ‘enlistment,’ for black Americans.” – LitHub
Tags: WORDS, 03.21.19

City Lights: The Little Bookshop That Could

As Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100, a tribute to the first decade and a half of the beloved bookstore he founded. – Jan Herman
Tags: AJBlogs, 03.22.19

Here, Meet The Whiting Award Winners

What’s the Whiting Award – and who are these people? (It’s a $50,000 award for early-career writers, so no surprise you don’t know most of them yet.) – NPR
Tags: WORDS, 03.20.19

The Guggenheim Won’t Accept New Sackler Family Gifts Either

The move comes after Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and Tate (all of them) said the same thing. “The Guggenheim announced its decision on Friday in a brief statement that did not mention the opioid crisis or Mr. Sackler’s past on the museum’s board. A museum spokeswoman declined on Friday night to explain its rationale for the move or its decision-making process.” – The New York Times
Tags: VISUAL, 03.22.19

It Wasn’t Easy Being An Actor In The 19th Century

Just ask Sarah Bernhardt, or her greatest rival. “Technological advantages like the steam locomotive and gas lighting made it possible for acting companies and star performers to reach larger and more varied audiences than they ever had before. At the same time, actors and the playwrights who wrote for them began to move from productions that prized flamboyant gestures and histrionic speeches toward those that championed a more naturalistic and intimate performance style.” – American Theatre ...
Tags: THEATRE, 03.21.19

The Elton John Biopic Will Be Rated R, Probably, For An ‘Intimate’ Scene (And For Drugs)

Of course it’s not because that intimate scene has two men in it. No, no, of course not. It’s … the swearing. And the drugs. “According to one source close to the production, filmmakers and Paramount are in discussions about the love scene, which has the F-word several times and includes brief rear nudity, and someone snorting cocaine.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: ISSUES, 03.22.19

Writing Isn’t Therapy

And writing about trauma doesn’t bestow some kind of catharsis on authors, or so says T. Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. “My love for magic, still, is all about mechanics. Construction. Physics. My knowledge of how tricks are done does not deaden the awe and admiration I feel—it deepens it. Sometimes I work hard for that knowledge.” – LitHub
Tags: WORDS, 03.22.19

Julianne Moore Didn’t Quit ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ – She Was Fired

At least, according to Richard Grant, a 2019 Best Supporting Actor nominee who eventually made the movie with Melissa McCarthy (nominated for Best Actress in 2019) as lead instead. The issue? Moore wanted to wear a fake nose and a fat suit. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: MEDIA, 03.22.19

Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees

Fame sells: that’s the lesson in a survey revealing the world’s most popular exhibitions during a bumper yearIn Paris, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z; in Washington, it was Barack and Michelle Obama; while, in London, visitors queued to look at Pablo Picasso’s erotic muse or Grayson Perry’s summer picks.Last year the lustre of celebrity, whether garnered from fashion and entertainment or history, seemed to be the best way to attract visitors to museums and galleries. Continue reading...
Tags: Museums, Art, Art and design, Beyoncé, Grayson Perry, Jay-Z, Culture, UK news

Looking for Rembrandt - on BBC4 in April

BBC4 is marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death by telling his story from how own perspective - despite the fact he fell on hard times towards the end of his life and left no diaries and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Making A Mark

Discovered After 70, Black Artists Find Success, Too, Has Its Price

Once on the margins, older African-American artists are suddenly a hot commodity. They are relishing the attention while dealing with the market’s grueling demands.
Tags: Art, Blacks, Binion, McArthur, Bowling, Frank, Edwards, Melvin, Gilliam, Sam, Whitten, Jack, Pindell, Howardena

A Dutch All-Day Restaurant Channels the Sleek Craftsmanship of 1930s Car Interiors

Located in Den Bosch, a picturesque Dutch town in the south of the country, Pompen & Verlouw is a new, all-day restaurant designed by Amsterdam-based Studio 34 South that takes its name from the 1930s garage that used to occupy the spot. Offering guests brunch and dinner locally inspired menus based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as coffee, refreshments and pre-dinner aperitifs, the...

Guggenheim Museum Says It Won’t Accept Gifts From Sackler Family

The decision, which followed similar moves from British museums, highlights growing unease in the art world over the family’s links to OxyContin and the opioid crisis.
Tags: Philanthropy, Art, Opioids and Opiates, Guggenheim, Solomon R, Museum, Sackler, Mortimer D, Museums, OxyContin (Drug, National Portrait Gallery (London, Tate Museum Group

Thomas Heatherwick Projects Are Everywhere These Days. We Deserve Better

“This high-profile intercontinental spread has made Heatherwick all but ubiquitous. It has also earned him a heavy dose of suspicion mixed with contempt, both from critics and the public. His name is often used as something of a synonym for everything that’s wrong with contemporary urban design.” – CityLab
Tags: VISUAL, 03.21.19

Might Our Morality Change With Artificial Intelligence? (Is That Even The Right Question?)

Because AI might ‘think’ differently to how humans think, and because of the general tendency to get swept up in its allure, its use could well change how we approach tasks and make decisions. The seductive allure that tends to surround AI in fact represents one of its dangers. Those working in the field despair that almost every article about AI hypes its powers, and even those about banal uses of AI are illustrated with killer robots. – Aeon
Tags: IDEAS, 03.21.19