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The Woman Who Shaped The Las Vegas Skyline

30 min 33 sec ago

“Baron Haussmann was lucky enough to be hanging around Paris at the exact moment Napoleon III thought it could do with a refit. Christopher Wren had the good fortune to be alive at the time of Britain’s worst bakery fire. And Betty Willis happened to be working for a sign manufacturer in Las Vegas when the twin forces of modish Googie architecture and the leisure era came together to cut it a singularly brash neon destiny.”

What’s So Great About Young Writers?

45 min 36 sec ago

“Youthful achievement is often linked to privilege. Not everyone can afford to write when young. Some are already working more than one job. Others are raising children, as I was for many years. Still others may not feel safe expressing themselves, for any number of reasons.”

Common Core Prioritizes The Arts In Standardized Test Prep

1 hour 1 min ago

“A growing number of big cities, including New York, are increasing money for their arts programs as they roll out Common Core.”

Why Museums Need To Partner With – Not Just Consult – Native Peoples For ‘Native American’ Exhibits

1 hour 16 min ago

“Asserting Native voice in the exhibition is represented by gigantic blow-up photographs of Native people in the exhibition, quotes, videos, interviews, representation in the gift shop, participation in the catalog, is inaccurate and disingenuous.”

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Is (Finally?) Getting An Update

1 hour 20 min ago

Though it used to end the immigration story in 1954, “the museum will leap more than 60 years forward with the opening of two new galleries in what had once been the station’s kitchen and laundry. They pick up the narrative where it was left off.”

Six Novelists Withdraw From PEN Awards Gala Over ‘Charlie Hebdo’

1 hour 27 min ago

Australian novelist Peter Carey: “All this is complicated by PEN’s seeming blindness to the cultural arrogance of the French nation, which does not recognize its moral obligation to a large and disempowered segment of their population.”

A Slice Of Americana: The (Extremely Sweary) Deranged Sorority Girl Email Cantata

1 hour 40 min ago

“While waiting for things to get going, composers near my chair were debating just how Calianno would manage to set ‘cunt punt’ anyway.”

We’re Obsessed With The Apocalypse

2 hours 23 sec ago

“The postapocalyptic imagination depends on an attitude of disillusionment that presupposes that hope once sprang eternal in the human heart.”

What Happens When Dudes Have To Go On Point For A Ballet

2 hours 51 sec ago

“The women in the company have given us a few tips. But mostly they find it very amusing.”

Making Good Theatre, Political Or Not, For Actors With Disabilities

2 hours 30 min ago

“The £3m, three-year Unlimited initiative aims to give venues a choice of work and stop them from, as Verrent put it, ‘programming shit, and the first piece of work that they came across with a wheelchair and a guide dog in it.'”

Four Girls (And Their Director), Revolutionizing French Cinema

3 hours 1 min ago

“In opting for an all-black cast, Sciamma was deliberately rejecting what some might have seen as a politically correct approach. ‘That would have been more comfortable, wouldn’t it?’ she says. ‘But I didn’t want to get into that overworked logic of balance and diversity. In terms of fiction, it’s a blind alley.'”

An Art Critic Skewers The MoMA Björk Show, In Verse Akin To The Vapid Audio Guide

3 hours 30 min ago

“The girl continues, step by step,
the critic girl, girl critic
listening to the audio guide, with its stories that are free, so free —
free of context, free of facts, free even of the lava girl’s name,
a lava girl, in the shadow of 50, still being described as a ‘girl.'”

Shakespeare’s Plays Show That His Attitudes Toward Women Evolved

4 hours 1 min ago

“Something happened, somewhere around Love’s Labour’s Lost and the early history plays and going into Romeo and Juliet. Either he fell in love or he just grew up, but something happened to him where he suddenly ‘got it’ about women and there was a profound shift in his writing.”

Marvel And Disney Get Grief For Ignoring Black Widow In Merchandise Blitz For New Avengers Movie

4 hours 30 min ago

“Of the 60 items released on the Marvel and Disney websites on Monday, only three featured the female superhero. Unlike her male counterparts, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man, there are no Black Widow costumes, dolls or clothing. She only appears with the other Avengers on a tote bag, in one of the six lego sets and on a men’s T-shirt.”

Not Every Writer Can Afford To Just Donate Prize Money

5 hours 51 sec ago

“With increasing pressure for writers to work for free – some of Australia’s largest books festivals offer writers a chance to donate back their small fee and work gratis – and the vast majority of authors struggling to earn a living at all, what is the knock-on effect of these individual actions? For future award winners and for funding (prize money or otherwise), the unintended consequences could be significant.”

The Problem With Adam Sandler

5 hours 31 min ago

“Something has been bubbling beneath the surface of too many Sandler comedies in recent years, a cold, mean-spirited smugness reeking of unexamined white-male privilege.”

Cai Guo-Qiang Explains What’s Missing In Contemporary Chinese Art

April 26, 2015 - 3:15pm

“The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them.”

Watch These Eerie Mini-Films Of London In The 1890s

April 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

“The most obvious change is at street level. In the old footage men wear bowler and top hats, while women wear voluminous dresses and horse drawn carriages are a common sight.”

Late Night At Rijksmuseum With Rembrandt In A Limited Paradise

April 26, 2015 - 2:52pm

Once a week, during a show that attracts about 13,000 people a day, “the museum sells tickets to a late-night showing of the exhibit. A maximum of 1,100 guests are allowed into the vast museum to wander freely through uncrowded galleries for the evening.’