Archive for December, 2017

An Architecture Critic Takes On The Border Wall

The L.A. Times' Christopher Knight worked hard to convince the Border Patrol that he should be able to see the wall prototypes - and that an architecture critic's experience and expertise were relevant. But once he got there, he says, "my critical instincts seemed divided against themselves. The slabs in front of me seemed at once the most and least architectural objects I’d ever seen. They... | Read More

If Digital Life Is Getting You Down, Get To A Live Theatre Show, Fast

Playwright Ayad Akhtar: "I am not hopeful about where we are as a nation — as a species (if I can be so presumptuous). I’m not hopeful, because I am increasingly of the mind that even my hope is being monetized. That which is most enduring, most noble, most human about me — my urge for something brighter, more vivid, more loving, more alive — all of this is being used against me."

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The Year-End List Means A Lot More In 2017, And Is More Radical, Than It Ever Was Before

Year-end lists go against this year's tide: "For many Americans, 2017 has amounted to a permanent kind of jet lag: bodily schedules misaligned with social ones. There is so much happening, always. There is so much to know, unceasingly. There is so much that won’t be known. Which is also to say that there is so much that won’t be paid attention to. If one of the functions of the American... | Read More

“Amers Perdus” by Michel Lauricella and Jean-Dominique Ferrucci in Paris, France

Michel Lauricella and Jean-Dominique Ferrucci are back with another paste-up on their home, Paris streets. Located on Rue des 2 Avenues, this piece is dedicated to migrants and it took the artists two long, rainy and cold nights to put up.

We wanted to make a work about migrants. Because migrants are a symptom of the state of the world, a terrible symptom. A photo of the sea with... | Read More

Time Is Running Out (At Midnight) For The 10 Million Dollar Reward For Hints On The Gardner Museum Heist

There's still a little time, and even after the new year, there's still a pretty big reward: "The stolen paintings are valued at more than $500 million, and the museum has long offered a reward for information that will lead authorities to recover all of the paintings in good condition. The reward was $5 million until May, when it was temporarily doubled. But that $10 million reward - and like... | Read More

Can Anything, Or Anyone, Save Bookstores?

A bookstore is many things that Amazon's Kindle store is not: "'a miniature city,' a centre of resistance and a battlefield where commercial value and authorial prestige are contested every day. It's 'a condensed version of the world,' and a ritual space for 'a community of believers.'" Does anyone believe in the bookstore anymore?

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In ‘Green,’ A Pre-Teen Wisens Up To His Privilege

Author Sam Graham-Felsen was the chief blogger for the Obama campaign in 2008. His debut novel is a coming-of-age story that grapples with race in America.

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Family Is The Life Of The Party In HBO Doc ‘A Quinceañera Story’

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The Call-In: Paying It Forward

Guest host Lauren Frayer talks with three people who share their stories about "paying it forward" — acts of kindness and generosity that spread from person to person.

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What’s Theatre Like In Right-Wing Hungary After A Cultural Crackdown?

Frankly, it's a bit more boring - and less dangerous in an overt sense, though it's certainly dangerous for some of the theatre-makers. "Independent-minded leaders of scores of theatres and other cultural organizations across the nation have been replaced by apparatchiks—including at the emblematic National Theatre, where popular actor-director Robert Alfoldi was sacked in 2013 after being... | Read More

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