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Charles Dickens May Have Invented The Christmas Feast, But Many Of His Literary Food Sources Are ‘Unclean’ And Meant To Inspire Social Action

The morality of food is a battlefield now, and it was 150 years ago, when Dickens published A Christmas Carol, as well: "Dickens’s most abiding influence is his conviction that everybody has the right to sit down together and enjoy the same food. Crucially, the Cratchits’ Christmas was not part of any ecclesiastical or charitable space but enjoyed by a poor family in their own home.... | Read More

A New Space For ‘Provocative’ Contemporary Art, Just Two Miles From Mar-A-Lago

Beth Rudin DeWoody, "who is president of the Rudin Family Foundations and on the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Hammer Museum, owns more than 10,000 pieces of art, including a vast array of work that is lyrical, artisanal and playful. But she has a special fondness for the big button-pushers that other collectors of her caliber might be more inclined to eschew. 'I think... | Read More

The Academy Awards Are Still Wide Open

Basically? "Screwiness seems destined to prevail this season."

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Producers Cancel A Planned 40-City MLK Play Tour After Allegations Against Tavis Smiley

After PBS said their internal investigation found credible evidence, "The show, 'Death of a King,' was canceled the same week that rehearsals began. Mr. Smiley was going to narrate the production, which was heavily drawn from his book and featured photographs and film clips from King’s life. The pianist Marcus Roberts had composed accompanying music. The tour was to begin on Jan. 15,... | Read More

Do You Have Questions About Netflix’s Fairly Creepy ‘Christmas Prince’ Tweet?

Also, what even is The Christmas Prince? And is this a secret Netflix marketing plan? And really, who ARE the 53 people who watched it 18 times in 18 days?

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Do You Have Questions About Netflix’s Fairly Creepy ‘Christmas Prince’ Tweet?

Also, what even is The Christmas Prince? And is this a secret Netflix marketing plan? And really, who ARE the 53 people who watched it 18 times in 18 days?

... | Read More

Peter Jackson Was Ready To Cast Ashley Judd And Mira Sorvino In Lord Of The Rings, But Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Them

The blacklist was real: "'I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,' Jackson said, referencing the production company Weinstein ran with his brother Bob. As a direct result, he said, both women fell out of the running for parts in his Lord of the Rings series."

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The Eccentric (Okay, Bizarre) Architecture Of Queens

Says Rafael Herrin-Ferri, who has been photographing the houses of the New York City borough for five years, "I have always been interested in houses and was impressed by how idiosyncratic - and unorthodox - the low-rise housing stock is. They express the personal preferences and cultural backgrounds of their owners without much regard for what is 'correct,' marketable, or fashionable."

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The Eccentric (Okay, Bizarre) Architecture Of Queens

Says Rafael Herrin-Ferri, who has been photographing the houses of the New York City borough for five years, "I have always been interested in houses and was impressed by how idiosyncratic - and unorthodox - the low-rise housing stock is. They express the personal preferences and cultural backgrounds of their owners without much regard for what is 'correct,' marketable, or fashionable."

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Welcome To The Molly House: The Gay Bars Of Georgian England

"In 1709, the London journalist Ned Ward published an account of a group he called 'the Mollies Club.' Visible through the homophobic bile (he describes the members as a 'Gang of Sodomitical Wretches') is the clear image of a social club that sounds, most of all, like a really good time. Every evening of the week, Ward wrote, at a pub he would not mention by name, a group of men came together... | Read More

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