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What’s Even The Purpose Of Political Writing Anymore?

Osita Nwanevu: “The morsels of rage and misery we offer might not have much political effect, but they do feed an online writing economy that rewards speed, quantity, and deference to algorithms designed for the profit of three or four tech companies.” – Columbia Journalism Review

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How The Pandemic Is Changing How Lincoln Center Works

Usually, our work requires a year or two in advance planning. But now we’re building the plane as we’re flying. So it’s really shown us that we can be nimble. – Christian Science Monitor

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A New Movie Revives A Surprisingly Old Genre: Black Westerns

Just as there really were African-Americans in the Old West, Westerns with Black casts (first shown to segregated audiences) were made from the 1930s through the Blaxploitation ’70s and beyond. The latest example, The Harder They Fall, is fiction but depicts real historical figures. – The New York Times

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Osage Nation Decries Sale Of Important Prehistoric Cave Art

The two-cave system is nestled within a 43-acre stretch of land in Missouri, about 60 miles west of St. Louis. Scholars have called it “the most important rock art site in North America” because of a collection of 290 prehistoric glyphs on its walls. – Hyperallergic

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Afghan Singers Recount Their Flight From The Taliban

The BBC interviewed half a dozen musicians who have had instruments smashed, relatives killed, and threats issued since the extremists took over Afghanistan last month. They now all in hiding in Pakistan, hoping to find refuge in another country. – BBC

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School Mural Altered In LA After Community Complaints

The artwork was part of a 2016 project to place murals around the campus. Two years later, the Wilshire Community Coalition, a group led by Korean Americans, spoke out against the sun rays that prominently radiated from Ava Gardner’s profile. – Los Angeles Times

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In Crimea, Russian Government Is Trying To Wipe Out Tatar Heritage: UNESCO Report

“The report ascribes a goal of erasing traces of their cultural presence on the peninsula and weakening ‘the fundamental role of the indigenous Muslim people in the history of Crimea’ as a mean of ‘historical justification for its occupation.'” – The Art Newspaper

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Why This Musicologist Quit Academia

In recent years the dogmatic mode of thinking, in which uncritical commitments are enforced by mechanisms involving public humiliation, no-platforming, and attempts to have scholars fired, has become to seem like it has become endemic. – Harper-Scott

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Myanmar’s Arts Community Is Caught Between Military Dictators, Floods, Economic Turmoil, And COVID

“People are focused on survival … and caring for their loved ones,” says one artist in Yangon. Adds another, “It’s dangerous to do a good show now, since … it is impossible to speak about the present in Myanmar without putting yourself in danger.” – The Art Newspaper

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Ivan Turgenev on Aging He Did Not Picture Life’s Sea as the Poets Depict It

“He fell to thinking . . . slowly, listlessly, wrathfully. He thought of the vanity, the uselessness, the vulgar falsity of all things human. All the stages of man’s life passed in order before his mental gaze (he had himself lately reached his fifty-second year), and not one found grace in his eyes.”

Ivan Turgenev [Photo: Félix Nadar]

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