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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Scarlett Johansson Says She Should Be Allowed To Play Anything, Including ‘A Tree,’ Because That’s Her Job by Artsjournal2

Oh boy. This is going to end well. “‘As an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,’ Johansson ex…

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So, What Exactly Is L.A.’s Urban Plan For The New LACMA District? by Artsjournal2

Um … indeed. “The big question is whether Los Angeles can pull it together to approach its public urban spaces in ways that are more cohesive and more mindful of human scale — and perh…

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How A Large, Decentralized Social Network Is Dealing With A N*zi Problem by Artsjournal2

Mastodon was meant to be a kinder, gentler, no-fascist Twitter. Then a right-wing social network moved to Mastodon. “It’s a hard problem, playing off the deepest limitations of decentral…

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When Will Theatre Awards Catch Up With Nonbinary Actors? by Artsjournal2

Howard Sherman says the time has come to figure this out: “So long as there are categories for best actor and actress (or best male and female actor), those who identify outside of the bin…

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Someone (A Lot Of People, To Be Honest) Has To Mow The Lawn At The Largest Sculpture Park In The U.S. by Artsjournal2

Storm King is big. Really, really big: “The art here is nestled amid 500 acres of verdant hills, exposed to the ever-shifting and unrelenting climate of New York’s Hudson Valley.” – …

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Monday, July 1, 2019

When You Want To Feel Inspired By Language, What Should You Read? by Artsjournal2

Language can be curved, bent, cajoled, broken, reconstituted, made to fit a creators passion. When that’s what you want to read, here are some ideas to put up higher on the TBR pile. – T…

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The Former Soap Opera Youth Star Whose Parents Made Him Keep A Paper Route by Artsjournal2

Himesh Patel may be the star of the new Beatles (if they’d never existed) movie Yesterday, but he knows what happens if you don’t keep both feet on the ground in a media career: The New …

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The Overlooked Work Of Ernie Barnes, The Athlete Turned Celebrity Artist by Artsjournal2

Barnes, a U.S. football player turned artist who did such things as “creating album covers for Marvin Gaye, receiving a commissioned by Kanye West and being named the official artist of th…

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Why Do So Many Ignore The Suffering In The Poems Of Mary Oliver And Elizabeth Bishop? by Artsjournal2

Maybe because it’s easier on certain types of reviewers and critics to ignore clear evidence of suffering and pain? “Oliver and Bishop share a clear appetite for animal flail and gore an…

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Creating A Visual History Of LGBTQ Life Before Stonewall by Artsjournal2

Of course, LGBTQ life didn’t start in 1969 – but there’s not a lot of visual record out there, at least not in public. The director of 1982’s Before Stonewall reflects on her archiva…

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Riz Ahmed Was On His Way To A Star Wars Event, Until Homeland Security Stopped Him by Artsjournal2

Even Star Wars – heck, even Disney – can’t protect against Homeland Security. Ahmed made a slight joke about it before explaining that, well, it’s simply scary for him to be travelin…

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Problem In Music: Even Taylor Swift Doesn’t Own Her Own Work by Artsjournal2

Not only has her former label not let the singer buy back her own masters, but Scooter Braun, a powerful music mogul whom Swift calls a manipulative bully, has bought the entire label (likel…

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What Happens When You Put Two National Poet Laureates In The Same Room by Artsjournal2

When the poet laureate of Scotland meets the poet laureate of the United States … no, not the start of a joke. “Both strongly believe in poetry as a means of fostering empathy by inhabit…

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Let’s Talk About Contemporary Poetry’s Use Of The Exclamation Point by Artsjournal2

Obviously, perhaps, they used to be more common in poetry than they are now – think Wordsworth, Dickenson, and so many more. Now, “exclamation marks are not exactly rare in contemporary …

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When Judith Krantz Died Last Week, Did The Era Of ‘Bonkbusters’ Come To Its End? by Artsjournal2

Possibly. “Krantz was the ‘queen of the bonkbuster,’ those glitzy novels with their gaudy covers and snappy often one-word titles – Scruples, Lace, Rivals – that dominated commerci…

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In The New ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ Aaron Sorkin And Broadway Utterly Fail Scout by Artsjournal2

Yikes: “How does a white man from New York City tell a Southern Gothic about a young girl growing up in the Depression Era South, a story inspired by the female author’s lived experience…

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Is Facebook’s First ‘Civil Rights Audit’ Actually Going To Change Anything? by Artsjournal2

Well … it’s a first step. A big first step. “When you scale a sizable part of Mount Everest, are you making progress? Yes, but have you reached the summit? No. So we haven’t reached …

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Understanding Social Media As Just One More Way Of Controlling Women by Artsjournal2

Start with the murder of a social media star, and you unravel a thread that ends up in a particularly unsavory place. “It can very quickly spiral from someone disliking an opinion you have…

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Microsoft’s Ebook Apocalypse And The Very Dark Side Of Digital Rights Management by Artsjournal2

You know you’re just sort of renting those ebooks you supposedly bought, right? Well, let the demise of Microsoft ebooks explain it all to you. “The digital bookstore never took off. As …

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How Is It That Musicals Both Ultra-Gay And Not Gay At All? by Artsjournal2

Musicals can help young men, especially (but not only!), come out, and lord knows they’re often campy enough … but where are the happy gay musicals? Other than Bill Rauch’s happy and g…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Isabelle Sarli, Whose Films Challenged Censors And Created A Sensation In Argentina And The World, Has Died At 89 by Artsjournal2

“Sarli became an instant sex symbol in her feature film debut, in El Trueno Entre las Hojas (Thunder Among the Leaves) in 1958, when she became the first woman to appear fully nude in a ma…

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This Man Started An Online LGBT Magazine That’s Blocked In His Own Country [VIDEO] by Artsjournal2

As The Atlantic runs a story for the end of Pride Month with the headline claim that “The Struggle for Gay Rights Is Over,” perhaps the author of that piece of genius writing needs to ch…

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The Author Who Just Won The Dylan Thomas Prize On Code-Switching And Superpowers In London by Artsjournal2

Guy Gunaratne, whose novel is written in ”a pungent first-person patois,” explains that of course he speaks differently to an interviewer. “publishing is pretty middle class and I’ve…

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Is Morality Hard-Wired Into Mammalian Brains? by Artsjournal2

Maybe morality started with food. Really. – The New York Times

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The Breakout Star Of ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Says The Acting Life Is Wild And Unpredictable by Artsjournal2

Jonathan Majors is involved in so much work this year that – and the travel involved with promoting that work – that he has developed a philosophy to deal with it all. “‘That’s the…

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As Nataki Garrett Takes Over The Reins, She Talks To Bill Rauch About His Legacy At The Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Artsjournal2

Rauch, who came into the festival wanting to change the audience and the acting company demographics (and who has succeeded in the latter; the former is stickier, as he also acknowledges in …

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Women Are Still Working On Changing The Discussion Around The Female Body In Art by Artsjournal2

Artist Donna Huanca uses semi-nudes to claim space in what she says is still a very male space. “I’m trying to distort the male gaze, to have it be so powerful that it reflects back in a…

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Colton Whitehead Is The First Novelist On The Cover Of TIME Since 2010 by Artsjournal2

As Emily Temple notes in LitHub, that 2010 cover was also the first in about 10 years – and as she also says, “Maybe in 2029 it will be a woman! (Just kidding, there definitely won’t b…

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This Library Is Bound For Freedom by Artsjournal2

Well, of course it’s free – it’s a library! – but more than that, “The Free Black Women’s Library, a mobile pop-up library and community for black women, is creating spaces [acro…

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If This Art Was In Defiantly Bad Taste In 1852, What Is It Now? by Artsjournal2

Well … it’s an important piece of cultural history. “This provocative show about domestic tastes was a landmark in changing national attitudes – and especially the section of it the …

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A Nazi-Looted Painting Is Returning To Italy by Artsjournal2

The Uffizi in Florence was never shy about saying what happened to the painting Vase of Flowers by Dutch master Jan van Huysum, but soon it won’t need that “STOLEN!” label on a reprodu…

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