Category: Arts

  • Hoax: Yale Artist Uses Induced Miscarriages as Art

    Update: Yup – as expected – this is a hoax. But she says she’s not doing it for shock value: Yale art major Aliza Shvarts has repeatedly inseminated her self and then used abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. She is displaying the results in video and preserved blood. … The display of Schvarts’ project will […]

  • Vote for Ron's Brother's Poem

    Ron’s brother Jay wrote a poem and it is in a poetry contest. Please vote it up!

  • 'You Will Not Touch Him/This is The Hour' from Miss Saigon

    Kim (Lea Salonga) reveals her son, fathered by an American GI, to her betrothed cousin, Thuy. As violence erupts indoors, Saigon falls and a parade honoring Ho Chi Minh runs through the streets. I could probably watch this every day and still have the same breathless reaction to it. When I talk about how I […]

  • 1 in 4 US Adults Didn't Read a Book Last Year

    From CNN: The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven. When the Gallup poll asked in 2005 how many books people had at least started — a similar but not […]

  • Research at Penn State: Are artists born or taught?

    Artists are both born and taught, says Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history at Penn State. “There is no question in my mind that artists are born,” says Locke. Many artists arrive in the world brimming with passion and natural creativity and become artists after trying other vocations.” Artists are also made, she says. […]

  • Arthur Miller Hid Down-Syndrome Son from the World

    Vanity Fair: He did not mention him once in the scores of speeches and press interviews he gave over the years. He also never referred to him in his 1987 memoir, Timebends. In 2002, Daniel was left out of the New York Times obituary for Miller’s wife, the photographer Inge Morath, who was Daniel’s mother. […]

  • Alan Moore on Anarchy

    The graphic novel writer interviewed: [An economist] was saying that the only reason that governments are governments is that they control the currency; they don’t actually do anything for us that we don’t pay for, other than expose us to the threat of foreign wars by their reckless actions. They don’t actually really even govern […]

  • Book Banned Over Use of the Word ‘Scrotum'

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stupider: …”The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, this year’s winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature. The book’s heroine, a scrappy 10-year-old orphan named Lucky Trimble, hears the word through a hole in a wall when another character says he […]

  • Judy Garland's Scary Little Christmas

    I’m no friend of Dorothy or brother of Judy or whatever the hell – I see Judy Garland more as a pill-popping charwoman than someone whose complete emotional and substance-drenched breakdown needs to be iconified, codified and membranced. But you know me: I have little pity for addicts. Sure she was talented – but isn’t […]

  • Balducci Levitation: David Blaine's Secrets

    Great PDF explaining the tricks David Blaine uses to mystify an audience.