Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Battle of the Century ?

The Battle of the Century — Newsweek magazine created this amusing “boxing poster-style” graphic heralding the world championship bout between traditional books and the e-book challenger.

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Notes From The (Moscow) Underground

Moscow’s imposing subway stations can sometimes look like underground art museums. Many station platforms are decked-out with impressive mosaics, murals, statuary and ornate chandeliers. Most Muscovites take the artwork for granted,but this summer the newly openned Dostoevskaya Station, which commemorates … Continue reading

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After Only 900 Years…

  After only 900 years, Venice has licensed its first female gondolier.Giorgia Boscolo, 24, passed her final exams last Friday and her name has now been added to the official list of those allowed to practice the age-old profession in the lagoon … Continue reading

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Architecture for Artists

I recently stumbled upon a travel photo of a fantastical building designed by the late, great Austrian artist, designer and environmentalist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and could not resist posting some shots of his astonishing structures.

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Read>Recycle>Repeat

Many thanks to Buku Sarkar  at ReLitNY for this article. The program Read, Recycle, Repeat Literature In Transit ReLIT NY (previously Choose What You Read NY) is a donation and recycling program that gives out free books to New Yorkers. You … Continue reading

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What’s So Funny ?

Started in 1997, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects the three finalists from a selection of seven or eight semi-finalists. … Continue reading

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“at Capri” or “Tango at St Mark’s”

  “Mercat St.Josep II” (Barcelona)   “Fisher’s Songhouse”   “Catalunya V”   “Tango at St. Mark’s”        I’m pleased to share these wonderful paintings by celebrated New Jersey artist Michael Madigan. His current show at the Open Space Gallery in historic Frenchtown, … Continue reading

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Bukowski Turns 90

  Poet, novelist, postman and celebrated drunk, Charles Bukowsi would be turning 90 on August 16th, except he died in 1994. Still, the Poet laureate of Skid Row will be fêted from coast to coast. The birthday events celebrating the … Continue reading

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Do You Need Better Book Titles?

Do you ever think that a book could be improved by a more descriptive, or honest, title? In that case, Dan Wilbur’s terrific new website , Better Book Titles, is for you.  “This blog is for people who do not … Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go…not a review

I felt some ambivalence this week when I read that director Mark Romanek’s film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s deeply affecting novel, Never Let me Go, is set to open this October on the festival circuit. My concern is not about … Continue reading

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