“To say that Evgeny Morozov has gone out of his way to irritate powerful and influential people in the tech world doesn’t quite capture it. Doing so is his primary occupation.”
North Africa’s First Major International Photo Museum Opens in Morocco
The Marrakesh Museum of Photography and Visual Art has taken root despite difficulties in a country unused to the idea of art photography and, in some quarters, still suspicious of photography as a whole.
Chinese Archaeologists Save Ancient Cliff Tombs
“Archaeologists in China’s Sichuan Province recently conducted a rescue excavation of 600 cliff burials, the oldest of which date to the Eastern Han dynasty (AD25-220).”
2013’s Most-Pirated Movies (And The Highest-Selling)
“Despite the high number of pirated films, however, Hollywood isn’t hurting. The latest numbers show that 2013′s box office is poised to be the best yet with $10.9 billion domestically, slightly edging out 2012′s $10.8 billion.”
Here Are The Top Box Office Broadway Shows For 2013
“Records set over the Christmas period included a best-ever week for a straight play on Broadway when the Barrymore Theatre’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall earned $1.4 million (£845,000).”
She Learned To Dance In A Year On YouTube (Here’s How She Did It)
“I realized that things that look like magic are often just many hours of invisible practice. Since then I’ve learned guitar, cello, singing, card tricks, juggling, unicycling, origami, public speaking and design. There’s something really rewarding about not knowing how to do something, practicing like crazy, and then being able to do it.”
Baby Boomer Culture – Defined By Narcissism?
” I read the other day that a “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” lunch box from 1973 now sells for $1,200—and that the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History owns one. I’m not quite sure which of those facts makes me sadder.”
Revisiting A Foot Soldier Of The Culture Wars
Sadly, Ron Athey’s career remains emblematic of a perverse trend: another American artist exiled because of the fierceness of his or her talent.
The Real Real Estate Of Edith Wharton’s ‘Age Of Innocence’
“Much of the 1920 book is centered on Mary Jones’s remarkable row of stone houses on Fifth Avenue, from 57th to 58th Street. But almost absent from Wharton’s writings is Mary’s sister Rebecca Jones, who built an equally impressive row just two blocks south.”
Fan Fiction Is Who We Are
“Like a funhouse mirror (usually a useless metaphor), fan fiction isn’t just entertaining for what it exaggerates, but for what it reveals in the exaggeration.”