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Village Voice Fires Nat Hentoff – The World is Just Not Right

from Pop + Politics

Village Voice Fires Three in Editorial, including Nat Hentoff

This just in: Adding to the media meltdown, my former alma mater, the Village Voice, just laid off three more in editorial. [Full disclosure, I was laid off myself for “matters of taste” in 2007]. Among those laid off is Nat Hentoff, who’s been at the paper since 1958, writing about jazz, and later, civil liberties in his weekly long-running column. Fashion writer, Lynn Yaeger, who has worked with the paper over 15 30 years, starting in classifieds, before moving into editorial, was laid off, along with staff writerChloe Hilliard, who was hired under the current editor, Tony Ortega in 2007. We know, we keep saying this, but we continue to be amazed that there is anyone left to lay off.

Nat Hentoff’s Greatest Hits Compilation.

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Posted on December 31, 2008 by Editor

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Posted on December 30, 2008 by Editor

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F. Scott Filmography

from the Los Angeles Times

Fitzgerald on film and television

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt

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LONGING: Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button, and Cate Blanchett is Daisy. Fitzgerald made a rare foray into fantasy with the short story

Before ‘Benjamin Button,’ there were ‘Gatsby, ‘Tycoon’ and more.

By Susan King
December 29, 2008

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magical short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was a hard sell during the early days of the Roaring ’20s, when magazines were hungering for one of the author’s more down-to-earth flapper stories. “Benjamin Button” was a rare foray for Fitzgerald into the fantasy genre — a quixotic tale of a man who was born with the body of an old man and grew younger as the years passed. “Button” finally found a home at Collier’s, which published it on May 27, 1922.

According to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald was “probably attracted to this form by its tension between romanticism and realism, for the challenge of fantasy is to make events convincing.”

Fitzgerald became a member of the “lost generation” of novelists and playwrights who came to Hollywood in the 1930s to try their luck — and help their dwindling coffers — at screenwriting. But Fitzgerald’s stint at MGM was short-lived and disappointing. His only screen credit was for co-writing the post-World War I love story “Three Comrades.”

When Fitzgerald collected “Button” in his classic 1922 “Tales of the Jazz Age” anthology, he noted that “the story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial.”

Fitzgerald, who long battled alcoholism, died on Dec. 21, 1940, at the age of 44 at the Hollywood apartment of his lover, Sheilah Graham. Just as Twain had said, the worst part of his life came at the end.

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Posted on December 30, 2008 by Editor

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World Superhero Registry

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Posted on December 30, 2008 by Editor

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“That’s about a million books on those shelves.”

from the Washington Post

Twice-Sold Tales

Used-Book Business Gets a Brisk, if Fragile, New Life Via Internet 

By Bob Thompson Washington Post Staff Writer, Monday, December 29, 2008 

“That’s about a million books on those shelves,” Chuck Roberts says proudly.

The owner of Wonder Book and Video is standing in a 54,000-square-foot warehouse in Frederick, waving an arm toward what looks like a combination of the world’s biggest bookstore and a grungy aircraft hangar.

Eight-foot metal and wooden shelves, housing the used books Roberts sells on the Internet, stretch as far as a dust-filled eye can see. Taller, Costco-scale units hold massive, book-filled boxes not yet unpacked. More such boxes, in jumbled heaps, spill into the floor space that remains.

In 1980, when Roberts opened his first used bookstore, he built his own shelves.

“I was my only employee,” he recalls. “So I’d be back there with an apron on, sawing, hammering nails — they didn’t even have screw guns back then — and when the front door would open, I’d take the apron off and go wait on the customer.”

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Posted on December 29, 2008 by Editor

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Not All Suffering From This Gnarly Market

from the NY Times

Skaters Jump In as Foreclosures Drain the Pool

Jim Wilson/The New York Times

A group of friends skating the pool of a foreclosed home this month in Fresno, Calif. Skaters are coming to places like Fresno from as far as Germany and Australia. More Photos>

By JESSE McKINLEY and MALIA WOLLAN

On a recent morning, a 27-year-old skateboarder who goes by the name Josh Peacock peered into a swimming pool in Fresno, Calif., emptied by his own hands — and the foreclosure crisis — and flashed a smile as wide as a half-pipe.

“We have more pools than we know what to do with,” said Mr. Peacock, who lives in Fresno, the Central Valley city where thousands of homes, many with pools behind them, are in foreclosure. “I can’t even keep track of them all anymore.”

In these boom times for skaters, Mr. Peacock travels with a gas-powered pump, five-gallon buckets, shovels and a push broom, risking trespassing charges in the pursuit of emptying forlorn pools and turning them into de facto skate parks. Skaters are coming to places like Fresno from as far as Germany and Australia. Mr. Peacock said his floor and couch were covered by sleeping bags of visiting skateboarders each weekend.

 

Some skateboarders use realty tracking sites like realquest.com and realtor.com to find foreclosed houses with pools, while others trawl through satellite images from Google Earth. On the Web site skateandannoy.com, where skaters trade tips about how to find and drain abandoned pools, one poster wrote about the current economic malaise. “God bless Greenspan,” the post read, “patron saint of pool skatin’.

“There are more pools right now than I could possibly skate,” Mr. Morgan said. “It’s pretty exciting.” Mr. Peacock travels around town in his pickup searching for the addresses of homes he has learned have been foreclosed on, either via the Internet or from a friend who works in real estate. He has also learned to spot a foreclosed house, he said, by looking for “dead grass on the lawn and lockboxes on the front door.”

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Posted on December 29, 2008 by Editor

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Brother 52

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Horribly Tragic

from the BBC

Three children lose mother after late-night bottle attack

Celebration ends in death when glass shatters and slashes 27-year-old’s neck

A young mother of three children under the age of seven was killed by a shard of glass after a beer bottle was hurled into a pub during Boxing Night celebrations.

Emma O’Kane, 27, collapsed in a pool of blood when the glass slashed her neck as she chatted with friends in the Queen Anne in Heywood, Greater Manchester.

Police said that a man who had been refused entry to the pub after an argument with bouncers a few minutes earlier had thrown a beer bottle into the crowded saloon. The bottle smashed as it hit a pillar near where Ms O’Kane was standing, and glass pierced vital arteries in her neck.

She was with her partner, Michael Shepherd, who was celebrating his 38th birthday, and four friends when she died. Ms O’Kane, who was employed as a barmaid at the pub, lived a mile away with Mr Shepherd and her three children, aged six, two, and one.

Yesterday, as the children played with their Christmas presents, the family spoke of their grief. Mr Shepherd said: “We had all gone out for a drink to celebrate my birthday and went back to the pub where Emma works as a barmaid for one last drink to end the night. I was in the snug room and Emma wandered into the main bar. Everyone knows her in the pub and she was saying goodbye to some of her friends. I heard something and then saw Emma on the floor. I just thought that she had fallen over. But then I realised that she was not moving and that her eyes were open and there was blood all over the place.

“She was staring up at the ceiling – I realised that it was really bad. One bloke went to help her and was holding her hand. People were shouting that someone had thrown something. I tried to revive her by holding her legs up in the air because someone said that would help. I ran for some tissue paper from the toilets and a girl held the tissue paper to her neck. But I think she had lost too much blood. I think she had gone there on the floor of the pub.

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Posted on December 28, 2008 by Editor

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¡Los Bastardos!

from AFP via Breitbart via Drudge

Organizers strip Mexican beauty queen of title after drug bust

Laura Zuniga, the Mexican beauty queen jailed after she was picked up with an alleged drug cartel leader and heavily armed men, has been stripped of one of her titles, Bolivian organizers said Saturday. Zuniga lost her title as Queen of Hispanic America, said Promociones Gloria, the Bolivian group that organizes the event.

Zuniga “failed to follow the rules of the contest, which state that the winner must display correct behavior, stay away from scandals and bad habits, and be a good example to society,” Tatiana Limpias de Tarabillo, who heads Promociones Gloria, told the Bolivian daily El Deber.

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Zuniga, 23, was picked up late Monday at a military checkpoint in the western Mexican state of Jalisco while traveling with seven armed men in two vehicles carrying 100,000 dollars in cash. Authorities said they found two AR-15 rifles, three pistols, 633 cartridges and 16 mobile phones in the vehicles.

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Posted on December 27, 2008 by Editor

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Big Art In Big India

from the Washington Post

New Delhi Reclaims Public Space Via Art

Festival Stirs Debate on Growth, Ecology

By Rama Lakshmi

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, December 21, 2008; Page A23
 

NEW DELHI, Dec. 20 — For the past 10 days, residents of India’s bustling capital have found large and often strange-looking objects along their daily paths: a giant steel bucket mounted on a wooden stand, a tree hanging from a crane, a gasoline can made of white tiles, and stretched nylon resembling the long wing of a bird caught between buildings.

“They say this is art, but I do not see anything special in a bucket,” said Virendra Singh, a stocky policeman on guard near the steel bucket, the creation of celebrated contemporary artist Subodh Gupta. “We all have one in our bathrooms to store water.”

Then he turned to look at the exhibit again. “But this is indeed a very, very big bucket,” he said. “Maybe there is something more to it.”

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Posted on December 27, 2008 by Editor

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Louis XXVII Pissed-off at Balloon Dog

from The Guardian UK

Descendant of Louis XIV tries to ban exhibition

He has seen off the conservatives who accused him of cultural vandalism, and triumphed over fears among sceptics in the media that his riotously kitsch exhibition at Versailles was nothing but a provocative stunt.

But little over the past few months could have prepared the American artist Jeff Koons for the aristocratic rage of Prince Charles-Emmanuel de Bourbon-Parme.

The formidably foppish Koons critic, who claims to be a direct descendant of Louis XIV, has launched a last-minute legal battle against what he describes as a “mercenary” and “pornographic” stain on his illustrious family’s honour.

He says the exhibition, which is due to close in just over a week, is an attack on the “right immemorial” of all human beings not to see their ancestors disrespected. Undeterred by an initial ruling this week from a judge in Versailles which rejected his plea to ban the installation, De Bourbon-Parme vowed yesterday to take his mission to the council of state, France‘s highest administrative court.

“[This will decide] whether, 60 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the respect due to the dead, the right to live without one’s ancestors being debased and without their work being sullied before the eyes of the entire world by a derisory and pornographic exercise … still constitute a basic freedom in France,” he said in a statement.

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Posted on December 27, 2008 by Editor

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Oh, Kingston Town…(

from The Times South Africa

Creator of Bolt’s victory dance dead

KINGSTON – David Alexander Smith, the Jamaican entertainment figure who created the dance performed by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to celebrate his victories, was shot to death at a Kingston bar, local media reported. 

Radio Jamaica said Smith, popularly known as “Ice,” was shot and killed Friday morning at a bar after a brawl with the attackers. Police told the station that robbery was a possible motive, as the attackers reportedly drove off with the dancer’s rental car after the murder.

Smith’s popular “Gully Creepa” dance move was made famous after Bolt, a triple Olympic champion, broke world records in the 200 meters finals at the Beijing Olympics in August. Bolt went on to set a new world record in the 100 meters and was part of the Jamaican team that won the 4×100-meter relay.

The island nation has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with over 1,500 people murdered in 2008, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said in early December.

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Posted on December 27, 2008 by Editor

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“Instead I pour the milk…”

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Greatest Catwoman Ever Gone

from the Pioneer Press

Eartha Kitt, sultry ‘Santa Baby’ singer who played ‘Catwoman,’ dies

By Polly Anderson, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.

Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.

Kitt, a self-proclaimed “sex kitten” famous for her catlike purr, was one of America’s most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys.

Her career spanned six decades, from her start as a dancer with the famed Katherine Dunham troupe to cabarets and acting and singing on stage, in movies and on television. She persevered through an unhappy childhood as a mixed-race daughter of the American South and made headlines in the 1960s for denouncing the Vietnam War during a visit to the White House.

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Posted on December 26, 2008 by Editor

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Religion Still Bringing In The Big Bucks Five Centuries On

from Art Market Monitor

People of the Book 

The Delmonico Collection of Important Judaica was estimated at $4.1 to $5.5 million and featured a 15th Century illuminated Hebrew Bible and forty separate lots–including eleven printed on blue paper–of the Babylonian Talmud printed in Venice. Those two lots sold for multiples of their high estimates. The illuminated bible went to $362,000 (high estimate was $200k) and the Talmud brought in $2.25 million ($977,000 was the most they hoped for) with the eleven lots on blue paper going to one collector who plans to keep them together.

In all, the collection scored $7.7 million even though the companion sales of Judaica at Sotheby’s were more like the rest of the art market these days.

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Posted on December 26, 2008 by Editor

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Doggy Christmas

Posted on December 26, 2008 by MJS

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The Bible In All Its Niches

from the Wall Street Journal

Prophet Sharing: The Good Book Is the Best Seller

The Bible, Long a Commercial Hit, Gets Repackaged for Market Niches from the Homespun to the Fashion Forward

By STEPHANIE SIMON

Mobile, Ala.

Upstairs in the Mobile Museum of Art, there’s a Bible on display — a majestic hand-drawn edition a decade in the making, and not yet finished. Presented as a work of modern art, its oversized pages are filled with ornate calligraphy and rich illustration, shot through with gold and silver leaf.

bibmob.pngDownstairs, in the museum foyer, another Bible lies open — this one so homespun as to be homely. An earnest young couple is carting it cross-country in an RV with a bobble-head Jesus on the dash, asking tens of thousands of ordinary Americans to each hand-write one verse. Blotches of white-out mark corrections.

The two editions on display this drizzly morning are as different as can be, yet they represent an essential truth: God’s word is good business.

Throughout history, the Bible has been an object of commerce as well as of reflection. That’s especially true in the modern era.

It’s an astonishing fact that year after year, the Bible is the best-selling book in America — even though 90% of households already have at least one copy. The text doesn’t vary, except in translation. The tremendous sales volume, an estimated 25 million copies sold each year, is largely driven by innovations in design, color, style and the ultimate niche marketing.

There’s Scripture as accessory, wrapped in hot pink fake leather or glittery psychedelic swirls — or sporting a ladybug on the cover for no particular reason other than it’s cute. There’s Scripture as political statement: A new Green Bible, printed in soy ink on recycled paper, highlights passages with an environmental theme.

There are gross-out Bibles for boys, which dwell on scenes of mayhem, and glossy teen-magazine-style Bibles for girls, complete with beauty tips. One of the latest entries, Bible Illuminated, offers an art-house take on the New Testament, juxtaposing the gospel with glossy photos of Angelina Jolie, Al Gore and anonymous victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Posted on December 25, 2008 by Editor

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Letters To Santa

If Santa answered his mail honestly…

Dear Santa

I wud like a kool toy space ranjur fer Xmas. Iv ben a gud boy all yeer yer Frend ,

BiLLy

Dear Billy ,

Nice spelling. You’re on your way to a career in lawn care. How about I send you a frickin book so you can learn to read and write? I’m giving your older brother the space ranger. At least HE can spell!

Santa

———-

Dear Santa ,

I have been a good girl all year , and the only thing I ask for is peace and joy in the world for everybody!

Love ,

Sarah

Dear Sarah ,

Your parents smoked pot when they had you , didn’t they?

Santa

———-

Dear Santa ,

I don’t know if you can do this , but for Christmas , I’d like for my mommy and daddy to get back together.. Please see what you can do?

Love

Teddy

Dear Teddy ,

Look , your dad’s banging the babysitter like a screen door in a hurricane. Do you think he’s gonna give that up to come back to your frigid mom , who rides his ass constantly? It’s time to give up that dream. Let me get you some nice Legos instead.

Santa

———-

Dear Santa ,

I want a new bike , a Playstation , a train , some G.I. Joes , a dog , a drum kit , a pony and a tuba.

Love ,

Francis

Dear Francis ,

Who names their kid “Francis” nowadays? I bet you’re gay , I’ll set you up with a Barbie.

Santa

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Dear Santa ,

I left milk and cookies for you under the tree , and I left carrots for your reindeer outside the back door.

Love ,

Susan

Dear Susan ,

Milk gives me the runs and carrots make the deer fart in my face when riding in the sleigh. You want to do me a favor? Leave me a bottle of scotch.

Santa

———-

Dear Santa ,

What do you do the other 364 days of the year? Are you busy making toys?

Your friend ,

Thomas

Dear Thomas ,

All the toys are made in China . I have a condo in Vegas , where I spend most of my time making low-budget porno films. I unwind by drinking myself silly and squeezing the asses of cocktail waitresses while losing money at the craps table. Hey , you wanted to know.

Santa

———-

Dear Santa ,

Do you see us when we’re sleeping , do you really know when we’re awake , like in the song?

Love ,

Jessica

Dear Jessica ,

Are you really that gullible? Good luck in whatever you do. I’m skipping your house.

Santa

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Dear Santa ,

I really really want a puppy this year. Please please please PLEASE PLEASE could I have one?

Timmy

Timmy ,

That whiney begging shit may work with your folks , but that crap doesn’t work with me. You’re getting a sweater again.

Santa

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Dearest Santa ,

We don’t have a chimney in our house , how do you get into our home?

Love ,

Marky

Mark ,

First , stop calling yourself “Marky” , that’s why you’re getting your ass whipped at school. Second , you don’t live in a house , you live in a low-rent apartment complex. Third , I get inside your pad just like the boogeyman does, through your bedroom window.

Sweet Dreams ,

Santa

 

Posted on December 24, 2008 by MJS

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Moussaka with Nutmeg and White Pepper Cream Sauce

from The Chicago Tribune

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Posted on December 24, 2008 by Editor

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RuPaul Redux

from World of Wonder

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Posted on December 24, 2008 by Editor

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The Mean Old Man

from the BBC

 

Old man lives up to ‘angry’ song

An elderly man opened fire on fans at a Senegal rap concert he believed were making fun of him by singing a song about cranky old men, police say.

The 70-year-old began shooting with a hunting rifle at Lobaly village in the Matam region at the weekend.

Police say the gunman warned fans to stop singing “Pa’ Tang Xol” (Angry Old Men) by popular Senegalese artist Baaba Mal before opening fire.

Five people were taken to hospital and two were seriously injured, say police.

Concert-goers had been listening to warm-up music before the live act at the gig on the border with Mauritania, 700km (440 miles) from the Senegalese capital Dakar.

The man took offence when he heard the Wolof language track’s lyrics and told the fans to stop singing it. When they did not, he opened fire four times, said police.

“The elderly gentleman felt that these young people were insulting him in their songs,” a policeman told Reuters news agency. The gunman was reportedly arrested.

One police source said that his own children were in the crowd but they were not injured. 

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Posted on December 24, 2008 by Editor

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Just Like Professional Athletes, Beauty Queens Should Always Have Another Profession To Fall Back On

from the NY Daily News

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Posted on December 24, 2008 by Editor

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Prince Berman and The Women

from The New York Times

Two Artists United by Devotion to Women

By RANDY KENNEDY 

As artists’ biographies go, those of Wallace Berman and Richard Prince could hardly be more different. Berman, who died at 50 in 1976, the victim of a drunken driver, was a kind of Beat guru flying just below the radar, showing his work in only one conventional gallery exhibition during his lifetime and popping into rare view in strange places: a cameo in “Easy Rider”; the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” where his face is wedged next to Tony Curtis’s, just below Jung’s.

princeberman.pngBy contrast Mr. Prince, 59, labored in obscurity for years but not exactly by choice: he wanted a larger audience and found it. For more than two decades he has been one of the most influential contemporary artists, and his work — paintings, photography, car-centric sculpture — has sold for many millions of dollars, allowing him to create an impressive studio complex in Rensselaerville, N.Y., in Albany County.

But Berman’s eccentric, highly personal art and career has long fascinated Mr. Prince, who has painstakingly collected copies of his signature work, Semina, a kind of early California zine that Berman made with — and mailed only to — his friends, from 1955 to 1963. For Mr. Prince, a bibliophile with a special love for the Beat years, the fascination stems partly from Berman’s Zelig-like connections in those years: his circle included Allen GinsbergDennis Hopper and Henry Miller. One of Berman’s collaborators was the artist known as Cameron, whose first husband, Jack Parsons, as Mr. Prince notes, was a friend of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology

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Posted on December 23, 2008 by Editor

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Lady Godiva

from Creative Review

Grace Jones in Chocolate

Posted by Mark, 10 December 2008, 13:42

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Hurricane album inlay photography by Jonathan De Villiers

Image has always been an integral part of Grace Jones’ music career, her visual identity being almost as important as her voice. The artwork for her latest album, Hurricane, designed and art directed by Tom Hingston Studio, knowingly works the conceit of the popstar as visual commodity: in this case featuring life-size versions of Jones made out of chocolate. Here’s how they did it…

Photographed by Jonathan De Villiers, the cover for Hurricane features a production line of chocolate Grace Jones heads with supporting imagery showing Jones inspecting a range of body parts at various stages of the manufacturing process.

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This holiday season TOMS wants to give 30,000 pairs of shoes to children in Ethiopia

Posted on December 23, 2008 by Editor

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‘Gæddamned Kids!’

from the NY Daily News

Texas bus driver accused of threatening students with knife over Oreo crumbs

Sunday, December 21st 2008, 10:30 PM

A school bus driver in Texas has been accused of brandishing a knife at three sixth-graders who left Oreo crumbs on a seat. Officials say police confiscated a pocket knife from 66-year-old William Allen on Friday in Mansfield.

He was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Two students told their parents Allen removed them from the bus Wednesday at Mary Orr Intermediate School and threatened to cut their wrists if they didn’t admit to spilling crumbs.

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Posted on December 23, 2008 by Editor

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‘List of Demands’ Ad Age Song of The Year

from Advertising Age

Posted on December 22, 2008 by Editor

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Indonesian Army Chicks

from The Guardian UK

Gallery 22 December 2008: Banda Aceh, Indonesia: Members of the Indonesia Womens Army

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Banda Aceh, Indonesia: Members of the Indonesia Womens Army on parade

Photograph: Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

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Posted on December 22, 2008 by Editor

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No Poo-poo For Pooh

from Reuters

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Posted on December 22, 2008 by Editor

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Fine Jewelry

from the Telegraph UK

Jewellery art market: artists with an eye for jewellery

Thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery by top artists including Dali, Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor is about to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s for charity.
By Colin Gleadell Last Updated: 5:33PM GMT 19 Dec 2008

Dali's eye of Time brooch, on sale for £20,000

Eye eye: Dali’s eye of Time brooch, on sale for £20,000

Four of the world’s top living artists who have experimented with making jewellery have donated examples that will be sold for charity at Sotheby’s tomorrow. Artists give works to charity all the time, but this is the first occasion on which these artists have taken part in a jewellery sale.

Among the Cartier and Bulgari diamond necklaces, brooches and earrings on show today are a silver charm bracelet by Damien Hirst (£12,000 to £17,000); a 22-carat gold-and-enamel ring by Anish Kapoor, with a void where a stone would normally be placed (£15,000 to £20,000); a gilded cuff bangle shaped like intertwined fingers by Louise Bourgeois (£25,000 to £30,000); and a ruby-and-diamond pendant by Subodh Gupta, the star of the new Indian Highway exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery (£20,000 to £25,000).

For Joanna Hardy, Sotheby’s jewellery expert, the auction “marks an extremely exciting development in the recognition of unique jewellery as art”.

As such, it is building on the little-charted tradition of jewellery-making by earlier 20th-century artists who worked primarily as painters or sculptors. Picasso and Braque both made jewellery late in their careers, as did the Surrealists Salvador Dalí, Man Ray and Meret Oppenheim. During the Sixties and Seventies, the Italian goldsmith GianCarlo Montebello worked with a number of contemporary artists, such as Lucio Fontana and Niki de St Phalle.

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Posted on December 22, 2008 by Editor

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Contemporary Art Market: A Candid Look from the Inside

from Sotheby’s

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“I’m looking for the best American Beef. Give me 50 burgers.”

Grazie, Mama-chan, to A. Smith ‘doo ’90 for the Melt-Banana reminder. One of the last true good times besides Funston Park before departing SF was to Melt-Banana @ The Independent. Sick Zip Everywhere.

Posted on December 21, 2008 by Editor

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Research Indicates Holidays Not As Dangerous Or Depressing As Once Thought

from the Los Angeles Times

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Posted on December 20, 2008 by Editor

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