from the net via H. Beadleston
“Refute” means to “disprove with evidence” and yet it’s commonly used, even by professional writers, to mean “rebut” which carries a similar meaning but isn’t quite so strong, as it can also mean “argue against.” The example here (“Simon Cowell refutes ‘scandalous’ claims he helped billionaire hide assets from wife he was divorcing”) is from a recent Daily Mail article. For those outside the UK, the Daily Mail is a newspaper which regularly rages against falling educational standards. A special mention to Sarah Palin who invented a new word “refudiate”; the usage suggests she meant repudiate.
The last Ole! Bullfighting comes to an end in Catalonia
Almost seven hundred years of Catalan bullfighting history ended on Sunday night with the final death blow dealt by its hometown hero.
By Fiona Govan, Barcelona
While Jose Tomas, Spain’s finest matador, was the undisputed star of the evening, the honour of killing the last bull on Catalan soil fell to torero Serafin Marin, a native of Barcelona.
When Marin delivered the estocada, a half tonne bull dropped to the sand, just as reflections of the sun faded in the matador’s suit of light.
On a day when bloodthirsty spectacle was staged for the last time, Spain’s leading exponent of the sport took a triumphant bow in his favourite arena.
The final Ole! at La Monumental arena in central Barcelona marked the end of an era and cast the uneasy relationship between the Catalans and Spain into thick swirl of emotion.
The 18,000 seats for the region’s last ever bullfight sold out within hours and tickets traded on the blackmarket commanding more than ten times their face value. A few were touted on the internet for as much as 1,500 euros each.
Even the posters that advertised the event became an instant collector’s item.
The limited editions prints, commissioned especially from Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, have been disappearing from hoardings across the Catalan capital.
Man credited with creating Doritos dies in Dallas
Sept. 26, 2011 11:18 AM
DALLAS – Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand, has died in Dallas at age 97.
A statement issued by the West family says he died Tuesday at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A graveside service is scheduled for Oct. 1. Daughter Jana Hacker of Allen tells The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/qzPm9E) the family plans on “tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn.”
CBS has bought Legacy, a drama project from Jericho co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, DreamWorks TV and author James Frey’s book-packaging company Full Fathom Five. The project has received a script commitment plus penalty from the network and has been laid off at CBS TV Studios. It centers on a one-term president who goes back to work at his hometown law firm where he hand-picks the cases that really matter to him. Steinberg, who will write the script, is executive producing with Frey, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
The idea for the project was generated by A Million Little Pieces author Frey’s IP company, which focuses mostly on young-adult fiction. Six months ago, Frey came to Los Angeles to pitch the company’s catalog, and WME — which reps him, DreamWorks TV and Steinberg — got them together to develop Legacy. The project was pitched directly to the networks, landing at CBS.
Data as Art, as Science, as a Reason for Being
Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Published: September 23, 2011
Anyone walking past Lincoln Center during the last few days, and glancing downward at its new access road, Jaffe Drive, would have seen what seemed to be a slightly eccentric art installation. A long band of animated colored lights would snake across a 123-foot-long wall of LEDs as a digital clock counted backward. Then that band might suddenly twist and wind around itself, erupt into curves, contort into waves, and, just as unexpectedly, subside again into temporary linear calm.
Or else, if you watched long enough, the wall might go blank, and when lighted again, would resemble a kind of elongated container. Bluish lights would pour inside it, mounting and sloshing about like some kind of luminous liquid, until the entire wall’s array would be filled to overflowing. And then the “liquid” would seem to spill from the sides, dripping down in cascades as the container emptied.
Last Updated: 12:09 AM, September 21, 2011
Art dealer and gallery owner Larry Gagosian threw lavish dinners to celebrate two big openings. He took over the entire restaurant at new Upper East Side eatery Crown last Thursday to celebrate the opening of Jenny Saville’s show at his Madison Avenue Gallery.
The following night, Gagosian took over The Lion to toast the Andy Warhol exhibition at his West 21st Street location. Guests included Owen Wilson, Peter Brant, Stavros Niarchos, Bob Colacello, James Frey, Jane Holzer, Peter Marino, Alberto Mugrabi and Lou Reed.
by Stephen J. Gertz
|Sotheby’s Oct. 10, 2011. Est. $150,000-$180,000.|
The incredibly rare and desirable dust jacket to the first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is coming to auction via Sotheby’s-New York Library of an English Bibliophile Sale Part II on October 20, 2011. It is estimated to sell for $150,000-$180,000. An excellent copy of the first edition, first printing of The Great Gatsby, a book that in near-fine/fine condition sells for $7,000-$10,000, is included with the dust jacket.
The dust jacket is in the corrected first state, i.e. the “j” in Jay Gatsby on the rear panel was printed in lower case and carefully hand-corrected in ink to upper-case by the publisher. No uncorrected copies of the first state dust jacket are known to exist. In the second state of the dust jacket the “J” was corrected by the printer.
LA Porn Studio Begins Construction On ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Underground Bunker
“Our goal is nothing less than to survive the apocalypse to come in comfort and luxury,” said Pink Visual spokesman Quentin Boyer, “whether that catastrophe takes the form of fireballs flung earthward by an all-seeing deity, extended torrential rainfall, Biblical rapture, an earthquake-driven mega-tsunami, radioactive flesh-eating zombies, or some combination of the above.”
Heartbreaking Borders Photograph
Reddit user Jessers25 took the photo embedded above at a Borders going out of business sale. In the photo, a Thomas Jefferson quote sat on a bare wall with a pile of dismantled bookshelves: “I cannot live without books.”
The photo has spawned hundreds of comments and a raging debate about the future of bookstores.
No matter what you think about mega-bookstores or Borders management, this is a sad year for everyone who loves books.
Haute Event: Serena Williams, Sting, Brad Goreski last Night at the Made in Polaroid 50|50|50 Art Auction with Belvedere and Clos du Bois
Last night on Wednesday September 14th, 2011 I had the pleasure of attending an amazing soiree at Phillips de Pury & Company. The art and entertainment community came together for the launch of Polaroid’s new instant mobile printer and a charity auction of the works created by these artists using the mobile printer.
The Made in Polaroid 50|50|50 Art Auction with Clos du Bois and Belvedere benefited Free Arts and original pieces by Tory Burch, Patrick Demarchelier, Will Cotton, Steven Klein, Norman Jean Roy, James Frey and more were sold. Notable attendees and artists included Serena Williams, Sting, Brad Goreski, Patrick Demarchelier, Todd Tourso from Haus of Gaga, Norman Jean Roy, Stefano Tonchi, Sante d’Orazio, Alexa Winner, Maripol, Anita Kunz, Steven Taylor, Chase Jarvis, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Va$htie, Stella Im Hultberg, Michael Bernard and more. Guests sipped Clos du Bois North Coast Chardonnay, Belvedere cocktails, dined on sushi and mingled throughout the auction house while viewing the works. As the live auction began, guests eagerly bid on the extraordinary works, with proceeds benefiting Free Arts.
La Casa Azul Goes for the Green
Aurora Anaya-Cerda, who founded La Casa Azul Bookstore online in 2008, has launched a campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days to open a bricks-and-mortar store in East Harlem in New York City. A donor will match the money raised.
The 40K in 40 Days campaign is intended to finance inventory, fixtures and café equipment and, most important, provide the deposit for the retail space, all of which would allow La Casa Azul Bookstore to open its doors next year. Incentives for the campaign, which is being conducted on indiegogo.com, include gifts such as autographed books, T-shirts and naming a bookshelf. All donors will automatically become Founders’ Circle members and their names will be added to the store’s donor wall.
For 10 years, Anaya-Cerda has worked and volunteered in six bookstores, taken many business classes, attended two booksellers schools and traveled around the country studying bookstores and meeting with authors and publishers. The bricks-and-mortar store, she said, will offer author signings, book clubs, story times for children and a community meeting space. The store will sell new and used books, coffee, pastries, art, clothing and locally made cards and gifts.
Since the online store was established, La Casa Azul Bookstores has hosted more than 60 events in local cultural institutions, schools and cafes. The bookstore also established the annual East Harlem Children’s Book Festival and works with schools and non-profit organizations to promote literacy.
On her website, Anaya-Cerda wrote, “I need your help to get this project off the ground. Help me establish La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem to continue connecting people, books, and the ideas they bring together. I can’t do this work without you.”
British pop artist Richard Hamilton dies at 89
The Gagosian Gallery, which represents Hamilton, said the artist died early Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Britain. It did not give the cause of death.
The gallery said that with his death, “the art world has lost one of its leading figures.” It said Hamilton’s influence on younger artists was “immeasurable.”
Hamilton was often called the “Father of Pop Art” – Britain’s answer to Andy Warhol – and was credited with coining the name for a movement marked by its ironic and iconic use of commercial and pop-culture imagery.
Born in London in 1922, Hamilton studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade School of Fine Art, and made his name in the 50s with “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” A collage showing a physically idealized naked couple – the man holding a red lollipop marked “Pop” – in a product-strewn home, it was a seminal work of Pop Art.
Things We Say Today And Owe To Shakespeare
by EYDER PERALTA
A 20-year-old girl named Becky from London posted a picture of one of the pages of her Moleskine notebook on Tumblr. It has, as they say, gone viral and less than a week later is making waves across the Internet.
It’s a simple thing: Becky wrote down, the “things we say today which we owe to Shakespeare.” It’s phrases like “send him packing,” “makes your hair stand on end,” and “lie low.”
Rapper 50 Cent loses to author Chinua Achebe
I love this story. Super tough rapper 50 Cent has just had his candy ass handed to him by 80-year-old Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe. It appears 50 Cent had not read Things Fall Apart, Achebe’s ground-breaking novel from 1958, or even knew of its existence, and he spent much of 2010 making a movie with the same title.
Achebe had a word in his shell-like (that means ear) and now the movie, about a football player diagnosed with cancer, has been renamed. This Guardian story says 50 Cent offered the author $1 million in order to use the title, Things Fall Apart, but Achebe said no.
Chinua Achebe is my hero for today. Imagine turning down $1 million?
I’d love to see more rapper versus author fights. Next up…Eminem versus Jonathan Franzen with an undercard of Ol’ Dirty Bastard from the Wu-Tang Clan versus Margaret Atwood. I’d pay to see James Frey against Snoop Dog because Snoop would blow him up although Frey would do a lot of trash talking.
Miss Universe Hopeful Told to Wear Panties
Miss Colombia has been making appearances without unmentionables
by Greg Wilson
Robayo, one of 89 beauties from around the world competing to win the Donald Trump-owned contest, has been reprimanded for making appearance in tiny skirts – with no panties.
“Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants as what she was doing was totally inappropriate,” a source told Fox News. “People have been pretty upset by it; there have been photos and media appearances where she has completely had her crotch out.”
The contest, being held in Sao paulo, Brazil, might benefit from controversy, but going commando goes too far.
Obituary Note: Michael Stern Hart
Michael Stern Hart, founder and head of Project Gutenberg and considered by many to have invented the e-book, died on Tuesday. He was 64.
According to Dr. Gregory B. Newby, Hart told this story of how he had the idea for e-books. “He had been granted access to significant computing power at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On July 4, 1971, after being inspired by a free printed copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, he decided to type the text into a computer, and to transmit it to other users on the computer network.” E voila!
Newby added: “Hart was an ardent technologist and futurist. A lifetime tinkerer, he acquired hands-on expertise with the technologies of the day: radio, hi-fi stereo, video equipment, and of course computers. He constantly looked into the future, to anticipate technological advances. One of his favorite speculations was that someday, everyone would be able to have their own copy of the Project Gutenberg collection or whatever subset desired. This vision came true, thanks to the advent of large inexpensive computer disk drives, and to the ubiquity of portable mobile devices, such as cell phones.”
Female ‘vampire’ busted for trying to eat elderly man
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:53 pm
An elderly Florida man needed stitches Wednesday after a 22-year-old woman announced she was a vampire and began biting his face and neck.
Milton Ellis, 69, said that he had fallen asleep in his electric wheelchair on the porch of a vacant Hooters in St. Petersburg. He awoke to find Josephine Smith on top of him.
“I’m a vampire, I am going to eat you,” Smith told Ellis, according to an affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun.
St. Petersburg police said that Smith had bitten chunks off of Ellis’ face and part of his lip.
Ellis called police after escaping to a nearby Shell gas station where he had first met Smith earlier in the evening. When police finally located Smith — covered in blood — at the Hooters, she could not recall the location of her pants or why her panties were around her ankles. Ellis maintains that she was fully clothed when he left her.
Carnal Knowledge by Malerie Marder
Simplicity is often regarded as the ultimate sophistication, and by this definition alone Malerie Marder‘s beautiful compositions are unbelievably compelling. Often set within stark, anonymous motel rooms, her photographic compositions feature her similarly bare sitters. Accessorised only with impassive expressions, they allow the viewer to play voyeur, but with a distinct feeling of having pre-arranged permission.
Carnal Knowledge is her first monograph, a milestone in the career of any artist, and it has been gorgeously produced by Violette Editions with a preface by Gregory Crewdson, texts by Charlotte Cotton and novelist James Ellroy, and short stories inspired by Marder’s works by A. M. Homes, James Frey and Bruce Wagner. There is also a written and photographic correspondence between Marder and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.
Long Island Books: The Rising
By Robert Stuart
In a Bible class I taught, a woman who was annoyed with an image of a vengeful God said, “Well, why don’t we just write a new Bible?” James Frey has written, not a new Bible, but a testament to the end times with the appearance of the Messiah, a man born of Orthodox Jewish parents in Brooklyn. His name is variously Ben Zion Avrohom, Ben Jones, or Ben. ___ “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” James Frey Gagosian Gallery, $50 ___ The story is in the present time, written from the perspectives and in the voices of men and women who in the immediate past have known Ben. It is a compelling story and well written, holding plot, characters, and religious theme together. I hasten to add that the characters would not consider their insight, newly gained after contact with Ben, to be religious, conventionally considered. Quite the opposite, the point of view is decidedly against religion, and indeed against government. It is not, however, anarchist. [ click to continue reading at The East Hampton Star ]