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The Young Dead

from The Irish Times

The shining stars who burned out too soon


Thu, Nov 27, 2008

VISUAL ART:A NUMBER OF ARTISTS who died fairly recently and prematurely but whose influence is still very much alive are featured in Now’s the Timeat the Hugh Lane Gallery.

It’s an interesting idea for a show, because there is, sadly, no shortage of potential participants. The reasons for early demise vary, but the usual suspects, including drugs and drink, certainly feature, though not as prominently as cruel illnesses and misadventure – the gifted Helen Chadwick, for example, was killed by heart failure induced by a rare virus. But there was much speculation that her infection with the virus may have been related to the micro-organisms she was using in her work.

Chadwick remains a highly significant artist, not least for the way she pioneered the idea of the body as the site of art rather than something to be depicted. Jean-Michel Basquiat, the graffiti artist turned art world superstar, and protégé of Andy Warhol, succumbed to his insatiable appetite for a mixture of heroin and cocaine. A victim of his own success and prone to depression, he was still in his 20s when he died in 1988.

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Posted on November 30, 2008 by Editor

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Why Roget Was Roget

from Prospect Magazine

Roget’s Thesaurus is more than just a book about words—and the story of its author’s often unhappy life provides a suggestive counterpoint to its complexities
Lesley Chamberlain  

Peter Mark Roget, the future Linnaus of the English word, began compiling word-lists at the age of eight. Why was he not playing with other children, honing his social skills? The problem was his mother, a widow at 28, who drained her son of sympathy. Catherine Romilly gave birth to a wonderful, handsome, talented boy , but couldn’t let him be himself.Independence, he would write in his Thesaurus under list 744, equals freedom of action, unilaterality; freedom of choice, initiative. But for freedom see also non-liability, disobedience, seclusion and liberation: the way one insists on freedom in the face of opposition.

Catherine Roget née Romilly came from a well-regarded and successful London Huguenot family blighted by mental illness. After the early death of her Swiss-born husband, Catherine never recovered her capacity for normal life. Her own mother had been mentally incapable and Catherine slipped inexorably into a lesser version of her mother’s state. Shlepping with his sister backwards and forwards between London and the country on the wheels of maternal restlessness, Peter never felt he had a home, except in his wordlists. He worked on them in solitude, while qualifying as a doctor. 

Fully fledged at 20, five years too young to practise, he was exceptionally able and also peculiar and solitary. He hated disorder and dirt. When he took a job accompanying two rich teenagers on their European Grand Tour, their notebooks revealed his crabbed and pernickety mind. He taught them to count the windows in cathedrals, and visitor numbers, and tally how many paintings were in a collection. He taught them to structure the world prosaically and reliably; at all costs to avoid emotional surrender. His response to both human and natural life was to classify it, the foundation of his great work to come.

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Posted on November 30, 2008 by Editor

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Jamaican Dancehall Culture in Pictures

from The Guardian UK


9 / 14

Wayne Smith in Jammy’s Yard. In 1985 he released the revolutionary track Under Mi Sleng Teng – the first fully-computerised hit

Beth Lesser

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Posted on November 30, 2008 by Editor

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Once There Was A Silly Old Ram

from the Arizona Republic

China executes man for ant-breeding scheme

BEIJING – China has executed a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme, state media reported Thursday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wang Zhendong, who was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to death in February last year, was executed in north China’s Liaoning province on Wednesday.

The death penalty is used broadly in China. Though usually reserved for violent crimes, it is also applied for nonviolent offenses that involve large sums of money or if they are seen to threaten social order.

Wang, chairman of Yingkou Donghua Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60 percent for investors who purchased ant-breeding kits from two companies he ran. Ants are used in some traditional Chinese medicinal remedies, which can fetch a high price. Wang sold the kits, which cost $25, for $1,300, local media reported earlier.

Wang attracted more than 10,000 investors between 2002 and June 2005, when investigators shut down his companies. The closure of his business set off a panic among small-time players who saw their life savings disappear overnight.

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Posted on November 30, 2008 by Editor

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Buy Now and Plan Ahead

from Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards


Posted on November 28, 2008 by Editor

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‘When Black Friday comes, I’m gonna dig myself a hole…’

Posted on November 28, 2008 by Editor

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Hitler’s Bookmark. No seriously – Hitler’s Bookmark

from MSNBC

Federal agents recover ‘Hitler’ bookmark

Romanian man arrested trying to sell item to undercover officers 

juice.jpgupdated 3:45 p.m. MT, Wed., Nov. 26, 2008

SEATTLE – Authorities have recovered a stolen 18-carat gold bookmark that reportedly was given to Adolf Hitler by his longtime mistress, Eva Braun.

Christian Popescu, a Romanian national, was arrested Tuesday outside a suburban Starbucks after trying to sell the bookmark to an undercover agent for $100,000, according to papers filed in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors said the bookmark was among several items taken in an auction-house heist in Madrid six years ago. At the time, some antiquities experts questioned its authenticity.

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Posted on November 27, 2008 by MJS

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Fixins On The Cheap

from The Chicago Tribune

A feasible feast
* Savvy use of supermarket products keeps your Thanksgiving fuss-free

Thanksgiving dinner conjures up Currier & Ives memories of rosy-cheeked grannies, aided by a phalanx of aunties, sisters and assorted female cousins mustering up a veritable groaning board of goodies while the menfolk chaw away the hours in the front parlor.

But in this 24/7 workaday world, T-Day reality can be quite different.

Don’t despair.

You don’t have to splurge on a fancy dinner to evoke the true spirit and foods of Thanksgiving past. You can still gather the family, however nuclear, around the table and give thanks for what you have and for being together and for pulling a wonderful meal together without getting crazed.

Just be prepared to cheat. A little.

Supermarkets, delis, caterers and restaurants all sell a variety of precooked, ready-to-cook and assemble-X-Y-Z-and-cook dishes you can place on your holiday table. That can lighten the load so you can concentrate on the Thanksgiving dish that really matters to you, be it the roast turkey, the mashed potatoes, the pumpkin pie or the chili-cheese nacho pie you serve up with the football game on TV.

My mother cooked like this for years. She would jazz up packets of frozen onions in white sauce, add her own vegetables to commercially prepared stuffing mixes and pour a can of chicken broth into pan juices to make a quick gravy.

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Posted on November 27, 2008 by Editor

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Whiteley Enriches Cezanne

from ABC News (Australia)

Whiteley’s Balmoral nets $990k for Cezanne fund

balmoral.pngThe Art Gallery of New South Wales has sold two paintings to help fund its purchase of a $16.2 million work by French artist Paul Cezanne.

Brett Whiteley’s Balmoral fetched $990,000 at the Sotheby’s auction in Melbourne.

John Perceval’s Pleasure Craft sold for $198,000.

Cezanne’s Bords De La Marne is the most expensive artwork ever bought by an Australian public gallery.

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Posted on November 27, 2008 by Editor

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‘Witness them setting a drunk girl’s hair on fire, feeding aspirin to a squirrel, singing a piss-poor “Under the Bridge” to Anthony Kiedis…’


A Cross the Universe
By Cam Lindsay    

There are tour documentaries and then there’s Justice’s tour documentary. There is a difference. In documenting their 2008 North American tour, the Parisian production/DJ team (aka Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay) wanted everything caught on film — warts, arrests, drunken weddings, sexual romps and all. Using a blend of raw footage and nicely arranged jump cuts of their extraordinary life on the road, those expecting a concert film will be sorely disappointed, for the music is secondary to the hedonism off stage. Hiring their friends/video directors Romain Gavras and So-Me to shoot them, A Cross the Universe is a one-hour-long recap (accompanied by a CD recording of their live set) that plays out like a “greatest hits,” which from beginning to end becomes a lesson in shock and awe cinema. Since there’s no privacy, viewers are invited into their world to meet the duo’s gun-toting tour manager Bouchon (who’s arrested twice) and their Guinness-record-attempting cowboy bus driver, as well as witness them setting a drunk girl’s hair on fire, feeding aspirin to a squirrel, singing a piss-poor “Under the Bridge” to Anthony Kiedis, smashing a bottle over an overzealous fan’s head (and then getting arrested) and of course, getting married while drunk in Vegas. Anyone who’s waiting for the adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirtshould try seeking Justice, who’ve made the most decadent music doc ever. (Ed Banger/Warner) 

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Posted on November 27, 2008 by Editor

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First Ever US TV Ad for ADIDAS Originals

Posted on November 26, 2008 by Editor

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Meteorological Watercolors – John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz

Mike Solomon - Meteorological Watercolors

Mike Solomon
Meteorological Watercolors

On view from October 18th to November 29th
Preview viewing Saturday, October 18th, 12 to 5 p.m.


36 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
P: 631.324.5561

Gallery Hours
Fri to Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Closed Monday thru Thursday


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Posted on November 25, 2008 by Editor

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Tubby and the Crazy Good ‘Tuesday’

Posted on November 25, 2008 by Editor

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The Baldwin In Bells Neck Woods

from the NY Daily News

Mystery piano, abandoned deep in the woods, baffles Cape Cod police

Monday, November 24th 2008, 8:48 AM

A police officer checks an abandoned piano for clues.

A police officer checks an abandoned
piano for clues.

HARWICH, Mass. – Harwich police have a musical mystery on their hands: Who left a piano in the middle of the woods? And why?

The Baldwin piano discovered in the Bells Neck woods appears to be in perfect working condition and had a matching bench as if it had recently been played.

The piano was discovered Saturday by a woman walking along a path inside a conservation area at the woods.

Another question police would like to answer is how the piano got to such a remote location. The piano is heavy and it took more than a half dozen men to load it onto a truck to remove it.

Police said they’ve notified other police departments in the area to see if anyone has reported a missing piano.

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Posted on November 24, 2008 by Editor

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The Globe-trotting Rubells

from the Los Angeles Times

For collectors Don and Mera Rubell, a bond with Palm Springs


Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times

PARTNERS: Don and Mera Rubell have collected contemporary art for more than four decades, beginning with a $25-a-week budget, and now travel the globe looking for more pieces.

Keith Haring works from their Miami collection furnish a Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition.

By Suzanne Muchnic
November 23, 2008

Reporting from Palm Springs — “The advantage of not being able to produce art is that you can spend all your energy looking at art,” said Don Rubell, whose family of self-confessed contemporary art fanatics is perpetually in search of the next addition to its 5,000-piece collection. Pleased to have uttered a complete sentence without being interrupted by Mera, his wife and collecting partner of nearly 45 years, he eased into a knowing smile as she jumped in to explain how their collecting obsession works.

“To do what we do, we have to go everywhere, with rolling suitcases that we never check and wash-and-wear clothes, usually black,” she said. “Here’s our schedule for about two months: Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, London, Paris, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and here, then New York again and Abu Dhabi. We need to see what’s going on in the world.”

Miami is home to the globe-trotting Rubells, who are on ARTnews magazine’s international list of the top 200 collectors. “Here” is Palm Springs, where they traveled for a special occasion — the launching of a relationship between the Florida-based collection and the Palm Springs Art Museum with the recently opened exhibition, “Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection.”

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Posted on November 24, 2008 by Editor

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Loverboy Inducted Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Posted on November 24, 2008 by Editor

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Stupid Phone

from the NY Daily News

Arkansas man sues McDonald’s over nude photos of his wife

Sunday, November 23rd 2008, 3:46 AM

If you have naked photos of your wife on your cellphone, be sure to keep it safe.


That’s sound advice a man in FayettevilleArkansas failed to heed.

Phillip Sherman mistakenly left his cell phone behind at a local McDonald’s, and now he and his wife, Tina Sherman, are suing the fast food joint for $3 million after nude photos of her that were on the phone found their way to the Internet.

According to the lawsuit, Phillip forgot the phone in July and was assured the employees would keep it safe. However, the naked pictures of Tina ended up online, and the Shermans are blaming the workers at the McDonald’s restaurant.

The couple is seeking damages for suffering, embarrassment and the cost of having to move to a new home.

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Posted on November 23, 2008 by Editor

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Mo’ Flo And The Machine

from The Guardian UK

Go with the Flo

Florence and the Machine’s mad art-pop will be 2009’s most beautiful noise, says Sylvia Patterson

Florence and the Machine

Who’s that girl? … Florence and the Machine. Photograph: PR

It’s not every day you see a pop star standing on their head in the middle of a library in Lancaster but today is that very day. Florence Welch, 22, hoists her skinny, grey-denim-clad legs into the air above her grey and white striped T-shirt, ropes of peachy-red hair splaying outwards on the wooden floor. “Urgh!” she squawks, upside down, then keels over, gets up again and turns her manically wandering attention to her homemade multicoloured five-foot-long funeral wreath made of artificial flowers spelling out “FLORENCE”. Hoisting this into the air, she affixes it to the Large Print section shelves which provide tonight’s backdrop for her band, Florence And The Machine, comprising drummer, keyboard player and harpist, with Florence on howling vocals and a stand-up military drum. (Here in historic Lancaster, this is a winning council ruse to showcase new music, with other recent library sets from Bat For Lashes and Adele.)

First, though, we must go to a nearby pub and Florence knows the way; except she doesn’t, striding at a mighty clip for 15 minutes in exactly the wrong direction, gab-gab-gabbing all the way, until we’re almost out into the countryside. The pub, it turns out, is 100 yards away from the library and Florence is always getting lost (“In a wormhole, sometimes for days!” she laughs). Florence, of course, is not yet technically a pop star — her debut album isn’t due until May 2009 and probably won’t be entitled Fuck The Cake, Take The Ice Cream And I Think I Just Punched The Waiter (though that’s one of its joke titles) — but she will be soon enough and the pop world will rejoice.

The world hasn’t seen this kind of profoundly eccentric folk-art minstrel since Kate Bush trilled “Hello sky! Hello trees!” and skipped barefoot over the hillocks in the late-70s in a frock made out of fairy wings (though, in Florence’s case, this would be wings torn from mutilated dead fairies, with their eyes poked out). After Amy, Lily, Kate, Adele and all the idiosyncratic souls of the London chanteuse uprising, Florence Welch is a different kind of bonkers; a posho art school bohemian whose pulverising blues-pop contains no trace of a chirpy “innit”, more visceral Grimms’ Fairy Tales set in a Twilight Zone troubled by donkeys, birds and coffins.

This year, she’s released two singles on the independent Moshi Moshi label (once home to Hot Chip and Kate Nash). The first was the clattering skiffle-pop Kiss With A Fist — with lyrics about slapping and plate-smashing — a song that has been read as a comment on domestic violence. Florence is adamant it’s not, though. “If you’re a writer, you’re just expressing your perception of what’s going on,” she says. “These songs are all about highs and really intense lows …” Then there’s the thumping drums and yodelling yelps of new single Dog Days (a song Adam Ant would approve of). Now signed to Island Records, home of Amy Winehouse, Florence looks set set to skip barefoot through 2009 as a sort of surreal-folk PJ Harvey with lungs the size of the bellowing sails on an 18th-century ship.

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Posted on November 23, 2008 by Editor

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Ya Just Gotta Love When Performance Art & Experimental Music Come Together

Posted on November 22, 2008 by Editor

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Grace Hartigan Gone

from The New York Times

Grace Hartigan, 86, Abstract Painter, Dies

Grace Hartigan, a second-generation Abstract Expressionist whose gestural, intensely colored paintings often incorporated images drawn from popular culture, leading some critics to see in them prefigurings of Pop Art, died on Saturday in Baltimore. She was 86.

The cause was liver failure, said Julian Weissman, a longtime dealer of hers.

Ms. Hartigan, a friend and disciple of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, subscribed to the Abstract Expressionist notion of the painterly brushstroke as existential act and cri de coeur but, like de Kooning, she never broke entirely with the figurative tradition. Determined to stake out her own artistic ground, she turned outward from the interior world sanctified by the Abstract Expressionists and embraced the visual swirl of contemporary American life.

In “Grand Street Brides” (1954), one of several early paintings that attracted the immediate attention of critics and curators, she depicted bridal-shop window mannequins in a composition based on Goya’s “Royal Family.” Later paintings incorporated images taken from coloring books, film, traditional paintings, store windows and advertising, all in the service of art that one critic described as “tensely personal.”

“Her art was marked by a willingness to employ a variety of styles in a modernist idiom, to go back and forth from art-historical references to pop-culture references to autobiographical material,” said Robert Saltonstall Mattison, the author of “Grace Hartigan: A Painter’s World” (1990).

Grace Hartigan was born in Newark in 1922 and grew up in rural New Jersey, the oldest of four children. Unable to afford college, she married early and, in a flight of romantic fancy, she and her husband, Bob Jachens, struck out for Alaska to live as pioneers. They made it no farther than California, where, with her husband’s encouragement, she took up painting.

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Posted on November 21, 2008 by Editor

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100 Japanese Men Having Fun

Posted on November 21, 2008 by Editor

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“He wasn’t sure where his penis was in relation to where he wanted it to be…”

from The Guardian UK

Bad sex award exposes this year’s nominees

Alastair Campbell among Literary Review’s nominees for the year’s worst erotic writing


Alastair Campbell. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

‘Slightly tortuous’: Alastair Campbell. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Alastair Campbell’s depiction of a gauche sexual encounter in his debut novel All in the Mind has won him a place on the shortlist for the literary world’s most dreaded honour: the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction award.

Campbell would join luminaries including Tom Wolfe, AA Gill, Sebastian Faulks and Melvyn Bragg if he wins the award – a plaster foot – on November 25 at London’s aptly named In and Out club. Run by the Literary Review, the bad sex awards were set up by Auberon Waugh “with the aim of gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels”.

The former spin doctor may take heart from the implication that his debut is an “otherwise sound literary novel”. Campbell of course has some earlier practice in depicting sex, having written pornography for Forum magazine under the pseudonym the Riviera Gigolo early in his career, but a passage set on a bench has catapulted Campbell onto the list: “He wasn’t sure where his penis was in relation to where he wanted it to be, but when her hand curled around it once more, and she pulled him towards her, it felt right,” Campbell writes. “Then as her hand joined the other on his neck and she started making more purring noises, now with little squeals punctuating them, he was pretty sure he was losing his virginity.”

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Posted on November 21, 2008 by Editor

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The World Just Ain’t Right Right Now

Posted on November 21, 2008 by Editor

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Vote for Chris!

chris.pngHey Everyone!

Chris (my husband) is one of the ten finalists to be the new spokesperson for a local tv station here in Indianapolis, and he needs everyone to vote online for him!  Please go to this link and vote for Chris, and try to get as many people as you can to vote – they don’t have to live in Indiana! Please help us out and pass this on to people who you think would take the time to visit the website quickly and vote!

Thanks so much!



Posted on November 20, 2008 by Editor

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Posted on November 19, 2008 by Editor

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Upside Downward Dog

from The Guardian UK

Defiance of gravity

We know it takes toil to get fit, and yet the idea of upside-down yoga just seems too good to miss

Upside-down yoga is sweeping America, soon to set the gyms of the UK afire with the defiance of gravity. I was just scanning the internet for what, exactly, was good about it. On the website it says: “The AntiGravity Hammock acts as a soft trapeze, supporting you as you master simple suspension techniques leading to advanced inverted poses.” So being upside down, in other words, leads to you getting better and better at being upside down. You can also get better at upside-down pilates, and the rather ominous-sounding upside-down dance.

On the one hand, I can’t believe it will take off in Britain, because it is so extravagantly pointless, but on the other hand, for the same reason, I can’t believe it won’t. Faddy exercises are reason-proof, recession-proof and science-proof, insulated against any consideration of consequence that might otherwise ever stop anyone doing anything.

The year before last there was a fad for heated pilates. It was just like the regular kind, only you did it in a heated kennel, while someone outside it enjoined you to “Lose! Tone!” It was more soothing than it sounds. Perspex has a muffling effect. I had a go. “This,” I thought, with a clarity that might have stopped my heart were it not for the lovely warm environment, “is the end of civilisation.”

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Posted on November 19, 2008 by Editor

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BLACK TIDE – Winner Best International Newcomer 2008 Kerrang! Awards

Posted on November 19, 2008 by Editor

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Field Stripping While She Can

Posted on November 18, 2008 by MJS

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Unclaimed By Next of Kin

from Shelf-Awareness

Library of Dust photographed by David Maisel (Chronicle Books, $80, 9780811863339/0811863336, September 2008)

This is definitely a big gift book, measuring almost 18″ x 14″, which is a display challenge, but worth it. In 1913, Oregon State Hospital in Salem, a psychiatric hospital, began cremating the remains of deceased patients not claimed by next of kin. This practice remained until 1971, and David Maisel received permission to photograph the copper canisters containing the ashes of these patients. He also documented the building: paint peeling off the walls in Room 3, Hallway 2, Ward 66, J Building; a fragile sepia-toned letter from Ward 66; a 16-point star cut from a newspaper; tubs and plumbing pipes, cold and grim; a gurney with wide hanging straps. The canisters are extraordinary, having undergone chemical reactions with the ashes and the atmosphere, resulting in a harsh beauty. Burnished copper with green-blue corrosion and white rime. Malachite greens with a lichen-like patina on bent, dented and numbered containers. There are Rorschachs in mineral salts–a bed, an island, a Munchian scream. Or the world from an astronaut’s vantage, frost-like against vibrant blue. They form geographies of the soul, of lives lost to madness and neglect limned in magenta and rose. The urns were available to be photographed only because they were unclaimed–what dramatic or commonplace stories are held in these cans? “The minerals did form . . . rather quickly–is if forsaken souls could hardly wait to pass into another realm.”

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Posted on November 18, 2008 by Editor

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Some Sweet Gymkhana Drift

from The Duke

Posted on November 17, 2008 by Editor

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“I do not want to subject our students to those fluids”

from the Youngstown Vindicator

Piercings keep husband of student out of dances 

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

HUBBARD — Five pieces of facial jewelry may be all that is stopping a high school senior from attending any school dances with the 19-year-old man she recently married.

vindy.pngCasey Engstrom, 19, graduated from Hubbard High School in 2007. He has since married Brittany, 17, who is still a senior at the high school. The young couple now lives a stone’s throw away from the high school with Casey Engstrom’s grandmother, but Casey Engstrom will not be permitted to attend any school dances with his new wife. Casey Engstrom has been informed that he is banned from such school functions because of skin-stretching jewelry in his lip and ears.

Though Casey Engstrom, who also is his wife’s guardian because she is still a minor, discussed the couple’s feelings about the school’s decision, Brittany Engstrom chose not to speak to The Vindicator and deferred comment to her husband.

Casey Engstrom said the recent ban from school dances is not the first time his appearance has been called into question by school officials. He said he was forced to remove red streaks and highlights from his hair before attending his own graduation in 2007.

The dress code in the student handbook states that “wearing pierced jewelry on any other body part than the ear, such as nose, eyebrows, lips and tongue are not permitted.”

Casey Engstrom, though no longer bound by the student dress code, spoke to school officials to see if an understanding could be reached on the jewelry that would allow him to escort his wife to the school dances. He offered to remove the jewelry.

Buchenic said the school will stand firm on its decision not to allow Casey Engstrom to attend any school dances because of health reasons.

The skin-stretching pieces would leave an open hole in the lip if removed, and removing the jewelry “was not acceptable because fluids could still come out, and I do not want to subject our students to those fluids,” he said. 

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Posted on November 17, 2008 by Editor

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Rothko Loses Out To Phallicism Once Again

from Ananova

Abstract art ‘hung wrong way round’ by Tate


Two abstract paintings may have been hung the wrong way round by curators at the Tate Modern in London.

The paintings by Mark Rothko, from the Black on Maroon series, have been hung vertically with bold stripes running from top to bottom.

However, Rothko is thought to have wanted the works – which he donated to the Tate – to be hung with the stripes running horizontally and the location of his signature on the back of the paintings is believed to reflect this wish.

Despite the artist’s signature, the correct way to display the works have never been agreed because there are no photographs available to indicate for certain how Rothko wished the works to be hung.

Further complicating the issue is which of the two possible horizontal displays is the correct one, creating a risk of hanging the paintings upside-down.

Although the Tate hung them horizontally for nine years, they were changed to vertical by the then director, the late Sir Norman Reid, on the advice of a colleague, according to reports.

In 1987, the works were returned to their horizontal hang for a special Rothko exhibition. The catalogue at the time stated that the artist’s signature on the back of the canvasses indicated that this was the correct position.

However, when the paintings were moved to the Rothko Room at the Tate Modern in 2000, they were once again shown on a vertical axis.

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Posted on November 17, 2008 by Editor

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Happy Filthy Mondays

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