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Posted on January 18, 2009 by Editor

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The Rumpus Beta Gone

from Stephen Elliot’s

THE EDITOR’S DESK: What’s Been Going On

Well, we’re getting ready to launch this bad boy. I know for a lot of regular readers the site is already launched, but things are going to be different around here once Obama is sworn in as president. For example, after Obama is sworn in there will be design on every page, not just the front page. When you click through to Rick Moody’s blog, for example, you’ll see other recent blog posts on the right. The site’s going to be more colorful and easier to navigate. Rumpy, The Rumpus mascot, will be wearing nicer clothes. 

We’re also going to have a neat new easily accesible feature called “The River.” That’s basically for hard-core Rumpus readers, people who are seriously over-educated and under-employed, checking this site three or four times a day, who want to read The Rumpus in a continual stream of updated content right down the center of the page. The choice will be yours.

In addition to tons of new content (like Josh Mohr’s review of America America or Scott Hutchins interview with Steven Soderbergh, both coming this week) we’re going to republish a lot of our original content from this beta period. So don’t freak out when you see our interview with James Frey or Malcolm Gladwell in the feature box; this is not a rerun, it’s a starting over. The Morning Coffee will still be fresh every day at 6a.m.

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Posted on January 17, 2009 by Editor

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Andrew Wyeth Gone

from MSNBC

American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91

Artist gained fame for his ‘Christina’s World’ collection, Helga portraits

Image: Andrew Wyeth's  

Andrew Wyeth / AP

“Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth is the artist’s best-known painting.

PHILADELPHIA – Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as “Christina’s World,” died early Friday. He was 91.

Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, according to Jim Duff, director of the Brandywine River Museum.

The son of famed painter and book illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth gained wealth, acclaim and tremendous popularity on his own. But he chafed under criticism from some experts who regarded him as a facile realist, not an artist but merely an illustrator.

Wyeth was a secretive man who spent hours tramping the countryside alone. He painted many portraits, working several times with favorite subjects, but said he disliked having someone else watching him paint.

Much of Wyeth’s work had a melancholy feel — aging people and brown, dead plants — but he chose to describe his work as “thoughtful.”

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future — the timelessness of the rocks and the hills — all the people who have existed there,” he once said. “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape — the loneliness of it — the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.

“I think anything like that — which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone — people always feel is sad. Is it because we’ve lost the art of being alone?”

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Posted on January 16, 2009 by MJS

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Stephen Lynch’s “Craig Christ”

Posted on January 16, 2009 by Editor

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George Tooker Slideshow

from America Magazine


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Posted on January 15, 2009 by Editor

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Spoonbridge Sculptress Gone

from the LA Times

Coosje van Bruggen dies at 66; art historian made sculptures with husband Claes Oldenburg

Coosje van Bruggen

Vera Isler

Coosje van Bruggen was a respected art historian, writer and curator known for her almost scientific approach to looking at an artist’s oeuvre. She collaborated with her husband, artist Claes Oldenburg, to build startlingly large sculptures of ordinary objects.


Works include a dropped ice cream cone in Germany; a bow and arrow in San Francisco; a broom and dustpan in Denver, ‘Toppling Ladder with Spilling Paint’ in downtown L.A. and binoculars in Venice.

By Suzanne Muchnic, January 13, 2009

Coosje van Bruggen — an art historian, writer and curator whose professional partnership with her husband, artist Claes Oldenburg, turned ordinary objects into startling monuments around the world — died Saturday at her Los Angeles residence. She was 66 and was battling metastatic breast cancer.

Van Bruggen was the author of scholarly books and essays on the work of major contemporary artists including John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman and Gerhard Richter. She also wrote a monograph on architect Frank O. Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. But she is best known for collaborations with Oldenburg, which have placed giant trowels, shuttlecocks, bowling pins and typewriter erasers on parklands, civic squares and museum grounds in Europe, Asia and the United States. Cologne, Germany, has its upside-down ice cream cone; San Francisco, its bow and arrow; Denver, its dustpan and broom.

In Los Angeles, “Collar and Bow” — a 65-foot metal and fiberglass sculpture in the shape of a man’s dress shirt collar and bow tie, designed for a spot outside Walt Disney Concert Hall — was stalled and eventually canceled because of technical problems and escalating costs. But Van Bruggen and Oldenburg are represented by other public works including “Toppling Ladder With Spilling Paint” at Loyola Law School in downtown L.A. and “Binoculars,” the central component of a commercial building in Venice designed by Gehry.

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Posted on January 15, 2009 by Editor

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“Don’t fµck with me fellas!”

Happy Birthday Faye Dunaway (68 yesterday)

Posted on January 15, 2009 by Editor

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Your Daughter For a Few Burgers and Some Beer

from the San Jose Mercury News

Deal to sell daughter for beer, cash part of Mexican culture


The story of the Greenfield man who allegedly sold his 14-year-old daughter to a young suitor for cash and beer went worldwide, and the police chief who ordered the arrest said Tuesday the incident arose from a clash of cultures.

The social mores in parts of rural Mexico, where arranged marriages are common for young girls, ran head-on into California law designed to protect juveniles from sexual predators.


“It’s kind of a clash of two different cultures, but I have to uphold the local law,” Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier said.

The case involves a father, Marcelino DeJesus Martinez, 36, a young male neighbor, Margarito DeJesus Galindo, 18, and Martinez’s 14-year-old daughter who Galindo sought to marry.

Police said the young man and girl spent a week together in Soledad, the girl having gone along willingly, after a marriage deal was brokered that called for Martinez to receive $16,000, 150 cases of beer, 150 cases of soda and Gatorade, and several cases of wine and meat.

Police said Martinez first reported the girl as a runaway in an apparent effort to get their help in having her returned because the young man hadn’t paid.

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Posted on January 15, 2009 by Editor

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The Informers

from The New York Times

Injecting a Taste of the Flush and Flashy ’80s Into Sundance

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Mickey Rourke in “The Informers,” a film showing at Sundance that was adapted from a book of Bret Easton Ellis stories.

LOS ANGELES — From a glass-walled penthouse above the Sunset Strip it is impossible not to observe that times have changed.

Just down the street, the original Spago restaurant, that emblem of the flush 1980s, is an empty shell. And here in the penthouse offices of Senator Entertainment, Bret Easton Ellis, another symbol of those super-slick times, is sprawled in a soft chair, wearing decidedly unslick running shoes and sweats.

Mr. Ellis, now 44, was 21 when he chronicled this city’s high life in “Less Than Zero” (1985), his debut novel.

Asked last week whether he missed any of it — the heat, the flash, the coke-blurred frenzy of Los Angeles past — he shuddered. “Oh, no,” he said, and appeared to mean it. “I don’t miss it at all.”

Still, Mr. Ellis and Senator are bringing a bit of that lost world to the Sundance Film Festival next week.

On Jan. 22 they are planning a premiere screening of “The Informers,” directed by Gregor Jordan and based on Mr. Ellis’s collection of stories of the same title. Written during his college years, the stories describe the beautiful wreckage of lives in and around the expensive part of Los Angeles, about 1983.

The film has sex. “I think Amber Heard wears a dress once in the entire movie,” Mark Urman, Senator’s president of distribution, said. He was speaking of a young actress, last seen in “Pineapple Express,” who spends much of “The Informers” undressed, and in bed.

The movie — “a guilty pleasure,” Mr. Urman calls it — also has drugs, alienation and enough glam-rock to set it apart from other work at this year’s festival, which begins on Thursday in Park City, Utah, and runs through Jan. 25.

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Posted on January 15, 2009 by Editor

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Sociological Storytelling

from New Scientist

Novels help to uphold social order

WHY does storytelling endure across time and cultures? Perhaps the answer lies in our evolutionary roots. A study of the way that people respond to Victorian literature hints that novels act as a social glue, reinforcing the types of behaviour that benefit society.

Literature “could continually condition society so that we fight against base impulses and work in a cooperative way”, says Jonathan Gottschall of Washington and Jefferson College, Pennsylvania.

Gottschall and co-author Joseph Carroll at the University of Missouri, St Louis, study how Darwin’s theories of evolution apply to literature. Along with John Johnson, an evolutionary psychologist at Pennsylvania State University in DuBois, the researchers asked 500 people to fill in a questionnaire about 200 classic Victorian novels. The respondents were asked to define characters as protagonists or antagonists, and then to describe their personality and motives, such as whether they were conscientious or power-hungry.

The team found that the characters fell into groups that mirrored the egalitarian dynamics of hunter-gather society, in which individual dominance is suppressed for the greater good (Evolutionary Psychology, vol 4, p 716). Protagonists, such as Elizabeth Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, for example, scored highly on conscientiousness and nurturing, while antagonists like Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula scored highly on status-seeking and social dominance.

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Posted on January 14, 2009 by Editor

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Johnny The Horse

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Yeah Right.

from the NY Times

Fiction Reading Increases for Adults

After years of bemoaning the decline of a literary culture in the United States, the National Endowment for the Arts says in a report that it now believes a quarter-century of precipitous decline in fiction reading has reversed.

The report, “Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in American Literacy,” being released Monday, is based on data from “The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts” conducted by the United States Census Bureau in 2008. Among its chief findings is that for the first time since 1982, when the bureau began collecting such data, the proportion of adults 18 and older who said they had read at least one novel, short story, poem or play in the previous 12 months has risen.

The proportion of adults reading some kind of so-called literary work — just over half — is still not as high as it was in 1982 or 1992, and the proportion of adults reading poetry and drama continued to decline. Nevertheless the proportion of overall literary reading increased among virtually all age groups, ethnic and demographic categories since 2002. It increased most dramatically among 18-to-24-year-olds, who had previously shown the most significant declines.

“There has been a measurable cultural change in society’s commitment to literary reading,” said Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “In a cultural moment when we are hearing nothing but bad news, we have reassuring evidence that the dumbing down of our culture is not inevitable.”

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Posted on January 13, 2009 by Editor

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Regis and the Mad Cow

My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, ‘Do you want to have sex?’

‘No,’ she answered.

I then said, ‘Is that your final answer?’

She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying ‘Yes.’

So I said, ‘Then I’d like to phone a friend.’

And then the fight started….


I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. ‘I’ll have the strip steak, medium rare, please.’

He said, ‘Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?’

‘Nah, she can order for herself.’

And then the fight started…

Posted on January 12, 2009 by Editor

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The Film That Should Have Won A GG for Best Picture

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Hey, Mickey, you’re so fine…

Mickey Rourke wins Best Actor Golden Globe. Fantastic.


Posted on January 11, 2009 by Editor

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The Numbers Game

via The Daily Swarm 

Thievery Corporation with Chuck Brown

Posted on January 11, 2009 by Editor

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Father Of The Brat Pack Gone

from the LA Times

Ned Tanen, Movie Executive With a Taste for Youth Films, Dies at 77

Ned Tanen, a studio executive who seemed to have a Midas touch in bringing youth-oriented films like “American Graffiti” and “Animal House” to the screen, died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday. He was 77.

[Mr. Tanen] compiled an enviable record of box-office hits and critical successes, based in no small part on his talent for identifying films that would appeal to young ticket-buyers, including “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.” After his studio career, he independently produced films by John Hughes, including “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club.”

In 1980 he helped Universal set a Hollywood record of $290 million for a single studio’s box-office receipts with films like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Smokey and the Bandit II,” then broke it two years later. At Paramount, films like “Pretty in Pink,” “Top Gun” and “Crocodile Dundee,”all released in 1986, earned $600 million, giving Paramount more than double the gross revenues of its nearest competitor. The studio finished first the next year as well.

In the early 1970s, after working as a production supervisor on Milos Forman’s film “Taking Off,” he went into film production full time, helping to develop projects like “American Graffiti,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Jaws” for Universal, MCA’s film subsidiary.

In 1976 he became president of Universal’s film-producing division, and two years later he was named president of Universal Pictures, its distribution arm. In December 1982, riding a wave of hits, as well as critical successes like “Melvin and Howard” and “Missing,” he resigned from Universal, saying he was exhausted and, he told The Wall Street Journal, tired of playing “the Hollywood game.”

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Posted on January 11, 2009 by Editor

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Sunday Morning Melodica

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“We knew she was a gonif….”

from SF Weekly

Troubled Pacific Heights art dealers still in business

By Matt Smith

published: January 07, 2009

February 2007 was a tough month for Nancy Wandlass, an international art dealer known for her Louis Vuitton handbags, $30,000 Escada wardrobe, and constant presence at the Marina District’s tony Rose Cafe. Two months earlier she’d been arrested with her husband, Thomas, on charges of fraud, grand theft, and conspiracy for allegedly stealing two 19th-century French paintings valued at $300,000. Adding further stress, Wandlass was attempting to crawl out from under millions of dollars’ worth of past-due bills in bankruptcy court. The Wandlasses had run Pacific Heights Gallery from a condominium they owned on Jackson Street, but it was now buried in liens and heading irreversibly toward bankruptcy sale. 

Perhaps worst of all, her long-held reputation as the stylish rogue of the tight-knit, handshake-based S.F. art world was wearing parchment-thin. More and more dealers had come to view her as a cheat. “None of us would ever deal with her. We knew she was a gonif — that’s Yiddish for thief,” said Ed Russell, who for 35 years ran the Graystone gallery on Geary Boulevard downtown, and now sells paintings by appointment.

But Wandlass had escaped tight spots before, and as she awaited trial for allegedly stealing the 19th-century French artworks, she told a bankruptcy judge that she was about to hit a home run that would make things right again. “With the additional paintings I am negotiating on to have for resale, the commissions from those paintings will pay off the remaining balance due to the secured creditors and also payoff the unsecured creditors,” she wrote.

A Los Angeles lawsuit and a New York federal forfeiture case suggest that Wandlass really did bat one over the fence. In early 2007 she was serving as middleman for the sale of two modern paintings — “Hannibal” by Jean-Michel Basquiat, valued at $8 million, and “Modern Painting with Yellow Interweave” by Roy Lichtenstein, appraised at $3.5 million.

But, as seems to sometimes be the case with the Wandlasses, their business dealings were accompanied by a troubling backstory: The Basquiat and Lichtenstein paintings were contraband. They’d been smuggled into the U.S. with the help of falsified Customs documents after disappearing from the collection of a Brazilian banker convicted of fraud. The U.S. is now seeking to repatriate the paintings on behalf of the Brazilian government.

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Posted on January 10, 2009 by Editor

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“I feel you will have to deal with this matter in the harshest possible way, Mr. Torrance.”

from The Guardian UK

Stephen King fan publishes Shining’s Jack Torrance’s novel

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Photograph: Ronald Grant

Stephen King fan has published an 80-page version of the book which novelist Jack Torrance obsessively writes during King’s The Shining, where his descent into madness is revealed when his wife discovers that his work consists of just one phrase, endlessly repeated.

Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson in terrifying form in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, is a frustrated writer who goes with his wife and son to spend the winter in the isolated Overlook Hotel in an attempt to get the novel he has always wanted to write started. But the hotel’s grisly past and unquiet ghosts have their way with him, and his wife Wendy eventually finds that the manuscript he has been working on actually only contains the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, typed over and over again.

Now New York artist Phil Buehler, who describes himself as “a big fan of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King”, has self-published a book credited to Torrance, repeating the phrase throughout but formatting each page differently, using the words to create different shapes from zigzags to spirals.

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Posted on January 10, 2009 by Editor

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from National Public Radio

What To Wear At -78 Degrees


BootsCourtesy Aliza Sherman Risdahl via Bunny Boots


–Heather Murphy

On the show this morning, we interview a woman who lives in Tok, Alaska where the thermometer recently dropped to -78 degrees. Because here in southern California, we snuggle up next to heat lamps at 50 degrees, we are quite fascinated by this woman and how she gets by in such extreme cold. One characteristic Aliza Sherman Risdahl shares with many Los Angelenos, however, is that she has a Chihuahua. He can’t go out in air that resembles dry ice, but his brother the Lab can. After a certain point outside, he just stops moving and lays down, she says. Apparently they don’t sell bunny boots — the human shoe wear of choice in Tok (above ) — for dogs. She blogs about her experiences here.

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Posted on January 10, 2009 by Editor

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The Old Woman And The D

from the New York Observer

Have Dildo, Will Write

A lively anthology takes the temperature of the female libido

Have Dildo, Will Write

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Behind The Bedroom Door:Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It

Edited by Paula Derrow Delacorte, 334 pages, $25

In her introduction to Behind the Bedroom Door, Paula Derrow bemoans “how little the women I know [talk] about the awkward couplings and surprising urges, the long dry spells or messy, mind-blowing encounters that make up a person’s sexual history.”

Hmmm. Ms. Derrow must know some women I don’t know.

But she may have a point when she goes on to assert that the media, post–Sex and the City, has given us a warped view of what others are up to, making us insecure about our own “less than HBO-worthy experiences.” Hence the need for this latest feisty collection of essays from women writers, which, in the vein of other catchily titled tomes like The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage, and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves, aims to unleash the voices of the day on a provocative personal topic, providing a more “honest” view of things.

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Posted on January 10, 2009 by Editor

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Belated Christmas Gift

Posted on January 9, 2009 by Editor

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Inheritance Planning 101

Strike two for the day from the lovely M-C!

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the Family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his Fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, but in just a few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit $200 million.”

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.


Posted on January 8, 2009 by Editor

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Pulled Pork On A Fancy Bun

from the LA Times


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Everyone Should Know About Manu Chao

from The Guardian UK

Out of their heads

Guerrillas outside, stowaways inside and hash cake for Christmas … Duncan Campbell on what happened when musician Manu Chao took his own train through Colombia


Manu Chao in Colombia

Anyone seen dad? … Manu Chao and the train; his journalist father came along to chronicle the trip. Photograph: Youri Lenquette

Few musicians would allow a journalist to accompany their band through one of the world’s most dangerous countries. Even fewer, one suspects, would be happy about that journalist being their father. But Manu Chao is not just any musician, and his father, Ramón, a critic for le Monde Diplomatique, is not just any journalist – so perhaps it should surprise no one that they ended up together on a legendary 1993 tour of Colombia by train, carrying not just musicians, acrobats and tattooists, but a fire-breathing dragon and an ice museum as well.

Ramón’s account of that journey, The Train of Ice and Fire, is published in English next month. For Manu’s growing army of admirers, the book provides a magical-realist insight into how his music has developed. 

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Posted on January 7, 2009 by Editor

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La Vuelta del Marielito

from The Sun UK

Every day someone would say, ‘weren’t you in the movies?’


FOR the best part of 20 years MICKEY ROURKE has been a washed-up has-been — an alphabet away from the Hollywood A-lister he used to be.

Then along came a no-budget indie flick about professional wrestling, now Mickey is a movie star again and has Oscar hopes.

Flying back to fame ... Mickey as 'The Ram'

And not just any star, but the one he promised to be in the Eighties when he was making such great movies as Angel Heart and Nine 1/2 Weeks — before bad behaviour and a career-break to try and become a boxer all but ruined his career.

His portrayal of Randy “The Ram” Robinson in The Wrestler has seen Mickey nominated for a Golden Globe and installed as the bookies’ second favourite for the Best Actor Oscar.

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Posted on January 7, 2009 by Editor

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I See The Future And It Will Be

from MediaBistro’s GalleyCat

Running Advertisements in Novels

logo-main.gifWhat if Madame Bovary sold readers her favorite fabric softener?

Last year editor Tom Engelhardt wondered why books never utilized advertising, writing: “The ad, after all, has colonized everything in our world from gas pumps to urinals, bars to doctor’s offices, taxis to your sneakers and cell phone, not to speak of every imaginable printed form, including the cereal box and the back of your supermarket receipt, and yet, strangely enough, it never successfully colonized the book.”

Now DailyLit, the book-serialization website with 150,000 subscribers, has brought ads to books. According to an AdAge article…

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Id Engager

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Boy With Gun

from the NY Daily News

Ohio boy, 4, blasts baby sitter with shotgun

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 12:14 PM

JACKSON, Ohio – Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter.

Eighteen-year-old Nathan Beavers was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack.

Police say another teen was also injured.

Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot.

Beavers was watching the child at a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several other children

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Portland’s Stolen Stele


Is Portland’s Hindu statue a looted antiquity?

10:00 AM, January 4, 2009

The often abstract debate over how strict museums should be about shunning ancient artworks of questionable origins — lest they wind up owning pieces that have been looted and illegally smuggled — now wears the familiar face of the Hindu elephant god, Ganesha. 

A 1,000-year-old stone stele of the god is scheduled to be unveiled at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon on Valentine’s Day. Having already drawn criticism from the anti-looting advocacy group SAFE –Saving Antiquities for Everyone — the Ganesha could soon be exhibit A in the back-and-forth between those who favor a hard line against collecting ancient works whose paths since before 1970 are murky, and those who think it makes more sense to give museums some leeway when hard proof is lacking.

Ganesha stele bought by Portland Art Museum

Guidelines adopted in June by the Assn. of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) call for museums to research carefully whether an object they want left its country of origin before November 1970. That’s when the United Nations adopted rules to stem cultural looting.

But when the facts nevertheless remain hazy, the AAMD permits museums to make a judgment call on whether to acquire a piece.

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Posted on January 6, 2009 by Editor

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Behind The Gavel

from the Financial Times


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