It May Be Time To Overhaul The Funny Pages Completely

With the entire comic-strip genre undergoing changes of medium (from paper to pixels), generation (the creators of many newspaper mainstays have been dying off or retiring), and audience (Millennials don’t tend to get their news or their cartoons on newsprint, and they prefer big events to day-to-day … [Read More...]

A 700-Year-Old Nutmeg Tree In The Hirshhorn Museum Lobby

“A design over two years in the making, [Hiroshi Sugimoto’s makeover] transforms the museum’s entrance and lobby area, turning the information desk into a coffee bar, and providing a more inviting seating area next to it. Sugimoto’s armchairs reference both the iconically circular shape of the building and coils of … [Read More...]

Ismail Kadare’s Long Journey Out Of Stalinist Albania

“From the start of his career, Kadare broke with the prescribed literary mode of socialist realism to write fiction rooted in history, myth, and allegory. But he never became a full-on dissident. Doing so probably would have meant execution. … He saw his books banned and experienced internal exile, but … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.22.18

My Storify from the Obama Portraits Event: Eclectic Crowd, Controversial Art In case you still have an appetite for more about the Obama portraits unveiling and installation, here’s my Storify of live tweets from the scene … read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-02-22 Julian Lage at the Bootleg Theater Last night’s show … [Read More...]

Why Isn’t Ski Ballet In The Winter Olympics?

“The internet sank its teeth into a now-defunct Winter Olympics event this week: ski ballet. And it makes sense. When you see footage of actual ski ballet competitions from years past it’s hard to deny the novelty of it all, while simultaneously taking in the raw athleticism and artistry … [Read More...]

We Are Our Anxieties (And That’s A Good Thing)

Samir Chopra: “The Buddha and David Hume considered the self to be a bundle of ever-changing perceptions and thoughts and images. Similarly, I propose a ‘self-as-bundled-anxieties’ theory: we are a bundle of anxieties; by examining them, to see what vexes us, what makes us anxious, we … [Read More...]

In Search Of The Real Tom Bodett

If you don’t know him from his old pieces for NPR’s All Things Considered or as a panelist on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, you’ve surely heard his voice on ads for Motel 6, a gig he’s had for more than 30 years. And that’s hardly all he does. “There were a … [Read More...]

Bass-Baritone Raimund Herincx Dead At 90

“A tall, bearded, Falstaffian figure, he had a commanding presence and a voice of depth and authority that could seemingly carry the length of a football pitch with minimal effort. … As Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre he could out-sing a bank of roaring tubas.” [Read More...]