The Woman Who Shaped The Las Vegas Skyline

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“Baron Haussmann was lucky enough to be hanging around Paris at the exact moment Napoleon III thought it could do with a refit. Christopher Wren had the good fortune to be alive at the time of Britain’s worst bakery fire. And Betty Willis happened to be working for a sign manufacturer in Las Vegas when the twin forces of modish Googie architecture and the leisure era came together to cut it a singularly brash neon destiny.”

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What’s So Great About Young Writers?

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“Youthful achievement is often linked to privilege. Not everyone can afford to write when young. Some are already working more than one job. Others are raising children, as I was for many years. Still others may not feel safe expressing themselves, for any number of reasons.”

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Common Core Prioritizes The Arts In Standardized Test Prep

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“A growing number of big cities, including New York, are increasing money for their arts programs as they roll out Common Core.”

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Why Museums Need To Partner With – Not Just Consult – Native Peoples For ‘Native American’ Exhibits

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“Asserting Native voice in the exhibition is represented by gigantic blow-up photographs of Native people in the exhibition, quotes, videos, interviews, representation in the gift shop, participation in the catalog, is inaccurate and disingenuous.”

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Ellis Island Immigration Museum Is (Finally?) Getting An Update

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Though it used to end the immigration story in 1954, “the museum will leap more than 60 years forward with the opening of two new galleries in what had once been the station’s kitchen and laundry. They pick up the narrative where it was left off.”

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Six Novelists Withdraw From PEN Awards Gala Over ‘Charlie Hebdo’

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Australian novelist Peter Carey: “All this is complicated by PEN’s seeming blindness to the cultural arrogance of the French nation, which does not recognize its moral obligation to a large and disempowered segment of their population.”

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A Slice Of Americana: The (Extremely Sweary) Deranged Sorority Girl Email Cantata

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“While waiting for things to get going, composers near my chair were debating just how Calianno would manage to set ‘cunt punt’ anyway.”

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We’re Obsessed With The Apocalypse

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“The postapocalyptic imagination depends on an attitude of disillusionment that presupposes that hope once sprang eternal in the human heart.”

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What Happens When Dudes Have To Go On Point For A Ballet

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“The women in the company have given us a few tips. But mostly they find it very amusing.”

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Making Good Theatre, Political Or Not, For Actors With Disabilities

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“The £3m, three-year Unlimited initiative aims to give venues a choice of work and stop them from, as Verrent put it, ‘programming shit, and the first piece of work that they came across with a wheelchair and a guide dog in it.'”

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Four Girls (And Their Director), Revolutionizing French Cinema

Girl power: Assa Sylla and Karidja Touré, two of the young Parisians chosen to star in Girlhood.

“In opting for an all-black cast, Sciamma was deliberately rejecting what some might have seen as a politically correct approach. ‘That would have been more comfortable, wouldn’t it?’ she says. ‘But I didn’t want to get into that overworked logic of balance and diversity. In terms of fiction, it’s a blind alley.'”

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An Art Critic Skewers The MoMA Björk Show, In Verse Akin To The Vapid Audio Guide

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“The girl continues, step by step,
the critic girl, girl critic
listening to the audio guide, with its stories that are free, so free —
free of context, free of facts, free even of the lava girl’s name,
a lava girl, in the shadow of 50, still being described as a ‘girl.'”

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Shakespeare’s Plays Show That His Attitudes Toward Women Evolved

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“Something happened, somewhere around Love’s Labour’s Lost and the early history plays and going into Romeo and Juliet. Either he fell in love or he just grew up, but something happened to him where he suddenly ‘got it’ about women and there was a profound shift in his writing.”

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Marvel And Disney Get Grief For Ignoring Black Widow In Merchandise Blitz For New Avengers Movie

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“Of the 60 items released on the Marvel and Disney websites on Monday, only three featured the female superhero. Unlike her male counterparts, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man, there are no Black Widow costumes, dolls or clothing. She only appears with the other Avengers on a tote bag, in one of the six lego sets and on a men’s T-shirt.”

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Not Every Writer Can Afford To Just Donate Prize Money

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“With increasing pressure for writers to work for free – some of Australia’s largest books festivals offer writers a chance to donate back their small fee and work gratis – and the vast majority of authors struggling to earn a living at all, what is the knock-on effect of these individual actions? For future award winners and for funding (prize money or otherwise), the unintended consequences could be significant.”

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The Problem With Adam Sandler

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“Something has been bubbling beneath the surface of too many Sandler comedies in recent years, a cold, mean-spirited smugness reeking of unexamined white-male privilege.”

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Cai Guo-Qiang Explains What’s Missing In Contemporary Chinese Art

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“The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them.”

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Watch These Eerie Mini-Films Of London In The 1890s

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“The most obvious change is at street level. In the old footage men wear bowler and top hats, while women wear voluminous dresses and horse drawn carriages are a common sight.”

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Late Night At Rijksmuseum With Rembrandt In A Limited Paradise

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Once a week, during a show that attracts about 13,000 people a day, “the museum sells tickets to a late-night showing of the exhibit. A maximum of 1,100 guests are allowed into the vast museum to wander freely through uncrowded galleries for the evening.’

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A Pioneer Of Making Buildings Sing At Night

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Janet Turner “became a much admired role model for women in the design business at a time when few made it into the boardroom. … She was also a powerful proponent of lighting design as a profession in Britain. Until the late 80s, lighting schemes had generally been the province of architects and lighting manufacturers. The emergence of a new breed of specialist designers and consultancies was something she keenly supported.”

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Writers Romanticize Readers … And Then They Go On Tour

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“Just as the author romanticizes the reader, so does the reader romanticize the author — there’s something inevitable and touchingly human about it all. Many years ago, at a book signing, a reader said she wanted to be me because she felt that her own life was so drab. My heart sank like wet sand. The writer’s life can seem glamorous, but mine certainly wasn’t.”

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Competitive College A Cappella Is Super Intense [AUDIO]

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“Kari Wei doesn’t carry her ‘pitch peanut’ everywhere because a cappella is popular; she carries it everywhere because a cappella is consuming.”

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Facebook Debuts New ‘Safety Check’ Feature After Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

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“Safety Check locates Facebook users near a disaster site through the city they list on their profile, or from where they last used the Internet. Users then receive a notification asking to confirm that they’re safe or to say that they weren’t in the affected area.”

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More On Toni Morrison And Her New Book (What Else To Say? She’s Just Tremendous)

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“Evil itself, Morrison says, is, ‘completely boring': the thing she finds ‘intellectually fascinating’ is how people respond to it.”

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