My daughter’s wedding and my grandson’s birth, which occurred in rapid succession (and in unexpected order!), made 2013 was more personally than professionally momentous for me. I did enjoy my mainstream-media work, public radio commentary (click each word for links to different stories) and lecturing gig, but my ambivalence about blogging (which devours the lion’s share of my time) grew stronger.
My professional soul-searching intensified this year, as the stream of donations from my art-lings became a trickle and ads were few and far between. Part of this was my own fault: I discontinued my irritating pleas to click my donate button, because I found begging distasteful.
Unfortunately, when I don’t ask, I don’t get.
Having been barraged by what felt like an unprecedented number of end-of-year donation appeals e-mailed to me by museums and cultural groups (five from the Museum of Modern Art alone), I’ll allow myself this one self-serving pitch:
Now that you’ve made your 2013 tax-deductible contributions, please consider starting the New Year with a non-tax-deductible contribution to CultureGrrl (via this link, or by clicking my “Donate” button, on the right). If you’ve already done so, please consider doing it again.
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Lecturing gigs are always welcome. (You can see some of my previous topics and places where I’ve appeared, here.)
But enough about me. With my Best Wishes for an Art-Full New Year, here (a bit belatedly) are CultureGrrl’s Top 20 Stories for 2013, in chronological order, with an emphasis on the controversies (Detroit, Detroit, Detroit…) that we’ve been following: