Nudity: Not All About Titillating TV Critics

Girls Season 3

Yes, sometimes Lena Dunham is nude to be amusing – but “the nudity on Girls often serves another valuable function that is neither funny nor sexy, in that it illustrates the intimacy between the show’s characters.”

Stop And Think For Just A Second: Does Her Make ANY Sense?


“At bottom the hackneyed, infantile writing of Twombly underscores a terrible solipsism, a real, modern solipsism that is romanticized in a way that embodies the toxicity of modern life, and there’s nothing soft or clean or pleasurable about it at all.”

Tweeting Beowulf


The medievalist who compressed Beowulf into 100 tweets says it “forced me back to the Old English to try and capture, in the shortest possible length, what I thought were the essential components of the poem.”

The Real-Life Son Of Philomena


“Mr. Hess’s attempts to find his birth mother were unsuccessful — he made three trips back to the convent, where he was told by the nuns that they had no records about Ms. Lee and they had no idea how to find her — he did opt to be buried in Roscrea, in the hopes that Philomena would one day find him.”

Today’s Top AJBlog posts 01.10.14

Contrarian Musings: Why Folk Art Museum’s Building Should Not Be Saved (with slideshow)
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-10

Solving Field-wide Problems Together
Source: Field Notes | Published on 2014-01-10

Amiri Baraka Has Died, a Remembrance
Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2014-01-10

How Spotify killed off paid downloads
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-10

German Legislature May Move On Nazi Loot
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-10


New York’s Symphony Space Director Resigns


“Laura Kaminsky increased the space’s new music programming significantly, helping to make it competitive with the Miller Theater at Columbia University, which had a long tradition of new-music presentation, as well as with relative upstarts like Le Poisson Rouge, which opened in 2008 and has become an important space for independent classical music, rock and jazz.”

This Video Game Makes You Dance (Literally)


Bounden “asks two players to dance together, each holding onto the ends of an smart phone and twisting their bodies to make the cursor hit a series of intended bullseyes.” Choreographers from the Dutch National Ballet collaborated on the game’s design.