Remaking ‘Breaking Bad‘ in Spanish


“There was, for one, the problem of the RV. Motor homes are very rare in Colombia, hence the old school bus that serves as Walter and Jose’s roving meth lab. And Colombian lawyers don’t market their services with over-the-top TV ads … [so] Saúl Bueno hosts a late-night talk show – Cuéntele a Saúl.” (But yes, the lead character is named Walter Blanco.)

Do We Want Poetry? Better: Do We Need Poetry?

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“Poetry is dead by capitalism’s standards—it is not an obvious moneymaking venture, despite traceable employment and readings’ payoffs via the academy—and that emboldens some folks limited by capitalist blinders to herald poetry’s last breath.”

Keeping Pina Bausch’s Company Vital, Five Years After Her Death

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“Five years on, what once seemed unlikely has happened. The two men who stepped up to the artistic directorship [after Bausch died suddenly] … have handed over the reins of the company to another former dancer, Lutz Förster. The transition appears seamless: the company continues to perform to the highest standards, and is more popular than it has ever been.”

Is Social Media Cranking Up The Outrage Meter Too High?


“Fewer and fewer people try to seek common ground now. Instead, they and their crew fill your @replies, trying to dominate, no matter the subject, you name it. Doesn’t matter. The bell rings and everyone comes off the bleachers. Every day, every topic, is treated like Bush vs. Gore.”

The Forgotten Women Of Great Literary History


When Claire Tomalin began her research into Dickens’s mistress, she found that Nelly Ternan had “vanished into thin air”. Nora, Véra, Zelda and Nelly are writers’ Wags, which in this case stands for “wives and ghosts” – and the best ghost stories have long been found in literary biographies.

Oprah Plans Her Broadway Debut

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“Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother, starring opposite Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald as a mother struggling to stop her daughter from killing herself.”

German Museum Cancels Balthus Show Over Pedophilia Worries


“The Museum Folkwang in Essen has cancelled a planned exhibition of Polaroids by the French-Polish artist Balthus featuring a model called Anna who posed for him from the age of eight to 16. The museum … decided not to stage the show because it ‘could lead to unwanted legal consequences and the closure of the exhibition’.”

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Understanding America’s Progress Towards Giving Artists Royalties On Resales


“When supporters of resale royalties in the US seek to advance their arguments, they usually look to other countries for supporting evidence—starting with France, which originated droit de suite in 1920 and now works on the EU model of a sliding scale up to 4%, capped at €12,500. They tend to overlook the California act.”

218 Authors Sign Open Letter Protesting Russian ‘Chokehold’ on Free Expression

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The letter, organized by PEN International and signed by four Nobel laureates (Grass, Soyinka, Jelinek and Pamuk) as well as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, and many others, says that recent laws against “gay propaganda”, blasphemy and defamation “specifically put writers at risk.”