The Life And Death Of Giovanni’s Room, America’s Next-To-Last LGBT Bookstore

Giovannis Room

Author/editor/publisher Victoria Brownworth was there when the Philadelphia institution was literally a room down at South and Third, and she was with it through all of its moves, she marked major parts in her own life in the handsome old brick house where the store helped anchor the city’s community, and she watched the last-ditch efforts to save it fall apart.

Grieving Gabriel García Márquez


“García Márquez coddled us, promising that not only would traffic lights turn green for us, but swallowtails would swarm the house if someone in it had their heart broken. He didn’t offer a solution for sorrow, but he promised cosmic sympathy. Believing him might be foolish, but it is a legitimate way to grieve.”

The Unbearable Whiteness Of MFA Programs


Junot Díaz: “I can’t tell you how often students of color seek me out during my visits or approach me after readings in order to share with me the racist nonsense they’re facing in their programs, from both their peers and their professors. In the last 17 years I must have had at least three hundred of these conversations, minimum.”

Twitter Is Now Entering Its Twilight

Twitter is over

“The publishing platform that carried us into the mobile Internet age is receding. Its influence on publishing will remain, but the platform’s place in Internet culture is changing in a way that feels irreversible and echoes the tradition of AIM and pre-2005 blogging. … People are still using Twitter, but they’re not hanging out there.”

Actor Bob Hoskins Dead At 71

Bob Hoskins

“In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career. … No other actor has a more legitimate claim on the title of the British Cagney.”

Is Art’s Primary Purpose To Be Therapeutic?

jian and alain

Jian Ghomeshi hosts a Q Debate over philosopher Alain de Botton’s “controversial contention that the goal of art should be self-improvement.” Holding up the opposing side is Canadian artist and writer R.M. Vaughan. (audio)

Full-Size Copy Of King Tut’s Tomb Opens In Egypt

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“Installed two-meters underground, in a building next to the archaeologist Howard Carter’s house at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings, the project gives a boost to the trend of using precise replicas to promote sustainable tourism at massively popular ancient sites.”

How To Solve Egypt’s Looting Problem? No One Can Agree


“Looting in Egypt has reached crisis point, but there is widespread disagreement over the best way to stop the theft and illegal trade of antiquities. Cultural heritage experts in the US have signed a pact to tackle the issue, and companies such as eBay and Christie’s have pledged their support. Meanwhile, ordinary Egyptians are turning to Twitter to try to save their heritage.”

What Belarus Free Theater Is Up Against

Natalia Kaliada, a co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre who was imprisoned by the regime.

Company co-founders Natalia Kaliada, Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir Shcherban may be political refugees in London, but they’re still working via the Web with their colleagues back in Minsk – who have to give performances deep in the forest, and who had to give up their tumble-down garage headquarters after authorities threatened to bulldoze it. (Naturally they’ve all been jailed and beaten up.)

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Why Bad Grammar Awards Are Really Stupid

Good And Bad

“But in failing to mount any noticeable challenge to the language police, academic linguists have left the rest of us easy prey to nonsense and ashamed of our English when we should be celebrating our extraordinary mastery of a language which really is ours.”

Terry Teachout Wins $250,000 Bradley Prize


“Terry Teachout has distinguished himself, not just as a first-rate journalist, but as a supporter of the arts,” the Bradley Foundation’s president, Michael W. Grebe, said in a written announcement of the prize, which also cited Teachout’s work as a biographer (books about Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, H.L. Mencken and George Balanchine), a playwright and an opera librettist.

Director Of Royal Ballet School Dies


“Gailene Stock has died aged 68 after suffering from cancer. Born in Australia, she ran the world-renowned school, in Covent Garden, for 15 years.”