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The Jehoshua Novels

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

USA TODAY, By Bob Minzesheimer, April 17

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes, died today in Mexico City at the age of 87.

Garcia Marquez, a former journalist who was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico for more than 30 years, is best [...]

Eight wisdoms from Arundhati Roy

Roy talks with great insight about: Capitalism, activism, Gandhi, non violence etc.

When Roy read from her essay, Listening to Grasshoppers, she said the problem with representative democracy is that there is “too much representation and not enough democracy.” She talked about how corporations have created structures that increase their decision-making power, leaving the rest [...]

Beautiful art expressing an ugly world

Politicians discussing climate change until the very end

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series “Waiting for Climate Change,” Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw attention to rising sea level change. Laced with black humor, these grim and apocalyptic [...]

Saturday Jukebox: Erin go bragh!

Moonshiner – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem


Rust Cohle’s Conversion – True Detective Finale

This world is a veil and the face you wear is not your own. Preacher Joel Theriot, True Detective

Tent preacher Joel Theriot’s full sermon from episode three of True Detective provides a preview and explanation of detective Rust Cohle’s conversion from a laconic nihilist extraordinaire who can barely live with himself to an [...]

Thug Notes: Slaughterhouse Five

12 Years a Slave

Photo Credit

It’s rare that Oscar sees things my way:


Iditarod race draws dogs and mushers to Alaska for epic contest

Annual dog-sled marathon attracts 69 entrants Dog teams to make ceremonial start in Anchorage on Sunday

Reuters, March 1

Dozens of mushers and their sled-dog teams will on Saturday mark a ceremonial start to Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, which takes contestants through nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of wilderness over [...]

Weekend Jukebox: American Music, Black History

Two takes on US Black History Month:

- Early 20th century black historian Carter Woodson: Teaching black history is essential for the physical and intellectual survival of the race – “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it [...]

The Oilsands-Inspired Creation that Looms in Washington

The Tyee, By Andrew Nikiforuk,

Winnipegger Mia Feuer’s art reflects the ‘sculptural’ transformation of Alberta’s landscape.

Reviewers alternatively call the Washington, D.C. exhibit dystopian, eerily beautiful, or a “nightmarish manifestation” of environmental ruin.

In particular, many are attracted to the ominous black skating rink that occupies the rotunda. The plastic rink may or may not [...]

How to bring FINE ART to the people

A brilliant video marketing campaign.

Street performance art at its best.

In April, 2013, the newly-refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland, decided to celebrate the return to the museum of Rembrandt’s great painting, “The Night Watch” (1642): they brought the characters in the picture to life and placed them in a busy shopping mall.

Translation of [...]

Saturday Jukebox – Just the Right Amount of Wrong.

Thanks to the Cosmopolitan for the idea: Just the Right Amount of Wrong. (Yes, some comped nights would be nice!)

With a nod to Sochi 2014:


Sappho: two previously unknown poems indubitably hers, says scholar

University of Oxford papyrologist convinced poems preserved on ancient papyrus are by seventh-century lyricist of Lesbos

The Guardian, By Charlotte Higgins, January 29

Sappho is one of the most elusive and mysterious – as well as best-loved – of ancient Greek poets. Only one of her poems, out of a reputed total of nine volumes’ [...]

Only The Good Die Young

And for Pete Seeger, 94 was too young:


Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

NYT on Seeger’s death

There was never any doubt which side Pete Seeger was on.

“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” And make no mistake about it: Pete Seeger fought all his life. [...]