Cultural Kaleidoscope: December 21, 2012
- For our literary readers: Check out Time’s business article on the role of blurbs in today’s literary market and their questionably effective, but enduring trend. Then head over to The Tottenville Review and read Noah Charney’s article on publishing in Slovenia and the way it compares with publishing in the US and UK.
- For the film buffs: Check out our reposted article by Bill Van Auken that analyzes Kathryn Bigelow’s new award-winning film, Zero Dark Thirty and then read this new interview with Miguel Gomes at Bomblog in which he discusses his new art film Tabu and the way cinema as a whole has lost its youth:
Cinema is like people: when you get older, you no longer believe in Santa Claus. But cinema, which I think is very linked to childhood, is a way to regain: even if you know that the things that you’re seeing are not true…something of this innocence. – Miguel Gomes
- In the UK, attention is being drawn to how much taxes art dealers and galleries are paying on their profits.
- The New York Times reports on an exciting large art exhibit, Tea with Nefertiti, that just opened in Qatar. It is the first art exhibit to feature Arab art that doesn’t frame it as “exotic” or “other” and it analyzes the way we are trained to look at and interpret art and questions how art can “become a useful tool for appropriating the past and controlling the present, or even the future.”
- Head over to Hyperallergic for last minute gifts that don’t require wrapping or delivery time!
- Looking for that special someone but creeped out by the options on craigslist? Check out n+1 magazine’s temporarily revived personals section for the culturally aware singles.
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