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Watch With G.L.O.C.: Girls (Episode 9)

G.L.O.C. | Posted August 14, 2012

Despite the dramatic denouement, to me this episode felt strangely tepid. The action revisited themes we've seen explored more deeply in other episodes, without adding much insight.
Aaron Dorfman


Funding for the Arts Sometimes Benefits All of Us

Aaron Dorfman | Posted August 14, 2012

Does funding for the arts benefit only elite arts patrons, or does the rest of society benefit, too? In these times of limited philanthropic dollars, this is an incredibly important question.
Stephen L. Betts


'Hollywood to Dollywood'

Stephen L. Betts | Posted August 14, 2012

Hollywood to Dollywood follows the efforts of North Carolina natives Gary and Larry Lane to get a screenplay they've written into Dolly's hands, having penned a part in the story specifically with her in mind.
Julie Flynn Badal


Let Me Count the Shades of Grey: Why HBO is the Modern-Day Houghton Mifflin

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted August 14, 2012

Maybe the boundless intellectual freedom of our country spoils the illicit pleasures of reading something of quality. Maybe the novel is dead. Who is to say that a book is more thought-provoking than a television show?
Jon Chattman


A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Three Is a Magic Number (Jackson Harris, Zander Bleck, and Kelly Hogan)

Jon Chattman | Posted August 14, 2012

Seventeen magazine compared Jackson Harris to Zac Efron, and he's already been mentioned in Teen Vogue, Popstar and Twist -- to name a few. Not bad for a guy who hasn't released a full-length album yet, huh?
Rap Genius


Top 5 Lines From the 5 Artists on Kanye West's 'Mercy'

Rap Genius | Posted August 14, 2012

Kanye West is back, and he brought friends! The rapper's new film Cruel Summer's soundtrack features tracks from him and the rest of his G.O.O.D. Music crew. So far, the standout song of the bunch has been "Mercy" and we bring you its highlights here.
Debra L. Ness


Think the Wage Gap Is a Myth? Ask Your Doctor

Debra L. Ness | Posted August 14, 2012

A man and his son were in a car accident. Both were taken to the hospital and the boy was rushed into surgery. The surgeon said, "I can't operate on this boy; he's my son." How is this possible?
Gernot Wagner


Elinor Ostrom and a New Culture in Economics

Gernot Wagner | Posted August 14, 2012

Economists typically aren't known for being nuanced. But Ostrom won a Nobel for her nuance for a reason.
David Macaray


Have We Lost Our Minds?

David Macaray | Posted August 14, 2012

Which is the wiser, more reasonable, and, ultimately, more effective decision-maker? Manager A, who does his or her best to consider all the relevant facts, including any mitigating circumstances? Or Manager B, who adheres to a rigid "zero-tolerance" policy?
Mario Livio


From Spider Webs to the Cosmic Web

Mario Livio | Posted August 14, 2012

For an astrophysicist, perhaps the most amazing aspect of 3D spider webs is how much they resemble computer simulations of the cosmic web -- the filamentary structure of the Dark Matter in the universe.
Domenick Scudera


Gays, God, and Theater

Domenick Scudera | Posted August 14, 2012

Neil Patrick Harris asked in his Tony opening number, "What if life were more like theater?" Well, one answer to that question is that, if life were more like theater, gays and religion would coexist in harmony. Kristin Chenoweth, the brilliantly talented Broadway star, exemplifies this idea.
Mark Juddery


Ann Rutherford -- Not the End of an Era

Mark Juddery | Posted August 14, 2012

Movie legend Ann Rutherford died this week and so far, fortunately, only a few people have called it a "tragedy" (she was 94, and lived a good life) or, even worse, the "end of an era" -- a common phrase, trotted out whenever we lose a leading lady or man from the golden years of Hollywood.
Dori Hartley


The Atheist Who Loves Angels

Dori Hartley | Posted August 14, 2012

I do not believe in God or religion, but I am a fanatic for religious and beatific art. Art is the Supreme Being in my life, and I am devout.
Cecilia T. Capers


A Superstar and a Gentleman: Filipino-American Actor Sam Milby Pursues Greater Fame

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted August 14, 2012

The young actor realizes having a successful acting and singing career overseas does not mean American talent agents and producers are cutting him any slack.
Edward Goldman


Methinks the Lady Doth Protest Too Much

Edward Goldman | Posted August 14, 2012

Museum director Ann Philbin states, "In recent years Los Angeles has given New York (and Paris and London and Berlin) a concerted and determined run for its money as the liveliest, and most flourishing, art capital in the world."
Zaki Hasan


Father's Duh

Zaki Hasan | Posted August 14, 2012

Becoming a dad ruined my life. And I'm so glad that it did.
Andy Propst


Off-Broadway Currently Boasts an Embarrassment of Riches

Andy Propst | Posted August 14, 2012

There's an extraordinary amount of richly conceived theater available currently at some of New Yorks's institutional theaters. To help you sort out what's what, here are some brief thoughts on a trio of recently opened shows.
Tad Spurgeon


The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part One

Tad Spurgeon | Posted August 14, 2012

Being part of a generation that grew up with the chosen intensity of modern art, the idea of images crafted for a relationship longer than fifteen seconds required consideration. It suggested a slower version of time, and, by extension, a more examined kind of life.
Susan Linn


Naïve or Disingenuous? Facebook-for-Kids Won't Keep Kids off Facebook

Susan Linn | Posted August 14, 2012

Kids shouldn't be subjected to a barrage of advertising honed specifically to who they are -- their friends, their interests, and their online behavior -- or be notified every single time a friend "likes" a movie, a game, a video game, or any other product.
Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D.


The Attraction of Distraction

Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D. | Posted August 14, 2012

Students today, particularly those in their first year who have not learned how to adapt to the demands of college life, appear to have been "rewired" by their proximity to and predilection for various sorts of gadgetry.
Robert Gagnier


Jeopardy! Contestants Seek Game Show Gold

Robert Gagnier | Posted August 14, 2012

I recently talked to a few contestants who had passed the online test and were about to go through the more formal in-person Jeopardy! test and audition process.
Gregory Linton


"Tweeting Is More of an Art Form Than Sculpture" - Xvala at Disrupt NYC

Gregory Linton | Posted August 14, 2012

Startups are art just like paintings, screen prints and sculpture. Twitter is more of an art form than sculpting. Graffiti is a lot like tweeting. Like graffit, your tweets have a chance to reach a potentially unsuspecting audience through retweets.
John Corso


Patti Smith, Polaroids & Post-Mortems

John Corso | Posted August 14, 2012

Volumes have been written about photography's connections to death. Intuitively aware of this relationship, Patti Smith's first major American museum exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts feels decidedly funereal.
Brian Cronin


8 Greatest Ray Bradbury Adaptations by EC Comics

Brian Cronin | Posted August 14, 2012

Here are the eight best adaptatons EC Comics did of Bradbury's short stories. The eight stories (all under ten pages long) are in chronological order from when they were first released.
Jon Methven


Classic Books in which a Puppet would have Improved the Plot

Jon Methven | Posted August 14, 2012

Could this be the birth of a new literary genre? And if so, what would it be called: Pup-lit, Puppantic, Puppiction? There are puppets on Sesame Street and puppets in the theater, but rarely do they find their way into novels.
Liz Smith


Lamar Waldron Reveals All In 'Watergate: The Hidden History'

Liz Smith | Posted August 14, 2012

There are incredible revelations in this book that has taken Waldron years to write and he has new revealing formerly restricted evidence to go on. His subtitle to this one is "Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA." This book is backed by 2000 endnotes. His last book, Legacy of Secrecy is now being made into a film by Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.
Brad Getty


11 Hipster Trends Your Dad Started (PHOTOS)

Brad Getty | Posted August 14, 2012

You're not as cool as your dad and you never will be.