Saturday, January 15, 2022

Weeping Woman?

 In the autumn of 2015, the production of paper cards for library catalogs ceased.


A Personal Catalogue of the World’s Most Storied Bookstores Literary Hub

‘Dancing through the water’: rare sighting of blanket octopus in Great Barrier Reef Guardian

What obscure words should we bring back into daily use? Literary Hub

We Shot a Moose, Class. There Will Be a Quiz.New York Times

The U.S. Federal Government Deregulates French Dressing WSJ

Libor, Long the Most Important Number in Finance, Dies at 52 NYT

ONCE every year the sun alignes with this street.

Dogs know when a language is from a foreign tongue, study shows.

A Community of German Anti-Vaxxers on the Black Sea Coast Der Spiegel

F.B.I. Arrests Man Accused of Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts NYT

The worst technology of 2021 MIT Technology Review

One woman sleeps with hordes of terrible men, and has a wonderful time doing so. 

The Betty White Timeline of Human History

McCaughey predicted that the lurid lime green and purple Picasso “will haunt Melbourne for the next 100 years”. His prediction turned out to be true – but for all the wrong reasons. In 1986, not long after excitedly introducing The Weeping Woman to the city, it went missing.

Marc Fennell investigates an art heist like no other. It's 1986 and Australia's most expensive painting has vanished from the National Gallery of Victoria. The only clues, a series of bizarre ransom notes and a city full of rumours. This is the true-crime story of Picasso's The Weeping Woman.

A Picasso has been stolen from the National Gallery of Victoria and the thieves want everyone to know about it. Who is behind these bizarre ransom notes and what have they done with the Weeping Woman?


Schadenfreude For The Holidays: The Meanest Book Reviews Of 2021

"Among the titles being cast into the maw of the volcano this year: Blake Bailey's oozing hagiography of Philip Roth, Mitch Albom's latest cavity-inducing parable, Andrew Sullivan's overfull toilet of essays" (fed to the merciless Dale Peck) "and Malcolm Gladwell's smug apologia for American butchery." - Book Marks

Dostoevsky And The True Crime Craze In 1860s Russia

How the pulp nonfiction devoured by the public during Tsar Alexander II's reign led to Crime and Punishment — and how Dostoevsky used the hunger for true crime stories to get his political message into the public's hands. - The New Republic

Romance Novels About Nonwhite Characters Are Finally Breaking Through In The Marketplace

And the authors of those books — who, not long ago, couldn't get a single look from publishers — can thank social media: Booksgram, BookTube, and BookTok. - The Guardian

The End Of Great Travel Writing?

Travel sections in bookshops have been reduced to “three feet of guidebooks and celebrity jaunts”. Meanwhile, travel books struggle to make the literary review sections of papers. - The Critic

FBI Arrests Suspect In Fraud Case That Mystified The Publishing World

For five years, someone has been impersonating various publishing industry figures (dozens of them) in order to obtain not-yet-published manuscripts — which were never posted online or held for ransom, baffling people in the field. The suspect is Filippo Bernardini, a young employee of Simon & Schuster. - Vulture

Understanding The Role Of Emotions

Being in the throes of an emotion influences a great many things: your memory, what you see, the inferences you draw about the world, how you learn new things, how you interpret ambiguous stimuli, and much more. - Psychology Today

For A Long Time The Purpose Of Art Was To Shock Against Norms. But Why?

Somewhere in the 19th century the notion develops that a work of art can be most effective when it’s ugly, when it deeply mirrors certain social realities and presents them in such a way that the audience is spurred to immediate action. - 3AM Magazine

Want To Be A Successful Artist? Find A Rival

A study of composers during from 1750-1899 discovered that they were significantly more productive when they lived in close proximity to other composers. The most likely way of accounting for this is the inherent rivalry that arises when creative people encounter each other daily. - Ted Gioia

The “Change” Binary Of Music

The urge to be static rose concurrently with the urge to change. And so, in the twenty-first century, we’re presented with a choice: to look ahead or to look down. Not back or backwards, not into the past (because pastness cannot be and is not always equated with stasis), but down. - NewMusicBox

Music Critic Richard Freed, 93

Mr. Freed was active for six decades, contributing regularly to The Washington Post, the New York Times and the old Washington Star, among many other publications. He had an extended association with Stereo Review. - Washington Post