Monthly Archives: November 2020

Derek Fordjour

“I love learning other ways to have a conversation,” Mr. Fordjour said after the rehearsal, a collaboration with the puppet artist Nick Lehane. “Painting has its utility, but performance is another register.” “… Black funerary tradition is on my mind,” … Continue reading

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The King’s Alphabet

… [Thai protestors] have… called for the king, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, to… (Richard C. Paddock, “Thai Hotel That Put American in Jail Gets New Label on Tripadvisor,” NYTimes, 11-11-20) (c) 2020 JMN

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From Concept to Chrome

“Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020,” an exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, opens this month and runs through next June. … The D.I.A. exhibition set out to communicate the journey that started with a designer’s … Continue reading

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Attire Power

The pussy-bow blouse: the quintessential working woman’s uniform in the years when they began to flood into the professional sphere; the female version of the tie; the power accessory of Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister. (Vanessa Friedman, … Continue reading

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Knots Bound [CXIX]

[XCIX]Otros días vendrán, será entendidoOther days will come, there will be heardel silencio de plantas y planetasthe silence of plants and planets.¡y cuántas cosas puras pasarán!And so many pure things will happen!¡Tendrán olor a luna los violines!Violins will have a … Continue reading

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Knots Bound [C]

[C]En medio de la tierra apartaréIn the midst of the earth I will separatelas esmeraldas para divisartethe emeralds in order to spot you,y tú estarás copiando las espigasand you will be copying the ears of graincon una pluma de agua … Continue reading

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‘Hinge’ Figures in Art

Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has focused on collecting its less traveled avenues. “We have bet on artists who were not that well known in the U.S. or who had … Continue reading

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Cat of Many Names

This article reports a sad event, the snatching of a family dog by a mountain lion. That misfortune notwithstanding, it solves a longstanding puzzle for me by clarifying that mountain lions, pumas, cougars, panthers, and catamounts are the same animal, … Continue reading

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Whiteout

Lord Kilclooney, crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords, tweeted: “What happens if Biden moves on and the Indian becomes President. Who then becomes Vice President?” Later he tweeted: “I’m very fond of India myself, I’m a member of … Continue reading

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‘Kate Is There in the Shadows’

Here is narrative from a 1960 American novel. A character ascends a staircase to the mezzanine of a house to join another person there: There comes to me in the ascent a brief annunciatory syllable in the throat stopped in … Continue reading

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