Dear Prime Minister, M Rogge, Lord Coe and Members of the International Olympic Committee,
I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant…
“Dear Jeff, Welcome to The Post. I have read that the $250 million you paid for this newspaper is roughly 1 percent of your net worth, making it about as risky and consequential a purchase for you as a used 2003 Honda Civic might be for me. Still, I hope and strongly suspect you will not see it as a plaything, or, to extend the already shaky metaphor, a vehicle for promoting your bigger enterprises. I am presuming that despite the chump-change numbers, this is a big deal for you, and that you plan to roll up your sleeves and be the guy who finds a way to make conventional journalism succeed financially. I’d like to offer some advice.”—Open letter to Jeff Bezos - The Washington Post
“If it is possible to be shunned and abhorred for championing the celebration of Jane Austen, it serves as a reminder that her power to upset, and to challenge—which is the power of art—has not been entirely leached from her achievement, even among the welter of Austen-inspired etiquette books and I ♥ Mr. Darcy tote bags. It also shows us that the limits of tolerance for women’s accomplishment have evolved less than we might hope.”—The Meaning of Jane Austen : The New Yorker
“Mrs. Dogaru told the police that on a freezing night in February, she placed all seven works — which included Monet’s 1901 “Waterloo Bridge, London”; Gauguin’s 1898 “Girl in Front of Open Window”; and Picasso’s 1971 “Harlequin Head” — in a wood-burning stove used to heat saunas and incinerated them.”—Romanian’s Tale Has Art World Fearing the Worst - NYTimes.com
“In one of the great publishing coups in recent years, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which has sold just 1,500 copies in Britain so far, turns out to have been written not by an ex-British Army officer, or by a new writer, or even by a man. Instead, its author is J. K. Rowling”—This Detective Novel’s Story Doesn’t Add Up - NYTimes.com
My friends at Public Functionary have world renowned New York Magazine art critic, Jerry Saltz, coming to speak over Art-A-Whirl Weekend (Saturday, 7pm) in conjunction with their inaugural exhibit DZINE: Victory. Get your tickets here.
“There were cries of “sacrilege” and “stupide” when Balenciaga hired Alexander Wang, known by some as an American T-shirt designer. But Mr. Wang delivered an impressive collection on Thursday that should silence his critics for a while.”—Alexander Wang Takes Charge of Balenciaga - NYTimes.com