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May 18 arts&letters commented on Artbnb—Xenia Turns Condo Rental into an Installation.
This is so great! My chief complaint of museums and galleries is that they typically sterilize the experience of viewing art. I've always been drawn to churches (especially fancy ones) because there the art is an instrument, a tool to get you to engage in the space, or to perform religious devotion, etc. I love the idea of a house where you live with the art in a decidedly non-sterile way. I only wish I were still in Seattle so I could check it out myself!
Mar 3 arts&letters commented on Jen Graves Has Been Nominated for an Award from the International Association of Art Critics.
Yay Jen! So pleased for you! Congratulations!!
Dec 17, 2014 arts&letters commented on Wall Street Now Owns Your Savings Account? And Who in the World Has Savings?.
Isn't that the cash that evaporated when you had millions of people who defaulted on 30 year mortgages? That's where the money went -- they were passing the debt around, under the assumption that the money would blossom over time as people paid back their mortgages. Except many defaulted, disrupting the whole system.
Sep 5, 2014 arts&letters commented on Sher Kung Memorial Bike Ride and an Online Fundraiser for Her Baby.
I had heard through friends that Christine, Sher's partner, had left work to stay home with the baby for the next while, and Sher would be the primary income-earner. So, any donations will surely help cover the mortgage payment for the next few months while Christine figures out her next steps.
Oct 17, 2013 arts&letters commented on What Do You Think of the The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer?.
I think I'm the only person in the world who finds Wes Anderson to be a racist, classist hack. His films are beautiful to look at, for sure, but once you scratch the surface, they're about white people wringing their hands about personal fulfillment, while glorifying times/places when brown people are second-class citizens, exotic "props" in these stories. I couldn't get through The Darjeeling Limited because the racism was so profound.
Aug 23, 2013 arts&letters commented on SL Letter of the Day: Assorted Qs.
Also, if she's dating dudes in their early 20's, most of them haven't yet been broken of the expectation (that comes, in particular, from porn) that ladies are things to stick your dick in. So, if she's finding that they're assholes, she's probably right. They're not all unredeeming assholes, and many will improve as they get real experience with real women.

I think her curiosity and frankness is really touching, and I think she's got a good head on her shoulders. The next few years might have its ups and downs, but I think she'll do alright.
Aug 14, 2013 arts&letters commented on A Day for Detroit.
Oh, there are so, so many great things at the DIA. I went there a couple years ago, and I took TWO DAYS to check out the whole collection. It is amazing.
Jun 14, 2013 arts&letters commented on Ye Olde Wordes.
Without even looking it up, yes. Short shrift is when your priest hurries you through your confession because he has better things to do than listen to you about your sinning ways. To shrive is the middle English word for confessing your sins; to be shriven was to have the sins absolved through the sacrament of confession. Shrift, then, is the past participle for having confessed your sins.
May 2, 2013 arts&letters commented on Ben Franklin Vs. Canadian Space-Money: Which Is Better?.
It's the Canadarm! (Seriously. This is what they call it: