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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 06, 2010


The Leisure of Looking:  A Pedestrian View in a High-Speed Era

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MICHELLE HAUSER

The Leisure of Looking: A Pedestrian View in a High-Speed Era

Booth Tarkington's novel The Magnificent Ambersons (adapted for film by Orson Welles) glides us through the quixotic fashions of the turn of the century. As trolleys replaced the horse drawn carriage, only to be overtaken by the streetcar and the automobile, Tarkington observes that "the faster people were carried, the less time they had to spare."
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ELLIOTT EARLS

The Sentient and the Bag of Meat

Like the canary in the coal mine, there's much that can be learned from careful observation of design school culture today, where students can easily be grouped into one of two categories: the Sentient and the Bag of Meat. Elliott Earls rants against the latter, students dead from the neck up — and the embodiment of consumerist attitudes towards learning.
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STEVEN HELLER

Home Is the Sailor, Home from the Sea

My oldest friend never knew his father. Leigh was three when his dad was killed in Korea, his remains never to be recovered and shipped home for burial.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Describing Paintings"

"Describing Painting" a poem by Adam Zagajewski from his new book Eternal Enemies.
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