In the spirit of openheartedness and what life is really all about, I’ll go so far as to say that the fear of others may mask some deep-seated desire to understand, and maybe even to love. Because really, what is there to be afraid of? Few people today don’t know—or have in their families—at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it’s really just the loving part that matters. That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of “diagnosable” to the final edit of “so what?” must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness. My wife, being a biology teacher, puts it even more succinctly: “Why are all these people so worried about who everybody else is sleeping with, anyway?” (Score two for Moms.)
—Chris Ware on his cover of the May 13, 2013 issue, “Mother’s Day.” Get the story behind the cover: http://nyr.kr/10d7TyC
I un-“liked” The New Yorker on Facebook after last week when the whole magazine was stuff by men (no ladies at all!), but I’ll keep following them on Tumblr…
23 celebrated cartoonists, including Art Spiegelman and Roz Chast, unite to demand action against gun violence.
A a time when 33 people are murdered with guns every day in America and homicide rates in the United States exceed those of other high-income nations by 690%, it’s tragic how little progress we’ve made since 1944.
Also see Stephen King on gun control and violence.
Though I see nothing but vague & cloudy uncertainty in the foreground of our being, yet I fancy I discern a very bright light a good way further on, and this makes me care much less about the cloudiness & indistinctness which is near.
Reconstructionist Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons. Also, because there are only people of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process. Compounding the…problem with the image is the fact that race has been a key backdrop to the subprime crisis. The narrative of the crash on the right has been the blame-minority-borrowers line, sometimes via dog whistle, often via bullhorn…the record is clear: minorities were disproportionately targeted by predatory lending, which has always gone hand in hand with subprime. Even when they qualified for prime loans that similar-circumstance whites got, they were pushed into higher-interest subprimes…minority borrowers were disproportionately victimized in the bubble. But BusinessWeek here has them on the cover bathing in housing-ATM cash, implying that they’re going to create another bubble.
more, at the Columbia Journalism Review.
It’s 2013 and crap like this gets ok’d by editors?!! UGH.
Yay I can finally share these! I teamed up with Gallery1988 and The Academy Awards to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Oscars.
As if tons of free posters weren’t enough, we have a special Valentine’s Day surprise tomorrow for those who stop by “For Your Consideration.” Artist Nan Lawson created these limited edition Valentine’s card that we will also give out for free ay 7021 Melrose. For your loved ones, you know, because you’re spending the day at an art gallery.
Nan did an amazing job with these, they’re adorable. Make sure to swing by and check it out and take home stuff!