Male-female singles in cities Whether one agrees with Richard Florida’s “creative class” arguments or not, his CreativeClass website presents some lively, informative maps and diagrams displaying his ideas about how certain cities and areas are attracting innovative people and therefore becoming the economic and cultural powerhouses of the future. But along the way, they also break out the stats on such less-brain-powered [...]
Actually, in Plano. But still, we do mean big — it’s the biggest independent to open anywhere in years. Fireworks and dancing in the streets will be considered for later. The developer of the six-year-old Shops at Legacy had wanted a bookstore, couldn’t get Borders for the deal, but found Terri Tanner instead — a veteran [...]
Merle Haggard is at Bass Hall, author Ishmael Reed is discussed by Denton’s Professor’s Corner literary group and David Bates’s painting exhibition about Katrina, “The Storm,” is at Dunn and Brown Contemporary. Plus, Gini has more.
First, there was David Hajdu’s superlative history, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. Now there’s Mark Evanier’s lavish biography of Jack Kirby, the master of the epic-battling, super-mythic superhero. From J. Hoberman’s terrific review in Bookforum: Far more than most comic-book artists, Kirby invested himself in his creations. He [...]
… now big-city newspapers, alternative weeklies, even magazines are cutting their film critics. As with the loss of the other reviewers, it means the independent art work, the one with no big-budget corporate marketing behind it, will have a harder time finding an audience.
… aren’t all that much better than American kids’. Teenage girl magazines, song lyrics and computer game “cheat codes” found online are top choices. But then, so’s C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Girl poets are jamming at Fort Worth’s downtown public library for Girls Inc., Tenacious Root is gigging at Poor David’s Pub and in Carrollton, “The Color of Loss,” photos of post-Katrina New Orleans, is at the Sun to Moon Gallery. For more, here’s Gini.
… by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Or so goes the argument in a new edition of Faust. Two Romantic literature scholars, Frederick Burwick and James C. McKusick, believe that they have proved Coleridge composed a blank-verse translation of Goethe’s Faust that was published anonymously in London in 1821. Late last year, Oxford University Press published [...]
Another conference, another cry to bring back arts education. And another project that may be inspired by Dallas’ Big Thought and DISD program — DALI or the Dallas Arts Learning Initiative: Nearly every arts organization can trace malaise and marginalization to a lack of arts education in schools. Several generations now have made it to adulthood [...]
In case you hadn’t heard, Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain is a “blindingly fascinating” book — as William Leith explains in the Telegraph: Its point is that, when you sit on a chair and pick up a book, a huge amount of stuff is happening. And [...]