1. PaperFrank is one of our favorite up and coming visual artists. Here’s a quick snippet of a forthcoming interview:


Check out his Pink Lemonade campaign here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/paperfrank/pink-lemonade

    PaperFrank is one of our favorite up and coming visual artists. Here’s a quick snippet of a forthcoming interview:

    Check out his Pink Lemonade campaign here:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/paperfrank/pink-lemonade

  2. We can’t change where we’re born, but obviously we can choose where to have kids…where’s your favorite country on the list?
theeconomist:

Daily chart: Switzerland is the best place to be born in 2013, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit. America comes in 16th, ten spots above Britain.

    We can’t change where we’re born, but obviously we can choose where to have kids…where’s your favorite country on the list?

    theeconomist:

    Daily chart: Switzerland is the best place to be born in 2013, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit. America comes in 16th, ten spots above Britain.

  3. Who doesn’t love a good infographic? This one is especially nifty, as it relates to one of the best ideas we’ve seen in a minute…an arts CSA. More specifically, it’s the @WonderRoot CSA. Check it out, buy a share, and support the local arts movement.
More details here: http://wonderroot.org/csa

    Who doesn’t love a good infographic? This one is especially nifty, as it relates to one of the best ideas we’ve seen in a minute…an arts CSA. More specifically, it’s the @WonderRoot CSA. Check it out, buy a share, and support the local arts movement.

    More details here: http://wonderroot.org/csa

  4. Megan throws Don a surprise party…EPIC!

    Floyd Hall (The G Cafe) and Jess Harris (Vintij Adorned) team up to bring you “Mad Wrap”…their conversation about the clothes and cultural significance of AMC’s television drama “Mad Men”. Give it a listen!

    Vintij Adorned on Pinterest

    The G Cafe on Facebook

  5. We’ve been seeing Tom Friedman in promo mode lately for this new book. On the surface it seems to be a rehashing of his “look at what history has shown us” mantra that lots of pundits agree with, yet which always seem more theoretical than practical given all the forces influencing the country’s decision-makers. Hopefully it’s an interesting read that gets people talking…
thesmithian:


…they offer a range of examples of how America can do better  than it has done in the recent past. Despite its slightly misleading  subtitle, “That Used to Be Us” is not really a “how to” book, not really  a policy book. Friedman and Mandelbaum go very light on the  programmatic details. Instead, they emphasize the power of good  examples…

more.

    We’ve been seeing Tom Friedman in promo mode lately for this new book. On the surface it seems to be a rehashing of his “look at what history has shown us” mantra that lots of pundits agree with, yet which always seem more theoretical than practical given all the forces influencing the country’s decision-makers. Hopefully it’s an interesting read that gets people talking…

    thesmithian:

    …they offer a range of examples of how America can do better than it has done in the recent past. Despite its slightly misleading subtitle, “That Used to Be Us” is not really a “how to” book, not really a policy book. Friedman and Mandelbaum go very light on the programmatic details. Instead, they emphasize the power of good examples…

    more.

  6. Ode to the Mixtape…

    I haven’t gone to a brick/mortar store to purchase a CD in at least three years. I don’t listen to FM radio as much, and I probably couldn’t tell you which artists are releasing CDs soon. (Do CDs even still come out on Tuesdays?) Part of my lack of “mainstream” awareness has to do with the fact that I’m busy and listen to a lot of news and culture programming (BBC, NPR, etc.), but I honestly still listen to a lot of music—just not where you would traditionally get it. The main source: The Mixtape.

                                               

    Yes, I admit that I’m a mixtape junkie. I think it has something to do with the notion of getting new material directly from the artist…no programming directors or focus groups involved in picking “lead singles”…no videos and usually no mainstream buzz. Just give me the music and let ME decide what I like. It’s a novel idea, right? (insert sarcasm) Riiiight

    To be fair, this isn’t your father’s mixtape game these days. Or your grandfather’s, depending on how far you want to go back. With the improvements in music technology you don’t need an elaborate setup to create music; and with the use of the Internet, you don’t need a huge effort to distribute it. Just a few clicks and the product goes from artist to fan. Thanks Al Gore, for inventing the Internet! (Say what? That didn’t happen? Oh, ok. Well…thanks to whoever invented it. #shrug)

                          

               

    Now, many major labels frown on the concept of the mixtape, with understandable reason: they see it potentially as unauthorized material from their artists and money lost. However, if not for mixtapes some of the biggest stars of today wouldn’t have been discovered in the first place. Many independent artists also use a successful mixtape to promote themselves and/or get signed to a major label. Beyond that, mixtapes have also alleviated the (sometimes huge) expense of developing an artist from these major labels and placed the burden on the artists themselves. 

    All in all, I’m not sure if I would still be excited about the health of the music industry were it not for the vast number of both well-known and new artists who continue to produce mixtapes. They’re critical to the survival of the music industry, and they’re critical to music fans like me who still love to be inspired by obscure creative genius. Long live the mixtape.

    -F.H.

  7. The Floyd Hall Podcast is a Pop Culture “Mixtape” of Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, and Notable News Observations. Have you heard the latest episode?  Listen here…

    The Floyd Hall Podcast is a Pop Culture “Mixtape” of Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, and Notable News Observations. Have you heard the latest episode?  Listen here…

  8. GOVT: Donald Rumsfeld. Two books. One man. Gwen Ifill essays Rumsfeld’s memoirs and author Dan Fesperman reviews a McSweeney’s novella called “Donald.”

Also in Style today: The “Spider-Man” musical is worse than you’ve heard, Arianna Huffington pockets $100 million from her merger with AOL, Michael Moore files suit against the Weinstein brothers, and Busboys & Poets seeks missing Langston Hughes cutout.

    GOVT: Donald Rumsfeld. Two books. One man. Gwen Ifill essays Rumsfeld’s memoirs and author Dan Fesperman reviews a McSweeney’s novella called “Donald.”

    Also in Style today: The “Spider-Man” musical is worse than you’ve heard, Arianna Huffington pockets $100 million from her merger with AOL, Michael Moore files suit against the Weinstein brothers, and Busboys & Poets seeks missing Langston Hughes cutout.