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A Dazzling Range of Artists

Over four years Sarah Thornton visited 14 countries on five continents and interviewed 130 artists of whom 33 made the cut to be profiled in her book 33 Artists in 3 Acts. Thornton's book is an examination of what it means to be an artist today - of what it means to maintain a persona, to make and sell work, to be part of the power structures. The answers she gets to her two questions "What is an artist" and "What kind of artist are you?" are both glib and profound, mundane and weird, ridiculous and inspiring. Beatriz Milhazes, a Brazilian painter of concentric circles, flowers and overlaid stripes answers: “I’m like a bank worker. I come to the studio five days a week and do my job.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Literary and Football Legacy

On Oct. 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40 in Baltimore, four days after being discovered in a gutter wearing another man’s clothes unable to explain how he got there. Poe was in many ways the first modern writer, not just in his themes, but also in the way he lived: always scrambling for money, he was the first American writer to live entirely by his pen. His work and legacy endure to this day. From our school days, we all remember the tapping at the door and the beating of the heart. The Edgars present the Edgar awards each spring to the authors who have written the best mystery novels.

Kurt Vonnegut's Once-Banned Classic

The German city of Dresden was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid launched on February 13, 1945. Just before 10:00 p.m., 800 bombers approached the city, hammering it with a wave of bombs that blew off the tops of houses.The second wave of bombers dropped incendiary devices into the open buildings, and in a matter of hours the city was engulfed in flames. In 1969, almost a quarter-century after experiencing the firebombing of Dresden, Kurt Vonnegut published his greatest and most famous novel, Slaughterhouse 5. Vonnegut titled Slaughterhouse 5 after the underground meat locker that kept him and his fellow soldiers alive beneath the city’s near-total destruction.


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