Archive for USA

‘The Bell Jar’ echoes 50 years on

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 29 March 2013 by delclem

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Sylvia Plath (1932-63) seems to be the Ingeborg Bachmann of North America. Her “relationship with her most famous work was not easy, but it retains its power after five decades.” In terms of today, she would be a writer with an Austrian/German “migration background.” >full article (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2013

Another article: Who is Sylvia Plath? “Her role as a ‘casus belli’ in the battle of the sexes has also obscured the genius of this much-mythologised poet.” (c) FT 2013

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Art Brut from America

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 21 March 2013 by delclem

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George W. Bush’s Dirty Little Secret

“In February, a hacker named Guccifer revealed to the world the hidden artistic talents of George W. Bush, releasing to The Smoking Gun a handful of photographs of oil paintings by the former president that had been taken from personal Bush family emails. The images were well-received by critics and laypeople alike, but they represented only a small portion of the budding outsider artist’s oeuvre.”

>read & see more (c) GAWKER.COM, 2013

Maybe these artworks should be exhibited at the Viennese Art Brut Center at the former mental institution of Gugging?

“A Personal Story of Remembrance & War”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 17 March 2013 by delclem


Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson interviews Marie Jana Korbel(ová) – aka. the US ex-foreign minister Madeleine Albright – about her latest book, a memoir of her childhood days in Prague (c) ASPEN INSTITUTE / YOUTUBE, 2012

The “Banality of Evil” & Philosophy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 24 January 2013 by delclem

The new German film by Margarethe Trotta on the German American philosopher Hanna Arendt & the Holocuast organizer Adolf Eichmann is out. And Arendt’s original articles on the “Banality of Evil” are avialable in the New Yorker archive >text (c) OPEN CULTURE / FILM,HISTORY 2013

“Retromania”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 26 December 2012 by delclem

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“Pop Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past by Simon Reynolds.  Does it matter that pop music is stuck in the same old groove?” >review (c) THE OBSERVER, 2012

Playful Economy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 24 December 2012 by delclem

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The history of the board game Monopoly Continue reading

Which EUropeans are fattest, laziest and drink most

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 6 December 2012 by delclem

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“There’s nothing like tales of butter-eating, wine-guzzling, yet somehow-still thin Europeans to add to American angst over holiday calories and upcoming resolutions. (…)  It’s true that overall, Europeans are fairly healthy. Life expectancy in E.U. member states has gone up by more than six years between 1980 and 2010, to 75 years for men and 82 years for women. But a recently-released report by the OECD found that the prevalence of diseases such as diabetes and asthma has also increased — in part because of better diagnosis, but also thanks to underlying causes such as drinking, smoking and eating fattening foods. Here’s a look at which Europeans are most obese, most inactive and drink most.” >full text (c) WorldView / WASHINGTON POST, 2012