weeklies – almost April edition

A week with no classes, but lots of writing, passes by. And it is almost April, which means it is time for the Paris study trip. Before I take a weeklong hiatus; here’s some reading.

– Let’s start with a laugh: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.

– The Hunger Games has taken everyone by a storm. There are positive and negative reviews alike, I’m sure you have seen plenty, including my own. Here’s the Guardian review, on the movie adaptation failing to give teenagers food for thought.

– Speaking of The Guardian and characters on-screen, here is a great read on female characters, and the rise of the female slacker on screen.

– The Art Newspaper published their 2011 Museum and Exhibition Attendance report. Lots of interesting lists in terms of most attended exhibitions and most attended museums. Very nice to see Istanbul Modern‘s exhibitions on the list along with Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

– And as my emerging art markets project concludes, here’s The Economist writing on Qatar’s cultural projects and the woman behind it.

An interesting and important read on Artists Against Copyright, which I got the chance to read only this week.

How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East. zunguzungu Sunday Reading.

– Speaking of gender, here’s a blast from the past. Tips for Single Women, 1938. The terrible part is that some of these are still valid to this day. Anyone wants to join me in writing a Tips for Single Men 2012?

Also, tomorrow is the season two premiere of Game of Thrones, so here are two cool articles:

– Peter Dinklage Was Smart To Say No. New York Times

Game of Thrones Women Are Winning in season two USA Today

Love this excerpt from it:

The women in Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, are one of the elements that drew the interest of executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“I think there’s a mistaken notion (that) fantasy is a boys’ club and aimed more at teenage boys. These books are aimed at adults and had, if anything, more strong female characters than male,” Weiss says. “Television is such a great place to fill that gap that seems to have opened up in film, where I don’t think you see the strength and depth of female characters. It was something (we) wanted to emphasize in the show in the second season.”

And to get all psyched, here’s a Paris photo I took last time I was in Paris.

little gem in Paris. taken by @sirintugbay

weeklies 3-3-2012

It is March already. Despite the extra day in February. Who made this happen?

– On art news, the Turkish government is blocking loans from Turkish museums to British and American museums due to the unresolved issue of disputed antiquities. Sure, always a good solution to make other world-famous museums suffer to get what you want.

– On artsy notes, NYTimes has an interesting piece on Qatar and the royal families patronage in contemporary art.

Did you know that The New York Times has quite an awesome tumblr page? It features photographs from their agency and they claim that “If we posted 10 new archival pictures every weekday on Tumblr, just from our print collection, we wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935.” Impressive! Instead, they are selecting a few every week and you can purchase some of these photos and find more information on them. Cool!

– The Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Labor group recently published a letter calling for the end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014, as it “upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.”[…] and “perpetuates a model in which culture enhances the city and benefits the 1 percent of our society while driving others into financial distress.” As a result, the group has called for the Whitney to “terminate its collusion with this system of injustice and use its resources to imagine sustainable models of creativity and culture accessible not just to Americans but to 99 percent of the people around the globe.” /via Artleaks

You don’t have to know a thing about classical music to enjoy it. McGill University’s Beethoven and Your Brain research says so.

– Here are 9 foreign words that should really exist in all languages. I am going to attempt to use the original words in English. #6 and #1 personal favorites.

– If you have not seen the cats as fonts meme yet, you are missing out!

– Iceland is still missing in most European crisis discussions. Here’s a short article on Iceland and its successful response to the crisis.

Here’s a great short piece on the shutdown of popular e-book portal library.nu (which I didn’t know existed UNTIL it got shot down). A crucial hint to publishers on the importance to reach out to non-Western markets with hard copies or digital content.

And to finish it off, here’s a koala running down the hall. Seriously!