February 27, 2015

One of Kim Gordon’s favorite novelists is Mary Gaitskill. (Ours too.)

Tonight, at the Met, a “poetry parade” cosponsored by the Artist’s Institute. Reading aloud texts that respond to artworks in the museum will be Eileen Myles, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Hammer, and others. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery of Egyptian art and concludes at 8:00 in the exhibition Madame Cézanne.

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson has sold her book to Simon & Schuster for a sum believed to be around $1 million. ““I’ve been a front-line combatant in the news media’s battles to remain the bedrock of an informed society,” Abramson told the New York Post.  “Now, I’m going to wear my reporter’s hat again to tell the full drama of that story in a book, focusing on both traditional and new media players in the digital age.”

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by the Japanese writer Marie Kondo, has sold over two million copies worldwide. Kondo urges people to have “tidying festivals,” in which they ask her signature question: “Does it spark joy?” If not? Into the bin. The Wall Street Journal reports that “one of her clients . . . even jettisoned her husband.”

The FCC has approved new “net neutrality” rules, to the dismay of broadband companies and the delight of pretty much everyone else. The new rules will prevent broadband providers from blocking content, prioritizing certain kinds of traffic, or indeed discriminating in the provision of any of its services.

Back in June, the New Inquiry started a clever roundup called “This Week in Art Crime” documenting crimes against art and, sometimes, artful crimes. Then Artnet News started paying attention to similar exploits. Now Hyperallergic follows suit with “Crimes of the Art.” Does three make a trend?

 

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