British Marxist historian and lover of jazz, Eric Hobsbawm is dead: Guardian obit
His key works: Industry and Empire (1968); and the "Age of" series, which he began with The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848, first published in 1962. Followed in 1975 by The Age of Capital: 1848-1875. And in 1987, The Age of Empire: 1875-1914. A fourth volume, The Age of Extremes: 1914-91, was published in 1994.
He also found time to be castaway on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs (5 March 1995). Other than the music, his choice of book was a collection of Neruda's poems and his "luxury item" was a pair of binoculars. stream or download
posted by Mister Bijou
on Oct 1, 2012 -
On July 22, 2012, Herb Vogel
passed away. Herb worked his entire life for the US Postal Service, while his wife Dorothy worked for the Brooklyn Public Library. In spite of their humble
backgrounds, the couple were renowned in art circles
for amassing over the course of decades a deeply personal collection of over 2500 pieces of 20th C. contemporary American art, a collection so vast that it could not be housed in the National Gallery of Art
. A traveling exhibition entitled Fifty Works in Fifty States
was set up to share the Vogel's treasures with the American public in museums across the country, as well as online. The wonderful story of the deep love that the Vogels shared for each other and their passion for art, beauty and human creativity was told in the eponymous documentary Herb and Dorothy
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Don't Make Excuses - Make Good!
Between World Wars I and II, the U.S. economy was booming - workers had choices and employers competed for their time. How to motivate and gain loyalty from a labor force that knew it could walk out the door and find more work soon? Charles Mather
, head of a family printing business in Chicago, offered employers a solution: the first motivational posters for the private workplace market
. Printed between 1923 and 1929, Mather's "Work Incentive Posters
" used strong imagery and short, clear messaging to encourage workplace values like teamwork, punctuality, safety, and loyalty
. Today, some of his 350 designs can be seen in traveling exhibitions
and poster galleries
, and Antiques Road Show
- or you can soak up some motivation from his modern-day successors at Successories
- or generate your own
. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Oct 12, 2010 -
Henry Luce's original prospectus for LIFE magazine,
written with the help of poet Archibald MacLeish:
To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things—machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man's work—his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women that men love and many children; to see and take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed;
posted by ocherdraco
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Thus to see, and to be shown, is now the will and new expectancy of half mankind.
To see, and to show, is the mission now undertaken by a new kind of publication, THE SHOW-BOOK OF THE WORLD, hereinafter described.
McKinley Assassination Ink:
"The goal [...]: to gather the largest possible selection of full-text primary source documents relating to the assassination of William McKinley and the immediate aftermath of that event, including the succession of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency and the incarceration, trial, and execution of [anarchist] assassin Leon Czolgosz."
posted by OmieWise
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Getting Bored is Not Allowed
at the Plaza Hotel
, at least not according to its famous fictional resident, the exhausting, spoiled and infectiously ebullient Eloise
. Sadly, though, today's news
is anything but boring: the Plaza's new owners announced plans to close the iconic hotel for 18 months, and renovate it to create private condos -- throwing hundreds of employees out of work.
It's been said that nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza: from its 1907 opening
to Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball
, the Plaza has hosted literati, glitterati, rock stars, and royalty. It has graced the screen in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's
and The Great Gatsby
, making Hollywood history when it became the first fully on-location film shoot for North by Northwest
. Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza; Dorothy Parker
got her pink slip from Vanity Fair there. Residents, at various times, included Frank Lloyd Wright, Cary Grant, and Judy Garland. Every President since Taft has stepped through its giant engraved revolving doors. Chef Boyardee
of canned-spaghetti fame got his start in its kitchens. No New York tourist's
rounds are complete without a bloody mary and some bluepoints at the Oyster Bar, a martini in the Oak Room
bar, or tea in the Palm Court
, and its French-chateau facade is a Central Park centerpiece
An employees' group
and a supporting 'Friends of the Plaza'
group have begun working to save the gracious place, with the goal of preserving not only the building and their jobs, but the very idea of the quintessential New York luxury hotel. Almost enough to make folks want the Donald back.
posted by Miko
on Mar 14, 2005 -
A Visit to Old Los Angeles
"A pictorial survey of downtown Los Angeles, and certain other areas, focusing on the years 1900 to 1915, though occasionally making use of images from other times. This series will follow, primarily by means of actual postcards of the era, the travels of a farming family from the great plains as they visit Los Angeles and its environs in the early years of the Twentieth Century." In 29 episodes, and with lots
posted by carter
on May 21, 2004 -
Worse movies of the 20th century?
I think not. There's lots of stinkers here, but including Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and ignoring such dreck as The Omega Man certainly has to be illegal somewhere. Let the "I thought this underrated movie was actually good" confessions commence. [via the null device]
posted by skallas
on Feb 8, 2002 -
The NEA and the RIAA (demon spawn) collaborate
on a list of the top songs of 20th century, topped by Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The list was picked by hundreds of "music lovers across the country" from "all walks of life," including the "music industry," according to the press release. The voters picked from 1,100 songs provided by the RIAA and the NEA, though write-in spaces were available on the ballots. The announcement of the list is part of a wider effort to bring the songs to school-age children and adolescents, in a project that involves Scholastic publishing and AOL (the Great Satan). Step right up and take a few whacks at them...
posted by jhiggy
on Mar 7, 2001 -