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Subversive Art and Russia's Protest Movement

Russia
about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Graffiti artist P183, whose real name is Pavel, canvasses the streets of Moscow at night armed with a can of spray paint. One of his murals depicts a grandmother and child holed up in a shelter with a bomb looming overhead. This is P183's commentary on Vladimir Putin's ...

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The Faux Pas of Foie Gras

Foie
about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Attention foie gras lovers: your favorite French delicacy will now be made in China. The world's largest goose farm and foie gras factory will open in China on the banks of Poyang Lake in the Jiangxi Province, according to the Economic Observer . And if that wasn't enough ...

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John Carter Bombs. What Can We Learn?

Johnc1
about 2 years ago

Like many others I mistook the first John Carter trailer I saw for a Pepsi commercial. And like so many others, I did not go to see the film when it opened last weekend. So I cannot say whether the film is truly terrible, or a masterpiece. That is not the point of this post.  In other words, I ...

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The Eyes of Ellsberg

Bill_clinton
about 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea?  There’s an eye contact spectrum. We’re all familiar with its extremes: at one end, you’ve got the lunatic whose blazing eyes bore into you from the moment you meet until (at last!) you are free of him. On the other, the almost clinically shy folks who stare at the rug the ...