Orion Jones's Contributions
  • "Sequel" to Catcher in the Rye Banned

    The New Times’ Art Beat blog has been covering J.D. Salinger’s attempt to prevent an alleged sequel to his famous “Catcher in the Rye” from being sold in the U.S. The book in question, “60 Years Later: Coming...

  • The Dead Celebrity Business

    If you think American insurance companies have a morbid business plan, consider Hollywood estate managers. While legal maneuvering continues over the rights to Michael Jackson's estate, the King of Pop continues...

  • Think Culture is Expensive? Try Ignorance.

    The National Endowment for the Arts has a new director and a new slogan—forget “A Great Nation Deserves Great Art”. Late last week Broadway producer Rocco Landesman was confirmed by Congress as the new head of the...

  • Can Comedy Be High Art?

    When you want to see art, that contemporary expression of the human essence, do you find some stand-up comedy in an events bulletin or do you head for a gallery? I am as guilty as most people when it comes to...

  • Boom and Bust in the Art World

    Just when you thought the contemporary art world couldn’t get any more contrarian, it has begun disrespecting the economic facts of our time. Amidst the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, the...

  • Codex v. Vizplex

    No, I'm not promoting a fight between two futuristic boxers. I'm talking about the publishing industry and how Sunday afternoons of the future will be spent. Will Gutenberg's printing press go the way of the...

  • So Who Gets the Keys to Neverland?

    Considering how much attention the media pays to celebrities when they're alive, it seems inevitable that the death of Michael Jackson will set a new precedent in wrangling over a legendary entertainer's spoils. ...

  • Voices on the Ground: Iranians in Spain

    Iranian expats living in Spain have recently illuminated the backdrop of the YouTube and Twitter main stage by which the Iranian elections are currently understood. Speaking with several of them over the last...

  • Iran's Presidential Elections, Round One

    Campaigning has officially stopped one day before Iran's presidential election. Voters will go to the polls tomorrow to choose from four official candidates who are (deep breath)... Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the...

  • Except For Swedish Pirates, Old Europe Gains At The Polls

    Center-right parties have won a majority of seats in Europe's Parliamentary elections, the results of which were released today. If you thought the financial crisis had given capitalism a bad name, election...