Britain: Sad art

Art, with tears.

"A Real Birmingham Family." Gillian Wearing, 2014. (Image via Breitbart London)
“A Real Birmingham Family.” Gillian Wearing, 2014. (Image via Breitbart London)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Nouveau sheesh: Obamas preen for Hollande

On the QT…

True fact: the world's museums are lousy with Monet water lilies. (The Water Lily Pond, Japanese Bridge. 1899. Princeton U. Art Museum.)
True fact: the world’s museums are lousy with Monet water lilies. (The Water Lily Pond, Japanese Bridge. 1899. Princeton U. Art Museum.)

Could the Obamas be any more “let ‘em eat cake”?

What are we trying to prove here, with the transformation of the South Lawn of the White House – in February – into a Claude Monet-inspired water-lily garden for the state dinner to honor French premier Continue reading “Nouveau sheesh: Obamas preen for Hollande”

Creepy-guy art and the culture of a women’s college

On the QT…

Granted, this post is mostly for the pictures.  So go ahead, indulge your visual synapses.

The subject is a weirdly lifelike statue of a male in his underwear, appearing in the act of sleepwalking.  It was recently placed on the campus of Wellesley College in Massachusetts as part of the sculptor’s exhibit at Wellesley’s David Museum.

According to Talking Points Memo, students have started a petition to have the sculpture removed:

Zoe Magid, a junior at Wellesley, started a Change.org petition demanding the statue be removed from campus because many found it disturbing. Continue reading “Creepy-guy art and the culture of a women’s college”

Taxpayer funded ‘Covered California’ dance-off with Richard Simmons

Worshipping national health care through dance.

We aim to bring you only the best in politics, culture, and social commentary here at TOC.  So we are especially proud to introduce video clips from the six-hour Covered California online marathon, hosted by Hannah Hart.

The purpose of the marathon, which ran on Thursday 16 January, was purportedly to get young people to sign up for insurance through Covered California, by “celebrating the 35 million Americans who now gain access to affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.”

It was about as strange as could be expected of such a presentation. Continue reading “Taxpayer funded ‘Covered California’ dance-off with Richard Simmons”

Holidays 2013: The ochre-toned movie edition

Have yourself a yellow little Christmas.

 

Maybe he's signing up for Obamacare. (Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.)
Maybe he’s signing up for Obamacare. (Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.)

I’ve felt for some years as if something weird is going on.  Thanksgiving hits, and all these dark, depressing, ochre-hued movie trailers start popping up on the tube (which is what brings me my football, and therefore must be turned on).

I know that this is because films are being positioned for the Oscar nominations.  Don’t bother explaining it to me.  My point is that it seems really out of sync with the spirit of the holidays.  It makes you wonder Continue reading “Holidays 2013: The ochre-toned movie edition”