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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 26, 2015

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This week, commercializing museums, map of literary road trips, designing masculinity, McDonald’s in Alaska, new Tokyo Olympic logo, John Waters says don’t smoke, and more.

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Weekend Words: Cheat

by Weekend Editors on July 26, 2015

Georges de la Tour,

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that hackers have threatened to expose the identities of thousands of users at the adultery website Ashley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair” — a breach that “could be disastrous for one whose business model is based on complete confidentially.”

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How did Pablo Picasso celebrate his 80th birthday?

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“He is probably the most controversial figure in the musical world today and when you hear his performance, if you will forgive me, you’ll understand why.”

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Today New York’s City Council voted on a proposal to co-name the block of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street in Brooklyn “Do the Right Thing Way” after the Spike Lee joint that was filmed there in 1989.

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When I heard that the Boston MFA was launching a dress-up social media campaign called “Kimono Wednesdays” based on a painting by Claude Monet, that a group of young Asian American protesters asked them to stop, that the MFA did and apologized, I thought it was an open and shut case.

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Last week, Sinead O’Connor recently declared that music has died. What do we mean when we say that something, as opposed to someone has died?

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Cady Noland has reportedly stirred up a kerfuffle around the sale of her work to a major collector.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 19, 2015

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This week, Eid cards, a mysterious “Chicken Church,” Cosby and Smithsonian, the best Dutch galleries in the US, an architect talks about the perfect sandcastle, and more.

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Weekend Words: Pope

by Weekend Editors on July 19, 2015

Jacques-Louis David,

Last Sunday, Pope Francis wound up his eight-day, three-country tour of Latin America —home to the world’s largest Catholic population — where he called unfettered capitalism “the dung of the devil.”

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