Weekend Words was saddened this week by the news of the death of filmmaker Les Blank. While his best-known movie is probably Burden of Dreams (1982), a behind-the-scenes look at the epic struggles undertaken by visionary German director Werner Herzog in the making of Fitzcarraldo, for the most part Blank’s work celebrated the music and food of America’s vanishing subcultures.
The coverage of New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith’s pursuit of the New York City mayoralty revealed this detail, courtesy of Kenneth Lovett of the NY Daily News: In Queens, a sign at Smith’s district office read, “Theme of the Week: Blessings Have No Restrictions.” Following suit, Weekend Words has made ‘blessings’ its theme of the week as well.
This week, more curiosities from the art world’s stratosphere. Intrigued, Weekend Words looks at forms of damage.
In its previous installment, Weekend Words had bees on its mind; now the birds have asked for equal time.
A brief report in this week’s Science Times tells us that “some plants, notably coffee and citrus, attract pollinators with caffeine-laced nectar, which gets the bees hooked as repeat customers.” Weekend Words welcomes the news of a hitherto unknown species of caffeine addicts with a squirt of honey.
This week, the Armory Show celebrates 100 years of modern art in the U.S.; for Weekend Words, it feels like yesterday.
With the threat of sequestration looming over the country all week like the sword of Damocles, Weekend Words has compiled its own set of cuts…
With a meteor streaking across the Siberian sky and the Oscars ceremony tonight, Weekend Words fixes its eye on the stars — shooting, falling or going nowhere in particular.
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to pack it in, Weekend Words considers quitting, but not quite yet.
With this week’s discovery of the bones of King Richard III, Weekend Words takes a break from its usual format to present some favorite lines from one of Shakespeare’s most demonic plays.
With fine art auctioneers taking bids from the chandeliers hanging overhead, Weekend Words holds aloft a lamp in search of honesty.
Everyone talks about the weather, and Weekend Words is no exception. With New York undergoing a long frigid blast this week, let’s raise a cold one to winter.