Culture Blog


Welcome to the Culture Blog, a comprehensive feed of engaging content, featuring work form over fifty leading sites on the topics of literature, art, photography, and film.

While this is something of a departure from the specifics of short fiction, we believe it’s important to acknowledge the intersection of the arts and appreciate that many of the best creations come from the blending of ideas.

We hope you’ll find things that will inform, entertain, and inspire.


  • Ridgeland
    A teen attempts to escape his dead-end life as his best friend tries to stop him at any cost. The post Ridgeland appeared first on Film Shortage. ...
    Source: Film ShortagePublished on 2017-06-24By Admin
  • Herbie Hancock to Teach His First Online Course on Jazz
    MasterClass is on fire these days. In recent months, the new online course provider has announced the development of online courses taught by leading figures in their fields. And certainly some names you'll recognize: Dr. Jane Goodall on the EnvironmentDavid Mamet on Dramatic WritingSteve Martin on ComedyAaron Sorkin on Screenwriting, and Werner Herzog on Filmmaking. Now add this to the list: Herbie Hancock on Jazz. Writes MasterClass: Herbie Hancock’s jazz career started in his family’s living room, listening to his favorite records and trying to play along. Now, he’s one of the ...
    Source: Open CulturePublished on 2017-06-23By Dan Colman
  • New York Congresswoman Proposes Student Loan Relief for Arts Workers
    Occupy Museums’ “Debtfair” (2017) installation at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez has introduced a new bill to help art professionals with their student loans. Under the American Arts Revival Act, announced by the Democratic representative from New York this week, arts workers would qualify for $10,000 of student loan forgiveness. The program would be open to “cultural workers, museum professionals, artistic professionals and certain arts and humanities professors” who work full time to provide services to seniors, children, or adolescents, according to the press release. “Those working in the arts and related fields make invaluable contributions ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2017-06-23By Jillian Steinhauer
  • New York City, June 22, 2017
    ★★★ The morning light was ransacking upper-floor apartments but the playground was shaded and cool. Spirits were up; the five-year-old was moved, for the first time in memory, not to loiter by the far fence but to play on the climber. Two children collided at the gate between the inner and outer playgrounds, with an audible thump and then tears. There were enough clouds to mellow the midday light. An ice cream truck jammed its way through the crosswalk, making a turn. The late afternoon was comfortable in the forecourt, but upstairs the lowering sun and the stove combined to ...
    Source: The AwlPublished on 2017-06-23By Tom Scocca
  • A German Filmmaker Who Captured the Poetics of Labor and the Legacy of Fascism
    A Vision of Resistance: Peter Nestler, all images courtesy Deutsche Kinemathek. Still from Mülheim (Ruhr) (1964)Known among a notable and notably small circle of filmmakers and cinephiles — most of them in Germany and Sweden — the wider film world is slowly getting its first look at Peter Nestler, a meticulous, poetic documentary filmmaker of time and its everyday echoes. In his native Germany, Nestler has been celebrated by the likes of Jean-Marie Straub, Harun Farocki, and Hartmut Bitomsky, but neither their acclaim nor the increasing distinction of his work in documentary cinema — nuanced, yet exacting observations of ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2017-06-23By Jeremy Polacek
  • Jordan Wolfson Evades the Politics of His Violent Images
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2017-06-23By Mengna Da
  • The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #33: Solstice Soul Song
    Today I write on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. As someone who has been influenced by not a few pagan practitioners and Wiccan wonder workers, along with more conventional priests and monks of various religious varieties, I am attuned to the turning of our planet in the cosmos. Striving to be rational, I nevertheless carry a torch for the romance of astrology that informed my youth, and still celebrate the joys of shamanic practice, divination, chant, and just all around cosmic grooviness. No matter how much I am persuaded to be a child of the enlightenment, ...
    Source: The RumpusPublished on 2017-06-23By Charles Kruger
  • Artists Fill a Lower East Side Building with Murals Before It’s Demolished
    A mural by Faust reading “This Will Never Last” in progress at Market Surplus (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)The low warehouse building at 140 Essex Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is not long for this world. The former site of the Essex Street Market and, more recently, host to a mockup of the subterranean park the Lowline, will soon be leveled to make way for an apartment building that is part of the Essex Crossing mega-development. But before its walls meet the wrecking ball, they are being filled with murals. This weekend, 140 Essex Street will reopen ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2017-06-23By Benjamin Sutton
  • Staff Picks: Banquets, Bootleggers, Bumbling Entrepreneurs
    Ray Johnson, Untitled (Jasper Johns, James Dean with Coca-Cola), 1993, collage on board, 8 1/2″ x 18″. Image via Matthew Marks Gallery   “For more than thirty years Garland Bunting has been engaged in capturing and prosecuting men and women in North Carolina who make and sell liquor illegally.” Such is the modest first sentence of Alec Wilkinson’s Moonshine, a book-length portrait of a backwoods law-enforcement genius. First published in 1985, this is old-fashioned New Yorker reporting at its best, funny, low-key, sneakily poignant—the kind of book that makes you want to read it aloud. In Garland, Wilkinson found a complex hero. ...
    Source: The Paris ReviewPublished on 2017-06-23By The Paris Review
  • Above and Below the Fruited Plain: On Edward McPherson’s “The History of the Future”
    THOUGH IT IS EASY to forget today, St. Louis, Missouri, was once the fourth-largest city in the United States. At the beginning of 1904, it seemed to embody the nation’s dazzling 20th-century future. Surrounded by an archipelago of packing plants and fertile fields, laced through with fine old homes, German breweries, and redbrick streets illuminated with gaslight, and blessed with the incomparable liquid highway of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was about to become internationally known as the host of the Summer Olympic Games, but not before the opening of the World’s Fair. Of course, calling it a “fair” was ...
    Source: Los Angeles Review of BooksPublished on 2017-06-23By Cord Brooks
  • What to Read When You Want to Understand Middle America
    Trump was in Iowa this week holding yet another rally. The cheers and opposing jeers were just one more example that there are distinctly opposing narratives in this nation, and the dissonance is tearing us apart. All of these narratives need unwinding and understanding, but let’s start with middle America. Here is a list of books that can, maybe, help us understand some of the stories we tell about ourselves about ourselves. *** Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America by Jennifer Sherman   Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild   Giants ...
    Source: The RumpusPublished on 2017-06-23By The Rumpus
  • 10 of the Best Classic Detective Novels Everyone Should Read
    Are these the greatest ever detective novels? It’s impossible to boil down such a rich and fertile genre as detective fiction to just ten definitive classic novels, so the following list should not be viewed as the ten best detective novels ever written so much as ten classic detective novels to act as great ‘ways […] ...
    Source: Interesting LiteraturePublished on 2017-06-23By interestingliterature
  • Jared and Ivanka Plan a Summer Trip
    And consume a year’s worth of fiber in the process.Image: Rosemarie VogtliJARED has just returned home from his afternoon of leisure — Bocce club at the local Whole Foods. He is thrilled that IVANKA, has suggested they leave D.C. without clarifying that it’s just for the summer. JARED hates their lives as high-level pols. IVANKA, typically very calm, is zealously juicing in the kitchen. She has sent her staff home for the day, with strict instructions to return tomorrow morning and not nose through the trash or the recycling or the plumbing, whatsoever. Her butler, before he emigrated to America, was a plumber ...
    Source: The AwlPublished on 2017-06-23By Luke Mazur
  • Millennials May Not Be Getting Jobs or Houses, But They Are Saving Libraries
    Plus famous novelists get candid about Jane Austen and John Green announces his new novel after a five-year hiatusThe end of the week comes with its own slew of literary news. In today’s roundup, a Pew Research Center study concludes that Millennials — that’s right, Millennials! — are making the most use of public libraries, authors write handwritten notes about Jane Austen (some of them a little cheeky) for a good cause, and John Green finally returns from his post-The Fault in Our Stars hiatus.Millennials are the generation using public libraries the mostMillennials are known for a lot of questionable things: avocado toast, colorful beverages/assorted food ...
    Source: Electric LiteraturePublished on 2017-06-23By Patricja Okuniewska
  • All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Lloyd Cole
    In this monthly series, Scott Timberg interviews musicians on the literary work that has inspired and informed their music. ¤ IF THE SINGER-SONGWRITER tradition produced a figure remotely comparable to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen in the ’80s and ’90s, Lloyd Cole was it. The Englishman emerged from the music scene in Glasgow, where he briefly attended college, with the LP Rattlesnakes, credited to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. Wordy, folky, and at times portentously serious, the album — with songs like “Perfect Skin” and “Forest Fire” — announced the beginning of a major, if not always terribly marketable, career ...
    Source: Los Angeles Review of BooksPublished on 2017-06-23By Cord Brooks