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.


  • Children of the Cosmos
    A determined astronaut drifts alone in the vastness of space, his hands reaching for a mysterious object. Could this shiny artifact hold the meaning of Life itself? Come play with us. Director’s Statement “Children of the Cosmos” was a refreshing challenge for us as directors. Although we’d been establishing ourselves as horror filmmakers for some years, the decision to change gears and make a sci-fi/comedy short film with CGI in every shot came naturally. We felt it was time to put our abilities to the test in a different type of movie. Made on a shoestring budget, the screenplay was ...
    Source: Film ShortagePublished on 2018-09-21By Admin
  • ReActor: a Tilting House That Shifts and Spins Based on its Inhabitants’ Movements
    Photography: Richard Barnes & Dora Somosi In the rolling hills of upstate New York at the outdoor sculpture park Art Omi, artist duo Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley (previously) created a fully functional house with a special slant. The project, called ReActor, is a 42 by 8-foot rotating home that balances on a single 14-foot tall concrete column. Movements inside the dwelling, as well as outside forces like gusts of wind, cause the structure to gently tilt and rotate. In the summer of 2016, Schweder and Shelley inhabited the home for five days, and their movements toward or away from the ...
    Source: ColossalPublished on 2018-09-20By Laura Staugaitis
  • Stanford Acquires Ursula von Rydingsvard Sculpture, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Acquires Medieval Art
    German, “The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor” (c. 1310–1320), illuminated manuscript on parchment (image courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has acquired three significant pieces of Medieval art: a large, rare Hebrew codex known as “The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor” (c. 1310–20); a rare surviving silver-gilt and enamel Spanish precessional cross (c. 1400); and an architectural drawing of Rouen Cathedral. The acquisitions were purchased through a fund dedicated to the museum’s acquisitions endowments. The works are currently on display in the European Art Galleries of the Audrey Jones Beck Building. [via email announcement] Ursula von Rydingsvard, “MOCNA,” ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2018-09-20By Deena ElGenaidi
  • Revolution from the Balconies
    I RECENTLY CAUGHT the start of a revolution that swept Armenia’s autocrat from power and replaced him with an opposition newspaper founder. It started as a mass demonstration and, had it been crushed, it might have hardly been remembered. More striking was that it was completely nonviolent. Also, it happened in Vladimir Putin’s backyard in a post-Soviet country. Armenia’s government-sanctioned TV news stations, of course, did not cover the demonstrations, and the international press was late and sparse. But demonstrators live-streamed themselves on Facebook to protect themselves against a crackdown that never occurred. Eventually, the “what happened” of the revolution ...
    Source: Los Angeles Review of BooksPublished on 2018-09-20By Cord Brooks
  • The Queer Syllabus: The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye
    The Queer Syllabus is a joint project from The Rumpus and Foglifter Press that allows writers to nominate works for a new canon of queer literature. When we identify our roots, when we point to the work that shaped us as writers and as people, we demonstrate that our stories are timeless, essential, and important—and so are we. New entries will run on Thursday, September through December, and then will be collected as a living document on the Foglifter website. The Queer Syllabus is edited by Wesley O. Cohen and Marisa Siegel. *** When I watched Cheryl Dunye’s film The ...
    Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-09-20By Alicia Mountain
  • The Freeing Feeling of Working Big
    Jack Sjogren: Big Art Very Fun opens at Woodcat Coffee Bar (1532 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) on Friday, September 21, 7–9pm.  The post The Freeing Feeling of Working Big appeared first on Hyperallergic. ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2018-09-20By Jack Sjogren
  • Domestic Sculptures Formed With Wood Grown at the United States and Mexico Border by Hugh Hayden
    “America” (2018), 
Sculpted mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) on plywood, 
overall dimensions: 43 1/4 x 81 x 81 in
, © Hugh Hayden; Courtesy Lisson Gallery Texas-born sculptor Hugh Hayden (previously) combines different varieties of wood to create furniture and other domestic objects with protruding spikes and branches. For his latest exhibition Border States at Lisson Gallery in New York City, Hayden addresses notions of citizenship and boundaries with sculptures made using wood indigenous to the United States and Mexico border. The traditional family ideals of the American Dream are evoked in objects such as a dining room table, picket fence, and child’s stroller, yet their ...
    Source: ColossalPublished on 2018-09-20By Kate Sierzputowski
  • Daily Deals September 20th Bonus Edition: John Green Hardcover
    We’ve already sent you today’s edition of Daily Deals, but then we stumbled upon this: the hardcover of John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down is only $5.21 right now. We don’t know if that’s a mistake or what, so it might change anytime. Check it out! And today’s normal deals are below, if you missed those.   Today’s Featured Deals Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton for $3.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. ...
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2018-09-20By Amanda Nelson
  • At This Year’s São Paulo Biennial the Curator Prioritizes Feeling Over Discourse
    Installation image of the section curated by Antonio Ballester Moreno (image courtesy of Leo Eloy/The Garage Studio and the São Paulo Biennial Foundation)SÃO PAULO — It’s a genuinely radical suggestion to make in the realm of contemporary art that a viewer’s emotional response to work should be the primary metric of the art’s success or failure. It is almost as radical to further suggest that this feeling response may have everything to do with how much attention a viewer gives to an object. I have often found that unique convictions are born out of exhaustion with well-worn ideas as much ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2018-09-20By Seph Rodney
  • 1,400 US Museums to Offer Free Admission on September 22
    National Museum of Natural History (image via jjmusgrove’s Flickr stream)On September 22, 2018, almost 1,400 art and cultural institutions will offer free admission to the general public for Museum Day. Interested patrons can peruse the participating institutions and acquire two advance tickets per person. Museum Day will celebrate its 14th annual edition with the theme “Women Making History.” The democratizing event, sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, encourages museums nationwide to open their doors free of charge. All Washington DC-based Smithsonian institutions offer costless admission daily. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
 (photo by Jasmine Weber)“Now, more than ever, we recognize ...
    Source: HyperallergicPublished on 2018-09-20By Jasmine Weber
  • Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for September 20th, 2018
    Sponsored by The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton Today’s Featured Deals Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton for $3.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. In Case You Missed Yesterday’s Most Popular Deals Undeniable by Bill Nye for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on ...
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2018-09-20By S. Zainab Williams
  • Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon: September 20
    Philip Horne and Frances Wilson join us to discuss Henry James, the not-always masterly Master who gave us novels as apparently divergent as Washington Square, with its clear, tight prose, The Ambassadors (prone to accidents of publication) and The Golden Bowl, which spills pleasures of an altogether more sinuous nature; plus, details of a little-known trip James took to California, which – unexpectedly, perhaps –“completely bowled” him over The post Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon: September 20 appeared first on TheTLS. ...
    Source: The TLSPublished on 2018-09-20By The TLS
  • The Form of the Small Life: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book Six”
    WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY’S VANITY FAIR calls itself “A Novel Without a Hero”; My Struggle has a hero, of sorts, but one who finds himself in a novel without a plot. Instead, the book has a project: to tell the truth about its author, and thereby reveal the deeper meaning of seemingly trivial events. Now, after more than a million words, Knausgaard says that his project was, in a sense, doomed: “It has been an experiment, and it has failed because I have never even been close to saying what I really mean.” How could anyone write such a massive autobiographical ...
    Source: Los Angeles Review of BooksPublished on 2018-09-20By Cord Brooks
  • Notable Portland: 9/20–9/26
    Thursday 9/20: The Reed College Visiting Writer Series presents award-winning artist, writer, and activist Gregg Bordowitz for this month’s reading and discussion. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free. Local author Dora M. Raymaker reads from her new novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free. Elliot Reed reads from his latest book, A Key to Treehouse Living, and is joined in conversation by Arthur Bradford, filmmaker and author of Turtleface and Beyond. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free. Jane Mount shares from her new book, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, and is joined in ...
    Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-09-20By Olivia Olivia
  • Deana Lawson: A Preview
    Over the last ten years, Deana Lawson has created a landscape of found intimacy. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the United States and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. The body—often nude—is central. A selection of photographs from her first monograph is presented below. Mama Goma, 2014 Kingdom Come, 2014   Sons of Crush, 2016   Nation, 2018   Oath, ...
    Source: The Paris ReviewPublished on 2018-09-20By Deana Lawson