Drawing Advice

April 19, 2011 § 4 Comments

We’ve got a lot of people here at Arthur looking to hone their drawing skills.  So we appreciate this advice from Kelly Turnbull, author of the fabulously testosterone-fueled Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.

The History of Favorite Words

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

We at Arthur love wordsLove love loveWeve been known to read the Oxford English Dictionary just to get the history of wordsAnd we love that someone wrote this lovely little article (in the epistolary form none the less) about the history of one of our favorite words: shit-faced.

The Art of Review

April 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

We write reviews on things like Hitchhiker’s Guide and Twilight, but we usually don’t go meta and talk about reviewing as an art.  (Maybe because we thing of it as a mauling anyway?)  Enter Stephen Burt, of the adorably nerdy professional photographed.

(On a related note, have you checked out Courtney’s lovely review blog?  She hasn’t been updating lately, but we love her feminist critiques.)

Jud Jud’s “The Demos”

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

We like a good bit of thrash music, especially when it makes us think about Dada art.

Celebrity Journalism

April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

We like a good book review around these parts, and we love trash culture, almost much as we like to trash culture (though not nearly as much as we like witticisms.)  To that end, we’re loving this book review discussing the coverage of film stars, back when films were black and white but the gossip not that different.

Jay-Z Vs. Brian Eno

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

We love a good mash-up.  (Girl Talk?  DJ Earworm?  Yes please.)  Today, we’re listening to someone’s mash-up of Jay-Z and Brian Eno.  We can’t get enough of “Worlds of Success,” which is sort of strange and off and yet, totally intriguing.

Poetry Tweeting

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed a sudden influx of tweeting.  Don’t be alarmed.  We’ve decided, as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month*, that we’re going to be tweeting lines of poetry from Cherrie Moraga’s The Last Generation.  This particular book of Moraga’s isn’t all poetry, in fact, but there are lots of poems in the slim volume, and they are impressive.  We’ll be sharing some of favorite lines with you in the coming weeks.  You should probably retweet us, so you can spread the word that Moraga is great.

*Yes, this has been posted several days late.  So sue us.  We’re students; if we put our art over studies, some of you would be up in arms.

40 Influential Black Female Writers

April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Have we ever mentioned that we love lists?  We really love this one, which includes all sorts of amazing writers.  We would totally suggest many of these women, including Alice Walker, L.A. Banks, Nikki Giovanni, Phillis Wheatley, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, and Maya Angelou.

The Nothing EP

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

You know what music we like around here (I mean, other than Bob Dylan)?  Indie bands.  The obscurer, the better.  So even though Falcorps, a now-fallen indie band from our hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, has a new album out, we’re still loving their early The Nothing EP.  Damn.  That is some good zombie experimenting going on there.  Also: CYCLOTRON!

June Jordan Quote

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

We sometimes love to sit with a good quote.  This one, from poet June Jordan, is killer: “My mother murdering me/
to have a life of her own…My father raising me/to be a life that he/owns.”

We thought of posting this on Thanksgiving.  Aren’t you glad we’re not complete cynics?

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