Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

WBALTV is reporting that it's official - Poe House and Museum curator Jeff Jerome has declared the "Poe Toaster" tradition dead. The notorious “Poe Toaster” is a man who, since the 1940's, has been mysteriously visiting Poe’s gravesite every...
It looks like a team of researchers is close to finding a long lost Leonardo da Vinci painting (after looking for it for almost 40 years)! The painting is Da Vinci’s The Battle of Anghiari, or, appropriately, The Lost...
Here's the coolest thing we've seen today, courtesy of Wired: The Archifon I. is a de-batized-Czech-chapel-turned-interactive-virtual-musical-instrument. Visitors can create audiovisual reactions off the chapel's baroque architecture by pointing laser pointers at over 100 different elements. Example: angel statues will...
http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf Check out the above video from CBS News about the recently demolished "Great Gatsby" mansion. The mansion, a 2,000-square-foot Long Island estate, was host to many grand parties in the roaring 20's and was supposedly the inspiration for Daisy...
Through one-on-one mentoring and creative writing workshops, WriteGirl encourages girls to develop their creative talents in the literary arts. In workshops and mentoring sessions, young women are provided with the means to explore writing in all genres and forms. One...
  It’s always interesting when an unfinished creative work from an old master is released posthumously. Recent examples of this phenomenon include the publication of Lolita-writer Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original of Laura (Nabokov died in 1977 and the book, what...
August 9th was the 160th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the celebrated transcendentalist's ode to living in the natural world. Part personal experiment, part social satire, Walden was a slow-burning success that has since become...
Neat: A Greek multimedia artist is working on a project that would let people interact with -- or "manipulate the flow" of -- a Van Gogh painting (Specifically "The Starry Night," considered by many to be the artist's greatest...
George Orwell is widely regarded as a literary pioneer, and for good reason. His keen awareness of social injustice and opposition to totalitarianism, largely inspired by the time he spent in Burma as an English soldier and policeman, have...
A long-lost short story written by Charlotte Brontë has been published for the first time online. The story, entitled L'Ingratitude, was written as a homework assignment and was submitted to a tutor that was known to have inspired Brontë's...

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