Posts by: David Breithaupt

The Rumpus Interview with Rich Cohen

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Rich Cohen discusses his new book The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, writing book proposals, and interviewing rock stars.

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The Medium Is the Message

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“Hoping this will aid in concealing your Sunday affliction,” read a card attached to the beige garment. “With the compliments of Clyfford Still.” In 1952, disgruntled abstract expressionist Clyfford Still sent art critic Emily Genauer a pair of rubber underpants in response to her criticism of his work. The question is, did he sign them? Read more […]

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Warhol’s Grave, the World’s Oldest Ham, and Graceland

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From the world’s oldest ham to corvettes crushed in a sinkhole, some of the greatest wonders of our museums are available 24/7 through online webcams. Don’t miss these ten museum web cams trained upon unique sites around the world including Warhol’s grave, Louise Bourgeois’s spider sculpture, the Museum of the Paranormal, and other fun sites to […]

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Nighthawks of the Silver Screen

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‘”Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city,” Edward Hopper once remarked of his masterpiece Nighthawks, the famous scene depicting a downtown diner late at night. “ Filmmaker Gustav Deutsch brings thirteen of Edward Hopper’s paintings to the big screen in a film called Shirley: Visions of Reality. First released in 2013, the film is now being […]

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Trump Alchemy Examined

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“Get more, that inner music seems to be telling him. Get, finally, enough. Refute a lifetime of critics. Create a pile of unprecedented testimonials, attendance receipts, polling numbers, and pundit gasps that will, once and for all, prove—what?” George Saunders patrols the Trump campaign trail and notates the surreal political phenomena known as “The Donald.” Here is what he discovered.

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Beaking the Language Barrier

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Twain endorsed the book, saying “Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect.” A 19th century Portuguese-to-English phrase book, English as She Is Spoke, broke the conversational ice between two countries—as well as many funny bones. File under: you won’t […]

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A Field Guide To The Muses

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This summer, an exhibit and accompanying book, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, brings light to the women who inspired some of the artist’s greatest paintings: Women play an essential but complex role in the father of cubism’s sprawling oeuvre, expressing emotion, psychological insight and the drama of human existence respectively, but, renowned as Picasso […]

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Art Imitating (Imaginary) Life

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Rubens Ghenov’s solo exhibit at the Morgan Lehman Gallery, Accoutrements in Marwa, an Interlude in Silver, has an interesting source of inspiration: For the past four years, Ghenov’s paintings have been inspired by the unpublished philosophical texts and verse of the late Spanish poet Angelico Morandá. Said to be born in Spain in 1940, the […]

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Look Away, Dixie Land

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Two stained glass panels depicting the Confederate flag in Washington’s National Cathedral are being removed. The windows were installed to memorialize Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson: They may have been easy to overlook, but their ousting from one of the country’s most renowned places of worship is a significant gesture in the broader, nationwide […]

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The Only Way to Travel

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A new exhibit, Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780–1910, is on view at the newly renovated Smithsonian Libraries Gallery at the National Museum of American History. The exhibit explores the imaginations of 18th and early 19th century science fiction writers like H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Mary Shelley.

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