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We’ve Moved!

February 27, 2011 by

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Dearest ArtSTALK Readers: We’ve moved to a new site! Join us at www.artstalk.org for all your arts and culture journalism needs – and make sure to update your bookmarks and RSS Feeds accordingly. See you at our new home! – ArtSTALK Staff

All the Single Men

February 26, 2011 by

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Pre-Oscar Meditations: The Kids are Alright, Juno and the American Family By Soheil Rezayazdi It takes a lot to offend me, and much more to offend me as a man. You gotta hit just the right nerve. To date, only two works of art have ever done it. Both were seriocomic indie films about American families. […]

Perfect

February 24, 2011 by

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Black Swan dives into the mind of an insecure perfectionist (Natalie Portman). I’ve known the type. To a large extent, I am the type. Portman doesn’t effuse raw talent. She can’t “lose herself” in “transcendent” moments of artistry, as her superior (Vincent Cassel) often notes. She’s too self-aware, too rigid. But she works harder than anyone. She compensates for natural skill with borderline unhealthy devotion. If ballet were an essay test, she’d be the girl with flashcards.

Making Whoopi

February 15, 2011 by

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The world’s first African American to win an Oscar pens a letter to Whoopi Goldberg By Hattie McDaniel Dear Whoopi, I was hanging out in Heaven yesterday, eating some candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, when someone passed along a link to you complaining on “The View” (or as we call it up here, “The Bitching […]

WeSTALK: Grammys

February 13, 2011 by

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ArtSTALK: Continuing to complain during award shows so you’re not alone We’re back folks. The ArtSTALK staff is back to snark on celebrities tonight, only this time the musically inclined are in our sights. Beginning today at 7 p.m., Managing Editor Meryn Fluker will live blog/live Tweet the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, which will be […]

S&M is A-OK

February 13, 2011 by

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but the implications of a woman singing about S&M excite me. By Lauren Sieben Amid the hullabaloo surrounding Rihanna’s “S&M,” I’ve learned something valuable: It’s totally OK for women to make sexual music, as long as our sexuality doesn’t venture into the “extreme.” The ball gag-, whip-, chain- […]

F.A.M.E. and SNL

February 12, 2011 by

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Chris Brown’s career was declared dead two years ago. But tonight, he takes the “Saturday Night Live” stage with two Top 20 singles and three Grammy nominations. Is it forgive-and-forget time for him? By Anna Wiegenstein In a previous ArtSTALK piece of mine, I quoted a co-worker who, when expressing her deepest loathing of an […]