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November 11, 2019

The fictional work is presented as the diary and impromptu autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a well-off but lonely artist in his senior years, whose quiet life is uprooted by a bossy and sexually provocative woman by the name of Mrs. Circe Berman. Th...

July 15, 2019

The leaf gets its name from financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837 - 1913), who purchased the artifact in 1912 for 30,000 francs at a Sotheby's auction in New York City. Morgan was a lover of art, science, and history, and the Morgan Leaf — which i...

July 15, 2019

“Ideograms, with their ancient history, are marvellous examples of abstract beauty, organisms of lines, of spaces filled and unfilled, of visible and invisible relations the sum-total of whose equilibrium is the result of the work of generations of a...

April 15, 2019

Advertising is often about two things — competing, and responding to the times. Since the beginning of commercial railroad travel in the 1830s, people expected to exit the coal-powered trains in soot-stained clothes. Phoebe Snow, a New York socialite...

April 15, 2019

Art depictions of the prairie schooner far outnumber those of the Conestoga, even though that heavier wagon is the more elegant one. But because “prairie schooners have been celebrated in novels, television, and a popular computer game, and the ident...

April 13, 2019

Comprised of three sections consisting of seven chapters each, Burgess intended for the book to be a coming of age story with all 21 chapters serving as a symbol of human maturation. But, when Stanley Kubrick adapted the book into a film in 1971, he...

February 10, 2019

Children’s literature is both varied and complex, which is why scholars such as Peter Hunt study the genre in great depth. His seminal work “Instruction and Delight” (1994) laid the foundation for much subsequent debate on the subject. In it, Hunt ar...

December 28, 2018

Alfred Carlton Gilbert (1884 — 1961) was an incredible man of many talents. Although he was a record setting Olympic athlete, professional magician, industrious toymaker and successful entrepreneur, today he is most widely known as the inventor of th...

December 28, 2018

The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, (1922) is a British children's book written by Margery Winifred Williams Bianco (1881 - 1944) and illustrated by William Nicholson (1872 - 1949). It follows the story of a stuffed velveteen rabbit th...

December 28, 2018

When it comes to the creation of impactful social commentary, few things are as effective as satirical cartoons. Growing up in a rapidly evolving Japan, Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847 — 1915), a printmaker whose illustrated series of political cartoons re...

December 28, 2018

Mary & Gretel (1917) is a seven-minute-long black-and-white silent film that was adapted from a series of books called MoToys in Life, released by Toyland Publishing Co. and brought to the silver screen by the renowned American animator, Howard S. Mo...

December 28, 2018

The Twelve Magic Changelings (1907) by Glen, M. A. Published: Frederick A. Stokes Co.  Summary: "Cut-outs for children of Mary and her little lamb, Humpty Dumpty and the egg, Tom the piper's son and his pig, The town mouse and the country mo...

October 1, 2018

“I don’t think about death,” calmly states Bruce Campbell. That’s ironic, coming from him. Over the last 40 years Campbell’s become a legend in the entertainment industry for fighting off deadites and dealing with the Necronomicon. Having starred in...

October 1, 2018

As Ebenstein's longtime collaborator and co-organizer Laetitia Barbie put it, the project continues on in the physical world as a “cultural institution without walls.” The aforementioned library, along with its changing temporary exhibits is now...

October 1, 2018

Slavic folklore is very different from its Western counterpart. Let’s start with fact that its most recognizable and quintessential antagonist is an ugly and emaciated dude, with “unblinking reptilian eyes [and] a raven’s beak of a nose [that] juts o...

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