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    Let's Discuss Culture

    We don't seem to have a generic thread on culture/arts, so I started one.

    This was a really interesting interview with Mi'kmaq artist Ursula Johnson. I particularly enjoyed how she described the Mi'kmaq understanding of colour and how it differs from Western colour theory, as well as the descriptions of early art in her culuture, family, and how she started to become an artist. She also discusses the controversy surrounding a sculpture in downtown Halifax of Edward Cornwallis. Cornwallis was the founder of Halifax and at the time he put out a bounty on the Mi'kmaq people because they opposed the founding of a settlement on their land, and I think Johnson has some interesting ideas of how to address concerns around the statue issue.

    Ursula Johnson: A new rock star in the art world
    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/ursula...orld-1.4500391

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    Re: Let's Discuss Culture

    Thanks for starting this thread, skatingfan. Nice article. I think you would enjoy the work of Donna Langhorne, a Plains Ojibway artist from La Ronge Saskatchewan, who recently completed a series of large paintings inspired by the Seven Sacred Teachings.

    Here's a link to an article on the series published on-line by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, which helped to fund the project:

    http://www.saskartsboard.ca/8-featur...ciliation.html
    TIHBS TIHBW

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    Re: Let's Discuss Culture

    Barack Obama Posts on Facebook: ‘As 2018 Draws to a Close, I’m Continuing a Favorite Tradition of Mine and Sharing My Year-End Lists’

    Solid lists.

    BY ALAN JUDE RYLAND DECEMBER 28, 2018

    As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.

    The complete list is below.

    BOOKS

    The books the former president read this year include the critically acclaimed memoir Educated, the classic novels A House for Mr. Biswas and Things Fall Apart, and books on political and socioeconomic theory, including How Democracies Die and The New Geography of Jobs.

    Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Factfulness by Hans Rosling
    Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
    A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
    A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
    How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
    In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
    The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
    The Return by Hisham Matar
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
    Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
    The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
    American Prison by Shane Bauer
    Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
    Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
    Feel Free by Zadie Smith
    Florida by Lauren Groff
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
    Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
    Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
    There There by Tommy Orange
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

    FILMS

    The films the former president watched this year include Alex Garland’s science fiction thriller Annihilation, Armando Ianucci’s satire The Death of Stalin, Bo Welch’s indie hit Eighth Grade, Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, and Debra Granik’s acclaimed Leave No Trace.

    Annihilation
    Black Panther
    BlacKkKlansman
    Blindspotting
    Burning
    The Death of Stalin
    Eighth Grade
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Leave No Trace
    Minding the Gap
    The Rider
    Roma
    Shoplifters
    Support the Girls
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor

    SONGS

    The songs the former president listened to this year include a mix of different genres and styles, featuring everything from “Bad Bad News” by Leon Bridges to “I Like It” by Cardi B to “Nina Cried Power” by Hozier and “Wait by the River” by Lord Huron.

    “Apes••t” by The Carters
    “Bad Bad News” by Leon Bridges
    “Could’ve Been by H.E.R.” (feat. Bryson Tiller)
    “Disco Yes” by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
    “Ekombe” by Jupiter & Okwess
    “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Brandi Carlile
    “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde
    “Historia De Un Amor” by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
    “I Like It” by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
    “Kevin’s Heart” by J. Cole
    “King For A Day” by Anderson East
    “Love Lies” by Khalid & Normani
    “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe
    “Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)” by Prince
    “My Own Thing” by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
    “Need a Little Time” by Courtney Barnett
    “Nina Cried Power” by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
    “Nterini” by Fatoumata Diawara
    “One Trick Ponies” by Kurt Vile
    “Turnin’ Me Up” by BJ the Chicago Kid
    “Wait by the River” by Lord Huron
    “Wow Freestyle” by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
    And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

    Obama’s post prompted an outpouring of support from Americans who appreciated the time he spent crafting the list.

    https://secondnexus.com/news/obama-f...33ab68d22425b2
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Re: Let's Discuss Culture

    These are some of Tiny's Books and Movies. He does not listen to music.

    Coming by Stormy Daniels (obviously my favorite!)
    An American Marriage, and divorce, and another marriage and another divorce and buy a bride by Tayari Jones
    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (She spells it like I DO! WIN!)
    The Broken Ladder that will not climb my beautiful wall: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Fartfulness by Hans Rosling
    Future Sourpussface: A Family Mystery (who is Tiffany?), an Eric Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
    A Ton of Wheat, and Beef and Ketchup, where is my cheeseburger by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
    A Slum for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
    How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (Hey, I WROTE THAT! CHEATERS!)
    In the Shadow of Statues: A Nazi Yankee Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
    Long Walk to the golf course by Nelson Mandela
    Things Fall Apart at my properties by Chinua Achebe
    American Prison by Shane Bauer (just so I could get a preview)
    Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault (I thought it was about the coal industry. SAD!)
    Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (It's spelled ASSYMETRI, beeotch!. DUMB!!!)
    Feel Free by Zadie Smith (Sure, as soon as I pay my loans to Vlad...)
    Mar-A-Lago by Lauren Groff
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (I thought it was an e-mail from Fred, he is doing great things! BLACK!)
    Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar (I thought it was a list so I could... never mind)
    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden's rack by Denis Johnson
    Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark (I thought you could buy some. BORING!)
    There There by Tommy Orange (Where? Where? DIDN'T GET IT. CONFUSED!)
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (No he wasn't. And what is this thing that he did not tell lies? Everybody tells lies, not as big as mine, but yes they do. LIARS!!!)

    Movies:
    Debbie does Dallas
    The Devil and Mrs Jones
    The Opening of Misty Beethoven
    Debbie Does Dallas (Again! GREAT!)
    Boogie Nights (No boobs. BORING!)
    Deep Throat
    Story of O (French porn SUCKS! LAME!)
    Debbie does Dallas (GREAT FILM. GREAT!)
    The Calm before the Stormy Daniels

    And then the VHS broke. CHEAP!!!
    Starry starry night

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    Re: Let's Discuss Culture



    Are most of those picture books though? He doesn't do well with words and stuf...
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Re: Let's Discuss Culture

    I felt pretty confident, when I read Obama's list of his favorite books of 2018, that that was a larger number of books than Tiny has read cover-to-cover in his entire life. I'd even bet on that, and feel sure to win.

    GH

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