Tag Archive | Open Culture

The Women of the Blues

November 1, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday. Everybody Gets The Blues “Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, […]

Children’s Books in the Digital Age

April 12, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday. The Book in the New Media We have never written before about books for children. Indeed, as Kate Rix has written for Open Culture, “For all of the free literature and essays available online, a surprisingly small amount is geared toward children. Even […]

60 Free Film Noir Movies – “The Most American Film Genre” from Open Culture

Re Posted from Open Culture * “During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark locations and shot in a black & white aesthetic that fit like a glove. Hardened men wore fedoras and forever smoked cigarettes. Women played the femme […]

Kurt Vonnegut’s Master’s Thesis Rejected by University of Chicago

Vonnegut: Theory in Few Words “The ability to express an idea clearly and simply is a mark of genius.” (Me.) A Short Story “Vonnegut was a graduate student in Anthropology  [at the University of Chicago] from 1945 to 1947, after serving in World War II. Vonnegut left Chicago after his Master’s thesis, “’The Fluctuations Between […]

VERMEER in the NEW MEDIA – DOWNLOAD HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES – A VERMEER for YOU

Jan or Johannes Vermeer van Delft, b. October 1632, d. December 1675, a Dutch genre painter who lived and worked in Delft, created some of the most exquisite paintings in Western art.(webmuseumparis) Then Vermeer was forgotten for 200 years. “The “rediscovery” of Vermeer is predominantly attributed to scholar, collector, French Salon critic and co-founder of […]

James Joyce Live! James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

October 19, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba. James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake Many of us have gone to an author’s “reading,” only to feel that the author “just read it,” many times  in a monotone, without inflection or character. Not so with this reading by James […]

Summer Reading – 100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online from the Getty Research Portal

June 29, 2016. Summer Posts: By-weekly posts on Wednesdays for July and August , by Jack Dziamba Paradise ‘“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,”’ Jorge Luis Borges famously wrote. Were he alive today, he might well regard the internet as becoming more paradisiacal all the time, at least in the sense […]