Culture

Smart Reads: Pussy Riot, Woodstock, and NYFF50

Culture

Smart Reads: Pussy Riot, Woodstock, and NYFF50

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Today in culture: Dorothy B. Hughes is rendered inexpendable, slavery lives, and Pussy Riot is convicted. The battle is lost, but the war has just begun.

-A TEDtalk illustrates that slavery is far from a thing of the past.

Life Magazine releases unpublished photos from Woodstock, and boy are they ’70s! Well, late ’60s technically.

Ira Glass takes issue with the J.K. Rowling canon: “Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that?” Who indeed.

St. Mark’s Bookshop has raised enough money to move to a new location in the East Village! Rejoice!

Everyone is obsessed with Dorothy B. Hughes this week, following the New York Review Books release of The Expendable Man–and rightly so.

-What to make of Paul Ryan: is he a charmer? A right wing wet dream? A sex object? Or just a tireless self-promoter? “I later asked an important non-elected Republican—who as it happened was an adviser to Romney—how Ryan pulled it off. He sighed and said, ‘He wore them down. Paul is very persistent—and there was nothing else.'”

-The 50th New York Film Festival Main Slate has been announced, with offerings by Abbas Kiarostami, Ang Lee, and Alain Resnais. David Chase’s first feature, Not Fade Away, will appear as the Centerpiece presentation, and festival favorites Amour and Passion (Haneke and DePalma, respectively) will also screen.

-Pussy Riot is convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. The charge? “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”.