I'll be out of town for a couple weeks and probably won't be able to blog. In the meantime, The Gravedigger will keep you entertained here. (The over-under on number of posts she'll probably write is one; I'm taking bets.) Also, be sure to check out some of the nifty sites in the blogroll down in the right corner.
German artist Richard The tied shopping bags to the subway grate along Broadway in New York:
1. Walk along the Green Line in Manhattan (going from the 1st to the 125th street, from the Financial Disctrict [sic], through China Town, Midtown, Spanish Harlem, Harlem). 2. Collect bags from the stores, which are situated in the street above the subway tracks. These should be representative of their specific neighbourhood. 3. Install 7 shopping bags, representative of the Neighbourhoods which are crossed by the line, above the subway's air shaft (ideally the combinations of these bags should tell a story already). 4. Once the train passes by the bags are pushed into the air by the air flowing through the tunnel and the air shafts, forming an ephemeral sculpture, making the existing forces visible and at the same time visualizing the Green Line in a regional social economic way.
This concept was realized by 90% as I was too optimistic about the weight of the plastic bags - it was impossible to have a readable installation even though many bags had been collected.
The New York Times has long been known as the Gray Lady because of, as Wikipedia puts it, "its staid appearance and style." Something about American newspapers lends itself to nicknaming, but many local papers are not graced with as elegant a moniker as the Times. Readers, out of sense of local camaraderie, and staff, out of self-deprecation, often carve their paper's good name into a disparaging statement about its content. With colorful plays on official names, cities across the U.S. pithily criticize their papers' perceived boringness, fluff, political slant, or tabloidism. Can you figure out which nickname fits which newspaper?
Match the city or state to its disparaging nickname. Feel free to guess in the comments, but no posting URLs.
1. Arizona 2. Arkansas 3. Atlanta 4. Austin 5. Charlotte 6. Dallas 7. Fort Worth 8. Honolulu 9. Omaha 10. Orlando 11. Philadelphia 12. San Francisco 13. Seattle 14. St. Louis 15. Virginian 16. Washington
A. American-Realestatesman B. Comical C. Compost D. Demagogue E. Dirty News F. Disturber G. Morning Snooze H. Pile-it-on I. Post-Disgrace J. Repugnant K. Slantinel L. Startlegram M. Starts-Bulls***tin' N. Timid O. Urinal-Constipation P. Weird-Harold