Art and Culture

August 1, 2013
Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

A Sheika’s Gamble on Art: Growing Reform in Qatar

The name Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will be known to future Qataris and maybe to Arabs everywhere in the Middle East as a paradigm changer, someone who changed the very fabric of her culture for the better in radical ways. Or her reputation will be one […]
June 30, 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Benefiting from Grants to Develop New Audience Engagement Apps

Museums are more than just giant warehouses for cultural artifacts. They can be potent symbols of change and of conformity. We tend to focus more on the museum as symbol of social status quo. After all, museums effectively legitimize taste probably more than any other institution. But if you look […]
May 5, 2013
Hugh Laurie

A House for Pip

I just saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of Llyod Jones’ 2006 novel, Mr. Pip. The film starring Hugh Laurie of House fame will be released in October. Yes, trailers are supposed to whet the moviegoer’s appetite. You never know what the final product will look like. But I […]
April 7, 2013
Veronica Mars - Kickstarter

Crowd Funding Evolves

Crowd funding may have come of age last week. The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign is breaking records and making us rethink again the limits of e-commerce. You would think that after eBay, the pundits would be more circumspect. When eBay started there was serious talk that no one would […]