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As The Blue Fairy and The New York Times say: “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face”.

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 A long list of lies from the lyin’ media …

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

There was an English Department offering that shed light on the use of puppets including the Disney favorite:

ENGL 162 Fall 2013 Uncanny Valley (W) 

From the Golem of Prague to Wall-E, puppets, robots and dolls show up in a huge variety of film, fiction, and art. Uncanny Valley will explore the complicated reactions that these simulacra inspire. Why this fascination with the lifelike? What can we learn from Pinocchio, the Velveteen Rabbit or John Malkovich that we can’t learn from our interactions with real humans? Works studied will include fiction by Poe, Kafka, Capek, and A. M. Homes, as well as films by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Tim Burton.

Well, “always let your conscionce be your guide”

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Chi Psi … (originally published 12 Oct 2009)

(The 3rd in a series of 16 posts) Click COMMENTS for full post
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The “Tinker Test” and free speech on campus ? …

anonymous commented on the post “Do your Job” 19 June, 2017

Well, Falk has succeeded in placing Williams dead last in viewpoint diversity:

https://heterodoxacademy.org/resources/guide-to-colleges/top-50-liberal-arts-colleges/

while the African-American student that Falk unceremoniously shut down, Zach Wood, testifies on Capitol Hill:
https://www.thefire.org/senate-judiciary-committee-to-hold-public-hearing-tomorrow-on-campus-free-speech/

His will be a tough act to follow!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbM0RKeZYlQ

Indeed! The testimony should be interesting.

“Neither students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District 393 U.S. 503 (1969)

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/393/503/case.html 

The court’s 7–2 decision held that the First Amendment applied to public schools, and that administrators would have to demonstrate constitutionally valid reasons for any specific regulation of speech in the classroom. 

 

NB.  I just got a police warning  about Sunday parking in Portland so what do I know about the inclusion of the word ‘public’ in the Tinker judgement. I would think that support of the college from public/tax sources would meet the hopefully broad definition of the word.

 

Yet another poster note. The Daily Signal, the on-line publication of the Heritage Society cited in a comment below, has chosen a masthead name that has unfortunate echos:

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_(magazine)

As an olde propagandist/brandguy, I am interested in the typeface used for the masthead of Signal:

http://www.printmag.com/daily-heller/signal-magazine-typeface/

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“Mr. President … The witch hunt is coming this way!”

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Damn the flames! I’ll prime the pump!*

 

* I just made that pump thing up. Great!

NB.  I was just browsing  through Thomas Shadwell’s The Lancashire Witches and Tegue O Divelly the Irish Priest. London: Printed for John Starkey, 1682.

The range of books at the Chapin Library is truly amazing, particularly when relevance can be seen to current events! Who would have imagined a section on Witchcraft and Magic!

https://sawyerlibrary.williams.edu/

 

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I’ll give you ‘Male Fantasy’ indeed! From the desk of an outraged Rechtal Turgidley, Jr … (an echo of ‘Come Hither’ below)

 

 

.. originally published 1 October, 2008.

I am outraged that in all the in-depth discussion over a Williams distaff member of the press and her photo in Vanity Fair, not one word has been spoken about the obvious exploitation of Vanity Fair columnist and member of the class of 1949, Dominick Dunne.

Certainly the ‘bedroom eyes and come-hither look’ so flagrantly manipulated for purposes too base to be mentioned, are worthy of the indignation of ephblog readers. And appearing in shirt sleeves in the Whittlesley Room of the Williams Club. Shame! Shame!

As the new president of this organization, I had planned to write a thoughtful President’s Letter in a few weeks, but I am so upset by this exploitation of a revered member of the great class of 1949 that I have no choice but to protest.

Sincerely,

 

Rechtal Turgidley, Jr

President of Ephblog

Quark Island, Maine

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” A summer-time slice of campus life …”

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…   Courtesy of our own WCMA

and as reported in Art & Education 16 June, 2017

Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces Summer School, a series of public programs that teases out new ways of thinking about learning, art, community, and museums. This summer series offers a playful taste of academic life taking inspiration from unconventional archives and the quirkiest kinds of libraries. It’s a weekly mashup of mini courses, extracurriculars on WCMA’s patio, a lending library, and pop-up programming in the museum’s Reading Room.

 

What a great extension into the community of this leading college art museum that has helped produce so many Art Mafia members.

Art is for everyone!

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The Houses of Williamstown: Beta Theta Pi … (Originally published 8 Oct. 2009)

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King Augeas, his Stables, and Hercules …

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Daumier  Hercule aux écuries d’Augias 1842.

… not that the 5th labor bears any resemblance to DC. After all, there is only the Potomac to be harnessed to cleanse the stables, there is more than one day until the Glorious Fourth, and very few are comparing Priebus, although of Greek background, to Hercules. Yet the thought lingers. As it would if a knowledge of Greek and Latin were still a requirement for admission to Williams.

A further shiver is that Augeas did not pay Hercules when the work was completed.

 

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Building traffic on Spring Street …

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… the new bookstore.

In the 150th anniversary of FLW post (below), David asks the question about campus buildings that FLW would have liked/disliked. Paresky is the mention for ‘liked’ from  Anon88.

This for ‘disliked’ from anonymous : Re DDF Q2: Have you seen the new bookstore?

Viewed alone, the new store seems to me rather too Mall-appropriate. However in the scale of Spring Street, at least the facade facing the street seems to  continue the small scale repetition with awnings of a small town business street.

I know that I am cheating when I come to the ‘feel’ of the store with these two comparisons … The Harvard COOP and the former Borders on Union Square in SF. Both were built inside the facades of older construction on Squares. In addition to the sizes of the cities v village, a new structure was needed to house the bookstore since there were no suitable vacant buildings. Read more

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The 150th Anniversary Week of the Birth of Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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http://www.fallingwater.org/

The Edgar Kaufmann House, 1935 – 1938

This house sums up Frank Lloyd Wright and his driving force of “Organic Architecture”. FLW would ask his students this:

“Can you say when your building is complete, that the landscape is more beautiful than it was before?”

And the tie to Williams. Robert Fordyce ’56, on the occasion of our 50th Reunion, donated his collection of FLW ephemera to the Chapin Library. It contains over 8000 pieces and is the largest collection of FLW ephemera in public or private hands.

Here is the program of the opening exhibition of the collection.

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http://chapin.williams.edu//exhibits/wrightbook.pdf

A major exhibition “Unpacking the Archive” is on view at the MOMA June 12 – October 1.

 

Williams v Amherst note:

 

Alas, the only FLW project in Massachusetts is a Usonian House located in Amherst and built for Professor Theodore Baird in 1940.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Baird_Residence

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Steve Case ’80 dubbed ‘DC Tech Whisperer ‘ in Politico Story

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http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/06/08/steve-case-innovation-venture-capital-fund-000447

Here is a definition of the origin of the phrase ‘horse whisperer':

   A horse trainer who adopts a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the horse, based on modern equine psychology.

 Almost any object of your choosing might be substituted for ‘horse’. I assume most Ephblog readers are ‘cow whisperers’ although ‘sympathetic’ may vary in application.

My question to those more familiar with technology and the problems it presents in furthering class distinctions … any thoughts to share with readers?

I am familiar with Richard Florida’s conclusions on the effect of gentrification through art on urban areas. Which you would probably expect of an art history whisperer.

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The Houses of Williamstown: Alpha Delta Phi …

Alas, the top entry with architectural and  ’56 Gul insert of copy seems to be lost in time. Click on COMMENTS to get remains of the day and an example of the conversation of the day.

 

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MOMA Expansion …

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has completed the first phase of its major renovation programme, and unveiled its final plans for a multi-year expansion designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, alongside Gensler.http

://www.cladglobal.com/news.cfm?codeid=33230

Williams trustee Glenn O. Lowry ’78 is the director of MOMA. Over the years since its beginning, Ephs have been part of the fabric of MOMA.

http://williams.imodules.com/s/1670/interior.aspx?sid=1670&gid=2&pgid=1110&cid=2503&ecid=2503&ciid=4052&crid=0

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The New Face of America…

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“I’m also honored to have the greatest temperament that anybody has.”

 —Donald Trump (November 3, 2016)

 

Mika Brzenski believes that by issuing alt-facts, the administration is undermining the role of the media and furthering the extent to which peoples opinion can be manipulated. This is, of course, the definition of ‘propaganda’. When an administration and the press are at the extreme ends of interpretations, the ‘truth’ can be seen by the observations of consequences of actions.

My hope is that at some point, these consequences will be obvious to all and an accurate assessment of our political and moral position as a country can be made.

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The Houses of Williamstown : a series … The original teaser from October 2009

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Trump to NATO and the G7 …

… NATO, Germany, and what may become the G6.  The bottom falls out of the nadir for the Covfeve-in-Chief!

 

 

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Zeta Psi … ( A Re-issue)

(This is the 15th in a series of 16 posts) This series ran in 2009 … click Comment for complete text.
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What am I wearing ? …

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 … Sorry, we need more time together on the back-channel.

 

 

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It’s Lawyer-Up Time …

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… at the White House!

 

 

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Making Friends and Influencing People by Sharing …

… Trump continues the bands’ breakthrough with Russia!

 

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My Signature: Does it say the right thing?

I have written for help to the ‘Handwriting‘ forum of the Fountain Pen Network blog. Here is the response so far. I really need to have my signature perceived as written by one who is a leader, an intellectual, and a loving person of great compassion.

http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/322876-my-signature-and-signature-pen-are-a-question-for-me/?p=3849098

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Perhaps Ephblog readers may have an opinion or two.

 

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Marko Remac ’80: Work in Rome at the invitation of Pope Francis.

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Marko Remec is a conceptual sculptor living and working in New York City with his wife and two children. Born in 1958, Remec graduated with degrees in Studio Art and Chemistry from Williams College and earned his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

In his works, Remec visualizes the oft-invisible aspects of the global political machine—threat, negotiation, and compromise. Having spent twenty-five years as a Mergers & Acquisitions specialist at two of the leading financial institutions on Wall Street (Morgan Stanley and Lazard), he is well versed in “corporate warfare” and the inextricable link between economic and actualized conflict. Warping function and re-contextualizing form, Remec distorts traditional expectations of usage and scale to incisively examine systems of power and the ways in which they affect our perceptions and realities.

Remec’s most recent work is his ongoing Totem Series, in which he uses flag and utility poles, both regular fixtures of the urban and suburban landscape. Adhering readymade objects to the poles, such as safety mirrors, bicycles, mops, brooms, and rearview mirrors, he transforms them into contemporary totems.

The Huffington Post March 21, 2013

https://www.markoremec.com/once-upon-a-time-ship-totem

The totem is displayed with The Ship of Tolerance, a floating conceptual work 0f Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.

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The installation in Zug, CH.

 

 

http://www.ilya-emilia-kabakov.com/about-ba/

 

 

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Help Wanted …

… special investigator! Start immediately!  Must have no connection to Rogaine or Russia.

 

…or Nixon.

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The Dance of Death …

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HR Republicans pass repeal, celebrate on White House lawn. MedicAid as the step to tax cuts.

What will be on the Senate’s dance card?

 

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(Phew!) Bipartisan Bill Increases Funding for NEA and NEH

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Good news to this ancient Art History major and true believer in the purpose and conduct of art.

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=68199

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a bipartisan agreement reached by Congress on Sunday that will fund the government through September and increase funds allotted to the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities by $1.9 million, Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg report.

The bill, which will be the first major bipartisan measure advanced by Congress during Trump’s presidency, does not reflect Trump’s spending priorities. It boosts funding for the NEA and the NEH, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Park Service—all agencies the president declared would receive less funding—and does not include money for the Mexican border wall, one of the driving forces of his campaign.

… from the ARTFORUM site 2 May, 2017

The CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcast) will receive $445 million, the same as this year.

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It was worth fighting for then. Have the times changed? If so, how? Is Free Speech still a workable liberty?

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from The Four Freedoms Norman Rockwell, 1943

NYT article  containing student opinions from affected campuses.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/a-controversial-speaker-comes-to-campus-what-do-you-do.html

One hour. Use as many blue books as you need. Sign the Honor Statement.

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100 Days : Walls are going up …

… certainly between people. Walls of separation and isolation from realities as palpable as any built from steel or stone or cement.

Actual walls can be beautifully decorated with murals and enjoyed. These are bearing and supportive walls for structures. Walls built to divide and contain are not beautiful. And decor applied to them is more likely graffiti.

Menschenkette

 

Berlin Wall with Keith Haring 330 ft graffiti 1986. Soon both were gone.

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Fun with Stereotypes!

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A recent comment by frequent visitor JCD using a racial stereotype in describing a former student leads me to post this analysis of the use of stereotypes in the classroom and their results both socially in the context and particular to the person to whom applied.

Christine Reyna   Lazy, Dumb, or Industrious: When Stereotypes Convey Attribution Information in the Classroom Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2000

A larger version may be seen here. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.573.6067&rep=rep1&type=pdf

There seems to be a lot of this going around.

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The First One Hundred Days …

The significance of this baseline varies in importance with our reversible President.

WPA POSTER Stamps

The WPA was approved on March 6, 1933 as a part of the first one hundred days. The importance of this engine of recovery from the depression is well-known.  So are the many civic landmarks, recreational areas, and artistic productions created for ‘we the people’ that continue in use to this day.

How different from an insistence on a wall and cutting funding for the arts.

I know art and architecture are not hot buttons on this blog, but if anyone’s interested in more detail, below are two good books:

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The USPS issued these WPA Poster stamps with ten designs on a sheet of twenty. The date of issue was March 7, 2017 at Hyde Park, New York, the site of FDR’s home, and library and museum.

 

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Needs a job! Ephblog should act now!

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US citizen. English is first language. Has skills!

UPDATE from DDF: Don’t criticize my friend Swart for not making an Eph-related post! Bill O’Reilly is, of course, famous for seeking sex (sometimes successfully, sometimes unsuccessfully) from women when the power relationships involved were quite imbalanced. The relevant Eph comparison is with Williams professors who seek sex from students, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. At least two Williams professors were so successful in this regard that they eventually married their students. And one is still on the Williams faculty! If you object to O’Reilly, do you also object to this behavior?

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