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[PHOTO] A Steamy View of the Skyscrapers, Post-storm in Hong Kong


Livin’ in the Kong! The Mostly Great Outdoors of Hong Kong

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Portrait In Jazz: Bill Evans Trio 1960


Bill Evans TrioWhen I Fall In Love (with Victor Young, Edward Heyman)
album: Portrait In Jazz  release: 1960

Diary of a Radical Conformist  

 Portrait In Jazz 

Murder and the Masterpiece: Did an Artwork Solve a Decades-old NYC Crime?

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Robert Rauschenberg’s ‘Collection’ & the Case of the Four Boys

Andrew Scott Cooper writes: Murderous deeds have inspired artists like Caravaggio, Jacques-Louis David and Paul Cézanne to produce some of their best-known works. But has there ever been a case of an artwork helping solve a real-life murder mystery?

In their confession statements, the four boys admitted to a litany of other offenses and unsolved crimes that had panicked their neighborhood over the summer: punching and kicking to death a second man, Reinhold Ulrickson, on a Brooklyn street corner 10 days earlier; pouring gasoline over a third man and setting him alight; horsewhipping two young women in rauschenberg_talla public park late at night; and assaulting numerous others who had the misfortune to encounter them. Prosecutors expressed shock and bewilderment.

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“I can’t understand what would make boys do such terrible things,” said the Kings County District Attorney. “They apparently had no reason except the thrill they got.

Robert Rauschenberg

”Sixty years ago this month, on August 16, 1954, four Jewish teenagers dubbed the Kill-for-Thrills gang were accused of slaying black factory worker Willard Menter under the Williamsburg Bridge. According to police accounts, Brooklyn youths Jack Koslow, 18, Melvin Mittman, 17, Jerome Lieberman, 17, and Robert Trachtenberg, 15, confessed to beating and kicking their victim, burning his feet with lit cigarettes, and then dragging him to the end of South Fifth Street where he was beaten again to the point of unconsciousness, thrown in the river and left to drown.

The so-called “Nights of Horror” crime spree and the story of four good boys gone bad shattered the complacency of an American summer. Overnight, Koslow, Mr. Mittman, Lieberman and Trachtenberg earned notoriety as the human face of juvenile delinquency. Articles on the boys and their exploits appeared in mainstream news publications like Time, Newsweek, Look and The New York Times, which splashed the case on its front page. So great was the media frenzy that by the end of the year Hollywood gossip queen Hedda Hopper suggested the boys were the inspiration for James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.


The sensational murder was front-page news.

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[VIDEO] Compilation of All of the Quentin Tarantino Movie Deaths, Set to Music

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Poster Art: ‘Banditi Atomici’ 1955


Banditi atomici (Creature with the Atom Brain) è un film del 1955 diretto da Edward L. Cahn.

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[PHOTO] Cary Grant: North by Northwest, 1959


North by Northwest (1959)

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Hong Kong Food Fong of the Day


Perfectly crispy yet tender lemongrass chicken skewers, with a coriander/lime/chili oil dipping sauce – and heavenly curried beef in betel leaf, with crushed peanuts, at Chôm Chôm… (more)

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[BOOKS] American Pioneer: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Real-life Memoir to be Published


The project’s online home has pictures of the real places in the book and the artifacts that helped tell the story.

For the LA TimesCarolyn Kellogg reports: Laura Ingalls Wilder based her beloved “Little House on the Prairie” books on her actual experiences growing up on the American plains. But they were books for children, and, sometime in the 1920s, she wrote a memoir that would have been rated R for violence and adult content.

“There’s the story of a love triangle gone awry. And a scene where a drunk man douses a room in kerosene, lights in on fire, then drags his wife through it by the hair.”

No one would publish it.



Until September, when the University of South Dakota State Historical Society Press will release the memoir, with notations, as “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.” The Associated Press reports that it’s Wilder’s original rough draft of the book, misspellings and all, edited by Pamela Smith Hill, the author of a biography of Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »

Fireworks Art: ‘Hundred Birds’


Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’ Turned 55 This Week



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Kind of Blue brought together seven now-legendary musicians in the prime of their careers: tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and of course, trumpeter Miles Davis.


And just as younger artists looked to Miles for guidance and inspiration, he looked to them for raw, new talent and innovative musical ideas. In the mid-1950s, Davis discovered gold in the subtle sounds of 25-year-old pianist Bill Evans, who he recruited into his late ’50s sextet. Evans would prove an essential contributor to the Kind of Blue sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

Mad Men: Advice from Roger Sterling


Vintage Illustration: Collier’s Magazine with Classic Space Toy Cover


Collier’s Magazine with Classic Space Toy Cover – 18 April 1953

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[PHOTOS] REWIND: Awakening of Hongkong, 1969

Hong Kong, 1969 (1)

From vintage everyday: Heres a collection of amazing color photographs showing everyday life of Hong Kong in 1969, taken by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester.  Dedicated to Pundit Planet‘s own co-founder and Legal Affairs Correspondent, Primatologist and Hong Kong Fong‘s Deb Fong, our Deputy Bureau Chief & Asia Photo Editor-at-Large, both stationed at our luxurious Hong Kong Headquarters. See the whole series from this 1969 portfolio, it’s a large set, worth exploring the whole thing.

Hong Kong, 1969 (9)

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Hong Kong, 1969 (28)

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Vintage Movie Poster: ‘Night Editor’


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Poynter: This Week’s NYT Magazine Cover was Inspired by a Fugazi Flier


Having been an active participant punk rock tabloid and street poster art era this cover refers to, I find this NYT treatment both rewarding, and overripe. Or at least overdue. That the Times engaged MTV VJ Kennedy a source (almost a media dinosaur, by the standards of would-be millennial readers) is telling. But we’re hardly in position to judge. Pundit Planet’s visual stylebook is directly inspired by the fast-and-dirty cheap xerography of that bygone era, when the ubiquitous internet was still on the horizon. It’s unnerving to see it given the archival museum treatment by NYT editors and art directors, but its not without its pleasures. Relevant, or nostalgic? We’ll let the readers decide.

From Poynter:

The former MTV VJ Kennedy is indirectly responsible for this week’s New York Times Magazine cover, which depicts U.S. Sen. Rand Paul as the star of a hardcore punk show.

Times Magazine Editor Jake Silverstein “really wanted us to do a cover that conveyed the energy and spirit of the libertarian movement,” art director Gail Bichler told Poynter in a phone call. Robert Draper quotes Kennedy at the beginning of his cover story: She compares Paul to Pearl Jam (and his father, Ron Paul, to Nirvana, and fellow Sen. Ted Cruz to Stone Temple Pilots). That got the art folks thinking: This piece needs a rock treatment

They decided to “use that rock reference and twist it a little bit,” Bichler said. “Since it was a story about Washington politics, we wanted to appropriate the language of D.C. hardcore.”
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How to Be Polite

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The Good Boy, 1837.

For Medium, Paul Ford writes: Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would associate me with watercress sandwiches. Still, every year or so someone takes me aside and says, you actually are weirdly polite, aren’t you? And I always thrill. They noticed.

 “What I found most appealing was the way that the practice of etiquette let you draw a protective circle around yourself and your emotions.”

The complimenters don’t always formulate it so gently. For example, after two years ago at the end of an arduous corporate project, slowly turning a thousand red squares in a spreadsheet to yellow, then green, my officemate turned to me and said: “I thought you were a terrible ass-kisser when we started working together.”

“By following the strictures in the book, you could drag yourself through a terrible situation and when it was all over, you could throw your white gloves in the dirty laundry hamper and move on with your life.”

She paused and frowned. “But it actually helped get things done. It was a strategy.” (That is how an impolite person gives a compliment. Which I gladly accepted.)

“I figured there was a big world out there and etiquette was going to come in handy along the way.”

She was surprised to see the stubborn power of politeness over time. Over time. That’s the thing. Mostly we talk about politeness in the moment. Please, thank you, no go ahead, I like your hat, cool shoes, you look nice today, please take my seat, sir, ma’am, etc. All good, but fleeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Livin’ in the Kong! The (Mostly) Great Outdoors of Hong Kong

fong-vertical-asia-at-lrgHaving immersed myself in Hong Kong for about a year now, it seems an apt opportunity to take a moment (or rather, a few posts) to reflect.

Verdant Hong Kong

The most wonderful surprise for me has been the impressive natural elements found throughout HK – providing a beautiful contrast to HK’s more urban and iconic modern developments. Everyone knows HK is packed with glitzy skyscrapers and shopping malls, but even amidst all of that, you stumble across gigantic trees with sprawling roots that snake down city walls.

One of the most dramatic displays of sprawling tree roots - in the heart of Sheung Wan

In the heart of Sheung Wan, the dramatic interplay between the urban and the natural

Parks are full of greenery, the surrounding islands are lush with foliage. Refreshing to view, perhaps all that plant life even helps make up for the occasional smog by pumping some oxygen into this fair city.

The rich green hues of Lamma Island

The rich green hues of Lamma Island

Lush greenery and massive tree roots at Blake Garden in Sheung Wan

Lush greenery and massive tree roots at Blake Garden in Sheung Wan

Embarking on a wonderful hike on the perimeter of Cheung Chau Island

Embarking on a scenic hike on the perimeter of Cheung Chau

One of the things I love most about HK - the blend of east and west, old and new - right in the heart of the city (Blake Garden, Sheung Wan)

One of the things I love most about HK – the blend of east and west, old and new – right in the heart of the city (Blake Garden, Sheung Wan)

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My Jewish Family’s Incredible Shrinking World

The Butcher:

Featured Image -- 45431Heartbreaking, personal journalism. Well done.

Originally posted on TIME:

My first flight was international, 2,500 miles from my birthplace in Kyubishev, Russia, to Rome, Italy in 1978. Italy was a common stopover for Russian Jews fleeing the Soviet Union. We stayed three months in a small apartment in Ladispoli, a suburb of Rome. I ate a lot of chocolate and oranges while my parents learned Italian and waited to hear that America would let us in.

When we got to Brooklyn, they got busy working. In Russia, my father had been a doctor, my mother a teacher. Here, he drove a cab and she knitted yarmulkes for the local Judaica store.

My parents had spent their lives looking at maps of the world and planning where they would go when they were free. We were poor, but they saved all of their money for the traveling we would do. The world was suddenly so big, after a lifetime of…

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