by Dawn Raffel
by Caitlin O'Connell
by Lauren Gelman
by Lauren Gniazdowski
by Drew Anne Scarantino
In 1962, Andy Warhol held his first solo show, debuting one of the most iconic pieces of modern art: 32 Campbell's Soup Cans. The painting included every then-current Campbell’s soup variety, from tomato to split pea.
Now, Campbell’s is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s famous work with four limited-edition cans of condensed tomato soup. Each label features vibrant Warhol-like color combinations similar to the artist’s iconic serial celebrity silkscreens. Produced under license from The Andy Warhol Foundation, the 1.2 million cans are now available at most U.S. Target stores for $0.75 per 10.75-ounce…
Fans can also transform their own faces into Warhol-inspired works of art on Campbell’s Condensed Facebook page, where a lucky few will get their photos featured for their own “15 minutes of fame.”
Campbell’s was a symbol of comfort for my sister and me when we were growing up. We would turn to canned soup for dinner on cold nights when Mom and Dad were working late. Suffice it to say, I'm a soup-art fan—how about you?
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by Lauren Gelman
by Caitlin O'Connell
This Thursday, President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC and accept his party's re-nomination for president. Just in time for the start of the convention, Ken Rudin of NPR's Political Junkie has once again rounded up his most memorable moments from convention history.
In addition to pointing out the Dems' long-standing tradition of chattiness (in 1972, George McGovern didn't deliver his acceptance speech until almost 2 a.m., thanks to the windbags who preceded him), Rudin takes note of key moments as far back as 1924. Here are a few of his picks:
- 1968: Americans looked on in shock as unrest over the Vietnam War combined with the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy to turn the 1968 convention in Chicago into a great big street fight. Indelible images of police and protestors battling it out were broadcast along with the raucous events inside the convention hall.
- 1980: Despite a popular belief that he was the favored Democratic candidate, Senator Ted Kennedy failed to oust President Jimmy Carter for his party's nomination. However, his concession speech marked the convention's most dramatic moment (and one of the best speeches of his long career).
- 1984: As the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major political party, Geraldine Ferraro stole the spotlight from her running mate, Walter Mondale. Though the Mondale-Ferraro ticket would lose badly to Reagan and his VP, George H. W. Bush, Ferraro's moving acceptance speech will be long remembered.
Though it didn't make Rudin's top five, I would also highlight Barack Obama's historic nomination at the 2008 convention in Denver, CO.
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by Andy Simmons
by Perri O. Blumberg
by Jim Menick
The 2012 Hugo Awards were just announced at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago. This list from Tor shows the winners and nominees.
Named for Hugo Gernsback, founder of the groundbreaking sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories, the Hugo could be thought of as a sort of Academy Award for science fiction.
A list like this is great for a sometime sci-fi reader like me. I don't know best novel winner Jo Walton's work, but I think I'll have to correct that.
On the other hand, I'm blown away by almost everything Charlie Jane Anders writes online, so now I'll have to check out her fiction as well. I have a soft spot in my heart for The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, having brought the first edition to the US in an earlier job, so it's nice to see that it won (again). And I see that Neil Gaiman wrote an award-winning episode of Dr. Who. Does Gaiman…
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