Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Mixtape review: Childish Gambino’s Royalty

Childish Gambino is the not-really-a-side-project rap persona of multiple-threat megatalent Donald Glover. What he’s most famous for depends on your perspective but before the Gambino project took off he won an Emmy for writing on the third season of 30 Rock, launched a stand up career and starred as Troy Barnes in the very deeply brilliant Community. He’s 28.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Atlantic City, #68

Lou was one tough Atlantic City gangster in his time. Says he knew Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Even was Bugsy Siegel’s cellmate for a while.
“I had to kill guys in the day,” he wistfully confides to a young drug-dealing wannabe. “Then I’d feel real bad. I’d swim way out into the ocean to clean up. Ahh, you should have seen the Atlantic in those days.” Problem is, none of it is true.

Art Review: Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia, Philadelphia Museum of Art

A dark mass of ominous clouds invades the blue sky in La Grande Bacchanale. In Et in Arcadia Ego, painted a decade later, Arcadian shepherds ponder a cryptic tomb inscription where Death proclaims, “Even in Arcadia, I am.” The message is clear. Happiness, even in Arcadia, is not going to last.

Book Review: In One Person by John Irving

And therein shines the beauty of Irving’s tale, who we used to be as a society and who we have become. How these people who dared to feel different about their sexuality were treated, ridiculed, harassed, ignored, suppressed, repressed and in many cases cast aside. But over the five decades that we see Billy, we are shown a society that has grown more informed if not more compassionate; a society that has grown more tolerant if not more accepting and a world that makes place for acknowledging everyone instead of treating them as if they were invisible.