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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

icelandic cat
HELLO! The above picture is of Bjork, doing her best Catwoman impersonation. A damn good one, too. (Actually, the outfit is part of the imagery from her upcoming Medulla album.)

I haven’t been paying enough attention to her, I think.

As far as I’m concerned, this trumps her swan dress by a long shot. And her Oceania Olympics frock, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/25/2004 01:44am
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Back in January, I did sports fans a service by framing the Presidential race as a hockey (Kerry) vs. baseball (Bush) decision.

I think I’ve made an impact! Tonight on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, Dennis Leary declared that he’s casting his vote strictly based on his accord with Kerry on the hockey issue — namely, that they both play it.

On the other hand, it could be that Leary was just stealing my material. He’s been known to do that sort of thing.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/25/2004 01:28am
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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

I wondered how the recent theft of one of “The Scream” paintings would impact my local notable arthole, the Salvador Dali Museum.

The answer? Armed off-duty cops will be protecting Dali’s famous melting watches and optical-illusion mosaics.

I guess I’d better think twice the next time I try to snap a couple of cameraphone photos of “Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire”. The docents are snippy enough, and they’re not even armed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/24/2004 02:25pm
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Sunday, August 22, 2021

scream blackula scream!
That should be the sound emanating from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture after Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” was stolen today in broad daylight.

If you’re gonna steal a Munch painting, “The Scream” is the one to nab:

Munch made four versions of “The Scream”, an image that has fascinated experts and the general public for decades. Art historians and amateurs alike have pondered the meaning of the enigmatic, seemingly bleak image, which over the years has found fame in the popular culture in serious reproductions but also cartoons and novelty items.

Novelty items like the inflatable Scream figure doll, which I see almost every day in the art department of my magazine. Truly a sign of pop-cultural assimilation.

It seems the curators at the Munch Museum were trusting enough of the public to not install any sort of alarm system or other protections on the priceless artwork they’re displaying. Someone over there should be sprucing up their resume right now, because they’ll be on the streets soon.

I’m thinking that if the powers-that-be at the Salvador Dali Museum, here in Tampa Bay, don’t want a copycat crime, they’ll either install protective devices or doublecheck the ones they’ve got. Munch has only one painting that’s crossed into the pop culture landscape; Dali has a huge body of work that’s done so.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/22/2004 03:49pm
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