Smithsonian literary fest flagged ‘sensitive’ topics before cancellation

[ad_1] Comment on this storyComment Less than a month before the Smithsonian’s Asian American Literature Festival was to begin, staffers prepared what they considered to be a routine memo discussing programs involving “potentially sensitive issues” that they knew the host institution would want to be aware of in advance. Among the matters cited in the … Read more

Jamie Foxx, in emotional video, says illness took him to ‘hell and back’

[ad_1] Comment on this storyComment Academy-award-winning actor Jamie Foxx has broken his silence after being discharged this year from a hospital where he had been treated for an undisclosed illness. In a video message, Foxx, 55, thanked fans and described the trauma of the illness that took him “to hell and back.” The emotional dispatch … Read more

Review | A Natural History Museum show on the cultural impact of…cellphones?

[ad_1] Comment on this storyComment Near the center of the National Museum of Natural History exhibition “Cellphone: Unseen Connections” is a case containing mineral samples that represent most of the 65 elements used in a typical smartphone. This display is one of the few reminders of the venue, whose collection provided the quartz, silicon and … Read more

Review | He stole more than 300 artworks — and left us with big questions

[ad_1] Comment on this storyComment At first blush, the journalist Michael Finkel’s captivating new book, “The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession,” is all about heists. Over the course of 200-some snackable pages, Finkel revisits the exploits of Stéphane Breitwieser, the most prolific art robber in history. From 1994 … Read more