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Musea E-mail Club #472 PEN Writer Awards - are they fair?

Dear Reader,



Perhaps you have heard of the writers organization called PEN. See the PEN website at http://www.pen.org/ They write:



"PEN’s programs reach out to the world and into diverse communities within this country. They promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society."



But an investigation by King Wenclas, one of the founders of ULA, Underground Literary… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on May 20, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 5/18/09 Zinester Fun

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



The story goes that when this famous artist was challenged to show his skill with a sample drawing, he drew a perfect circle freehand!

Name the artist.



IS

Giotto according to Vasari who wrote:

And one morning going into the workshop of Giotto, who was at his labours, he showed him the mind of the Pope, and at last asked him to give him a little drawing to send to his Holiness. Giotto,… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on May 18, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 5/12/09 Everyone can play

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Name the song that these lyrics come from:

"She has eyes that folks adore so

and a torso even more so..."



IS

"Lydia the Tattoed Lady" made famous by Groucho Marx

in the 1939 film "At the Circus".

It was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg.



We had no correct answers

Y'all get low Marx on this one!



I don’t

dumb down,

so please

wise… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on May 12, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #471 Trends of the Art Revolution

Before this week's message, here is a link to my 60th video.

It is a very very short one minute video - a poem video! on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJYnHd88fLI

If there is anyone else who has experimented with poem videos, let me know.



____________________



MESSAGE



One positive thing the economic slowdown has done is advance the art revolution. And even though it is a revolution without a title yet, we can see some general… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on May 5, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

Musea Weekly Art Contest 5/4/09

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Name the first pulp magazine.

or first all fiction magazine (1896).



IS

Argosy! It started out as an adventure magazine for boys and girls in 1882. Then shifted from a kids magazine to one for adults, and in 1896 it became the first all fiction magazine printed on pulp paper.



We had no correct answers

It seems y'all were lost in the jungle on this one!



I… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on May 4, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #470 FAIR Quote

Dear Readers,



The media watchdog, FAIR.org (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) has the perfect sum up of my media concerns. It encapsulates everything I've been trying to say in a couple of paragraphs. I wanted to reprint it for you and I encourage you to check out their site for more. The media isn't tough on itself, but fair is tough on the media.



From FAIR website (fair.org)

"Independent, aggressive and critical media are essential to an informed democracy. But… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 28, 2009 at 9:53am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 4/27/09

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



This is a question that will give portrait artists or those that know anatomy a 'leg up'. Everyone knows how to draw the outline of an ear. But it's harder to draw the little 'Y" shaped cartilage within the outer ear. What's the name of this "Y" shaped cartilage?



IS

The anti helix - the helix is the ridge that surrounds the ear.



We had no correct answers

It seems all of you were… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 27, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 4/22/09 Everyone can play

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Name the 1971 TV series that was the first reality show.



IS

The PBS Series, "An American Family" which ran during Jan-March 1973

I went to a party celebrating the show at the Stoneleigh Hotel here in Dallas. I wrote a short story on the event. A couple of things stand out. Lance, the celebrated gay son was the hit of the party, and in the madness he mentioned that he liked my spanish style… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 22, 2009 at 9:50am — No Comments

Youtube Orchestra Performs 4/15/09 (Musea E-mail Club #469)

Last night was a big one for the world. It was the night of the first world orchestra - the Youtube orchestra!



The Youtube orchestra's first performance was Wednesday night April 15 2009. It's a big deal and something that should be noted not only in the history books - which it will be - but noted now - when it happens. Here's the info from the youtube video:



The world's first collaborative online orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall on April 15, 2009. Selected by the… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 16, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 4/15/09 Everyone can play

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:



His San Francisco architect’s drawings were “discovered in 1990, stacked in piles in the garage of a recently deceased tenant. The young woman who discovered the drawings decided to take them to a San Francisco gallery owner for assessment…. Upon reviewing the drawings, (she) could not believe what she was seeing: on thirty-nine sheets of vellum were drawn the most detailed, fantastic buildings—whole cities, in… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 15, 2009 at 11:09am — No Comments

For fun My zine Musea does a weekly art contest.

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Who was the first person to write in the first person?

(Or first author to do so). Also this writer is the first

writer in history to sign their name to their work.

Name the writer (and for extra credit the work)



IS

The Summerian poet-priestess Enheduanna around 2350 BC.

Her works was Nin-Me Sar-Ra or Song to Inanna.

Note that this historical first was a… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 9, 2009 at 10:12am — No Comments

Dallas Observer blog Interview of Musea Editor

For you readers outside of Dallas, We have one main daily, The Dallas Morning News, and one main Weekly, the Dallas Observer.



Jesse Hughey, blogger from the Dallas Observer DC9 Blog, e-mailed me on April First and suggested an April Fool’s Joke. He would interview me, and then instead of the usual pro-band conservative Observer stance, he would agree with my ideas.



Well, I don’t know how well the joke worked, but it did allow me to spell out my ideas on the art and music… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on April 4, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

The PEN Protest

Karl Wenclas, the main person behind the organization of the Underground Literary Alliance, has started a PEN Protest at



http://www.penpetition.blogspot.com/



This from the petition page:



PEN was created as an organization to protect and defend dissenting, outcast, and marginalized writers. PEN American Center makes this its mission-- except in America itself! In these economic hard times, impoverished writers shut out by the monied academies and conglomerates… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on March 25, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

My First-in-the-world Big list of best new music from all over the world, is growing

In a world of misses heres a 100 Plus HITS!



Readers,



Have you had a chance to look at the latest print issue of Musea (#167 Mar.'09)? It's the big best-100-new-music-of-the-entire-world, music list issue. It's been getting a lot of notice from ... well all over the world. The London Symphony Orchestra sent me a nice e-mail, thank you - they made the list for their Youtube Symphony Idea, and so did a video by the Trons, an all machine combo from Australia. Plus much… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on March 18, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

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