Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
New Research at The John W. Kluge Center
Topic: The Art of Paper Money
Scholar: Amanda Lahikainen, Kluge Fellow
November 7, 2013
What roles have artists and printmakers played in the normalization of paper money?
Art historian Amanda Lahikainen, Kluge Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center, is researching the responses of British artists and printmakers to the introduction of paper money in England while at the Kluge Center.
Lahikainen has spent the past six months as a scholar-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She is looking at the ways in which print artists in England satirized the introduction of paper money and the ways in which art may have helped enable paper money to become normalized in society more broadly.
"Satire responds to important events. One of those important events was the increased use of paper money in England in 1797," Lahikainen says. "Prime Minister William Pitt declared paper money the de facto currency. Suddenly, people could no longer bring credit instruments to the bank and exchange it for gold. The result was great unease and distrust."
British satirists responded with grotesque and scatological imagery deriding the new system. Some produced imitation, satirical bank notes that challenged the trust in the new currency. A few supported the new instruments. But in all cases, Lahikainen says, the work of satirists helped to normalize a paper money system backed by trust and not by bullion.
"Even when they're mocking the currency, they're also helping people grow more accustomed to it," Lahikainen says. "This early period of paper money offers an important glimpse into how the process of naturalization took place—a naturalization we take for granted today."
Among the satirists Lahikainen is researching is little-known engraver John Luffman. Luffman began printing satirical bank notes in 1803, and his notes were re-printed in 1818. The Library of Congress has one of the preeminent collections of satirical banknotes in the world, including Luffman's.
Lahikainen recently shared examples of British satirical bank notes with researchers at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. "They were unfamiliar with this tradition, and it was wonderful to hear their responses," she says. "We then spoke about the definition of money more broadly. It was a great discussion."
Lahikainen is in residence at the Kluge Center through December.
Upcoming Events with Amanda Lahikainen
Graphic Satire, Paper Money and the Art of Engraving in Britain, 1797-1821
with Amanda Lahikainen, Kluge Fellow
Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 pm in room LJ-113
Amanda Lahikainen, Assistant Professor of Art History at Aquinas College, on the connections between art and money, and how graphic satires and satirical banknotes reflected and helped produce the changing cultures of paper money and engraving in England.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Washington Times editorial
To sum up the paper's argument on Ms. Marvel being a teenage Muslim girl: "Marvel Comics insists
that it won’t evangelize for Islam, but the comic book industry promotes eerie
To sum up the paper's argument on Ms. Marvel being a teenage Muslim girl: "Marvel Comics insists that it won’t evangelize for Islam, but the comic book industry promotes eerie lifestyles."
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Rachel Maddow | November 07, 2013
Civil rights history illustrated in new book
Congressman John Lewis and his co-authors of the bestselling graphic novel "March" talk with Rachel Maddow about telling the story of the civil rights movement.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The unwelcome loss of 'Get Fuzzy'
Erin Lourie, Silver Spring
Anne Ritchie, Alexandria
Shelley Bond, Fairfax
Roger M. Allen, Takoma Park
Rachel Griffith, Washington
Greg Friedmann, Ashburn
Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg
Washington Post November 9 2013
MAILBAG: What Post readers are saying about the 'Get Fuzzy' drop...
Friday, November 08, 2013
Millennials & the Economy: The Nib's latest webcomic has all the answers in 6 easy steps [Q+A]
By Etelka Lehoczky
"Smith's dark tale of a dimension-jumping scientist, whose name is pronounced "razzle," is relayed in a jaggy style that couldn't be more different from that of the artist's Pogo-esque epic Bone."
Thursday, November 07, 2013
"Carpetbagger Defeats Teabagger!"
A political analyst interviewed on The Daily Show late last week referred to the two major party candidates for Governor of Virginia as the worst candidates he'd ever seen, remarking that Virginia voters were being asked to choose between "cancer and a heart attack". That summed it up perfectly, if you ask me.
So it was that this past Tuesday, Virginians chose former Donkeycratic Party honcho and Clinton money man Terry McAwful -- uhh, MacAuliffe -- over Tea Party loon Ken Cuccinelli to occupy the Governor's mansion... not that it'd make any difference in the long run, except for those of you concerned only about your uteruses.
God, I hate democracy.
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org
Q&A with Rep. John Lewis on his graphic memoir 'March: Book One'By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG
Interview by – Big J and Jorge SolisNovember 07, 2013
Marvel, Netflix reach deal for 4 new superhero series, including 'Daredevil,' 'Luke Cage'
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
CBLDF: First Responder to Censorship
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This Saturday, join us for our ALEX + ADA #1 release party with JONATHAN LUNA (Girls, Ultra, The Sword) & Sarah Vaughn.
"Who the Hell Was the Conscious and Clever Brains Behind the Marvel Phenomenon?"
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Wednesday, November 6 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Marge: Now I know you haven't liked some of my past suggestions, like switching to the metric system.
Grampa: The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I likes it!
-From The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Burns"
The fictional show writers on 30 Rock weren't exactly the smartest collection of scribes. But step into the real-life writers' room of The Simpsons and you're likely to find a comedy genius or two—literally. That show's writing team of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns all have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences.
The iconic series has injected morsels of number theory into episodes since its first season—in fact, there are so many mathematical references in the show and its sister program Futurama that they could form the basis of a university course. Simon Singh's new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Bloomsbury), takes a close look at all the math among the laughs in the show. Drawing on many memorable episodes from "Bart the Genius" to "Homer3," Singh uncovers intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts, ranging from the mathematics of pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and even profound problems that haunt today's mathematicians. In the process, he illuminates key moments in the history of mathematics—and "The Simpsons"—and introduces us to show's brilliant writing team. It all adds up to some very brainy fun.
Singh is the author of Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The Big Bang. Copies of his book will be available for signing.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
In case you're wondering about the tissues - licensing deal. Marge drew a LOT of magazine ads with Little Lulu needing Kleenex tissues.
A moving walk to benefit the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and the National Parkinson Foundation.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Nationals Park
Distance: Gentle 2 miles
TV Review: Steven Universe
by Erik Adams November 4, 2013
Monday, November 04, 2013
'STEVEN UNIVERSE': Monday night's new Cartoon Network show spotlights strength of Maryland-sprung sister-brother team
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Reinforcing the stereotype of engineers and mathematiciansWashington Post November 2 2013
On Oct. 26, The Post published a Free for All letter on how the media should better portray engineers and mathematicians.
Two pages later, it published a Drawing Board cartoon that reinforces the stereotype.
I guess it will take some time for media habits to change.
Nick Isaacs, Reston
Letter to the Editor: 'Close to Home' strip crossed a lineWashington Post November 2 2013
I generally enjoy John McPherson's "Close to Home," but the Oct. 25 edition crossed the line between funny and inappropriate that comic artists frequently tread. With several recent news stories documenting teen suicides as a result of cyber-bullying, this is certainly no laughing matter.
Thomas V. Berry, Alexandria
'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar is a Cartoon Network trailblazer
By Michael Cavna,
Washington Post November 2 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
- Ian Andersen
- Jordan Canales
- William Glick
- Rebecca Tobin
- Caitlin Rose Boyle
- Daniel Bressette