What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Versus has Bruins-Hurricanes in an NHL game that started at 7:30. TBS has Game 3 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers at 8. And ESPNU has a women's college volleyball doubleheader, with Tennessee-Kentucky at 8 and Hawaii-New Mexico State at 10.
The endurance of Willem de Kooning on the occasion of his ongoing retrospective at MoMA: "During the '50s de Kooning became the most influential painter of his day. ‘He was an artist's artist,' says Richard Koshalek, director of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, which has one of the largest collections of de Kooning's work. ‘He had a great impact on a very wide range of artists.' Brice Marden, a painter who was the subject of a 2006 MoMA retrospective, agrees: ‘You were brought up on de Kooning. He was the master. He was the teacher.' To many he was also a romantic figure with movie-star looks and an existential swagger, as he drank at the Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village with Pollock and moved from love affair to love affair. Despite his success, de Kooning eventually paid a price for his unwillingness to follow the prevailing trends. His ever-changing art-especially his raucous depiction of women-was increasingly slighted by critics and art historians during his lifetime. It did not, Elderfield suggests, ‘fit easily with those works thought to maintain the familiar modernist history of an increasingly refined abstraction.'" [Smithsonian]
Oct. 12, 2005: Finally, A Triathalon For Drunken Rageaholic Gamblers
Reporter fights! "The best media fight I ever witnessed took place in 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where I was covering the New York Yankees at spring training. There was a large crowd surrounding manager Buck Showalter in the dugout, and a cameraman put his hand on New York Post beat writer Joel Sherman's shoulder and pushed down, hoping to clear himself a better shot. Sherman took offense and started wailing on the guy, much to Showalter's amusement. (I wrote about it in passing in my AP story that day, and Sherman didn't speak to me for the next six years)." [Sheridan Hoops]
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The gambling life: "The mutt ran eighth, never even made like he wanted it, just ate dirt all the way around the track. After the race when the horses came back where we were sitting to be unsaddled and lead back to their barns I noticed that Bobby Flay wasn't with Miami Ghost, son of the great Ghostzapper. Another group of people were leading him away: the poor suckers who bought him for $20,000 before the race, believing him, as I did, to be a class above the other horses. I was so pissed off I could spit. My friend consoled me and said ‘it was only ten bucks, lighten up.'" [McSweeney's]
The price of being a gymnast for the U.S. women's team: "Injuries are ubiquitous in gymnastics, and never more so than today. Since introducing an open-ended scoring system that eliminated the iconic '10' from the sport's lexicon, gymnasts have been pushed to cram as many tricks as possible into their sets. Still, the United States women seem to have the world's worst injury track record, especially right before major competitions." [Slate]
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