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Netflix’s Orange is the New Black Interrogates Compassion

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In her recent review of Netflix’s hit show, Orange is the New Black, Alexandra MacAaron lauded the new season, “The writing is brilliant, the direction deft, and the cast continues to grow not only in terms of the number of fine actresses involved but in the breadth and depth of their stories.” Depth indeed. In her review of Season Four, television critic for The New Yorker Emily Nussbaum agrees, and offers an innovative analysis of how the season ends (which, don’t worry, we won’t give away here), “The season somehow manages to end with the individual . . . This season’s smartest move was to interrogate empathy rather than treating it as a cure-all. Compassion is a resource, too. Who gets it and who gets cut off?”

Read the full thoughtful review at The New Yorker.

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Ida Applebroog: An Artist’s Reinvention at 86!

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Ida Applebroog, the lauded 86-year old artist, has an extraordinary story, that started with her time in a mental ward. Writing for Interview magazine, Emily McDermott tells us:

. . . Ida Applebroog is celebrated for her figurative paintings, sculptures, and films that evoke discourse surrounding gender, sexual identity, politics, and violence. Before the age of 45, however, she was Ida Horowitz, a struggling artist and mother of four. Raised in the Bronx, she had moved from New York to Chicago to San Diego. In 1969, she checked herself into the mental ward at Mercy Hospital and everything changed. It was there that she decided that Applebroog would replace Horowitz (her maiden name was Applebaum) and rather than going to occupational therapy, she decided to make drawings. Shortly after being discharged, Applebroog returned to New York and burst onto the art scene, and the 109 small, emotionally intricate works made at Mercy Hospital were lost in storage for the next 40 years.

 Read more at Interview about this incredible story of starting over and the equally incredible story of the lost art pieces.

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