Ars Gratia Artis

This list is short; there are many more artsy things I enjoy–when I have time.

  • “Temple Grandin” on HBO
    This very-well-done movie depicts the life of one of the most famous autistic persons, who overcame incredible odds to accomplish amazing things. Her work with cattle revolutionized the meat-producing industry. Claire Danes is stunning, and spot-on. Whether you even agree that there is such a concept as “humane slaughter,” this is a compelling movie that really isn’t even about cattle, or meat, or dogs.
  • Edward Gorey
    An author and artist whose macabre work is one-of-a-kind, smart, clever, eclectic, and quite amusing.
  • Funny Cat Site
    This site is from the UK and is a hoot. Those of you with cats will appreciate it.
  • George Skaroulis
    George’s music has enthralled me for years–it’s indescribably delicious! Check it out for yourself.
  • Josh Groban
    If you’ve never heard Josh sing, you are missing a huge talent.
  • Linda Eder
    This Broadway diva wowed me with her flawless rendition of “Man of La Mancha,” and I haven’t been able to stop listening since.
  • Shelter Dogs
    An HBO documentary (January 27, 2004) that focuses on Sue Sternberg’s NY shelter, and her tireless efforts to place homeless animals and educate the public. Makes an important statement about shelter dogs, and it will make you cry, and think.
  • Stephen Huneck
    This self-taught artist hand-carves incredible dog-themed goodies, and his books are a treasure.
  • The Oatmeal
    Sometimes odd, but typically humorous
  • The Onion
    Good for a laugh every single day.
  • VEEP
    I hate that this brutally funny and profane show has ended. It was a tour-de-force for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, and well, pretty much all of the actors, but the writers? They were brilliant. It was meant to be over-the-top and outlandish, but it got to where real life was imitating art and they could not come up with anything to beat reality. Binge it, but beware: the language is salty.
  • StoryCorps
    StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

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