04w13:2 Nipples

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Good Reads Mailing List | 2004 week 13 number 2 (nipples)

Lennon art trial secrets revealed | BBC News
“The newly-released papers show the initial warrant was issued under the Obscene Publications Act. And a letter from prosecuting counsel Kenneth Horn suggests a prosecution under this act would have a good chance of success. […] But the file also preserves a letter from artist PFC Fuller of Maidstone, Kent, warning of the potential impact of a guilty verdict. […] The artist even warns that the monarch could end up being prosecuted if such a precedent was set: ‘I understand that HM the Queen has some highly erotic work by Fragonard.’ ”

Transatlantic cleavage | The Economist
“This seems odd to Britons, whose smaller broadcast channels keep themselves afloat on a sea of smut. Not only tabloid newspapers, but also the Times and even the Daily Telegraph (average age of reader 55) showed the star’s spangled nipple, waving joyfully in the wind. Why the difference? Maybe because secular Britons are no longer shockable, while Americans have clung to their religion and associated puritanism. But the difference does not seem to be one of demand. Miss Jackson’s breast topped internet search subjects after the incident was reported. The structure of the media market seems a likelier explanation. Britain has ten competing national newspapers. Sensationalism jostles with pornography in the pages of the tabloids; softer versions of both infect the broadsheets. America’s papers, which tend to be local near-monopolies, can afford a loftier attitude. Newspapers set the tone for television, and the regulators’ attitudes. ”

Verrocchio in Washington | Charles T. Downey
“A fourth famous statue of David, by Andrea di Michele Cione (known by the nickname Verrocchio, c. 1435 – 1488), was cast in bronze around 1466. About 47-1/4 inches tall, this statue is now in the collection of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, in Florence, but for the past several months it has made an unusual tour outside of Italy, for the first time since a trip to the United States in 1939 and 1940. It was on exhibit at the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 18, 2003, to February 8, 2004 (their Web feature on the sculpture is remarkably well done and very informative: if it is kept online, I will assign it to my Humanities students next year); […] On a completely different note, could the attire of Verrocchio’s David (see detail at right) have been the inspiration for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl?”

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