Jeanne-Claude, Christo's Partner, dies

Very sad news from the New York Times that the artist Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her partner and husband Christo, has died.

Their working methods, as described on their Web site, remained constant throughout the years. After jointly conceiving of a project, Christo made drawings, scale models and other preparatory works whose sale financed the project. Working with paid assistants, they did the on-site work: wrapping buildings, trees, walls or bridges; erecting umbrellas (“The Umbrellas,” 1991); spreading pink fabric around islands in Biscayne Bay near Miami (“Surrounded Islands,” 1983).

“We want to create works of art of joy and beauty, which we will build because we believe it will be beautiful,” Jeanne-Claude said in a 2002 interview. “The only way to see it is to build it. Like every artist, every true artist, we create them for us.”

Anyone who was in New York for the Gates is familiar with the impact of the couple's monumental yet temporary work. For an online retrospective check out the National Gallery's site here.


What's Missing from Sarah Palin's Book?

Going Rogue, Sarah Palin's new memoir was published without an index. So was Obama adviser David Plouffe's The Audacity to Win. While the reason for this may simply be timing -- indexes take time to make and can delay publication if schedules are tight -- the absence has been noted in the nation's capitol. The Daily Beast reports that we may be seeing the end of the "Washington Read."

All the big names in town would do it: stop by the Georgetown Barnes & Noble or Politics and Prose, stare admiringly at the cover, then furtively flip to the index to make sure your place in the power structure was secure.


“I suppose we’ll actually have to read the whole book from now on,” said former Clinton adviser and CNN commentator Paul Begala. “Heaven forbid.”


What to do when you want to lose something in New York

Brokelyn.com has a guide for New Yorkers who want to get rid of old items. Furniture, tires, light bulbs, hazardous materials -- everything you want to throw away but don't want to just dump in the Gowanus Canal.

Image via Science of the Time.


Bear necessities: hair

Dolores the bear, resident of a German zoo, has lost nearly all her hair. Her vets are baffled. Read the story here.


Landscapes under foot

This beautiful site features little figurines in bite-sized landscapes--and the best part shows what happens when the artist returns to his scenes after time's passed them by.