This week we're talking about:
- The new season of A Public Space Academy, which offers a rich and varied program of courses, with opportunities to learn from creative luminaries, in an evening, a weekend afternoon, or an ongoing workshop. Instructors include Filip Noterdaeme, who was recently profiled in the New York Times Styles section in June, noting: "Nothing is more eccentric in our egocentric world than generosity. Nothing is more gay. Nothing is more revolutionary. Nothing is more noble. Nothing is more beautiful. Nothing is more queer.” Details on his "The Fine Art of Writing About Art," and other classes, which will sell out, may be found here.
- Our Travel Edit offers features from our archive that are free and open to all to read for a time (subscribers always have full access), including Tash Aw's masterful short story "Sail." We're daydreaming about the last long weekend of summer, and the last-minute vacancy at Butera 28 in Palermo.
- Martin Puryear will represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale, and if his work is new to you, Hyperallergic has a primer.
- The work of Chicago photographer Dorrell Creightney is returning to the public eye, reports the Chicago Reader in a cover story.
- Pittsburgh is poised to be the largest U.S. city without a daily print newspaper. Meanwhile, the Ithaca Times has printed a fully functional voter registration card on its back-to-school cover. And in Myanmar, hard times for literary magazines are reshaping the landscape for writers.