The Reading List: Women Finally Get a Statue in Central Park, Man Booker Prize Includes Graphic Novel, and More Stories

The Reading List: Women Finally Get a Statue in Central Park, Man Booker Prize Includes Graphic Novel, and More Stories

Breakthrough: After 164 years, women will finally be represented in Central Park. The first-ever statue of women will be unveiled in 2020 and will depict Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in bronze. The work, created by sculptor Meredith Bergmann, is a result of a call for public art entries. A miniature version will be on display at the New-York Historical Society through August 26. There are currently 145 historical sculptures placed at various sites across New York City, and only five represent women — none, however, represent women of color. Gothamist

Novel Development: This morning, the longlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize was announced, and for the first time ever in the history of the prize, a graphic novel made the cut.  New York Times

Dear Reader: On Saturday, economist Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an op-ed for Forbes that suggested local libraries should be replaced with Amazon to save taxpayers money. And on Monday, following an outpouring of criticism from readers and libraries, Forbes pulled the article. Quartz

Nostalgia: “These places were theatres of humiliation, or small-scale virtuosity.” Thomas Beller writes a eulogy for the iconic music stores that once lined W. 48th Street in New York City. The New Yorker

“On Whiteness”: How do we talk about whiteness? The Racial Imaginary Institute joined forces with the Kitchen to produce “On Whiteness,” an exhibition that examines how we navigate and talk about constructions of whiteness. The installation, on view at the Kitchen through August 3, is part of the institute’s larger program of talks, exhibitions, screenings, residencies and performances that all work together to “create a collaborative space to question, mark and check whiteness, challenging its dominance as it operates through default positions in cultural behavior.” Art in America

Primer: Looking to expand your vocabulary? Here’s a useful guide that explains the meanings of eight seemingly oblique art terms that will enrich your understanding of technique, art history and the art world (and help you make better small talk the next time you go to a gallery opening). Artsy

Predictive Stories: Can artificial intelligence write a convincing fairy tale? In April, Calm (a meditation app) joined forces with Botnik (an entertainment group) to use predictive text to write the “first new Brothers Grimm fairy tale in 200 years.” Writer Cate Fricke looks at how the resulting tale fits into what we expect from the Grimm stories and what this could mean for the future. Catapult

Top Image: Courtesy of Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society