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Monday, September 17, 2012

Floating Torsos and Madonna: What's with The Examiner's Fall Arts Cover?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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While trying to focus on getting the details on an upcoming film event called Disney Films with Dogs (!), we can't get past the cover of The Examiner's Fall Arts Issue, which landed on our desk recently, and which reminds us of when our grandmother first discovered Microsoft Paint.

Below the word "ARTS" is a bullet-point list with the following words: FILMS, MUSEUMS, PERFORMING ARTS, POP MUSIC, and THEATER. And it's true. Those are all "arts" or "arts" related. There are a number of accompanying images on the cover, and we can sort of identify how they are all related to art except for one -- the woman causally lounging/floating on the last "L" of "FALL." Her butt has been cropped straight with the line of the L but she looks comfortable up there. Then it hits us -- five bullet points and five images. Let us unravel the mystery.

Most prominent is a poorly cropped Madonna aiming a pistol at us. We grab a pen and check POP MUSIC off the list. Beside her, a dancer twice her size whose arm reaches across the length of the cover to sensually brush the hand of the mysterious woman on the L. Dancer. She gets a bonus point for her tutu's subtle penetration of the letter A. We see what you did there, Examiner! (No we don't). Regardless, we check off PERFORMING ARTS and are smitten with our genius detective work. Above Madonna, a floating torso. It's old and something you might find in MUSEUMS. The small computer animated girl hanging from the letter F (a clue) could only be FILM. And finally, by process of elimination, it is clear that the woman on the L is a woman of the THEATER, somehow. Only then do we notice a couple of dying leaves (which we all know is the international symbol for fall) peaking out of the bottom corner. FALL ARTS. Eureka!

Seriously though, what?

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