New York art show The Keeper celebrates our poetic obsession with objects, but how many of us simply surround ourselves with familiar, reassuring rubbish?
The US is a nation of compulsive collectors at least if responses to an exhibition at New York Citys New Museum are anything to go by. The Keeper is a collection of collections, a survey of the collecting passion in art and beyond that finds room for everything from a menagerie of tiny whittled animals made by Levi Fisher Ames of Wisconsin to Vladimir Nabokovs collection of butterflies in three floors of stuff. All of which begs the question: what is the difference between artful collecting and mad hoarding? Or are they the same thing?
Just as intriguing are the collecting confessions of New York Times readers who replied to the papers invitation to respond to the show. It turns out they collect everything from vintage photos of men in rows (pictures of lines of men, that is not images of men quarrelling), to a woman who keeps the contents of her vacuum cleaner, to people who lovingly curate novelty pens or coloured paperclips.
Durant scores 13 points in first game at Oracle Arena
USA rolls to 107-57 win over China in exhibition game
Kevin Durant did something he hasnt done in what feels like years: he smiled more than he scored.
Playing at Oracle Arena on Tuesday for the first time since announcing he was signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent, Durant had a stellar performance with the USA basketball team in an exhibition against China. He was greeted by a sea of fans wearing his new blue and gold jerseys and more than 30 seconds of applause after he was called to the court.
Garrett Miller will be first person in Maryland to stand trial after testifying against co-defendant, meaning prosecutors must navigate around self-incrimination
After seven months and four trials, Baltimore prosecutors have not secured a single conviction against officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal injuries in the back of a police van. But as a fifth case begins on Wednesday with a motions hearing against the officer who physically arrested Gray, it will present a novel set of problems for prosecutors.
Officer Garrett Miller will be the first person in the state of Marylands history to stand trial after being forced to testify in the trial of a co-defendant. The case presents to prosecutors a potential legal landmine, requiring them to balance a vigorous argument for conviction with preserving the constitutional rights of Miller against self-incrimination.
Bill Clinton makes an emotional case for his wife at the DNC; mothers of the movement voice support for Clinton; White House sees Russian hackers behind Democratic National Committee leak
Democrats officially named Hillary Clinton as their nominee on Tuesday, making her the first woman to be nominated by a major political party in a presidential race. Her path was smoothed last night by former president Bill Clinton who, in a highly personal address, sought to re-cast his wife as an agent of change and to capitalize on the symbolism of the moment. This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything, he said. Hillary will make us stronger together. The speech may have established him as more of an asset than a liability for the Clinton campaign.
Donald Trump, criticizing the lack of flags at the Democratic National Convention:
Not one American flag on the massive stage at the Democratic National Convention until people started complaining-then a small one. Pathetic
Good morning, and welcome to the Guardians live coverage of the Democratic national conventions third day, coming at you live from sauna-esque Philadelphia, where the onetime US capital has been turned into a hub for Democratic leaders, politicians, delegates and hangers-on - plus thousands of journalists and protesters, naturally.