It’s our tenth birthday. On May 24, 2008 we were hanging around with nothing to do. We’d finished our homework, played with our Barbies, chewed some gum, kicked the can down the road. We were bored stiff! So we starting scribbling on a Word Press blog-template custom-created by Mark Levine. Topics: all kinds of arts stuff. For ten years, nearly day by day, we picked the good stuff with long legs that reach across the universe.
The focus was on dance (909 posts) and film (770 posts). But soon we had published a ton of material on music, theater, visual arts — and even fashion and design. Millions of blogposts, okay, just a couple thousand — 1,987.
It had to be artsmemey. That means fun … fascinating … makes you laff … makes you think … makes you remember … teaches you something … tickles your fancy… or best of all makes you buy a ticket and attend a live performance, dance concert or movie.
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Happy Birthday, dear arts·meme, Happy Birthday to you~! How do you pronounce that, anyway?
Happy Birthday à ce site qui nous fait (re)découvrir depuis dix ans des merveilles du cinéma et des arts de la scène.
Encore bravo et longue vie !
Bravo et longue vie à ce site qui nous fait (re)découvrir depuis dix ans des merveilles de l’écran et des arts de la scène. Happy Birthday !
Your stamina is inspiring!
NOW i feel better, EZ. Thank you for the note. DEBRA
funnest is an *artsmemey* word. thank you julie so much for this wonderful note. debra
Your website looks amazing!! So proud of your work as a brilliant journalist.. and a creator of the funnest (is that a word?) blog ever..
Congratulations! The first ten years are the hardest….