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Culture Vulture: pick of the blogs

Must-reads from the arts world on Ginsberg, Avatar and Darwin

1. The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy: Darwin on 42nd Street

Darwin's great-great-grandson on the US premiere of Jon Amiel's Creation.

2. Guardian Books: Colossus of odes: Philip Gross wins T S Eliot poetry prize for The Water Table

A university professor and his meditations on the Severn win top poetry honours.

3. Vanity Fair blog: James Franco discusses Howl before the film's Sundance premier

How to portray Allen Ginsberg on screen.

4. Slate: James Cameron hates America -- the conservative attack on Avatar

Tom Shone considers the film called an "abhorrent New Age, pagan, anti-capitalist worldview that promotes goddess worship and the destruction of the human race".

5. A Don's Life: The "new" Parthenon, my new edition?

Mary Beard on construction and controversy over the new Parthenon Museum.

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