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The Planned Museum That Would Force Italy To Talk About Its Fascist Past

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:15:43 +0000

(image) Mussolini's hometown is a font of fascist memorabilia and marches. "For Frassineti, Predappio’s mayor, building the museum has become an urgent matter, as a number of pro-fascist parades and visitors have drawn increased attention to the town. 'It is difficult for things to be any worse in Predappio than they are right now,' he says […]img_8816

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Meeting The Robots Who Make Robots In The Robot Factory

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:00:54 +0000

(image) Is there any future for human work? Or will robots take over all of it - or just the repetitive, dangerous, dirty jobs that humans would prefer not to do in the first place?lead_960 (2)

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Colm Tóibín Says Flashbacks Are Rubbish For Fiction, And Authors Should Stop It

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:45:51 +0000

(image) "'We are living in the most terrible age,' Tóibín told the Hay literary festival in Wales. 'I know people are worried about Brexit and I know people worry about Donald Trump. But I worry about the flashback.'"6720 (3)

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John Mace, Voice Coach To Broadway And Campaigner For Marriage Equality, Has Died At 97

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:30:21 +0000

(image) "After learning the singing exercise solfeggio from an older brother, he took voice lessons at a school sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and at 14 was singing on a local radio station with the Pawtucket Boys’ Club Harmonica Band." And as a sophomore at Juilliard in 1948, he met the partner he finally got […]27mace-web-master768

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The Secrets Of Master Forger Shaun Greenhalgh

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:15:58 +0000

(image) The "one-man Renaissance" led quite the forging life. "Greenhalgh’s talent was broad: one month he was an Egyptian granite carver, the next an impressionistic sculptor, the next an American watercolourist."6720 (2)

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This Tiny Rural Town Transformed Itself With A Small Grant From The NEA

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:00:16 +0000

(image) A $25,000 grant to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, led to leveraging of quite a bit of private money and the transformation of a (beautiful) old mental hospital into artists' residency living spaces and performance spaces as well.57d8e62f6e6fe723561897da6e67128d_2b4ce1544d47df7474610e943b805a8b1151x768_quality99_o_1bh39sjf0o1kueffr4hqr1s68a

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What Happens To Art, And Music, When The Sources Of Revenue Just Float Off Into The Ether?

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:45:31 +0000

(image) This is a big, big problem: "The digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference."taylor26rb1

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An In-Demand Commercial Illustrator Got 'Left Behind' By The Internet, But Now He's Cool Again

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:30:06 +0000

(image) Paul Leith could adjust to fax machines, but not to computer design. Now he makes art from felt - and doesn't miss being told what to do by clients._96078062_paulleith.knowellparkavenue

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Tracey Emin Says Art Is About Growing And Changing, Not Just Making Money

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:38 +0000

(image) Her comments were pretty pointedly directed at the men of her generation, most clearly - though she didn't name names - at Damien Hirst. "“I know artists who make the same fucking work day in, day out. ... They make it, they sell it, they make it, they sell it, they make another version, they […]6720

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Writer Nora Ephron Set Her Sister Delia Up With A Man When They Were 18, And 54 Years Later, They Got Married

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:45:14 +0000

(image) But, writer Delia Ephon notes, this isn't a romantic comedy. A cancer diagnosis intruded into the story.28ephron-superJumbo

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The Existential Fight At Cannes Over Theatres, Netflix , And The Meaning Of Movies

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:30:56 +0000

(image) Basically: "Cannes may be the pinnacle of cinematic prestige and hold an outsized reverence for the past, but it represents a mind set that, depending on one's point of view, should either be valiantly upheld in the face of barbarians or eagerly torn down in the name of democracy."la-1495888113-gv7ceh85xo-snap-image

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The Walker Art Center Will Remove A Sculpture That Elicited Protests And Outrage Before Reopening Its Sculpture Garden

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:15:28 +0000

(image) The piece, called "Scaffold," was meant to commemorate the gallows where 38 Dakota people were hanged in 1862 - but Minnesota's Native American communities said it was insensitive and a trivialization of history and genocide. "Sheldon Wolfchild, a Dakota traditional elder who has strong family connections to the Dakota 38, said the decision to erect […]08-1003893916+10protest0528

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At Cannes, The Swedish Film 'The Square' Wins The Palme D'Or, And Sofia Coppla Wins Best Director

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00:18 +0000

(image) Coppola is the second woman to win a solo directing prize in the history of the festival (Jane Campion shared it in the 1990s). But "the awards capped what had been an often disappointing festival characterized by a fairly weak feature-film competition, misfires from venerated auteurs and rumors that some movies had been rushed into […]29CANNES-WINNERS1-master768

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The British Airways 'IT Problem' Meltdown Strands Curtis Institute Musicians In London

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:00:05 +0000

(image) The first of two groups got as far as the gate when all flights were suddenly canceled, which looks like it was the right thing to do: "When members of the first Curtis group finally got through passport control — as if they were reentering a country they never actually left — they found their […]052717_curtis_600x400

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What, Aside From The Next Big Hit, Do Indie Distributors Look For When They Go To Cannes?

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:30:55 +0000

(image) Not things that would work easily in the comfort of your own home: "The very obvious, generic star packages [that look good] on paper no longer necessarily work at the box office; the generic is consumed online at home [on streaming platforms]. If you want to get people to go to a cinema, you really […]gabrielle-stewart

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Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 05.28.17

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:15:58 +0000

All the Poets: Rhiannon Giddens The second installment of my Los Angeles Review of Books — All the Poets, in which musicians discuss their literary influences — went up the other day: Rhiannon Giddens, who earned her reputation with ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-05-28 How to Talk about Saving the NEA The President’s 2018 […]

The Novelists Who Own Bookstores Tell Us What To Read This Summer

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:00:50 +0000

(image) Hey, good news: Novelist Emma Straub's "Books Are Magic is opening in the midst of a renaissance for independent booksellers. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,775 members around the country in 2016, up from 1,410 in 2010." (Now here's what to buy from them.)26BOOKSTOREOWNERS2-master675

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Movie Credits Are Long, But Maybe They Should Be Even Longer

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:30:39 +0000

(image) The history was that only the main players got credits - at the beginning of the film. Then the unions started to gain more clout, and "as productions grew more lavish and more complicated, more and more crew members were needed. But in the age of celluloid, studios had to be mindful of how long […]credit-bloat-2-master675-v2

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How Instagram Helped Poet Rupi Kaur Find Her Audience - And Sell 1.4M Books (So Far)

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:00:22 +0000

(image) The 24-year-old Canadian poet became famous when Instagram banned a self-portrait in which she was lying on her bed, with sheets stained by menstrual blood. That banning got her 1.3 million followers to the site, where she publishes poetry and illustrations. She credits social media for its openness: "I used to submit to anthologies and […]6016

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The GIF, Which Transformed The Internet (And Sparked Millions Of Pronunciation Arguments), Turns 30

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:30:48 +0000

(image) And, honestly, GIFs are living their best lives right now. "Twitter has a GIF button and even Apple added GIF search to its iOS messaging app. Such mainstream approval would have seemed unthinkable even a decade ago, when GIFs had the cultural cachet of blinking text and embedded MIDI files. But today they’re ubiquitous."Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 07.37.17

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What Happened With Netflix And Baz Luhrman's 'The Get Down'?

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:00:18 +0000

(image) Though Netflix doesn't release numbers, the series was expensive - and, according to one analytics firm, not as "buzzy" either as other Netflix series, like "The Crown," or HBO's also-canceled music series, "Vinyl."thegetdown_s1e02_23976_1080_177ar_20a_en_prhq_20160317-00_03_10_14-still105

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Old Vic, Nearby Pubs Evacuated Due To Terror Threat

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:30:33 +0000

(image) Tensions remain high after the bombing of a pop concert in Manchester. "On social media, theatregoers said they and the cast had been moved to the nearby Imperial War Museum gardens." The police later said the incident was "not suspicious" but didn't elaborate.636314845636734330-GTY-668553620

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Russian Law Enforcement Targets A Controversial Theatre Director

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:00:01 +0000

(image) This does not look good. "At the storm’s center is Kirill Serebrennikov, the virtuoso Russian stage director behind Moscow’s innovative, and often controversial, Gogol Center theater. ... With the company’s actors still detained by masked officers in the theater on Tuesday, hundreds of supporters from artist and journalist circles began gathering outside, among them former […]GettyImages-687199324

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El Museo Del Barrio Fires A Senior Executive Who Raised Concerns

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:30:08 +0000

(image) From Berta Colón's letter to the board, in which she accused a co-executive of employee intimidation: "Staff is threatened with the possibility of being fired, they are pitted against each other. ... During this period of transition without an executive director, Carlos has created an environment that promotes distrust, fear of retaliation and isolation." And […]25MUSEUM1-master768

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The Agony Of Ballet Feet

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:00:19 +0000

(image) Regular ballet slippers are no good for dancers' feet, and pointe shoes? Forget it. "While they may run, jump, squat, leap and pivot like any NBA star, dancers do it without shock absorption, arch support or any foot-comfort features whatsoever."Untitled-1

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Why Did A Japanese Billionaire Decide To Spend $110 Million On A Basquiat?

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:30:51 +0000

(image) Yusaku Maezawa has a collection of Basquiats, and a lot of other art, and plans to open a museum in Japan to showcase it all - and to lend art to other museums as well. "Mr. Maezawa — who does not work with an art adviser — said he was driven entirely by his love […]27MAEZAWA1-superJumbo-v2

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A New Literary Museum That - Maybe! - Doesn't Just Recreate Inequities In U.S. History

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:00:48 +0000

(image) In Chicago’s new American Writers Museum: "If the idea is to curate — to present to the world, in some official capacity, the Most Important People in American Literary History — then the battle is unwinnable. There’s no way we’re all ever going to agree. We see certain writers as canonical because we were always told they were canonical."1-mVxATt8XXKwGTQr723FJAA

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