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A Warning About The Imprisonment Of The French Language

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:07:03 +0000

(image) Facing the "aberration" of gender-inclusive styles, the French language is henceforth in "mortal peril." (Yes, it says that.) Adaptations such as écrivaine for female writer, or la ministre for a female minister, will end in a "disunified language, disparate in its expression, creating a confusion that verges on illegibility." The new spellings and syntactical signs […]imgres


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How Our Attempts At Crowdfunding Failed Big Time (And Taught Us How To Think Better)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:31:38 +0000

(image) Well, it was hard – possibly worse than anyone had advised.photo_of_amy_zamparra_solis_work_0


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A Brief History Of The Fabergé Egg

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:01:02 +0000

(image) "It's really unusual to have a piece of decorative art (not a painting) that has as much cultural resonance as a Fabergé egg," says curator Jo Briggs. "It's almost the Mona Lisa of the decorative art world."faberge egg


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Former Met Museum Director Ignites Leonardo Controversy With Instagram Post

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:31:57 +0000

(image) Below the image of the Leonardo da Vinci, Campbell, who left the Met at the end of June, wrote the caption “450 million dollars?! Hope the buyer understands conservation issues…” followed by “#readthesmallprint”.mundi


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Is It True That Barbara Hannigan Won't Sing The Queen Of The Night Because It's Too Easy?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:02:55 +0000

(image) Nope. She won't sing the role because she doesn't want to get typecast in it - "It would drive me nuts." But it is true, as she tells David Patrick Stearns, that she hums Pierre Boulez to herself.barbara hannigan


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Spike Lee Talks About Turning 'She's Gotta Have It' Into A TV Series - And Hiring Women Scriptwriters

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:35:25 +0000

(image) "This was a story that didn't need to be told entirely through a male gaze. I've been accused of telling things through a male gaze, and I didn't want to give people any more ammunition. Plus, why wouldn't I want Lynn Nottage to write scripts? She's won two Pulitzer Prizes, for Ruined and Sweat. Why […]shes-gotta-have-it


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The 'Psychedelic Dream Homes' Of El Alto, Bolivia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:03:49 +0000

(image) A Times 360 video tour of the exuberant architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre, a Bolivian architect whose house designs for the world's highest city (El Alto, at 14,000 feet, sits on a plateau above La Paz) incorporate visual motifs and colors from the indigenous Aymara culture.psychedelic dream houses


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English And The Imprecision Of Languages

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:32:46 +0000

(image) "English and German have common origins, Anglo-Saxon, or Old English. There’s a lot of overlap, but there are also some crucial differences. English is a left-leaning language, meaning that relevant information tends to be clustered on the left side of a sentence. German, on the other hand, is a right-leaning language. (We are a generally […]longest-german-words


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'Singin' In The Rain' On Stage, Looking Like An Old Black-And-White Movie Musical

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:04:26 +0000

(image) Robert Carsen's production of the old Gene Kelly classic for Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet (and which he hopes to bring to Broadway) isn't entirely in black-and-white: "We use sepia toning sometimes. If it's in a garden, it's tinted green. If it's indoors, it's tinted pink. In the fantasy section, when it's not in Los Angeles […]singin in the rain


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DC's New Bible Museum Has Lessons For Other Museums

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:31:51 +0000

(image) Philip Kennicott: "Every resource of museum design and careful argumentation has been mustered to sweep up these unrelated ideas in one, big, overwhelming package. This has implications for people in the museum business. The Bible Museum has come to town, in all its technical splendor, bearing with it something that most historians and museum professionals […]imgres


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Architect Albert Ledner, 93, Famous For His Portholes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:01:35 +0000

(image) "[He] gave Modernism his personal, often whimsical spin, putting portholes in buildings in New York and using things like ashtrays and salvaged convent windows in unusual ways in houses in New Orleans."albert ledner


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Indianapolis Theatre Plans Reinvention With A New Building

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:28:44 +0000

(image) The Phoenix Theatre: “Once you build a big machine and have to keep feeding it, then you’ve made a decision that’s going to impact every area of the organizations, not the least of which is the artistic. But we never want to be so beholden to chasing dollars that that becomes our major pursuit... At […]bigpic-phoenix-112017-450bp


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Putin's Cultural Forum Turns Into Debate Over Artistic Freedom In Russia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:02:23 +0000

(image) "The Russian government's annual St Petersburg International Cultural Forum (16-18 November) set off a new round of debate about the state of artistic freedom in Russia, with officials saying it is flourishing and a model for the world and the liberal intelligentsia saying it is under attack."Putin's Cultural Forum Turns Into Debate Over Artistic Freedom In Russia


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Why Charles Manson Has Loomed Large In Pop Culture

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:31:15 +0000

(image) "Perhaps Charles Manson also remains a source of such horror and continued fascination because he was the ultimate symbol of insanity. With eyes that either projected total blankness or the agitated evil of a demon awakened, Manson looked like what most people stereotypically think of when they imagine a crazy person. In what may be […]20-charles-manson.w710.h473.2x


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Ten Ways To Tell If Your 'Nutcracker' Is Traditional (And They're Not Necessarily The Ways You Think)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:03:55 +0000

(image) As Alastair Macaulay points out, changes to the original Tchaikovsky/Petipa scenario have been made ever since the ballet's 1892 premiere. "Many people crave a traditional Nutcracker, often the one they grew up with. But frequently it turns out that their notion of Nutcracker tradition goes back only to the mid-20th century. ... So here are […]nutcracker


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The Show Went On: Rajiv Joseph On How Houston Kept His New Play On Track Through And After Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:04:48 +0000

(image) The playwright was one week into rehearsals for Describe the Night this past August when the storm flooded Houston and did $15 million worth of damage to the Alley Theater. He wondered if it was even appropriate for the show to continue - hell, he wondered if his vocation as a playwright was of any […]rajiv joseph alley


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A Year After Strike, Pittsburgh Symphony Is On The Mend

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:33:57 +0000

(image) Says board of directors vice chairman Tony Bucci, "Last year, right, wrong, agree, disagree, ugly or nice, we confronted our problems."pittsburgh so


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Santa Fe New Mexican Critic Craig A. Smith, 63, Dead In Apparent Suicide

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:17:45 +0000

(image) "He began writing both feature stories and critical reviews [on opera, classical music, and theater] for Pasatiempo [magazine] in 1990 and continued to contribute to both Pasatiempo and The New Mexican after he left the staff around 2010 until the time of his death." He was also the author of a 2015 biography of Santa […]craig smith


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Stolen John Lennon Diaries Recovered In Berlin

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:02:50 +0000

(image) "German police recovered around 100 items that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon that were stolen from his widow in New York, including three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score."lennon


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'Call Me By Your Name', 'Get Out', 'Lady Bird', 'Good Time', 'The Rider' Lead Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:46:53 +0000

(image) Not only are these prizes for indie movies with budgets under $20 million honors in their own right, but for the last four years, the winner of the Best Feature prize went on to win the Best Picture Oscar the following night.indie spirit award noms


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Christo And Smithsonian Sued For Copyright Infringement Over 'Running Fence' Images

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:31:55 +0000

(image) "The photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni ... says he was not properly credited or paid when his photographs of the land art project in California were used in a 2007 exhibition and book, and is seeking recognition for his work."christo and smothsonian sued


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Two Groups Of Female-Led Investors Look At Buying Weinstein Co. And Making It A Feminist Concern

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:15:22 +0000

(image) "Throwing a lifeline to an entertainment company that has become a symbol of the systemic mistreatment of women in Hollywood would seem like the last thing that feminists like Gloria Allred and Ana Oliveira, chief executive of the New York Women's Foundation, would be interested in doing. But each is involved with a group holding […]weinstein co bidders


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Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky Dead Of Brain Cancer At 55

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:35 +0000

(image) "A favorite of audiences thanks to his alluring voice and heartthrob presence, Mr. Hvorostovsky cut a striking figure, his trim 6-foot-1 frame topped by a mane of prematurely white hair. He also had a compelling personal story: He escaped the street-gang life as a teenager in a grim Siberian city, found his talent there despite […]dmitri hvorostovsky


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Classical Music Critic Conrad Wilson Dead At 85

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:44:23 +0000

(image) One of Scotland's leading critics, he spent a quarter-century at each of the country's major newspapers, The Scotsman and The Herald.CONRAD.SB.01


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Why Journalism Needs A 'Language Beat'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:29:19 +0000

(image) Michael Erard: "Immediately after the election, Masha Gessen ... called for a 'language beat' to track the erosions [in the meanings of words in the current climate]. But here's a reality check that I hope isn't merely pedantic: language consists of more than words. This gives the writer interested in politics, language, and the shifting […]language beat


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.21.17

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:55:02 +0000

Soft power and the arts (3/3) The rituals behind cultural diplomacy leave me wondering about its effects. That cultural diplomacy is a soft-power approach to achieve hard goals is known by all participants in this game. We "see through" attempts by a nation to use carefully chosen works of art to convey a particular message […]



Are Digital News Media Publishers Crashing?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:02:15 +0000

(image) "Online advertising is looking more and more like a contest that publishers can’t win—not on a large scale, at least. Advertising can help to cover some of their costs, but online ads alone won’t pay for big, serious, high-quality journalistic enterprises the way that print ads once did. The idea that the news business needs […]$


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