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Do Reviews Matter? Sure, But It's A Complicated Question In The Digital Age

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:01:02 +0000

(image) Of course reviews matter. That’s easy and predictable enough for someone writing a review to say, but it can be proven. Reviews matter in two ways: as filters, and as shapers of opinion. In his 1991 book, U & I, Nicholson Baker describes “book reviews, not books” as “the principal engines of change in the history […]2018_11_crime_writers

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When Does A Piece Of Art Violate A Subject's Rights?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:31:46 +0000

(image) What is the line between art and commerce? It is an important question, given that art enjoys broader free speech protections than the latter. It’s unlikely a Nike TV spot can successfully claim to be art—but what about a painting with limited edition prints sold through a website? When does that line get crossed?d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront

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Scottish Arts Funding Mess Suggests Need To Reconsider How We Support The Arts

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:01:03 +0000

(image) "The increase in the number of network bodies in the Creative Scotland portfolio signals an acceptance of a model of competitiveness inherited from the Thatcherite government. We quite liked pretending to be business people, but we didn’t anticipate that we would need to accept responsibility for the future of cultural delivery. It’s hard work running […]syt-participants-in-forbidden.-photo-robin-mitchell

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How I Fell In Love With Opera

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:28:43 +0000

(image) "I was by no means always an opera fan, and it was the singing that got me in the end. My grandmother and parents had taken me to see a couple of productions when I was younger in the hope of firing some latent interest, but it didn’t really grab me. Then, one day in […]3543

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'The Parrotheads Were After Me' - New York Times' Jesse Green On Writing Negative Theater Reviews

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:02:33 +0000

(image) "I don't take writing pans lightly. For one thing, I'm as thin-skinned as anyone else, and don't enjoy being excoriated on Twitter or mocked as a theater snob or told on Facebook to just 'relax' - as if my being uptight were what made the show bad. ... So when I get home from the […]jesse green pans

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Are University Degrees In Curating Useful?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:33:07 +0000

(image) "The result of BA courses in curating will be a bunch of 21 year olds who will be theoretically savvy, but have little idea why particular works of art have a particular resonance at a particular time. They will be around £30,000 poorer after paying tuition fees – probably more, given their living costs – […]download

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Surgeons Removed A Chunk Of His Brain, But His Virtuoso Guitar Skills Remained

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:02:44 +0000

(image) "Pat Martino had brain surgery in 1980 to remove a tangle of malformed veins and arteries. At the time he was one of the most celebrated guitarists in jazz. Yet few people knew that Martino suffered epileptic seizures, crushing headaches, and depression. Locked in psychiatric wards, he withstood debilitating electroshock therapy. It wasn’t until 2007 […]download

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Why Studying Dance Is As Important As Studying Math (Or Science)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:29:09 +0000

(image) "The low status of dance in schools is derived in part from the high status of conventional academic work, which associates intelligence mainly with verbal and mathematical reasoning. The studies collected by Nielsen and Burridge explore how a deeper understanding of dance challenges standard conceptions of intelligence and achievement and show the transformative power of […]download

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'Opera Isn't Elitist. If I Can Learn To Love It So Can Anybody.'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:04:46 +0000

(image) British comedian Chris Addison writes about how a chance event in a bar on a beer-soaked Friday night helped turn him into an opera fan - and how the same thing could happen to most anyone. "I've never seen a four-pints-down crowd focus like that; there was a stillness to the place - a wonder, […]opera isnt elitist

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What's Killing Venice? The Moral Failure Of Its Government, Says Curator

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:32:16 +0000

(image) "He rightly identifies one of the reasons behind the decline as being economic liberalism, which has led to the opening up of the Italian cultural sphere to private enterprise. He sees that it has encouraged a naive selling-out to the profit motive —as with the huge advertisements that for years defiled Venice—but he could, perhaps, […]SONY DSC

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Could Harvey Weinstein And The #MeToo Movement Lead To The Demise Of Auteur Theory?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:01:39 +0000

(image) In her speech before presenting the Best Director Oscar this year, Emma Stone said, "It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame." However, writes Ryan Gilbey, "the assumption that the director is present in every frame becomes problematic once that same director turns out to be a liability. ... If the […]auteurs

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Statue Of African American Woman To Replace Confederate General In US Capitol

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:33:34 +0000

(image) The civil rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune will be the first African American figure to be honored with a monument in the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol. Fittingly, Bethune will replace a Confederate

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How Archie Bunker Transformed The American Sitcom

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:02:36 +0000

(image) In the first generations of television, reflecting the idea(l) of the "classless" American society, the families in sitcoms tended to be solidly middle-class: Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver, I Love Lucy, etc. Even the Addams family and the Munsters were middle-class, if not wealthy. (The only real exceptions were The Honeymooners and the […]archie-bunker-all-in-the-fmaily

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New Thinking On How Great Dance Companies Can Survive Their Founders

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:35:36 +0000

(image) "Such groups are expanding their structures and missions, but for the successful artists who built them decades ago, doing so means making major changes to the way they’ve always operated. For some, it means passing the baton. The best-case scenarios emerge with input from the one person—the founder—who usually (and understandably) doesn’t want to talk […]lede-dance.jpg

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Why Picasso Is So Massively Popular In East Asia (Yes, Even More Than In The West)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:03:45 +0000

(image) "Asian travellers are flocking to museums in the West to admire his artistic creations. Multi-million dollar paintings by the prolific artist have become the most sought after objects of desire among affluent Asian collectors in recent years. The reputations of other Western artists are no match to that of Picasso's in this part of the […]picasso east asia

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Trump Wanted To Eliminate NEA, NEH. Congress Just Increased Their Budgets

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:30:54 +0000

(image) "The final version of the federal budget was rolled out on Wednesday, and not only does it maintain funding levels for federal arts programs, it actually increases them. The NEA and NEH will receive $355 million in 2018 — an increase in five million from the year before. Meanwhile, $445 million has been allocated to […]NEA_logo

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Why Do Dictators Keep Fancying Themselves Literary Authors?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:04:06 +0000

(image) "How can you be a dictator without your sacred text, without a document to show your word is law?" From Lenin's dense treatises and Hitler's notorious memoir, through Mao's "little red book" of aphorisms and Kim Jong-Il's critical treatises on cinema and opera, to Türkmenbashi's faux-folklore and Saddam Hussein's romance novels, they just can't stop […]dictator lit

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Can The Classical Music World Just Drop The Whole 'Maestro' Thing Already?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:33:30 +0000

(image) "Amid the manifold campaigns to make classical music more accessible, less patriarchal, to take itself less absolutely seriously and to crack a smile - if not a joke - the outdated term is getting slightly grating to read. ... [And] 'maestro' doesn't fool anybody. If anything, it reveals a kind of uniquely fragile masculinity that […]maestro

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What Exactly Do We Do? Everything! (A Librarian Tells You What The Job Is Really Like)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:17:04 +0000

(image) "Librarianship asks you to do 12 things at once and then when you're in the middle of those projects wonders if you've got any tax forms left or an eclipse viewer. It's endless questions. It's 'my two dollar fine pays your salary.' It's a grubby little hand at storytime grabbing your leg and smearing glitter […]librarian-story-time

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How Director Marianne Elliott Wrestled With 'Angels In America' (And Tony Kushner)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:02:42 +0000

(image) As the UK National Theatre's revival of the epic opens on Broadway, Michael Schulman talks to its director - known to US audiences for War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about the challenges and joys of staging the play and bringing to the States (and, yes, of dealing with […]marianne elliott

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ACLU Sues City Of New Orleans For Censoring Trump Mural

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:46:28 +0000

(image) "[The suit is] on behalf of the resident Neal Morris, who is facing potential jail time over a mural painted on his private property that the city has demanded he remove. The mural, by the artist Cashy-D, depicts a quote from the 2005 Access Hollywood Tape in which US President Donald Trump brags about [you-know-what]."ACLU NOLA

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Barbara Wersba, Whose Children's Books Explored Alcoholism, Gay Relationships, And The Like, Dead At 85

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:31:55 +0000

(image) "Ms. Wersba began writing in the 1960s, and her work reflected the era's new realism in literature for younger readers with stories no longer confined to intact nuclear families and sanitized goings-on like prom nights. Some of her frank themes generated criticism; others generated praise."barbara wersba a

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Poland's Rightist Government Tries To Transform The Arts - Or Let Them Wither

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:15:38 +0000

(image) "Often, the changes being made are nearly imperceptible from the outside. ... By altering funding policies, swapping artistic directors or terminating contracts, [the ruling Law and Justice party is] taking an opportunist approach that doesn't swap out the engines of Poland's culture industry, but changes them slowly, piece by piece, cog by cog. ... The […]poland culture wars

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A Culture War Rages In Israel

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:31 +0000

(image) As Israel lives under the most openly right-wing nationalist government in its history and as tensions rise with the Palestinians in the territories (and with many countries overseas because of the issue), both the culture ministry and many combatively conservative citizens are attacking (sometimes physically) artists, dancers, filmmakers, theater companies, and so on that breach […]israel-culture wars

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J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Website Lays Off Most Editorial Staff

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:44:08 +0000

(image) "The popular website was launched by JK Rowling in 2012 after the final Harry Potter film was released and was originally conceived as a way for the British writer to maintain and grow the online Potter fandom. According to a well-placed source, Pottermore sacked a string of editorial staff over the last few days, including […]JK Rowling

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The Marionettes Bringing Health Education To Burmese Villages

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:29:16 +0000

(image) "In the play, a puppet starts to offer a cigarette to a friend but his cough gets the better of him, which makes his voice a bit funny-sounding - eliciting peals of laughter from a roomful of a hundred schoolchildren." Didem Tali reports on puppeteers who have adapted the traditional Burmese puppet theater yoke thay […]Myanmar Marionette Puppets

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.22.18

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:43:42 +0000

Paul Taylor and His Cohort Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center through March 25th. I think I finally got it straight: Paul Taylor American Modern Dance is  ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-03-22 Catching Up (Well … Giving It A Good Try) The John Coltrane project described in this post is completed and awaiting […]