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What Does It Mean To Change As A Person?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:01:37 +0000

(image) "Every worldly example of continued personal identity involves tremendous transformations – whether it is developing language, sociality or morals; discovering a hidden passion; coming out of our closets; changing careers; falling in or out of love; growing or finding a family. Such dynamism does not throw our identities into question; instead, these changes represent some of […]show_essay-paul_gauguin_-_self-portrait_with_halo_and_snake

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Report: Music Streaming Revenue Is Up 48 Percent In 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:28:44 +0000

(image) More than 30 million people are now paying for a subscription streaming service in the U.S., which pushed streaming revenue up 48 percent, to $2.5 billion, in the first half of the year. Streaming now accounts for 62 percent of the U.S. music

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How Trump Bought His Way Onto The NYT Bestseller List With "Art Of The Deal"

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:03:08 +0000

(image) O’Donnell recounts buying 1,000 copies of The Art of the Deal to sell in the Plaza’s gift shop—only to be told by fellow executive Steve Hyde that it wasn’t nearly enough. “You’ve got to increase your order,” Hyde told him. “Donald will go nuts if you don’t order more books.” How many more? Four thousand copies, O’Donnell […]da7a8abc0298095e889f275d3611cc9cadc35c27

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Mexico's Museums Struggle To Figure Out Earthquake Damage

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:31:35 +0000

(image) In a post on Facebook and Twitter, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia reported that all staff was safe. Other museums, monuments, and archaeological sites appear to have been affected by the earthquake, and many institutions and archaeology sites in Mexico City and the states of Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala are currently closed as a […]download-1

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Inside The Head Of A Guy Really Listening To John Cage's 4'33" For The First Time

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:03:52 +0000

(image) John Haskell has a very Cagean - or Beckettian, or Joycean - experience: "I was craning my ears, or pricking up my ears, or opening the metaphorical doors of hearing, and we don't have a word for what the mind does, the way it turns from object to object, turning from the moment in front […]4-33

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Trip Advisor Users Rank The World's Most Popular Museums. The "House Of Terror"? Really?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:31:50 +0000

(image) "I would be the first to admit that many of the institutions here are new to me—though to be fair, I am not a military history buff, and therefore am unfamiliar with institutions like Hungary’s House of Terror or Singapore’s Battlebox, which seem quite popular. It’s not all just war, though: In Uruguay, the top museum is the Museo Andes […]download

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When Roald Dahl's Publisher Decided He Was Too Much Of A Prick To Publish

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:04:18 +0000

(image) Emily Temple recounts the time that Robert Gottlieb had finally had enough. (And "prick" is probably too mild a word.)Roald Dahl, Host Of "Way Out"

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says These Seven Books Made Him Smarter

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:31:22 +0000

(image) "Nadella, whose own first book, the memoir/vision for the future Hit Refresh, is being published in late September, says that he’s drawn particular inspiration from these seven works on history, economics, technology, and management strategy."p-1-the-satya-book-club-microsoft

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Not Even Degenerate - The Miraculous Mondrian That's Not A Mondrian At All

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:01:23 +0000

(image) An untitled canvas that had been in the Nazis' notorious "degenerate art" exhibition and thought lost seemingly turned up at a show in Brussels last year. No such luck. "What started out as a potentially major cultural discovery now turns out instead to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of presenting works of art […]mondrian

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Movie Musicals Came Into Their Own In The 1950s. But Fred Astaire Was On The Outside Looking In

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:31:50 +0000

(image) Astaire’s fate in the early fifties was something one suspects he’d never accounted for: his age was beginning to show. Of course, this was a time when elderly men still courted young women on-screen with stunning regularity, and had Astaire been a normal romantic lead, this might not have been a problem. But he was a dancer.thebandwagon

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When Languages Collide: How Creoles Are Born

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:02:47 +0000

(image) In this "Lexicon Valley" podcast, linguist John McWhorter talks about how pidgins arise and gradually develop into new languages.lexicon valley bigger

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What Can We Learn From The Progress Of Civilization?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:29:47 +0000

(image) "The news here is that the lives of most of our progenitors were better than we think. We’re flattering ourselves by believing that their existence was so grim and that our modern, civilized one is, by comparison, so great. Still, we are where we are, and we live the way we live, and it’s possible […]170918_r30523

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Why Bellini's Norma Is The 'Mount Everest' Of Opera Roles

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:03:32 +0000

(image) As Renata Scotto once said, "You want to climb the mountain. You know you are supposed to climb the mountain. But it is so difficult." What makes it so difficult? James Jorden gives a thorough breakdown of the part's challenges, musical and dramatic, with audio and video examples.norma

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Cincinnati Enquirer Lays Off Last Of Its Arts Critics

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:31:01 +0000

(image) Classical music writer Janelle Gelfand was the last of the Enquirer's arts writers to go. At its peak, the Enquirer had a theater, art, movie, food, classical, pop, and books critics, each with their own beats. The move comes only weeks before the city's Music Hall was to reopen after a major makeover. Gelfand was […]download

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Jeff Bridges Is Fine With Being The Dude Forever

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:04:37 +0000

(image) "It's been nearly two decades since The Big Lebowski, a tale about an emphatically nonchalant man named Jeffrey 'the Dude' Lebowski who gets forced over the precipice of chalance, transformed Jeff 'the actor' Bridges into an unwitting pop cult leader. ... Jeff Bridges isn't turned off by this, as some already famous actors might be […]Jeff Bridges

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Why The New York Times Will Recommend A Play With A Dirty Word In The Title But Won't Print That Title

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:36:40 +0000

(image) When Ben Brantley reviewed a revival of Suzan-Lori Parks's Fucking A (a take on The Scarlet Letter), he wrote, "since I am not a character in this work but an employee of The New York Times, I shall be referring to this play only as 'A.' (The full title places an Anglo-Saxon adjective before the […]fucking a

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The Incredible New Theater At Chicago's Navy Pier

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:05:43 +0000

(image) "The public won't get in to Chicago Shakespeare's $35 million, 33,000-square-foot one-of-a-kind new space until Sept. 19, when James Thierree's The Toad Knew opens. But you don't have to wait to see the Yard - a theater where the seats can literally float in midair and the stage can morph into just about any shape […]chicago navy pier

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'Mother!' - What Does It Mean? Its Director And Stars Explain Hollywood's Weirdest Movie In Years

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:34:35 +0000

(image) Melena Ryzik talks to Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, and Darren Aronofsky. And no, they don't agree on what the film means, or even necessarily what it's about.mother trio 200

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'Mother!' - Darren Aronofsky Tells How He Made This Strange Film (And Got Hollywood To Let Him Do It)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:18:17 +0000

(image) "Say what you will about Darren Aronofsky, but the guy knows how to get a reaction out of people. ... We caught up with Aronofsky a few months before the film's premiere, while its contents were still top secret, to talk about its allegorical meaning, its startlingly unusual use of Kristen Wiig, and the surprising […]mother aronofsky q-n-a

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Lillian Ross, Legendary New Yorker Reporter, Dead At 99

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:03:09 +0000

(image) "[Her] innovative journalism appeared in the New Yorker magazine for eight consecutive decades, and whose profiles and articles were considered forebears of both the nonfiction novel and unsparing modern celebrity profile."lillian ross

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How Mexico City's Art World Is Doing After The Earthquake

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:47:37 +0000

(image) "ARTnews has reached out to various museums, galleries, and arts organizations to better understand how they fared. This post is being continuously updated with details about how the earthquake has impacted the Mexican art world."mexico city

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'We Got Ridiculously Lucky': Florida Theatres Clean Up After Hurricane Irma

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:32:18 +0000

(image) "While some theatres could not be contacted because phone and power service still were absent Tuesday, managers at some of the most seriously affected theatres considered themselves blessed that they avoided the severity of damage suffered by Houston's Alley Theatre. Forecasters predicted much, much worse, especially in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, which was […]florida_Theatre_Irma_Damage

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Does Philly Need Yet Another Performing Arts Venue? Actually, It Can Use This One

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:16:24 +0000

(image) "The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has started work on a 277-seat hall that, in addition to being a venue for PAFA's own activities, will host concerts, lectures, and other events by PAFA's partner arts groups ... and will be offered as a rental space to others seeking a small state-of-the-art venue." Peter Dobrin […]pafa

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World's First Major Museum For Street Art Opens In Berlin

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:01:25 +0000

(image) "There are certainly questions about whether the museum" - called Urban Nation - "marks the institutionalisation of an art movement valued for its anarchic spirit, where works are mainly painted at the dead of night, dodging the prying eyes of police and angry landlords. All the works in the museum's opening show were created specifically […]berlin street art museum

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For All The Chaos In Venezuela, Its Cinema Is Thriving (For Now)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:45:43 +0000

(image) "La Soledad is the latest in a glut of Venezuelan films telling unflinching, complex stories of life in the troubled Andean nation. It might seem surprising, given the increasingly authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro, that these films have often benefitted from state funding. ... A major reconfiguration came in 2005 with a reform to the […]venezuelan cinema

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'The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!' Breaks Attendance Record

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:30:28 +0000

(image) The show of work by Grayson Perry with that hyperbolic title was, by average daily visitors, the busiest show that London's Serpentine Galleries have ever held, according to Serpentine management. (Reporter Gareth Harris cites a show from last summer that had higher numbers; a Serpentine spokeswoman gives reasons why that one doesn't count.)most popular art exhibition ever!

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.20.17

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:17:29 +0000

What Museum Visitors Want to Know Museums are mysterious to many people outside the art world (and maybe to people in the art world, I don’t know!). That’s why I highlighted Ask A Curator Day here last week, and why I ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-09-20 Recent Listening In Brief: 3 Trumpets Redux Dick […]