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Have Selfies Gotten In The Way Of Real Experiences?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:02:26 +0000

(image) "A symptom of modern living, but a no less inevitable one, require we live in a state of constant negotiation: between the pull of the world and one’s own conditioned desires. The writer Jenna Wortham, in 2013, described selfies as part of “a timeless delight in our ability to document our lives and leave behind a trace […]SelfieCulture-Art-458475917

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Portrait Of The Cellist As An Artist Of A Different Sort

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:31:37 +0000

(image) As a corollary of his mission to rethink the performer’s role, Parker Woods refuses to let his identity as a cellist be restricted by conventional perceptions of what a classical string player does. Which is why, even at this still-early stage of his career, he’s already been leaving his imprint on a fascinating variety of […]Seth1_Michael-Yu

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French Singer Dies In Mid-Performance Onstage

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:02:14 +0000

(image) Barbara Weldens was singing at a church in the village of Goudron in southwestern France as part of the Festival Léo Ferré when she collapsed mid-song. There are conflicting reports regarding her cause of death with some reporting that she suffered a cardiac arrest and the BBC saying that she may have been electrocuted. Police are investigating, […]19601156_1360746060669467_6041473263671856172_n

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When Empathy Was "Aesthetic Empathy"

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:35:55 +0000

(image) The feeling we call “empathy” has shifted dramatically over the last century from a description of an aesthetic response, to a moral and political aspiration, to a clinical skill, and today, to the firing of neurons. Returning to empathy’s roots—to once again think about the potential for “in-feeling” with a work of art, a mountain, […]Lanzoni-on-empathy-research-Image-2-595x800

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The Precariousness Of Publishing In Today's Market (And Why Small Presses Might Be The Future)

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:02:22 +0000

(image) "That Big Publishing remains conservative and homogeneous — and viewed with increasing ambivalence and disdain by the larger population — should not be surprising or contentious; axiomatic in antitrust law is the idea that a reduction in market participants, whether a result of competition, attrition, or consolidation, correlates with a reduction in consumer choice. We’ve seen this across any […]1-qz0Q17mAz21CzDZj3dAkgg

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Seattle Goes To Voters To Raise Sales Tax To Fund The Arts

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:32:24 +0000

(image) "Prop. 1 is the culmination of a decade-plus struggle to pass a state law allowing counties to tax themselves for arts and culture education, and asks voters to approve a sales tax of 0.1 percent — a penny for every $10 — to support arts, culture and science access and education. In the campaign’s projections, […]1aab247a-674b-11e7-958d-3acddee23222-1242x828

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Why Is It So Hard For New Women Musicians To Hit It Big?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:02:08 +0000

(image) "These artists all have a mainstream presence – performing at major festivals, appearing on Spotify and Radio 1 playlists, nurturing healthy social media accounts – but their popularity feels more microcosmic than an all-conquering march. Look at the charts. No female solo artists or groups have scored a UK No 1 this year, and beyond […]5333

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If This Really Is The Death Of Retail, What Will Happen To All The Street-Front Stores In Our Cities?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:31:12 +0000

(image) "What becomes of the ground-floor city when retail mutates into new forms? Some luxury brands might keep their boutiques as indulgences and loss leaders. But as national chains’ contracts give up on physical locations, commercial rents could fall, clearing the way for a resurgence of small stores: designer cookies and pet spas, but also used-book […]06-nike-soho.nocrop.w710.h2147483647.2x

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Study: Thinking You're Lazy Is Bad For Your Health

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:02:25 +0000

(image) "Among a large group of Americans who were tracked for up to two decades, the death rate was far higher among those who viewed themselves as less active than their peers. Intriguingly, this held true even "after adjusting for actual levels of physical activity." This suggests that, while spending too much time on the sofa […]sydney-jackson-310576

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If Your Job Is To Sell Books, What Do You Do When A Customer Wants A Book You Think Is Bad For Them?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:31:33 +0000

(image) "Despite the immeasurable good work independent bookstores and their staff do—from promoting children’s literacy to hosting readings and book clubs to being a vital part of local economies, and more—I’d hazard that the primary goal is always going to be customer satisfaction. So what can you do when a customer wants a book that you […]0062300547.01.LZZZZZZZ

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Is It Possible There's A Scientific Test For Consciousness?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:22:32 +0000

(image) "Week by week we hear claims from neuroscientists that would appear to confirm the prevailing “internalist” view of consciousness. If the brain creates a representation in our heads of the world around us through the firing of neurons, the argument goes, then we can identify neural activity that corresponds to particular aspects of consciousness.  How, […]consciousness-testing-machine

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Complaints Of Sexual Harassment Against Longtime Minnesota Theatre Executive Director

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:31:31 +0000

(image) "The complaints — some anonymous — surfaced only after an internal dispute about whether the theater's latest production should have an intermission boiled over, angering many of the community volunteers the theater relies on to function. As anger over the theater board's oversight gained steam, MPR News interviewed these six people and one more who […]246722-20170628-rct04

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When New Yorkers Rioted Over How To Perform 'Hamlet'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:02:56 +0000

(image) "When Major-General Charles Sandford recalled the scene at the Astor Place Theatre on May 10, 1849, it was with a sentiment one would not normally associate with a night at the theater. 'During a period of thirty-five years of military service,' wrote the general, 'I have never seen a mob so violent as the one […]astor-place-riot

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The Smithsonian Has Discovered The Magic Of Kickstarter, Raising $1 Million And Finding New Audiences

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:31:01 +0000

(image) “We’re not only trying to fund the projects, we are reaching audiences that we might not reach through other channels,” said Scott Tennent, the Smithsonian’s director of advancement communications, noting that three-fourths of the Kickstarter backers are new to the Smithsonian. “We can raise awareness that the Smithsonian relies on public support. That’s something people […]kickstarter-wizard_of_oz-web

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Why I Wanted My Asian-American Daughter To See Asian-American Actors Playing Shakespeare

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:03:56 +0000

(image) Nicole Chung writes about her meaningful mother-and-child trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Winter's Tale.aa shakespeare

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The B-52s: The Most Subversive Band In American Rock History?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:35:31 +0000

(image) "The subversive genius of the B-52s isn't quite acknowledged as much as it could be - even though the band invented new wave-wacky and was mindful about keeping ahead of the stylistic curve. ... You can chalk up a lack of respect to the group's kitschy veneer (and, more specifically, its penchant for making kitsch […]b52s

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Is The Age Of Trump Killing Comedy? No - It's Helping Comedy Return To What It Used To Be

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:04:06 +0000

(image) "You may have heard, in the past year, that irony and satire are dead, that in the age of Trump they have become indistinguishable from their opposites. ... Everyone recognizes that something essential to comedy is failing: the power to defeat lies. ... [But] comedy's association with honesty is far more recent than we might […]Natalie Matthews-Ramo

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Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered In Spain

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:33:09 +0000

(image) Three of the five works taken from the Madrid home of one of the artist's friends were found by Spanish police following a tipoff from a team asked to authenticate one of the paintings. Several suspects were arrested last year.francis bacon

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Federal Judge Okays Copyright Lawsuit Against Richard Prince - And Ruling Sounds Ominous For Defendant

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:17:17 +0000

(image) "Photographer Donald Graham ... alleges that Prince unlawfully used his photograph Rastafarian Smoking a Joint (1996) when he enlarged an Instagram post of it for his New Portraits show at New York's Gagosian Gallery in 2014." The judge noted in his ruling that "Prince has not materially altered the composition, presentation, scale, color palette and […]richard prince 200

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Rising Young Cabaret Singer Dies Onstage

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:02:33 +0000

(image) Barbara Weldens, a 35-year-old Frenchwoman who took first prize in last year's Jacques Brel Young Talent competition and who released her first album in February, was performing at a festival in southwestern France when she abruptly collapsed, apparently having been electrocuted.barbara weldens

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The First American Ever To Direct At Bayreuth, And They Chose, Of All People -

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:46:09 +0000

(image) "Yuval Sharon has instigated a mobile opera involving 126 performers, 24 limousines and six composers. He's produced a headphone opera, set among commuters passing through one of the country's busiest train stations. ... And, in 12 months, he'll become the first American to direct a production at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, founded by Richard […]yuval sharon

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They Warned Him Not To Take This Gig With The Bolshoi, But Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot Made It Work

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:31:37 +0000

(image) "'It was a huge gamble,” Mr. Maillot, the director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, said in a phone interview from Monaco. 'Everything was in place for it to fail.' It did exactly the opposite. A success since its 2014 premiere, The Taming of the Shrew has become a calling card at home and abroad for […]bolshoi Jean-Christophe Maillot

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Bill Funding NEA And NEH

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:15:28 +0000

(image) "The House bill, part of the process of thrashing out the federal budget for fiscal year 2018, includes $145 million for each endowment. The amounts represent a cut of about $5 million to each agency, but is a stark contrast to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the endowments entirely as outlined in his first federal […]NEA NEH

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The Guy Who Started The Ballet-Hip-Hop Mashup Wants To Launch A Professional Hiplet Dance Company

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:00:51 +0000

(image) About 25 years ago, at a rap concert in Canada, Homer Bryant had an idea: "I thought if I put rap and ballet together, I might have a hit on my hands." Eventually, he did: video of his dancers went hugely viral (and got the pearl-clutchers a-clutching). Now (if he can find the donors) he's […]hiplet

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This Man Has Become The New Isabella Stewart Gardner Or Albert Barnes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:44:22 +0000

(image) In life, Federico Cerruti was a solitary bachelor who made his fortune binding books, lived in a small apartment above his office, and visited his villa packed with Old Masters and Modern art every Sunday. In death, he has become the latest equivalent of Henry Clay Frick, Isabella Stewart Gardner and Albert Barnes.cerruti

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Lee Siegel On The Way The Cultural World Works

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:29:04 +0000

(image) "Money is the last taboo in contemporary writing — there is no Fifty Shades of Green. I have a simple, crude, and self-serving idea of why that is the case: the people in our world, from book editors to magazine and newspaper editors to writers, usually hail from pretty pampered backgrounds and live pretty pampered […]phpThumb_generated_thumbnail

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.20.17

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:12:29 +0000

The Fable of One Turtle and Four Humans: A Story of Community How did the turtle cross the road? The answer according to Greg Milo: thanks to a cardboard box and a community.  ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-07-20 Growing Together Laura Gisler shares a beautiful meditation on what community means to her through these […]