The Steampunk Heart Of Artist Anselm Kiefer’s 200-Acre Studio

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“When Kiefer moved there in 1992 he needed 70 lorries to move the contents of his studio: he would need rather more now. The artist turned this quiet domain into a Brobdingnagian Gesamtkunstwerk, surely one of the most extraordinary artworks of the last century.”

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Yes, Heidegger Believed In The Nazi Cause (For A Time). Now What Do We Do With Him?

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“One reason to take the Notebooks seriously, therefore, is to understand how a figure who inspired such a wide following could have held such views — and what this might mean for his legacy. This is a question of intellectual history and influence. While it is important, there remains an even deeper one: whether there is anything left for us to think about in reading Heidegger.”

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Life Is Random (No Matter How Much We Want It To Be Organized)

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“Futurists and science-fiction authors predict that genetic engineering will someday allow designer children, built to order, with whatever smarts, looks, and personalities their parents prefer. But biology’s new recognition of the role of noise in development gives us one more reason to think that this simply isn’t going to happen.”

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A Deep Dive Into The Issues – And The Future – Of The Vivian Maier Case(s)

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“The rights to some of Maier’s work may hinge on a rental agreement she signed for a storage unit — a storage unit on which she later defaulted.”

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A Dancer Who Works In Sneakers (And Dances Right Through Many Pairs Of Them Per Year)

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“Most of my shoes last two and a half weeks. I wear a lot of Jordans because they feel really good and are comfortable when I’m dancing and they have just enough toe support.”

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New Playwrights Will Never Defeat Romeo & Juliet – But Can They At Least Get A Hearing?

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“I get it. Dead people work for cheaper than those of us who breathe air. And they’ve got more name recognition and audience draw. Plus, they won’t show up to rehearsal with script changes or input. There’s no need to spend money ‘developing’ their plays. Their work is finite. Frozen forever in perfection.”

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So, Turns Out People Under 30 – AKA Millennials – Love Print Books

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Millennials may not care for libraries the same way Gen-Xers and Boomers do, but they sure do love books in print form.

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For A Hard-working Actress, Finally A Chance At The Bronze Ring

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“Her characters often serve to ‘hold up the wall’ of the narrative, she said, like the empathetic best friend in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or the kindly stranger in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ Or the kindly mental-institution psychiatrist in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ the kindly rape-treatment counselor in ‘Trust’ or the kindly medium in ‘Beautiful Creatures.'”

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Three City Ballet Dancers Are About To Break Into Stardom – In Broadway Musicals

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“Not many musicals require the specialized skills of world-class ballet dancers. It’s mostly a fluke that three high-profile shows with such needs are opening within months of one another.”

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(Why) Are We OK With Oil Barons Funding Natural History Museums?

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“The politics isn’t in the science itself — science is raw data, as close to the truth as you can get. The funding is about how we are interpreting that knowledge to further an agenda”

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The Cult Of Jeff Koons Must Die

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“Koons is alert to a tendency on the part of the art audience to submit—to submit to something (to anything) that exerts a certain discomfiting power. This is the S&M of the contemporary art world, with the audience angling for an opportunity to grovel at the feet of the superstar.”

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One Problem For The Locked-Out Atlanta Symphony Musicians: Size

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“You can’t (cut) this orchestra any further. Either you try to maintain it and grow it back in the direction from where we came, or it’s over — it’s not the same orchestra any more.”

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In Los Angeles, The Art World Tilts To The East

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“Today, for new or newly relocating galleries, both commercial and nonprofit, it’s industrial warehouses — with plenty of parking — south of the 10 Freeway and east of the L.A. River.”

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Is It OK To Censor Art When It Hearkens To A Deeply Racist Past?

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The Barbican Centre’s planned ‘Exhibit B’ “invites liberals to feel the ‘discomfort’ of their colonial history while fawning over the naked and prostrate black body.”

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Want To Engage People With An Unknown Attraction? Make It A Game

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“The beauty of play is that it can take so many forms. So the river becomes this 51-mile-long blank grey canvas for the collective imagination of a city, of many cities.”

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Without This Man, You Likely Wouldn’t Know A Damn Thing About Rock ‘n’ Roll

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“Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock ’n’ roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.”

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So Hollywood’s Not Actually LGBT-Friendly, Actors Say

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“While 53% of lesbian and gay actors were ‘out’ to all or most of their fellow actors, the report found that only 36% had revealed to agents they were gay, and only 13% had told industry executives.”

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Ian McEwan Used To Be Out To Shock, But Now He’s A Novelist Of Compassion – What Happened?

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“One can’t go on writing in his mid-60s as though he is 19 years old,” says the author of Atonement and The Children Act.

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New Effort Will Translate Shakespeare’s Complete Works Into Mandarin

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“Culture secretary Sajid Javid also announced £300,000 for a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) tour of China.”

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When Artists Run Afoul Of Social Media

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“It’s no secret that Facebook and Twitter can help classical musicians promote their work outside of traditional news media outlets. But when artists cross certain boundaries or get overly political, they can quickly find their careers at risk.”

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Duke Ellington’s Grandson Sues Over Recording Company Royalties

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“In the lawsuit, Paul Ellington says EMI should stop deducting 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers that its parent company now owns before splitting the rest with Ellington’s heirs.”

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Any Last Words? (Why Writers Aren’t Good About It)

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“Few writers have willingly put their last word to paper. Few have composed the literary equivalent of a last will and testament. Most of the time, the creator comes up dry.”

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A Post-Adult America

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“It is now possible to conceive of adulthood as the state of being forever young. Childhood, once a condition of limited autonomy and deferred pleasure (“wait until you’re older”), is now a zone of perpetual freedom and delight. Grown people feel no compulsion to put away childish things.”

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A First: Brain-To-Brain Communication

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“We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways.”

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Why Do Jazz Fans Have No Sense Of Humor?

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“Jazz already has an unfair reputation for being unapproachable, difficult, and humorless: See Keith Jarrett cursing out festival attendees for snapping photos, or Gary Peacock shooing Elvis Costello offstage in disgust. But if jazz has a humor problem, it’s mostly afflicting fans and critics, not practitioners.”

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Judge Declines To Award Indigenous Art Prize Because “Work Wasn’t Good Enough”

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“It’s so insulting to the artists there, where you’ve got an old non-Indigenous lady saying these Indigenous art works are not worthy of being awarded any prize.”

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The Notorious Million-Word Novel Is Now Finished

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“Comics legend Alan Moore has finished the first draft of his second novel, Jerusalem – and it runs to more than 1m words. His daughter, Leah Moore, made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday, adding with a wink that ‘now there’s just the small matter of copy editing’.”

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27 Writers On Whether Or Not To Get Your MFA

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“It’s [a conversation] that we should be having, considering the explosion of the MFA in the past 40 years: from a mere 79 programs in 1979 to 854 today.”

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Stonehenge – There’s Lots More Of It Underground, Say Scientists

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“An astonishing complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and barrows has lain hidden and unsuspected beneath the Stonehenge area for thousands of years. Scientists discovered the site using sophisticated techniques to see underground.”

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