Oh, *This* Will Be Juicy: Martin Amis Is Writing A Novel About Christopher Hitchens, Saul Bellow, And Philip Larkin
“It’s hard going but the one benefit is that I have the freedom to invent things,” he says. “I don’t have them looking over my shoulder any more.” Because, of course, they’re all dead now.
The Guardian Published: 12.07.16
The good news from a decade-long study of the area’s seven major pro companies is that audiences there aren’t tapped out, they’re growing (even subscriptions increased!). But there was one startling finding: “A whopping 85 percent of audiences patronize a single troupe.”
Washington Post Published: 12.02.16
“The musicians voted on Wednesday to approve a new labor agreement with orchestra management that includes a pay freeze for the first two years and modest pay raises in the last two years of the four-year contract.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Published: 12.07.16
Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma. Marisa Paredes, Emma Suárez, and others on how the flamboyant director creates his female-centered worlds.
New York Times Published: 12.02.16
The current Polish government had asked the court to allow the extradition of the director (who is a dual citizen of Poland and France) to the U.S. over his notorious statutory rape charge from the 1970s.
New York Times Published: 12.06.16
Genuine quotas were explicitly tried in Britain in the 1980s, and they failed. Well, they were sort of tried – Cristy Romer argues that the attempt wasn’t serious, and that now’s the time to try to do it properly.
Arts Professional (UK) Published: 12.01.16
“Nothing like a boycott promoted by conservative Republicans to send the Broadway grosses soaring.”
Blouin Artinfo Published: 12.06.16
Gennadi Nedvigin trained at the Bolshoi and had a 19-year dance career at San Francisco Ballet; Atlanta Ballet has lately been concentrating on contemporary works. Nedvigin will be implementing the ultra-classicist Vaganova Method, developed at and for the Mariinsky Ballet.
Atlanta Magazine Published: 12.07.16
This Again? Virginia County Yanks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ And ‘Huck Finn’ From Schools After Parent Complains About N-Word
The mother of a biracial high school student on the state’s Eastern Shore told a school board meeting, “I’m not disputing this is great literature. But there is so much racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that, and right now we are a nation divided as it is.”
Washington Post Published: 12.03.16
“‘In the social media, there have been tens of thousands of comments about ‘King Bibi’,’ [sculptor Itay] Zalait said on Army Radio when asked what had inspired him to create the statue. ‘I simply made it a reality and put it in its deserved place, the Kings of Israel Square.'”
Reuters Published: 12.06.16
Marina Harss looks at the special qualities of this first star part for young male dancers, and she talks to a 12-year-old who’s sharing the role at New York City Ballet this year.
The New Yorker Published: 12.06.16
Puccini’s Original Version Of ‘Madama Butterfly’ Returns To La Scala 112 Years After Its Disastrous Premiere
Oh yes, it was booed, and not only by the professional claques. There are some big differences from the revised version Puccini eventually published – especially with the character of Pinkerton, who was originally much more craven as well as more caddish.
New York Times Published: 12.06.16
“While critics and book reviewers may continue to be an essential part of public cultural life, literary theorists who do not embrace AI will be at risk of becoming an exotic species – like the librarians who once used index cards to search for information.”
Aeon Published: 12.06.16
“Artists objected to the fact that the NAS Creative Community Fellows program would have emphasized community engagement–which they view as the province of outreach programs administered by nonprofit organizations. It also placed substantial emphasis on training for more community engagement–an investment of time and energy many artists view as taking them away from the focus of their work. They note that the work itself is exhibited in galleries and featured in art walks and as such has made enormous contributions to Cleveland neighborhoods.”
Collective Arts Network Published: 12.06.16
“Now it has emerged that one of the two experts who refused to authenticate the score later tried to persuade the owner of the piece to part with it for just €900 (£757), less than one per cent of the value put on it by the auction house.”
The Telegraph (UK) Published: 12.02.16
“In the U.S., we’re citizens of our debt,” the collective, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, told me. “Almost everyone has some kind of debt. If artists don’t organize around it, [the debt] is going to gobble us up.”
ARTnews Published: 12.06.16
“Symptoms included a frenzy for culling and hunting down first editions, rare copies, books of certain sizes or printed on specific paper.”
Atlas Obscura Published: 12.02.16
“Whatever problems you might have with the idea of a Trump administration, it opens up the prospect of a real improvement in American arts policy.”
Bloomberg Published: 12.05.16
In the years between the 1925 Paris Exhibition (where the stye became famous) and World War II, Art Deco became as popular in Japan as it did in any other prosperous country. “The cultural hybridity was, in a way, a reversal of the one that emerged in Western Europe in the late-19th century, when Japonism swept through the region, captivating the Impressionists in particular.”
Hyperallergic Published: 12.05.16
“She went from sort of daffy and inattentive to intimately involved with her client’s world. Her head cocked, her timbre lowered, and she understood everything. A client could have sat down and told her they were going to murder their parents and she would have said, “Well, they have been very mean to you.” With her, the clients felt heard. They’d open up their lives, reveal deeply buried trauma. She was a truly fantastic interviewer.”
Literary Hub Published: 12.01.16
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A century ago, Maude Adams was such a renowned actress that one critic described her as “the most popular person in the United States.” Peter Pan was the role that made her a superstar, and she was also famous for her Napoleon II. Yet the play she loved most was an adaptation of the old fable of Chanticleer.
Atlas Obscura Published:12.06.16
“One positive story the classical music field has to tell is a multi-tiered membership approach developed by The Cleveland Orchestra. Instead of building a one-size fits all membership program, the Cleveland Orchestra team identified distinct audience segments that fell through the cracks of their existing loyalty programs. Then, they went about crafting a targeted membership initiative for each of those groups: college students, young professionals, and “gap audiences” that hadn’t responded to traditional subscription offerings.”
How ‘Crash’ Got Made Against The Odds And Won The Best Picture Oscar Against Even Bigger Odds: An Oral History
These folks don’t think they beat Brokeback Mountain because of Academy voters’ homophobia (or at least skittishness). But they made the movie, so they would say that, wouldn’t they? Even so, they have quite a story to tell.
New York Magazine Published:12.04.16
“With the ubiquity of the internet and the rise of machine learning, a new kind of solution is beginning to take shape. The infrastructure of the web, built to link one resource to the next, was the beginning. The next wave of information systems promises to more deeply establish links between people, ideas, and artifacts that have, so far, remained out of reach—by drawing connections between information and objects that have come unmoored from context and history.”
The Atlantic Published:12.01.16
Some of the reaction seems to be Poe’s Law in action (though you’d think the title – Bad Little Children’s Books: KidLit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers – would clue folks in), and some seems to be indignant virtue-signaling.
Boston Globe Published:12.05.16
Lynn Nottage, Playwright Of ‘Sweat’, On Getting To Know Locked-Out Middle-Aged White Steelworkers In Reading, PA
“I found that the way in which they spoke was really familiar to me, as an African-American woman who has struggled with marginalization throughout my entire life. For the first time, they were saying, ‘We feel unseen, unheard, frustrated.’ At the end of the meeting, I said, ‘You guys sound like socialists.'” A Q&A with Slate‘s June Thomas.
“I came to Australia with a shaved head and a swollen foot. … It’s been extreme hard work, extreme dedication, and also extreme loneliness. This isn’t my home. But it feels so comfortable and I’ve been made to feel so welcome.”
Sydney Morning Herald Published:12.08.16
“The 27-year-old Ukrainian … has been cast in two hot upcoming titles: Kenneth Branagh’s all-star adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and the spy thriller Red Sparrow from Fox, appearing alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.”
Hollywood Reporter Published:12.05.16
The figure for last season was up 15% over 2014-15 and is the fourth increase in a row. Total attendance was down slightly, and there was a $561,000 deficit after three years of surpluses; both decreases can be blamed on (yes, really) the weather.
Indianapolis Star Published:12.06.16
The auction house has acquired Orion Analytical and is folding the firm into its newly-created scientific research department. James Martin, the firm’s founder (and now a Sotheby’s exec), has helped the FBI in a number of art fraud cases, not least the Knoedler Gallary debacle.