Are Some Books Too Dark For Children? (Sorry – That’s The Wrong Question!)

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“If we start categorizing books as appropriate for readers of certain ages, we are running a huge risk of missing wonderful opportunities for discovery and exploration. And children are fantastic at self-policing their own reading.”

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Public Libraries Mixing New “Secret Sauce” To Get Patrons Through The Door

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“A survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library’s resources to create articles about local history. (One library even has its own farm.) This ferment is attracting patrons; a Pew Internet survey found that these new modes bring in folks who normally shun libraries, typically men and people with limited education.”

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Tattoo Artists Starting To Assert Their Copyrights With Famous Clients

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These days, tattoo artists for athletes have started to pay more attention to their rights. And those worries aren’t necessarily frivolous, says Tim Bradley, an intellectual property attorney. He says copyright law is actually very friendly to the artist, and that protections kick in once you’ve shown a “modicum of creativity” in your design and you’ve put it on a “tangible medium.”

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This Year’s Burning Man Maxes Out

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“Friday’s official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music festival 110 miles north of Reno, said Gene Seidlitz, manager of the agency’s Winnemucca District. The number was down from last year’s record peak crowd of 69,613, which resulted in organizers being placed on probation for a second time in three years for violating the limit.”

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UK Government Hopes Tax Relief Will Revitalize Touring Theatre

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“The major new tax relief scheme was confirmed by the government earlier this year and means that from Monday, touring shows can apply for 25% relief and non touring productions will be eligible for a 20% tax credit on qualifying production costs. It will apply to plays, musicals, opera, ballet, dance and circus shows and is expected to bring in up to £120 million for touring and commercial productions in future years. It is expected to benefit around 250 production companies a year.”

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Detroit’s Bankruptcy Trial Begins (And The Art World Watches)

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“The resolution of the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history is likely to set precedents for other struggling cities. At the centre of the conflict is the question of whether a bankrupt city can avoid selling any valuable asset, including its art collection.”

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The Un-Reinvention Of The Sao Paulo Biennial

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“The challenge of developing and executing a coherent artistic agenda—a show that succeeds on its own terms—in the rickety, transitory, financially and organisationally opaque world of biennials is the default theme of the hardy breed of curators whose line of work this is.”

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Today’s Pop Musicians Think Classical (And Think Nothing Of It)

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“What isn’t so radical any more is the notion of a rock or pop artist composing so-called serious music. Beethoven no longer rolls over in his grave. Rather, he’s propped up on one elbow listening to Radiohead.”

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CBC Canada’s Funding Is Broken (Time To Start Over!)

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“Let’s call the whole charade off. The money is not worth the cost. As long as CBC receives an annual allotment, it remains a convenient whipping boy and an easy target for cost-cutting. Government should stop paying. Everyone should stop sniping. The CBC should be freed up to put all its effort into meeting its mandate.”

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A Festival Of “Dangerous Ideas”

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“Our objective in presenting dangerous ideas is not that these ideas be promoted or adopted, but simply that they be encountered and, thus, assessed on their merits. … We believe that ideas of all kinds are best exposed to the light of reason and discernment.”

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Telegraph’s Longtime Chief Theatre Critic Charles Spencer Retires

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“I have loved my job, but critics shouldn’t go on too long. I feel I’ve had my say and it’s time to stop and put my feet up,” said the 59-year-old journalist on his decision to take early retirement after 25 years with the London-based paper.”

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Breathtaking Personal Honesty: A Fellow Critic’s Tribute To Charles Spencer

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Mark Shenton: “It is not always appropriate for a critic to put himself at the centre of a narrative about a play he is reviewing, but when a play affects you directly and personally, it is honest to point it out. … I’m very proud of Charlie for doing so with such openness, and I have tried to follow his example.”

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Another Milestone For Maestras: Susanna Mälkki Named Chief Conductor Of Helsinki Philharmonic

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The 45-year-old Finn, until last year music director of Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris and recently appointed principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkia Orchestra and active throughout Europe and North America as a guest conductor, takes over from John Storgårds in Helsinki at the start of 2016.

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Fabio Luisi To Lead Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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“The music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has a new gig … Mr. Luisi, 55, signed a three-year contract with the [DNSO] from 2017 through 2020, his representatives said, and plans to step up his appearances with the orchestra even before that.”

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“The Internet Is A Cargo Cult”: The Fundamental Reason Why Songwriters (Or Any Content Creators) Have Trouble Making Money On The Web

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David Lowery of Cracker and Camper van Beethoven: “People worship the Internet like a cargo cult. It’s this thing that they have that brings them free stuff, and they think it’s magic. … They don’t want to hear that behind the way you get this free stuff, some really actually fucked-up things have happened to individuals and their individual rights.”

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Rock Festival In L.A.’s Grand Park Was A Grand Experiment In Several Ways

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“The decision to close the park for a for-profit event will be redeemed only if the money Live Nation paid the county to rent it out makes it a better place to visit, over the long term, for the public. Luckily, even as concertgoers were tramping across Grand Park’s lawns and through its flower beds, they were also helping demonstrate pretty clearly where its design might be tweaked and improved. They made up a huge and unwitting landscape-architecture focus group.”

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Lars Von Trier Returning To TV

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“The Danish director Lars von Trier is planning to make his first televisions series in two decades, a producer for the project recently announced. The English-language series will be titled The House That Jack Built.”

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Daniel Ezralow Launches New Dance Company

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“With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.” Ezralow Dance debuts this month at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

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“The Opera Olympics”, Operalia, Reveals Its 2014 Winners

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Tenor Mario Chang and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen each won three medals prizes, including the first-place awards for male and female singer. “In a rare occurrence for the competition, the third-place prizes were awarded to four singers whom the judges said received identical scores.”

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The Artist Who Reinvented Blue

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Maybe Yves Klein was an attention whore. (There was that time he took an empty gallery and called it an exhibition, and the time he had naked models covered in paint roll around on canvas.) But he created (and patented) an ultramarine pigment that countless artists before him had tried without success to stabilize.

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Paris Is Forgetting Ernest Hemingway

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“American writer Ernest Hemingway had close links with Paris. He first lived there in 1920 and played a marginal, much-mythologised, role in the 1944 liberation of the city. But now, 70 years on, memories of the author are starting to fade.”

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Sometimes Even Successful Writers Abandon Novels After Years Of Work

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Esther Freud: “Sitting down at your desk every day is an appointment with doubt; that is the nature of writing. But eventually I just had to admit that it wasn’t working; there just wasn’t enough happening to keep me interested.”

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A Successful Edinburgh International Fest – At Least, By The Numbers

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“Some 80% of available tickets were issued, and overall audience attendance is estimated at more than 415,000.”

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The Head Of The BBC Trust Will For The First Time Be A Woman

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“A member of Bournemouth Flying club, she is almost certainly the first BBC Trust boss with a pilot’s licence – useful if she has to make a hasty exit.”

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Here We Go: This University’s ‘Library’ Is Completely Print-Free

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“It has a collection of roughly 7,000 books it obtained from another recently-closed polytechnic university — though administrators still have to figure out what to do with the paper books.”

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A Celebrated Young Playwright Deals With The Pressure By Succeeding

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“But when you’re young, gifted, gay and black and the theatrical world is toasting you as the next great one, it makes sense to proceed with caution. You never know when the fickle star-making gods will turn on you.”

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The Teenager From Alaska Who’s Studying At The Bolshoi

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“Though she noted that the academy feels both sheltered and separate from the Bolshoi company, she and her family are far from ignorant of the current political situation not only in Russia but at the Bolshoi.”

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Apparently, Martin Amis’ German And French Publishers Don’t Want His WWII Novel

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“Amis went on to say that he felt the publisher had failed to understand the main character in the novel.”

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Hey, Artists And Sportsters, Native People Called – They Want Their Imagery Back

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“Another body of artwork out there — produced by Native American artists and entrepreneurs — asserts ownership over the images associated with their culture.”

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