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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How Virginia Woolf Invented Modern Literature (And The Contemporary Essay Too)

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“Her drive to observe her own perception, to take an ice-core sample of an instant, or of a day, or of a memory, is at heart a restorative gesture in the face of her era’s intensified speed, instability, and violence.”

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Why Is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Still So Incredibly Popular?

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“Rarely offstage, rarely on hiatus, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has already been back on Broadway for four revivals, played London’s West End four times and remains among Broadway’s 16 longest-running shows ever.”

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The Academy Plans To Recognize Miyazaki, Whether Or Not He’s Really Quitting Films

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“Miyazaki is the first Japanese filmmaker to receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization since 1990.”

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Will Self Declares George Orwell ‘A Literary Mediocrity’

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“It’s this prose style that has made Orwell the Supreme Mediocrity – and like all long-lasting leaders, he has an ideology to justify his rule.”

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Will Our Digital Future Be Virtual – Or Integrated?

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“Interfaces will migrate away from our handheld devices to hard surfaces like walls, countertops or even products themselves, making it possible to access information through gestures or spoken commands.”

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The San Diego Opera Downsizes, But, More Importantly, Survives

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“The rise-from-the-dead drama that has unfolded here is being applauded as a hopeful sign in what has otherwise been a decidedly dispiriting stretch for opera, what with the closing of New York City Opera and the bitter labor battle that was recently resolved at the Metropolitan Opera.”

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Arab Film Fests Get Bigger, And Highlight Local Talent

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“The fall festival slot, which includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo and the Marrakech film festivals, offers significant opportunities for Arab filmmakers to stump for financing and make crucial connections within the industry, as well as a portal in which to take their work beyond the region.”

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Why Does France Dominate Film Festivals?

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“The danger is of French movies becoming just festival films. We’d like them to enjoy healthy commercial distribution as well.”

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Simon Rattle: Music Is Our Birthright

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“A free music education was one of the glories of the UK when I was a child. Too much has been sacrificed in the name of economic necessity. Learning music is a birthright. And you have to start young.”

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Hollywood’s ‘Brutal Summer’ Ends With Box Office Down 15 Percent

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Sorry, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you tried SO HARD but couldn’t quite save this season for the money people.

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Look, Great Art Belongs In The Capital, Not The Provinces

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“I didn’t invent London. It has dominated British culture since the 18th century and has never exerted more global cultural power than today. Tourists from all over the world are flocking, right now, to London for its renowned galleries. It is a stage on which artists are made and ruined.”

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When An Office Group Sings Together, Apparently It’s Good For Just About Everyone

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“London, long a choral capital, is setting the tone with law firms, banks, accountancy firms, tech firms, even cosmetics giant L’Oréal now featuring company-supported choirs. A number have set up Google-style music rooms, and some even offer music lessons during the workday.”

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When Author Ralph Ellison Met The Love Of His Life (For A While)

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“She had barely hit city limits when he telegrammed, YOUR SILENCE PREVENTING WORK. WIRE ME EVEN IF MIND CHANGED. Fanny replied, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. I AM THE SAME AND LOVE YOU.”

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Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore To Reopen As A ‘Camp, Kind Of Hipsterish’ Partial Bookstore

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Ed Hermance, the founder of Giovanni’s Room, “said the new operator had a good chance of succeeding because of the array of items the store will offer.”

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An 11-Year-Old Recreates David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’ – With LEGOs

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Let those who have not finished the 1,104-page book cast the first toy.

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A Book Reviewer’s Lament

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“I really resent being told by swathes and swathes of people – and not just people, but people who ostensibly like books and read them – that a book is good, only to obtain it and find myself confronted with free-market capitalism funneled into something completely unremarkable, and I also really resent the alienation that goes along with that.”

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Salzburg’s Director Leaves A Lackluster Festival Behind As He Heads To La Scala

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Alexander Periera “was reflective about his struggles with the budget in Salzburg, where he arrived after more than 20 years at the Zurich Opera House to discover that the locked subsidies had created a large financial hole. ‘I was so charmed by being asked back into my home country that I didn’t do due diligence,’ he said. ‘And that was a big mistake.’”

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Hip Hop Star Wants To ‘De-Gentrify’ Publishing

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“He’s interested in titles that teach — books with a moral. And that grows in part out of the three years he spent in prison on a gun-possession charge.”

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Nashville’s Music Row Has Some Ugly Buildings With Big History. Should They Be Preserved?

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“Veterans of Nashville’s commercial recording industry complain that a city that has branded itself over the last 50-plus years as ‘Music City’ is in danger of turning into a landscape of luxury apartments, mixed-use retail and other amenities.”

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In Our Era Of Digital Everything, Are We Losing Our Sense Of Touch?

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“Touch is the most intelligent sense, Aristotle explained, because it is the most sensitive. When we touch someone or something we are exposed to what we touch. We are responsive to others because we are constantly in touch with them.”

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How The Brain Decides To Trust Another Human

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“Knowing whether or not to trust someone is so critically important that we can tell whether a face is trustworthy before we even consciously know it’s there.”

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Is Music Losing Regional Flavor, Thanks To Technology?

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“For those who don’t choose to make all their music on a chip, location still matters very much, though perhaps in different ways.”

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