But let’s get serious here: The secondary market for tickets is worth something like $8 billion, so what do the scalpers care about a little bill banning their bots?
The New York Times Published: 12.08.16
Sure, casting geniuses get “special Oscars” sometimes, including this year, but “an Oscar category honoring casting alongside acting, directing, and the other long-recognized areas has yet to take hold.”
Backstage Published: 12.07.16
Kurosawa lived in New York in the early 1980s and was deeply influenced by that city’s experimental dance scene. “She was rebelliously devoted to dance; the trappings of fame or popularity were antithetical to her approach.”
The New York Times Published: 12.09.16
Two in-the-theatres-now movies remind us that Life Magazine once set the national agenda. “Looking back at Life now is a bit of a shock. All those pages! All those ads! And how strange to think there was once a time when only a handful of trusted sources were delivering our news.”
The Washington Post Published: 12.10.16
Happy Scrooge is – frankly – a bit boring, but terrified Scrooge being dragged by chain-ridden Marley and all of those ghosts through the pit of despair his life has become? Oh heck yeah. You know you love it.
The Guardian (UK) Published: 12.10.16
The violin disappeared after its owner, a Jewish man who ran a music business in Speyer, couldn’t escape Nazi Germany and committed suicide; it reappeared in 1974.
The New York Times Published: 12.09.16
Sure, You Can Have Your End-Of-Year Best Book Lists, But What About NPR’s Bizarrely Great Book Concierge?
Pick your desire – “eye-opening reads” that are “for art-lovers” – and click the buttons, and voila! The app, now in its fourth iteration, provides hours of fun and small quibbles with the creators – and a lot of opportunities to catch up on books readers had missed this year.
NPR Published: 12.06.16
Writer Kameron Hurley: “We are going to lose much in 2017. That is something that we as writers, as artists, as human beings, cannot forget … but we cannot allow it to let us lose our hope or our ability to tell the stories that not only earn us our supper but also inspire and comfort others during times of great upheaval.”
Locus Magazine Published: 12.10.16
Considered as a healing practice—or a “tuning of mind and body”—Oliveros’s “Sonic Meditations” are, to an extent, unique in the history of musical experimentalism. In these works, experiments were not conducted on the music; the music was an experiment on the self. Anyone searching today for the complete box set of “Sonic Meditations” won’t find it, because, as the composer wrote, “music is a welcome by-product” of this composition. The experiments remain in each listener. Oliveros’s aims were clear: these works were intended to be transformational, even therapeutic, enacting lasting changes on the body and mind.
The New Yorker Published: 12.09.16
“Colors are something we experience, individually and collectively. But without our experience of color, science would have no reason to suspect its existence. There would just be fifty shades, or more likely fifty thousand shades, of electromagnetic waves. That is why even a Nobel Prize-winning biologist like Gerald Edelman tells us that reality is actually colorless; because he takes reality to be what science tells us it is, not what he experiences as an individual.”
New York Review of Books Published: 12.06.16
“The horrific event could lead city officials to go after illegally converted warehouses across Oakland, especially as evidence mounts that building inspectors knew of numerous problems with the Ghost Ship property but didn’t take action. Already, Oakland tenants housed in similar spaces are receiving eviction notices, and Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the city is considering new fire and emergency exit regulations for its buildings. But any decision to condemn residences where artists are living illegally or force their owners to bring them up to code has led to worries that Oakland might hemorrhage more artists as housing costs continue to rise.”
Los Angeles Times Published: 12.09.16
“Since the early 1980s schools have become ever more captivated by the idea that students must learn a set of generalised thinking skills to flourish in the contemporary world – and especially in the contemporary job market. Variously called ‘21st-century learning skills’ or ‘critical thinking’, the aim is to equip students with a set of general problem-solving approaches that can be applied to any given domain; these are lauded by business leaders as an essential set of dispositions for the 21st century. Naturally, we want children and graduates to have a set of all-purpose cognitive tools with which to navigate their way through the world. It’s a shame, then, that we’ve failed to apply any critical thinking to the question of whether any such thing can be taught.”
Aeon Published: 12.05.16
Filmmaker and writer Merete Mueller introduces her 7½-minute documentary about Roslyn Mays and the workshops she teaches. (video)
New York Times Published: 12.06.16
“Are big publishers unwilling to take risks any more? Increasingly, ‘risky’ authors, those who’ve been rejected over and over again by traditional publishers or dozens of agents, are being picked up by small presses whose modus operandi is to take risks on literature that is exciting, innovative, or that they deem important either stylistically or politically. Then the big publishers swoop in and profit from the hard work and risk-taking of the small presses.”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 12.08.16
In a story that begins with the director’s near-death from drugs and asthma in 1978, Stephen Galloway follows the project through legal troubles (complicated), money troubles (recurring), and weather troubles (terrifying) – with the happy ending of a screening for Pope Francis and 200 teary-eyed Jesuits.
Hollywood Reporter Published: 12.08.16
In the UK there’s a perception that US-style fundraising won’t work there. But as government and corporate funding for the arts gets scarcer, trying to get private philanthropists to give more is getting energy. Here are eight myths about fundraising in the UK.
ArtsProfessional Published: 12.08.16
Well, normal for his place and time. What’s more, his buddy Max Brod, notorious womanizer, had them, too, if we can believe his journal.
The Guardian Published: 12.05.16
The interaction between the right and left hemispheres “enables us to ‘get’ the joke because puns, as a form of word play, complete humor’s basic formula: expectation plus incongruity equals laughter.”
New York Magazine Published: 12.08.16
It’s a 1720 instrument by the inventor himself, Bartolomeo Cristofori, and Dongshok Shin plays one of the earliest pieces written for it. As long as you don’t expect the timbre of a Steinway grand (or the equal-temperament tuning Steinways typically use), the Cristofori sounds pretty good. (video)
Musical Toronto Published: 12.07.16
Each company has different aims, but one thing is clear: data will play a key role in how they—and the art market—move forward.
The Art Newspaper Published: 12.08.16
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“The online translation tool recently started using a neural network to translate between some of its most popular languages – and the system is now so clever it can do this for language pairs on which it has not been explicitly trained. To do this, it seems to have created its own artificial language.”
New Scientist Published:11.30.16
Using the second person, an interactive feature by Joanna Klein walks the reader through the hive, the hunt for pollen, the tastes and smells (powerful) and sights (not so much) and movements of apian existence.
New York Times Published:12.02.16
Zoologist Antone Martinho: “Were I not an animal behaviour researcher, I would hardly notice; but because I am, I constantly ask myself: why do I treat my pets like thinking, conscious companions, and the ducklings in my lab like feathered robots? The reluctance of my field to engage seriously with animal consciousness is, I believe, holding back our efforts to truly understand their behaviour.”
Last month the conservative youth group Turning Point USA launched this website to identify academics who (in the opinion of Turning Pointers) “advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” (Last week George Yancy wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times about finding his name on it.) Now, saying “this is the sort of company we wish to keep,” more than 100 professors at Notre Dame have signed an open letter asking to be included.
Washington Post Published:12.08.16
Watchlist Redux Augments Professor Watchlist With Others Who Should Be On It – Like Socrates, Jefferson, And Jesus
“Redux includes two lists of radical thinkers: those of the past and present, respectively. The past list includes blurbs about influential thinkers from Socrates to Thomas Jefferson to Anna J. Cooper to Alan Turing, with some perhaps unexpected entries. An entry on Jesus of Nazareth, for example, reads, ‘Notorious radical and troublemaker, taught the poor, executed by the state.'”
Inside Higher Ed Published:12.06.16
And he’s an American – in fact, he’s the guy who lit up the new San Francisco Bay Bridge. The £20m project, which covers 17 bridges along a six-mile stretch of the Thames, is one of the largest public art commissions in British history.
The Guardian Published:12.07.16
While he says he can still do concert performances, that brain tumor continues to wreak its damage.
Opera News Published:12.08.16
Cosmetic mogul Leonard and his wife, Judy, are giving the museum $5 million (contingent on the raising of a matching amount) toward its $15 million endowment drive.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) Published:12.08.16
“Former Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has teamed up with producer Nica Burns to launch a theatre company focused on classic playwrights. Called Classic Spring, it will celebrate the work of proscenium playwrights, including Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, staging their plays in the theatres they wrote for.”
The Stage (UK) Published:12.08.16
A mid-century modernist who loved puzzles and puns, Schwartz wrote one piece called By George that spliced together snippets by Georges Gershwin and Handel and another called Elevator Music that had the audience riding in the titular conveyance while musicians played portions of the score on various floors.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) Published:12.08.16