Poetry Is Made For Twitter – Yes, Really

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“What’s on Twitter are not diseased firings of glitchy minds. They’re epigrams, aphorisms, maxims, dictums, taglines, headlines, captions, slogans and adages. Some are art, some are commercial; these are forms with integrity.”

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The Band That Made A Silent ‘Album’ For Spotify Made $20,000 Before The Album Got Pulled

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Who says you can’t make money using the music streaming service?

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What Will Happen To Los Angeles County After Its Most Fervent Arts Advocate Gets Booted From Political Life?

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“Manufacturing in Southern California is history. Big corporate headquarters are history in this town. So what’s the future? The arts are explosive, proliferating like bunny rabbits all over Southern California.”

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The British Author Who Has Sold 10 Million Books Under Other People’s Names

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“The ghost, who starts out as a hybrid of therapist, muse and friend, enters a psychological minefield. Accordingly, the ghost is advised never to forget that, at the end of the day, he or she ranks somewhere between a valet and a cleaner.”

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The Top 10 Artists Lost To The World Because Of World War I

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“The first world war occured at one of the most creative moments in the history of art.”

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The List To End All Lists Of ‘New Yorker’ Stories We Should Read While The Archives Are Open

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Seriously, this is a post compiling all the lists the internet has made about what to read – and it’s complete with links. We’ll see you back here when the archive closes.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Tenor Who Brought Keen Intelligence To Verdi And Beyond, Dies At 90

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“A lyric tenor of some vocal heft, Mr. Bergonzi lacked the sonic weight and brilliance of tenors in the Wagnerian mold. But what he did possess was an instrument of velvety beauty and nearly unrivaled subtlety.”

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Italy’s Minister For Culture Pledges ‘Revolutionary’ Autonomy For Italian Museums

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“If the proposals go ahead – there is a chance that they will be watered down — 20 museums and archaeological sites deemed of ‘major national interest’ will become self-governing institutions, no longer run by civil servants in the culture ministry.”

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London Needs More ‘Pop-Up’ Theatre – But It’s Hard To Come By In The West End

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“Producers constantly say that West End ticket prices are so high because of the high rents charged by theatre owners, and this would be a way to circumvent those demands – although of course the costs of kitting out a pop-up venue are likely to be very substantial indeed.”

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Silent Film Fans Get Noisy To Help Identify Lost Titles

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“The audience is encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might help identify the film.”

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So Frank Gehry Is Designing A Campus For Youth Social Services In L.A.

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“The idea is that this will be something special. There are so many messages that people, particularly children, get from their environment. There can be a certain bleakness.”

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Hey Chicago Art Institute, Time To Consider Going Free?

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Around the country, a flurry of high quality art museums have made the switch and reaped financial rewards, but “it is hard to imagine a major museum here going free, especially when the trend in Chicago has been to raise prices and to start charging admission.”

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How Did Amy Adams’ First Movie Become A Cult Classic?

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A deep (very, very deep) dive into the writing, making, directing, editing and producing of “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a film that bombed at the box office but (despite its lack of streaming or even a DVD) became a cult classic.

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Is Italian Film Back In La Dolce Vita, At Long Last?

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“Whereas in Spain, Germany and the UK the proportion of domestically produced movies varies between 10% and 20%, in Italy last year it was 31%.”

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Her One (Overwhelmingly Big) Job? Saving Canada’s Public Radio

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“Last month, while staff were still trying to digest a cut of 657 jobs announced in April, they responded icily as Conway helped unveil an overhaul of the public broadcaster that will axe about another 20 per cent of their colleagues, or 1,500 positions across English and French services, over the next five years.”

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Subbing In At The Last Minute For A Broadway Musician? No Problem

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“As recently as the late 1980s, playing in a Broadway musical was not considered the most desirable gig for a musician. Most professionals sought better-paying work in jingles and recording sessions. But as that work dried up, due in part to samplers and digital-audio software, the ace musicians gravitated toward theaters near Times Square.”

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When Will Broadway Be Able To Deal With A Full-on Hip Hop Musical?

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“It’s inevitable, but not without a certain amount of consideration towards rap’s unique and specific position in the music sphere. Also, I am doubtful of its ability to be successful using the same formulas of other more successful jukebox musicals.”

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The Long, Bizarre History Of Autocorrect (And Damn You, Autocorrect)

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“Some of the calls were quite tricky, and one of the trickiest involved the issue of obscenity. On one hand, Word didn’t want to seem priggish; on the other, it couldn’t very well go around recommending the correct spelling of mothrefukcer.”

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With Lockout Threat Looming, Met Orchestra Musicians Turn Their Anger To Peter Gelb

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“The musicians said they believed that the Met could save millions of dollars by staging fewer new productions each year, performing fewer long operas that run into overtime, rehearsing less and lowering ticket prices.”

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Ballet: Suddenly, It’s The Workout Of The Fashion World

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“If yoga and pilates are now standard, with classes from gyms to chilly church halls, ballet – which has a level of technique so punishing that only a tiny chosen few will actually succeed – is perfect for fashion. It’s inherently elitist in its quest for physical perfection.”

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Why Should Amazon Care If It’s ‘Losing Money’ Right Now?

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“Creating hit television series, running an online supermarket, making smartphones: these are difficult things to do well, even for companies that specialise in only one of them at a time.”

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Here’s How Much UK Performing Arts Earned For Live Movie Theatre Broadcasts Last Year

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“Ballet took £2.1 million, classical music £900,000, popular music £500,000 and comedy £100,000. The other two non-theatrical categories were film documentaries, which generated £2.2 million, and museum exhibitions, which took £900,000.”

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Algorithm “Mutates” Art

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“The algorithm mutates the image in different ways: chopping it in half, overlaying it on another image or randomly altering it. The resulting images are either culled or kept depending on how closely they adhere to the user’s initial stylistic choices, and the process repeats. The person can stop the process at any time and select an image they like, or let it keep running.”

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US Congressional Computers Banned From Editing Wikipedia For Editing Abuses

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The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.

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A History Of Literary Censorship

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“A more legitimate literary objection to censorship is its implicit portrayal of a reader as the sort of person who jumps off a cliff when asked. Notions such as “obscenity” or “abasement before the west” make literary language a tool of subversion and ascribe to the novelist the hypnotist’s capacity for making a previously obedient or prudish member of the public throw stones or unzip.”

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Denver Seriously Considers Tearing Down Its Concert Hall

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“The CSO is set to move out — temporarily — at the end of the 2014-15 concert season to accommodate a planned $17 million upgrade of the facility. It had hoped to return a year later. But, according to e-mails between the CSO and the Arts & Venues department, the plan may be changing.”

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US TV Networks Make Progress On Diversity

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“If you look at shows that appear to lack diversity, they actually look dated because “America doesn’t look like that anymore.”

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The Streaming Debate – Some Musicians Love it. Then There Are Those Who…

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“The problem seems to be the enforcement of legacy contracts that were signed before streaming even existed and that don’t operate within the streaming environment.”

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Julian Lloyd Webber: Corruption Is Rampant In International Music Competitions

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“Lloyd Webber said corruption was rife in Britain and abroad, singling out the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, held every four years and open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 30, as the most prestigious example of unscrupulous judging.”

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