What Do We Mean When We Talk ABout Digital Literacy?

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Most people who use computers don’t know how to build software. Does that mean they’re digitally illiterate?

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What Role Does Taste Play In Our Appreciation Of Books?

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“Good taste precedes the individual. It is an inheritance, an invisible monument, a millennium of exquisite micro-choices all embedded in the fibers of the mind! Surely it will prevail!”

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Report: Women’s Employment In TV Has Plateaued

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“Female creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors and directors of photography working on prime-time television airing on broadcast networks account for 27% of individuals working behind the scenes.”

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Critical Dilemma: Criticism Versus Reviewing (When The Two Are At Odds)

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“We are starting to see a schism as more and more AAA games are becoming worse from a critical standpoint while becoming better from a less critical, more general perspective.”

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Could Artificial Intelligence Lead To Our Destruction?

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“Why is it a good idea that we continue to exist? Given that humans have caused the extinction of others, wouldn’t it be poetic justice if advanced forms of intelligence, which could probably run the world better anyway, caused our extinction?”

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National Book Awards Poetry Longlist Announced

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Two former U.S. poets laureate, Louise Glueck and Mark Strand, have made the longlist for the National Book Awards.

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Vienna State Opera Loses Second Conductor In Two Weeks

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Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer, mentioning “dishonesty” and “lack of loyalty.”

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A Tale Of Four Florida Orchestras

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It’s a fact. Orchestras have struggled in Florida, and they have to scramble to stay viable. Here are four orchestras with new music directors working to find the winning formula.

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Getting Humans To Comprehend “Deep Time”

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“For someone whose life expectancy is usually less than 100 years, it’s nearly impossible to imagine something so vast as geological or deep time,” says J.D. Talasek of the National Academy of Sciences. So he – a believer in the power of metaphor – assembled a group of 18 artworks to help get the idea across.

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Kevin Kline Has Issues With Authority (And That Includes Maggie Smith)

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Just for instance, when he played Hamlet for Liviu Ciulei, he recounts, “The first day’s rehearsal, I picked up a chair and moved it a few feet, and he said, ‘No, no, Hamlet would never do that, he’d never move a chair himself, because he’s a prince.’ I said, ‘I’m the prince, I can do whatever I want.'” The next time he played Hamlet, he directed himself.

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Emma Thompson Is Having None Of This 50-Is-The-New-35 Business

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“Can I just say, very loudly, bollocks. If you look after yourself and you’re healthy, then you’ll have the energy to do things. But not to recognise getting older for what it is? I do think the infantilisation of our generation is one of the huge issues of our time. People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?”

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Google Art Project Is A Threat To Museums? Absolutely Not

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“Some critics complain that Google’s initiative to take us on virtual trips through museums and to show us great pieces of art on demand, as we sit gazing at our laptops, will discourage people from actually going to these institutions. This is flatly untrue. Museum attendance is on the rise, dramatically so.”

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Jan Morris On Carpaccio

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Not the raw meat dish, silly; she means the painter. “I am no connoisseur, cultural scholar, or art historian. I know nothing about painterly techniques, chromatic gradations, or artistic affinities, and my infatuation with him is largely affectionate fancy. I feel I know him personally, and I often sense that I am directly in touch with him across the centuries, across the continents, as one might be in touch with a living friend. But however much I delight in Carpaccio’s virtual company, I know hardly anything about the man, and in this I am not alone.”

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We Just Can’t Let Go Of Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald

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Adam Gopnik: “Second acts there may or may not be, but American epilogues go on forever. Scott and Zelda’s friends from the Jazz Age would doubtless have spit up into their morning coffee – or, more likely, into teacups filled with bathtub gin – to find the pair, almost a century after their meeting, not a poignant footnote to an ill-named time but an enduring legend of the West, a subject adaptable for movies and novels and probably paper dolls and ice shows.”

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On Repeat: Why People Watch Movies And Shows Over And Over

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“Pop culture is a relentless machine of newness and manufactured surprise. We queue around the block for new comic-book-movie installments and crash HBO Go to watch season finales. … Why do we spend so much time with stories whose endings we already know?” Derek Thompson lays out four reasons.

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Look, Here’s The Truth About Jobs For Critics In 2014

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Last week, Mark Shenton wrote in passing “There are plenty of budding actors, writers, directors and even critics (though no jobs for the latter), …” To which journalist Matt Trueman responded, “Mark, saying no jobs for young critics does a disservice to young critics making a living from their writing.” Well, disservice or no, here’s Shenton’s response.

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Meet The Czar Of The World’s Biggest Theatre Empire

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“Few producers will criticize Sir Howard [Panter], … given that his company holds the keys to 40 theaters and has plans for more in Asia and Australia.” That company – Ambassador Theatre Group – is about to open its own Broadway house, the Lyric (formerly the Foxwoods Theater).

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Royal New Zealand Ballet Names New Director To Succeed Ethan Stiefel

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“The Italian dancer and choreographer Francesco Ventriglia has been appointed as the director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, following … the surprise resignation of Mr. Stiefel, a former American Ballet Theater principal dancer, who took on the job in 2011.”

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Would Scottish Independence Mean The Death Of The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra? (These Musicians Fear As Much)

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“In a letter published today, composers, conductors and a former director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra express their ‘grave concerns’ over the future of the orchestra in the event of a Yes vote and the establishment of a Scottish Broadcasting Service (SBS).”

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Another Worry About Scottish Independence: Talent Might Stampede South

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“Scots who consider themselves to be artists living in the land of their birth are increasingly uneasy about the instrumentalism of all this, how the arts are fine as long as they earn, and as long as it’s seen as definitively Scottish. … That’s okay while when there’s still an enthusiastic cultural traffic between Scotland and the rest of the UK, but the Scot Nats want to end it on Thursday.”

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Producers Axe “American Psycho” Off-Broadway Run

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“The highly anticipated Off Broadway production of the musical American Psycho has been canceled after the show’s commercial backers pulled the rights from Second Stage Theater … No explanation was given.”

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Small Philadelphia Museum Losing Big Maurice Sendak Collection

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“Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using [it] as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions. Through the years the numbers mounted, and today about 10,000 items of Sendakiana … fill the Rosenbach – the museum’s best calling card with generations that grew up with his books. But now that card is being recalled.”

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Budget Cuts For All Arts Orgs In Northern Ireland (Though They Could Be Worse)

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“Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, Grand Opera House and Ulster Orchestra are among the 31 arts organisations that will receive a cut of at least 2.3% this autumn from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the funding body has confirmed today. The ACNI said the decision” – the result of a mid-year budget cut from the provincial government – “would mainly impact on education and outreach programmes.”

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Want To Stop Physical Attacks In Public? Play Classical Music

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“Classical music could improve people’s behaviour, the report suggests, as it creates ‘a calming effect by releasing pleasure-inducing dopamine and inhibiting the release of stress hormones.'”

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Toronto Film Fest Closes With Nary A Standout Film To Cheer

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Actors are turning in good, even great performances, but they can’t rescue mediocre films. Dear 2014: When will your movies get better?

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Keeping The Ballet Academy Full By Teaching Cirque Du Soleil-Style Tumbling

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How you can tell this is in Las Vegas: “The instruction will help prepare students for the commercial dance field — music videos, touring musicals, commercials, television shows, touring with recording artists and dancing in shows on the Strip.”

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Miami City Ballet Cleans House, Gets Fired Up With A New Vision

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“The most obvious changes are in the company leadership and staff. There has been an almost complete turnover — from a new board president and new executive director to new teachers at the company school. The board has become better organized and more functional, with a more clearly defined and helpful relationship with the company.”

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Ten Works Of Architecture That Could Easily Kill You

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“Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you.”

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“Massive” Protests Planned For Met Opera’s Opening Night

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Why? Surely not to protest that night’s “Magic Flute”. No, a group calling itself the “Coalition Against The Met Terror Opera” has another target in mind.

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