Give A Choreographer £10,000, And See What She Does With It

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Rosemary Lee, who just won Britain’s Bonnie Bird award: “I am longing to return to the studio. … As an independent artist with a family it is not easy finding the time, resources, and opportunities to research and experiment with dancers.”

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Is Science Fiction A Genre In Crisis?

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Its problem “comprises the generic-ness from which the label genre stems: in this case, the outdated stylistic tics and aesthetics of a marginal pulp-modernist medium, the clichés, the well-worn assumptions and comfortable call-backs, and the outdated institutional values in which they were nurtured and framed.”

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André Schiffrin, 78, A Force In Literary And Cultural Publishing

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“Taking risks, running losses, resisting financial pressures and compromises, Mr. Schiffrin championed the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Günter Grass, Studs Terkel, Michel Foucault, Simone de Beauvoir, Noam Chomsky, Julio Cortázar, Marguerite Duras, Roy Medvedev, Gunnar Myrdal, George Kennan, Anita Brookner, R. D. Laing and many others.”

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How Modern Is Charles Dickens? Look To The Bestseller Lists

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“Writers as different as Martin Amis and Chicago’s Scott Turow have spoken to me of the tidal pull of Dickens on their imaginations; so, more recently, have Elizabeth Gilbert and Donna Tartt, whose current best-sellers (‘The Signature of All Things’ and ‘The Goldfinch,’ respectively) display their Dickensian affinities like badges of honor.”

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Lighting Up The Mysterious Process Of Writing (And Reading)

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The Dutch novelist Arnon Grunberg is writing a novella “while a battery of sensors and cameras track his brain waves, heart rate, galvanic skin response … and facial expressions.” Fifty readers will also get hooked up to sensors when the book comes out – and then let the data crunching begin.

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Peter Kaplan, 59, Legendary Editor Of The New York Observer

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“There are few publications in New York City–either extant or extinct–that do not bear at least some of his influence. Writers talk about the old Observer as if it were a sacred religious text. Under Kaplan’s tenure, the paper became nothing short of the best kept secret in New York.”

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Walt Disney Had Some (Possibly Surprising) Opinions On Women Working In Animation

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The currently hot “Frozen” is the first feature film from Disney Animation with a woman director, but perhaps not because of Walt (in 1941): “The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would […]

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