Top AJBlog posts for 12.31.13

End Of The Year Thoughts On Museums And Money
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-31

‘JFK Customs destroyed 11 of my instruments’
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-31

Trinity Wall Street re-defines downtown
Source: Condemned to Music | Published on 2013-12-31

“Rembrandt”? Probably Not: Worcester Art Museum’s Own Version of “American Hustle…
Source: Culturegrrl | Published on 2013-12-31

These Are The Books That Would Have Been In The Public Domain In 2014 (But Won’t Be)


“No published works will enter our public domain until 2019. The laws in Canada and the EU are different – thousands of works are entering their public domains on January 1. What books and plays would be entering the public domain if we had the pre-1978 copyright laws? You might recognize some of the titles.”

The Problem With TED


“But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?”

How Do You Design A Light Rail System To Match LA’s Personality?

Metro station

“Although the spare and modern design marks a clear improvement over Metro’s wildly uneven status quo, it is also overly restrained, even bloodless. What it’s lacking more than anything is the colorful, informal exuberance that has always animated the most significant L.A. architecture and design.”

The Banksy Backlash Explained


“At some point, Banksy crossed the line between success and establishment hack. He should have seen it coming. The art world, with its unforgiving addiction to novelty, always sneers at popular success. The critical backlash was two fold.”

There’s No Such Thing As Standard English Anymore (So Why Do We Pretend There Is?)

Teacher and schoolboy

“Non-standard English is linguistically the equal of the standard version – in fact, dialects tend to be more sophisticated grammatically than standard (as in the plural “youse” of many non-standard dialects where standard has just one confusing form). Yet standard continues – even now – to be prized as the “correct” form, and any deviation is considered to be wrong, lazy, corrupt or ignorant.”

Did JS Bach Burn Out In The Last Years Of His Life?


Why did the industrious and dutiful German musician abandon his duties? Was he tired of the job or even depressed? In light of the sensational find, German music journalists have been quick – perhaps too quick – to talk about “Bach’s burn-out.”

How Truth Is Getting Lost In The New Publishing Reality


“The media has long had its struggles with the truth–that’s nothing new. What is new is that we’re barely even apologizing for increasingly considering the truth optional. In fact, the mistakes, and the falsehoods, and the hoaxes are a big part of a business plan driven by the belief that big traffic absolves all sins, that success is a primary virtue.”

What Happened To America’s Alternative Press


“The alternative press comes at a very specific point in American history, and its demise does, too. People are going to look at it as completely a technological issue, which is totally reductive. By the time the Internet arrives, the alternative press had already given it up. It had lost its mission.”

How The Internet Has Grown Since It Was First Switched On


“Everything has expanded by a factor of a million since we turned it on in 1973. The number of machines on the network, the speeds of the network, the kind of memory capacity that’s available, it’s all 10 to the sixth. I would say that there aren’t too many systems that have been designed that can handle a millionfold scaling without completely collapsing. But that doesn’t mean that it will continue to work that way.”

The Insanity (Addiction) Of Audiophiles


“Reading about the truly insane things audiophiles will do in pursuit of the perfect sound, I can’t help reflecting back on that unfortunate period in my life when I almost fell down the same rabbit hole.”

He Keeps The Opera House On The Amazon Running


“In 1973, Raimundo Pereira do Nascimento, known as ‘Nonato,’ walked into the Manaus Opera House with a contract to hang drywall and help with some restoration work. His deal was for three months, but he stayed on – and over the past 40 years he has held almost every job in the house, from box office clerk to usher to backstage technician.”

Give My Theatre Its Funding Or I’ll Drive My Car Into The Presidential Palace!


“An Italian theatre manager rammed his car into the iron gates of an entrance to the French presidential palace Thursday to protest against subsidy cuts for his Paris venue, police said. The action was seen as largely symbolic since Attilio Maggiulli ‘only succeeded in lightly hitting the grills at slow speed,’ a police source said.”

Do You Know Handel?


Dear old Georg Frideric was quite a fascinating character: prosperous, gluttonous, gifted, truculent, generous, sometimes glowing with happiness – much more than the pious gentleman who composed oratorios like Messiah.

The Virgin Mary, Feminist


“Mother of God, become a feminist!” sang Pussy Riot in the protest that made them world-famous. But “is it just a crazy oxymoron to imagine the Virgin Mary, to whom a very large proportion of traditional Christian ritual and prayer is addressed, as a feminist heroine?”

Why We Make Resolutions (And Why They Fail)

New Year Changes

As Oscar Wilde wrote, “Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.” Research psychologists have found that he had a point.

Top AJBlog posts for 12/30/13

J. Carter Brown Gets His Due
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-31

Trinity Wall Street re-defines downtown
Source: Condemned to Music | Published on 2013-12-31

“Rembrandt”? Probably Not: Worcester Art Museum’s Own Version of “American Hustle…
Source: Culturegrrl | Published on 2013-12-31

Just in: Rare honour for Simon Rattle
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-30