Is Texting Killing Our Ability To Write Well?

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The popularity of “textisms,” a research team led by Australian psychologist Nenagh Kemp writes in the journal New Media and Society, “has not undermined university students’ ability to write words using conventional spelling when appropriate.”

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Study Suggests What Motivates Young Musicians To Be Great

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According to newly published research that checked in with budding virtuosos as they started their studies, and again 10 years later, successful students tend to be those who have “a sense of where their future learning may take them, and whose personal identity includes a long-term perspective of themselves as musicians.”

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Urban Versus Rural – Where Should Arts Money Be Spent?

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“It’s generally accepted – for a host of artistic, historical and economic reasons – that London should indeed receive a greater share of funding. But the proportion of Arts Council money that gets spent outside of London has been falling for decades, even though the Government’s own surveys show that the average Londoner is no […]

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New MoCA Chief: I Can Fundraise

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“My vision is to commit to the most experimental artists of our time, but also to contextualize their work within a broader context. And I think MOCA’s collection is one of the best to contextualize that kind of experimentation.”

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Architect Elizabeth Diller Defends MoMA Building Plan

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“I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look.”

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Interest In Sundance Suggests Indie Film Surge

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“The films on show at Sundance were chosen from a staggering 12,218 submitted to the selection committee for consideration, a figure that reflects the renewed confidence in a sector which had been hit hard by the global financial crisis in 2008.”

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This Ballerina Danced Through Her Entire Pregnancy

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“The ballerina in question is Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful, and the photos she took of herself striking stunning (and difficult) ballet poses while carrying her little baby girl have taken the Internet by storm.”

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L.A. MOCA Names New Director

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Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, replaces the controversial former art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, whose rocky tenure ended after three years of a five-year contract.

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What It Really Means to Be ‘Kafkaesque’

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Think about it: the word is hardly as clear as, say, “the ‘Proustian’ reminiscence, the ‘Dickensian’ slum, [or] the ‘Orwellian’ surveillance program.” Ben Marcus argues that Kafka’s parable “A Message From the Emperor” gives us the real essence of Kafkaesque-ness.

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Chinese Women Are Mad for Sherlock Holmes Gay Fan Fiction

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The ladies are writing and reading countless stories wherein the detective (specifically in the Benedict Cumberbatch incarnation) gets hot and heavy with Dr. Watson, Prof. Moriarty, and even brother Mycroft. (Wait till you see what the Chinese call them.)

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There’s an Art Jihad in Uzbekistan

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“Jihad” has become a loaded word, but a group of video artists in the Central Asian republic are “using it to brand their own subversive, humorous criticisms of the overpowering central state.”

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Juan Gelman, 83, Argentina’s Great Poet

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The Cervantes Prize winner, considered one of the Spanish language’s greatest 20th-century writers, was known for both his stark, powerful verse and his opposition to his country’s military junta. (Gelman’s own son and daughter-in-law were disappeared.)

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