Is it an illness? (Sometimes.) A bad habit? A natural response to unnatural conditions? ‘The price tag on human freedom”? Louis Menand explores the subject – which is, he says, “a mess.”
Archives for January 22, 2014
The key, says a team of NYU researchers, is a difference in how liberals and conservatives think about others sharing their particular beliefs.
And nobody’s sure whether this marks the lifting of a longtime ban or was simply a mistake.
Day’s Wrap-Up For DIA: Settlement Link To Pensions Is Key
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-23
“The goal of these policies is to track down copyright infringers and warn them that their behavior is not acceptable. After repeat warnings, these accused file-sharers then face a penalty ranging from a fine to prolonged Internet disconnection.”
“That’s literally all Living Stars is: 30-plus strangers shaking their stuff to Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas. There’s good dancers and bad dancers and a whole lot of mediocre. It makes your body want to move, and then, improbably, it makes your brain start to race.”
The man was watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC theatre in Columbus on Saturday. Authorities did not identify him.
The 700 disputed objects were excavated illegally and then sold “illicitly”, the lawyer claimed. The objects, including sculptures, jewellery and vases, were largely ancient Etruscan treasures from the Lazio and Tuscany regions.
“During the last 12 months, “crowdfunding” entered the popular lexicon as it expanded from funding DIY endeavors to multimillion-dollar celebrity projects and became one of the most exciting — and polarizing — developments in pop culture.”
While the productions say this confluence offers a chance to build on one another’s success, they also acknowledge, in much more than a stage whisper, that they need to stand out from the pack.
Over the last 12 months Christie’s has expanded its online business and opened showrooms in Shanghai and Mumbai to capture new buyers.
“Two sources familiar with Snyder’s plans said the Republican governor would announce plans for the state to match the $330 million that nine private foundations have already pledged to aid pensioners and protect city-purchased art.”
“Budding Mozarts will be able to submit their melodies via a specially designed website www.tweetfonie.de, which goes live from February 28, with an online keyboard that converts tunes into tweet format, to then be sent on Twitter.”
Conceived of and paid for by travel industry players, the show is produced and performed Off-Broadway. It’s open to the public but a number of performances have been bought out by travel-related businesses.
“For a nation with a century-and-a-half of substantial orchestral compositions, this is a disgrace. Orchestra conductors and musicians are largely unaware of — and show little interest in — any but the handful of the most well-worn pieces.”
“It has been jarring to learn in recent years that a reproducible result may actually be the rarest of birds. Replication, the ability of another lab to reproduce a finding, is the gold standard of science, reassurance that you have discovered something true. But that is getting harder all the time.”
“For me the most proficient way to teach the values of collaboration, flexibility, imagination and innovation — all skill sets needed in today’s world — is through the performing arts. If you have these tools, you can do well in any field from software engineering to the biosciences.”
Mark Vanhoenacker: “When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.” (No, actually. She got a makeover and moved to downtown Brooklyn.) Readers are arguing back in the comments, so join the battle, comrades!
“The Berlin Philharmonic have decided to mark the passing of their former Chief Conductor by making all of his concerts in their Digital Concert Hall free to view for anyone who cares to pay an online visit.”
“Backstage is the best place to sight-see, and we troop respectfully past an inanimate corgi and past a park bench that displays the sign ‘Don’t feed the swans’.” (And those feathered pantaloons the male swans wear? €1,000 a piece.)
“In recent weeks, Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism and then of plagiarizing his apologies for plagiarism. He has been embroiled in Twitter feuds. He written his apologies for his behavior with an airplane. He even said he sent a picture of his genitalia to a director to land a role in Nymphomaniac. This, he says, was all part of the act.” (Sure it was.)
Michael Profitt: “My idea about dictionaries is that, in a way, their time has come. People need filters much more than they did in the past. As much as I adhere to the O.E.D.’s public reputation, I want proof that it is of value to people in terms of practical use.”
“The newly-opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is expected to attract an additional 100,000 annual audience members to the Shakespeare’s Globe South Bank site, the venue’s directors have said.”
Mark Lawson writes of seeing The Duchess of Malfi at the new period-style Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – and how daylight or the lack of it affected the way plays were written.
Elizabeth Freestone, who directs a small British touring company: “I’m thrilled live screenings give our audiences more opportunities to experience theatre near them. … But some of the infrastructure surrounding screenings can’t help but pitch one against the other. And if put into competition with each other, venues will always choose live screenings because they are much cheaper to buy than live theatre. The good news is, the problems are solvable.”
Says the producer of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, “I have to just choose movies that aren’t violent – or as violent as they used to be. … I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already.” (video)
“The question is, of course, how Harvey is going to reconcile being in business with Tarantino. The filmmaker has made a lot of money for the company with violent fare. … Weinstein is trying to tip the scales; to shift Hollywood from glorifying violence in films, to showing the true human cost and destructiveness of it.”