Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.23.14

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Should America Have A “Creative Laureate”? (Portland Has One)

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“I feel like we are really falling behind. We need somebody to advocate creativity on a nationwide level. It’s not like the National Endowment for the Arts hasn’t done that, but maybe we need a fresh face. Maybe we need something that is very non-partisan and can start a different way of dialogue, not necessarily […]

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Digital Publishing Has Changed What It Means To Be An Author

Amanda Hocking

“Only 20% of the 1,600 self-published authors surveyed, and just a quarter of the almost 800 writers with a traditional book deal, judged it “extremely important” to ‘make money writing books’. Shift the issue to publishing ‘a book that people will buy’ and the figures leap to 56% and 60% respectively.”

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English National Opera Loses Music Director, Gains Another

Mark Wigglesworth

“After leading English National Opera to arguably its most successful and consistent period of musical achievement in for the last 20 years or so, the company has announced this morning that its music director, Edward Gardner, will leave ENO at the end of the 2014/15 season after eight years in the job.”

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Honoring Baghdad’s Devastated Bookselling District

Iraqi Peace Song

Not so long ago it was said that Arabic books were written in Cairo, published in Beirut and read in Baghdad. Now hundreds of writers and artists are preparing tributes to the Iraqi capital’s traditional bookselling hub, Al-Mutanabbi Street, which was destroyed in 2007 by a car bomb.

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No, There Are Not Too Many Indie Films Out There

NotTooManyIndieFilms

Earlier this month, Manohla Dargis wrote: “Take a moment and consider whether flooding theaters with titles is good for movies and moviegoers alike.” Tim Wu counters: “Dargis is wrong: making lots of films to yield a few hits is not dangerous to independent film but exactly how independent film sustains itself – and ultimately how […]

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Movie Critics in the Internet Era

RichardBrody

Richard Brody: “Being a critic used to mean, basically, waiting for a movie to be released theatrically in one’s city, going to a screening of that film, and writing a review that got published on or near the time of that release.” Not anymore.

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Titan of India’s Telugu Cinema Dead at 91

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Over the course of a seven-decade career, Akkineni Nageswara Rao not only appeared in more than 250 films, earning awards and an enormous following, he led the move of Telugu-language filmmaking (now India’s second-largest movie industry) to the capital city where Telugu is actually spoken. (He also, unusually, resisted the urge to enter politics.)

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