Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.30.14

The Cost of Poor Care: Multi-millions Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-31 Looking Back, Dancing Now Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-01-31 “Passion” and a Life in the Arts Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-01-30 From John Steinmetz: A life-changer Source: Sandow | Published on 2014-01-30  

People, People, People – Why Waste Time Arguing Over An Ill-Informed Article On Classical Music?

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“Classical music isn’t dying. I also say to all of you: some people will write bad articles, and that doesn’t signal the death of journalism, either. But for those of us who love the field, let’s think of more productive ways to marshall our intellectual resources than shooting fish in a barrel and congratulating each […]

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What Kind Of Idiot Steals A Strad?

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“The nature of the crime suggests that the thieves knew what they were after, which is a downer on one hand and encouraging on the other. If they know what they have, they’re less likely to damage it. But if they know what they have, they might be more likely to have a buyer lined […]

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You Are What You Read? (Uh, Oh – Americans Are In Trouble)

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“If we are what we read, then Americans are wimpy, religious, ambitious, self-improving, and patriotic. The specific possibility that the only book any adult read last year was one of the best-selling books on the Nielsen or Amazon list is perhaps more disheartening than the shapeless fact that three-quarters of the American population read only […]

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Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam Help Save Detroit’s Art

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“Foundations seeking to protect Detroit’s public pensions and its art museum in the city’s bankruptcy process raised their pledge total to $370 million on Tuesday with the addition of a $40 million commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”

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Academy Revokes Nomination for Best Song Oscar

Best Song Oscar Nom Revoked

“‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ a little-heard tune from a little-seen film of the same name, will not appear on Oscar ballots when the final round of voting begins on Feb. 14. And the Academy will not announce a replacement nominee.” The issues seem to be conflict-of-interest and campaign violations. Maybe Hollywood is Washington, D.C. for […]

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Classical Music Isn’t Dead, So Let’s Stop Trying to Kill It

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“There is a creepy bloodlust to the doom-mongering of classical music, as though an autopsy were being conducted on a still-breathing body. … What supports these jeremiads is the implicit idea that classical music is an aberration in the United States, something to be regarded with suspicion.”

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The Coen Brothers and Evil (Don’t Ask)

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“The Coen Brothers are no help and never will be. Go ahead and ask them. Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross recently tried. She asked them how they write their films. ‘It’s mostly napping,’ Ethan Coen answered. The Coen brothers have been evading answers for about 30 years.”

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When Social Scientists Study String Quartets

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“Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet. A team from the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Birmingham found that analysing how individual musicians vary their timing to follow the rest of the group can indicate a hierarchy.”

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