Today’s Top AJBlog Posts 02.02.14

Philip Seymour Hoffman, R.I.P. Source: About Last Night | Published on 2014-02-03 Hear Me Now: My WNYC Comments on MoMA’s Frank Lloyd Wright Show Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-02 How They Fly, How They Dive Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-02-02 A violinist tells Milwaukee thief: Take care, the Strad needs to breathe Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-02-02 The Only […]

Pete Seeger Was No Llewyn Davis

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“Lacking most of the usual traits that make for a compelling, ‘famous’ performer, Pete Seeger was instead possessed by song, not as a way to make it in the music business, but because he believed song was the glue, the bond that could bring people together.”

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Inequality In Wealth Kills The Soul

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“Our tendency to equate outward wealth with inner worth invokes deep psychological responses, feelings of dominance and subordination, superiority and inferiority. This affects the way we see and treat one another.”

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, An Actor Of Depth

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“A stocky, often sleepy-looking man with blond, generally uncombed hair who favored the rumpled clothes more associated with an out-of-work actor than a star, Mr. Hoffman did not cut the traditional figure of a leading man, though he was more than capable of leading roles.”

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When Leica Cameras Changed The World

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100 years ago: “Suddenly, photographers could throw away their heavy tripods and exploding flashguns, and step out of their studios to walk the streets and take photographs with this new mobile camera.”

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Should White Directors Take On Plays By Writers Of Color?

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“In 2014, when it still feels like a radical act for a major regional theater to program more than one show with a cast of primarily actors of color in a season, controversies about cultural authority and appropriation can feel infuriatingly stagnant. We still have a numbers problem.”

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Should Ethical Concerns Affect The Oscars?

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Dylan Farrow’s “letter suggests a callous indifference by film professionals now celebrating their accomplishments in a series of ceremonies leading up to the March 2 Academy Awards. And it lands as Mr. Allen’s film ‘Blue Jasmine’ enters the Oscar balloting that begins Friday.”

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Drake, Perfecting The #Artselfie

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Perhaps it’s tough to take a bad #artselfie in a James Turrell show at LACMA, but on the other hand, the Canadian rapper (and huge star) Drake gets them just right.

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Imagine The Grammys Without Genres

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“The fear, which is justifiable given the history of these awards, is that if the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were to eliminate all of these various niche specificities, the only music that would receive their kudos, and ultimately all the publicity that comes along with that, would be ‘pop songs’ since they […]

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The BBC Explains Why Radio Still Rules [VIDEO]

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“Plenty of technologies have looked set to curb the appeal of radio – the cassette tape, the CD, the iPod and streaming services like Spotify to name but a few. But all have so far failed.”

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