How Can Choreographer Paul Taylor Cement His Legacy?

Paul Taylor

“After six decades in which the Paul Taylor Dance Company existed to dance almost nothing but Paul Taylor works, Mr. Taylor said that he wanted to broaden its mission to include presenting past masterworks of modern dance and works of contemporary choreographers in addition to his oeuvre and the dances he plans to continue to create.”

What’s It Like To Be A Medical Actor?

Medical Actor

“You get a script and a paper gown. You get $13.50 an hour. Our scripts are ten to twelve pages long. They outline what’s wrong with us — not just what hurts but how to express it. They tell us how much to give away, and when. We are supposed to unfurl the answers according to specific protocols.”

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The Best Artistic Response To “Monuments Men”
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Documenting Dance, Part 1
Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-02-09

Raising Up the Masses?
Source: We The Audience | Published on 2014-02-09

In defence of BBC Radio 3
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You Are There: Where Burroughs Once Lived in Mexico City
Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2014-02-09


What Will The Broad Museum’s Planned Plaza Do For LA’s Public Spaces?

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“The design of the plaza is the most meaningful bit of news here. And that’s not just because Bunker Hill is short on public space that is well-designed and friendly to pedestrians. It’s also because the details of how the plaza will operate — and who will own it — make up a multilayered and in the end rather opaque story.”

So, Romance Novels Thrive On Predictability (Shocker!)

Romances NPR

“One thing that you have understand if you’re gonna get into writing romance is that the things that are valued in that genre are not the same things that are valued when we read something like literary fiction.”

A Life Utterly Devoted To Ballet

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“‘Janet Sassoon gave her life to dance like the maiden to the volcano,” says choreographer Alonzo King, who has known Sassoon for decades. ‘Complete, total, unequivocally committed, as a performer, teacher and coach.'”

Our Audio And Video History Is Disappearing. Can We Save It?

Media History

“Video tape and audiotape is not a stable format. After 40 or 50 years, they are disintegrating. And the information—pictures, sounds on that physical medium—is disappearing. Unlike a piece of paper or a photograph that might last 100 years, media formats are extremely fragile.”

What’s Up With The (Norse) End Of The World?


With Ragnarok predicted for February 22 (yes, of this year), author Joanne Harris wonders: “For centuries, artists, writers and composers from Wagner, Tolkien, and Tennyson to Marvel Comics have taken inspiration from these tales of conflict, companionship and adventure. Why?”

What We Talk About When We Talk About Philip Seymour Hoffman


“I don’t know what demons might be to blame, but as a one-time junkie, I do know that the demons hardly matter. We imagine addiction as a voluntary act, romantic or tragic, depending on our mood. When we try to imagine the scene, we conjure up pictures of the wrong room and the wrong stress; tumultuous men brought low by vulnerability in the face of fear and loneliness.”