How The Corcoran Botched Its Existence

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“This is mismanagement on a near-epic scale. If you added up the costs associated with developing, implementing, then abandoning each of these initiatives, you’d probably make a serious contribution to the renovation tab. But of all the board’s decisions, this one is by far the worst.”

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New Research: Being Dishonest Can Boost Your Creativity

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“After Harvard Business School researcher Francesa Gino reported in 2011 that that highly creative people are more likely to engage in unethical activities, she began to wonder whether dishonesty could actually enhance creativity. Her latest paper suggests the answer is yes.”

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And Now: John Cage, The App

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It’s 4’33″ and it’s not as daft as you might think. “With a swipe of the i-hand on the interface – which records your realisation of the piece, mapping it on to the durations that Cage provided for the three movements of the work – you can hear 4’33”s from all over the world.”

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Corcoran Failure – The Enron Of The Arts?

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“When it comes to leadership, the Corcoran boards of the last decade are the rough non-profit equivalents of the boards that ran MCI and Enron in the for-profit sector. Like trustees at MCI and Enron, Corcoran trustees committed no crimes, but they numbly bumbled, doing much damage on the way down.”

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A Global “Grand Partnership” For Arts And Culture?

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“The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the English Arts Council are establishing a ‘Grand Partnership’ for arts and culture, for the United Kingdom mind you. I say let’s make it a ‘Great Grand Partnership’ by making it a worldwide partnership.”

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Smashing Ancient Urns. Why Isn’t Ai Wei Wei Also A Vandal?

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“I must admit I’m confused. I want to see it as a devastating satire on the modern world’s alienation from the past. Ever since the Chinese Revolution began in the early 20th century, political and economic ruptures have cut off China in particular from its ancient culture. Is Ai Weiwei parodying that? Or is he mocking western art-lovers who think all Chinese art is ancient (as they may have, back in 1995)?”

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Cossacks Beat Pussy Riot With Horsewhips in Sochi

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The balaclava-clad Russian rockers were just starting a protest song in front of an administrative building in downtown Sochi when members of a Cossack militia (brought into town as extra security for the Winter Olympics) attacked them with whips and pepper spray. The song: “Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland”. (includes photos and video)

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At What Point Does Watching a Series Tip Into Binge-Watching?

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It’s a good question to ask as viewers devour the new season of House of Cards. “Despite its increased prominence, though, there’s never really been a good, single working definition of what binge-watching actually is.” So The Atlantic tries to settle the matter (or at least clarify it).

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BBC TV to Air Major Series of Ballet Specials in March

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The programming, on BBC2 and BBC4, includes Darcey Bussell honoring her ballet heroines, a documentary on how World War II helped create modern British ballet, a behind-the-scenes visit with Tamara Rojo preparing the lead role in Swan Lake, and rare footage of Margot Fonteyn.

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Elaine Stritch on Humor

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“Humor is a great boom-boom against tough stuff. Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh. I’ve been dependent on it, maybe too much so, all through my life. And I think sadness can also help. Whatever helps, grab it and run.”

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Two Indian Authors Want Penguin to Pulp Their Books In Solidarity With Wendy Doniger

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“Penguin authors Jyotirmaya Sharma and Siddharth Varadarajan have asked the publishing house to withdraw their books and pulp them. Both have emailed their demand to the under-fire publishing firm for agreeing to an out-of-court settlement with a [Hindu nationalist] group to do the same with Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History.”

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Free Speech in India and the Problems With Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus’

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“Conservative Hindu groups have been campaigning against Doniger for more than a decade, contending that she misunderstands and deliberately misrepresents Hindu texts and practices, insults Hindu gods in her readings of myth, and crudely focusses … on sex. To her detractors, what look at first like impressive scholarly credentials … are, in fact, evidence of a sinister colonialist conspiracy dominating the study of Hinduism in the West.”

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Israel Vs. Palestine, The Drag Show

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“Certain art forms lend themselves to the Israel-Palestine conflict: epic, despondent, near-silent cinema, say, or interminable sagas about intransigent politics. But a camp, twinkle-eyed cabaret fronted by a man in gold lamé evening dress?”

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