“Some experienced show business hands wonder if Hollywood has worn out moviegoers by blasting them with too much nomination-related marketing.”
University of Maryland Blindsided by Corcoran’s Surprise Deal
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-21
Are Artists Really Eccentric?, and Forgetting the Beatles
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-21
“Tito Muñoz, who currently serves as music director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy in France, will take the baton at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall for seven classics concerts in the 2014-15 season. A native of Queens, N.Y., he is 30 years old — the same age of his predecessor, Michael Christie, when Christie came to the Valley in 2004.”
Rather than single out 2013 as an exceptional year for drama on stage and screen, I posit a different reason for its noteworthiness: It marked the period in which grade inflation by critics became a commonly deployed strategy for dealing with the cultural and economic insecurity that shows no signs of abating in post-recessionary America.
Since the Nazis’ concept of “degenerate music” was driven mainly by racial ideology, the works they suppressed cover a wide range of styles, from atonal modernism to idioms influenced by cabaret and jazz. The Soviet notion of “socialist realism” was sufficiently elastic that almost anyone who didn’t pass muster politically could be targeted as an anti-Soviet composer.
“What seemed to make this the height of folly was that Tim Jenison, born in 1955, had no training or experience as a painter. Moreover, in Johannes Vermeer, he was embracing an artist whose canvases, for all their immense charm and quotidian content, are among the most complex, difficult and well … mysterious in the annals of great Western art.”
“There is, then, an undercurrent of injustice to the astronomical price of Glenn Brown’s imitation: he has reaped a larger financial reward. Chris Foss must settle for something else: the plain knowledge that he defined and popularized a niche—a noble success, but one that seizes fewer headlines than seven-figure auction prices.”
Derek Thompson: “Last year the company took in $1.88 billion with $568 million in profits – half $1 billion in profits! To put this in perspective, a mobile gaming company specializing in colored sugar baubles made more than a quarter of Amazon’s lifetime earnings in a year.” But can that possibly last?
AP photographer Jerome Delay tells how, while covering the horrific violence in the capital city, Bangui, he came across – and managed to salvage from a house in the midst of being looted – 30 years’ worth of photos, prints and negatives belonging to his friend Samuel Fosso, who had escaped to the safety of Paris. (audio)
The company PrintPedia, whose product is an app to print Wikipedia content on demand, is trying to raise $50,000 on Indiegogo to produce the complete English-language Wikipedia as a 1,193,014-page, 1,000-volume set of books. Isn’t that completely beside the point? Depends on what exactly the point is.
“North Korea’s leaders are often thought of as ruthless, secretive autocrats but rarely as popular children’s authors. However, between issuing instructions about prison camps and the development of nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un’s father and grandfather apparently found time to write stories for the young.”