Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.31.14

Music funding announced for fellow-primates
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-03-31

Want to hear some achingly beautiful ringtones?
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-03-31

Definitions: Two Experts Opine On What Museums/Directors Should Do
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-31

‘Women conductors? It’s not getting any better, only worse’
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-03-31

Help, I’m Breaking Up!
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-03-30


Stolen Renoir Finally Makes It Home After 62 Years


“It has the makings of a great mystery: Artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn’t fiction, it’s a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to Baltimore.”

Russia’s Top Theater Festival Keeps Growing and Growing

Golden Mask

The Golden Mask festival began in 1995 as Moscow’s equivalent of the Tonys. Now theater companies (and opera and dance troupes) from throughout Russia spend three weeks in March and April in the capital competing for awards in 34 categories – and that’s not even counting fringe fests and tours.

Why Does It Matter That Heidegger Was Anti-Semitic?


“Why do these thinkers’ personal lives and ideological compromises seem unusually relevant to their work, beyond the usual scandal-sheet Schadenfreude? It may have something to do with their distinctive views regarding the relevance (or, rather, irrelevance) of character and personality to the objects of their study.” to Shut Down Streaming Radio Service

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The company “said it will continue to deliver personalized music to its listeners via a new music player that’s currently being tested. The difference is the music will not come from its own servers. Instead, music will be piped in from YouTube and VEVO onto the new player.”

China’s Dan Brown (Only He’s Really Good)

China's Dan Brown)

“The literary writer who attains commercial success is a rare breed. One who mixes genres, merges history with fable, and mines the constrictive reality of his repressive state – while boasting of sales in the millions – may only exist in one person. And, surprisingly enough, that person is Chinese.”

Rumsfeld’s Knowns and Unknowns: The Intellectual History of a Quip


“I recall many people viewing it as handwaving nonsense meant to cover over reality. It was a laughingstock … but wasn’t [it] a brilliantly pithy piece of popular epistemology? Decoupled from its context, it seemed smart … and I’d wager most people couldn’t tell you what Rumsfeld was talking about when he said it.”

What Was So New About Italian Futurism?


“Futurists like [Marinetti and] Pannaggi may have been trying to break civilization wide open. They may have declared a new age of speed and violence and radical newness. But as soon as they attempted to analyze that newness, as soon as they attempted to say something about their brave new world, they found themselves pulled back into history and tradition.”

Music As Unique Object: Band Will Release Only One Copy Of Its New Album


The band is Wu-Tang Clan. “Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album. And similar to a Monet or a Degas, the price tag will be a multimillion-dollar figure.”

The Perplexing Events That Led To Shutting Down San Diego Opera


“The vote took some board members by surprise. In past meetings, plenty of discussions about fundraising troubles and shrinking audiences occurred, but no talk of an immediate shutdown. Just two weeks before the vote, Ian Campbell attended a regular board meeting to talk up the 50th anniversary season in 2015.”

What’s The Key To Patience In The Age Of Distraction?


Much of our talk of patience today disguises itself with words like “attention,” “mindfulness,” and “time management.” Patience is required to pay attention to the article before us, to be mindful of the person in front of us, and to manage our time in such a way that we accomplish all the tasks required of us.

Prospect Is Out With Its Annual List Of The World’s Top Thinkers (and There’s Been A Shakeup)

The Woodstock Literary Festival, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Britain - 18 Sep 2011

“Twenty-two of the new list (44%) are women, a considerable advance on the blokeish 2013 squad. How has that been achieved? One factor is a marked increase in the number of philosophers, up this time from four to 14 (28%) to improbably make philosophy the second best-represented subject behind economics, which boasts a spectacular proportion.”

The Paper Versus EBooks Debate Is A Waste Of Time (Isn’t It?)

Ebook in Waterstones

“Until a digital book is a magical object which physically transforms from 50 Shades into the new James Smythe novel according to your whim; until you can walk through a digital library and open books at random; until the technology becomes as satisfying to the physical senses as the text is to the cognitive self, there’s still a need for shiny, gorgeous, satisfying books.”

Why Hire One Music Director When You Can Hire Two?


The Westchester Philharmonic: “While the leadership arrangement is unusual, its contours have become clearer in recent weeks as next season’s programming takes shape. Mr. Laredo and Mr. Sperling will each conduct two concerts — a fifth conducting slot will be filled by a guest — and both will have substantial sway over the choice of material and soloists.”