Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.12.14

Randolph College’s Maier Museum Is Punished
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-12

Economics of deaccessioning (a bit theoretical)
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-03-12

Speak, memory
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-03-12

Making it as a Writer: MFA vs NYC
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-03-12

Pierre Boulez video interview: ‘I am a composer. I still am a composer’
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-03-12

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Sam Mendes’ 25 Tips For Directors

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Avoid, please, all metaphors of plays or films as “pinnacles” or “peaks”; treat with absolute scorn the word “definitive”; and if anyone uses the word “masterpiece,” they don’t know what they’re doing. The pursuit of perfection is a mug’s game.

Here’s What LA’s Creative Economy Looks Like In 2014

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“The distinction in creative labor, put simply, is that artists have autonomous control over the direction of their creative output, whereas members of the “creative industries” produce products on spec. While both trade the products of their labor for capital, the latter, professionalized class dwarfs the former in economic clout, and so is dramatically more lucrative and stable an avocation.”

Why Repetition Is Fundamental To Our Enjoyment Of Music

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“Music didn’t acquire the property of repetitiveness because it’s less sophisticated than speech, and the 347 times that iTunes says you have listened to your favourite album isn’t evidence of some pathological compulsion – it’s just a crucial part of how music works its magic.”

The Advantages Of Disadvantage

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“There is this weird thing where having a little bit of resources is worse than having none. Or: having a few numbers of options is worse than having no options. It can be freeing to be at the very bottom.”

The Future Of Books: A Netflix-Like Subscription Model?

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“So now that we know that it’s possible to deliver books like magazines, to sell them like magazines, and to target them at clusters of readers like magazines, the big question looms: Do book enthusiasts actually want to engage with literature the way they engage with magazines? And can they afford to?”

Tone-Deaf Minnesota Orchestra Board Bobbles Leadership

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“This talented orchestra and Vänskä, who resigned as a show of support for his players, have almost come to represent a blue-collar crew who took on the elite in the city. But now with deadlines looming and the newfound attention the orchestra is receiving, there’s also a new pressure on the board to act.”

“Mozart In the Jungle” Gets Picked Up As A Series

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Blair Tindall’s memoir turned into an Amazon.com series. “Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.”

City Of Seattle Creates Musician Loading Zones

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“Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there.”

Giant Paper Sculptures on Park Avenue

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They’re not actually made of paper (they’re aluminum and fiberglass), but they sure look like it. The seven pieces make up Alice Aycock’s Park Avenue Paper Chase, now going up in the median of Park Avenue in upper midtown Manhattan.

How Do You Write a Realistic Novel About North Korea?

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“The problem with North Korea journalism is that you can write almost anything and almost nobody knows if it’s bunk. Then you have North Korea fiction, where you can paint a very vivid reality and readers, I imagine, will want to believe that it’s 100 percent true.” Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son, talks about how he dealt with the challenge.

Is Shakespeare’s Globe Wrong to Visit North Korea?

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With the London-based company about to begin a two-year global tour of Hamlet that they hope will include every nation on Earth, Amnesty International has given them a scolding for including Kim Jong Un’s domain on the itinerary. Mark Lawson considers the precedent – the long boycott of apartheid-era South Africa – and whether the situations are comparable.

Dancing the First World War

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English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo and her three choreographers – Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan – talk about creating their upcoming mixed bill, titled Lest We Forget.

Science’s Problem With the Idea of Play Goes Deeper Than Economics

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Barbara Ehrenreich: “But I would say that the roots of our short-sightedness about play range far beyond economics, that they extend into all of Western science, and that what is at stake here is ultimately even deeper than play. For the last few hundred years, Western science has been on a mission to crush all forms of agency, which I mean in the philosophical sense as the capacity for action.”

The Grandmother of Body Art

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Carolee Schneeman, “the avant-garde artist who bared her buttocks for Yoko Ono, filmed herself having sex when movies still couldn’t say the word ‘vagina’, and made art out of meat long before Lady Gaga, talks to Steve Rose.”