Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.30.14

More Troubles For DIA-Detroit
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-30

The Talking Cure, Part II (discussion and debate)
AJBlog: We The Audience | Published 2014-03-30

English director provokes German storm by supporting opera cuts
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-03-30

 Woman’s Point of View from a Tough-Guy Novelist
AJBlog: Straight|Up | Published 2014-03-30

What’s the Matter With San Diego, and a Deadly Impostor
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-03-27


Why The Effing Eff Do We Censor The News?


“Even when certain words are necessary to the understanding of a story, the media frequently resort to euphemisms or coy acrobatics that make stories read as if they were time capsules written decades ago, forcing us all into wink-wink-nudge-nudge territory.”

British Theatre And Studios Destroyed By Fire


“We looked round and saw smoke pouring out of the corner of the theatre. We went running over with a fire extinguisher, thought ‘well maybe it’s just a small fire’, went in and the whole building was just well alight.”

Dynamic Pricing Actually Means Theatres Doing Their Own Scalping

Two generic admission tickets

“After all, scalping—or price-gouging, if you prefer—already works for airlines and sports teams and hotels and Broadway shows and nobody seems to complain—at least, not those that can afford them. And furthermore, like it or not, pretty soon everybody will be doing it. So hey, why fight it?”

How Is Child Star Martha Plimpton Dealing With Her Forties?


“There are just more interesting parts for women in the theater. There’s just more to do. I could play Hedda Gabler on stage, but no one will ever hire me to play Hedda Gabler in a movie. … I don’t have the face of a movie star. I have a face of a character actress.”

The Book Barge Was Sinking. Would Amazon Step In To Help?


“An experiment like this, I thought, could also be a useful corrective to the easy acceptance that value for money has just one currency. Consumers have come to expect discounts. In fact, most feel positively cheated if a price tag hasn’t been visibly slashed. By offering goods without any money at all exchanging hands, The Book Barge could become an attractive proposition to buyers.”

Portland’s Theatres Band Together To Present All Of Shakespeare In Two Years

PCS Othello

“I think it’s going to be a fun experiment for the Portland arts community which is very diverse but often falls into the trap that everyone’s competing for the same dollars, the few art dollars out there that are still left,” says organizer Peter Platt. “Instead there’s strength in numbers. You can come together, collaborate, create festivals and programming that shares expertise, talent and overhead.”

Is It Time To End The Story Ballet?

Justin Peck

“Let’s do a brand-new story that works well for dance, and commission new music, new sets. Have it be a big production. Hire someone to write the libretto. Put a lot of care into it. Even take the time to workshop a lot of it. I’d take an approach that plays or Broadway musicals take, where there can be many phases of development for it, so it’s not rushed.”

Felix Fibich, Dancer And Choreographer Who Brought Jewish Dance Traditions To The U.S., Dies At 96


“As a young actor in Poland’s Yiddish theater troupes, Mr. Fibich observed a wide range of expressive gestures and dances in Jewish communities. After moving to the United States in 1950, he and Judith Berg, his wife and first dance teacher, became known through concerts and workshops as experts in theatricalizing Jewish dance traditions.”

Book Editors Say Life’s Too Short To Read Bad Books


“There’s no set way to approach a manuscript. Nobody tells you, ‘This is how to edit. Follow these steps.’ Everyone comes to a manuscript with a different perspective, and you quickly learn that each editor has his or her own personal preferences — conventions they love (and maybe even overuse) and things that are huge pet peeves.”

Want That Ebook? You’d Best Be Able To Travel To It

Ebook Loans

“Books that traveled around the world via interlibrary loan in the 20th century paper era are safeguarded locally in the Internet age. Indeed, it is the sheer ease with which electronic publications can be sent around the world that is now resulting in their being locked up behind digital bars. The book doesn’t go to the reader, the reader comes to the book — just like in the 19th century.”