Yasar Kemal, Turkey’s Master Novelist And Fierce Critic, Has Died

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“Mr. Kemal’s home region — Cukurova in southern Anatolia, known in antiquity as Cilicia — is the backdrop for his sweeping tales of rapacious landlords, callous bureaucrats and peasant heroes who fight injustice. He wrote more than two dozen books, using a colorful narrative style that appealed to a broad audience, fiercely criticizing injustice and creating noble outlaws who became permanent parts of Turkey’s cultural landscape.”

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Classical Music Calms The (Not So Savage) Beast, Study Says

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“Dogs at the Scottish SPCA’s Dumbarton & West of Scotland animal rescue and rehoming centre spent less time standing and barking when the music was being played.”

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For The First Time Ever, Chinese Box Office Tops U.S. Box Office

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“A record Lunar New Year bonanza brought in $650 million in the second-largest movie market, according to data from research firm Entgroup.”

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New Orleans Theatre Company Finds A(nother) Temporary Home

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“In the years since leaving Canal Place, Southern Rep has almost settled in a new permanent location three times — in the Central Business District, Bywater and Mid-City. But each time the deal has fallen through. And each time, Hayes said, ‘you have to start from scratch.'”

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A Day Off, Sort Of, With The Director Of The Dia Art Foundation

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“I’m living next to the Earth Room, one of Dia’s sites. Usually artists stay there. I wake up and see the Earth Room, and say good night to it, too. It’s a project that Walter De Maria built in 1977 and it’s exactly as it sounds, a space on the first floor of a building in SoHo, which is filled with earth. It has a very strong presence, and it’s there, next to you.”

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Turns Out Fiction Is (Just) Slightly More Complicated Than ‘A Stranger Comes To Town; Someone Leaves Town’

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“To the aficionado, Jockers’s sheep/goats, wheat/chaff division of imaginative fiction sounds about as sophisticated as dividing the world of music into the up-chord and the down-chord. It sounds, indeed, like the lady in the Monty Python sketch explaining her theory about the brontosaurus (it starts off thin, becomes very thick, then thin again).”

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The American Ballet Theater Goes To Court Against One Of Its Longtime Workers

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“The lawsuit rolls on, pitting a 57-year-old stage carpenter against one of the country’s premier ballet companies. And it puts two friends, who bonded during years of working alongside the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev and Susan Jaffe, on opposite sides of the courtroom.”

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Bob Hope Captured America, But His Legacy Is Sinking Fast

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“These days few readers may know or remember just how big a deal Hope was in his prime. … Hope was both ‘the most popular’ and ‘the most important’ entertainer of the twentieth century, ‘the only one who achieved success—often No. 1-rated success—in every major genre of mass entertainment in the modern era: vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song, and live concerts.'”

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A Beautiful Modernist Techno-Utopia Landed In New York In 1939 And ‘Opened A Whole New World’ [VIDEO]

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“It’s hard to imagine what a marvel the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair would have been to its visitors. Still living in the heavy shadow of the stock market crash of 1929, the many people who flocked to the big exhibition found not only bounteous luxuries such as free Coca-Cola and grand spectacles of entertainment, but the unveiling of unthinkable new technologies that promised that a better world lay ahead.”

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Kristin Scott Thomas Says Hollywood’s Ageism Is A Disaster (And Boring, To Boot)

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“Until the average life-span is 150 years or something, I don’t think women in their 50s are going to be considered at all viable.”

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How Did This ‘Jeopardy’ Winner Become A Cultural Critic And An ‘Ombudsman’ To Nerds?

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After his win streak, Arthur Chu called publicists and PR firms “and said straight up, ‘Hey, do you work with viral celebrities?’ Then I’d ask, ‘If you were me, how would you hang on to the fame, how would you monetize it?'”

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When Hollywood Was Truly The Wild, Wild West

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“The new movie colony’s lax self-governance galvanized middle-American arbiters of morality into a force so disruptive and outspoken that even an assumed untouchable like Zukor feared their wrath, lest their cries for reform prompt the Federal Trade Commission to censor his often lurid but profitable movies.”

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Add Many Countries In Africa To Your List Of Places To See Great Works Of Modernist Architecture

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“There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities. … But we simply don’t know about it.”

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It’s Time To Consider Making The Destruction Of Cultural Heritage A War Crime

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“In the face of vandalism on this scale and at this level of wantonness and depravity, something larger is called for. The collective voice of the civilized world must speak out and declare that, henceforth, the destruction of cultural heritage will be deemed a war crime, with appropriate penalties meted out by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.”

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London’s Post-War Paintings And Murals Are At Risk – Can They Be Saved?

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“Following the removal of mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi from a London tube station earlier this month to a storage facility in Norfolk, the Twentieth Century Society conservation group has called for a ‘Domesday Book’ survey of post-war public art.”

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James Conlon Stepping Down From May Festival After 2016 Season

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“After Conlon leads the ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus for the last time in 2016 – his 37th season – Music Hall is expected to close its doors for about 18 months to undergo a massive renovation. The festival will be displaced for at least a year. Conlon said that the uncertainty of the revitalization plans factored into his decision.”

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Performing Artists Need Emotional, Not Just Financial, Investment In Their Arts

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“Artists are constantly being asked to be financially resilient. But what about emotional resilience? When artists face rejection from a funder or a programmer, who is there to provide that sense of community and solidarity and empathy? So often the work that artists subsidise with time, money, love and belief is treated as a commodity, or just a product by venues.”

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The Essay About Teaching In MFA Programs That Has Writers Freaking Out Across The Internet

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“Anyone who claims to have useful information about the publishing industry is lying to you, because nobody knows what the hell is happening. My advice is for writers to reject the old models and take over the production of their own and each other’s work as much as possible.” (Now, search Twitter for “MFA” or “MFA essay” and see what writers are saying about this piece.)

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Children’s Brains Are More Elastic – But Could Neuroscience Help Adults’ Brains Stay Flexible Too?

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“The day might be coming when I could actually learn to play as I would had I learned during childhood. I might be able to swallow a pill that restores my brain to a more flexible, receptive state.”

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The Golden Age Of Indie Game Art Is Upon Us

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“Even without the argument for higher beauty in a new medium, there’s plenty of other incentive for game developers to bring high-design into their games. The best incentive of all, really: sales.”

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Andrew Jackson – The President – Was Far, Far Bloodier Than You Think (And The Musical Should Acknowledge That)

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“The lessons of Bloody Bloody are seen in American society today. Today, Native women are murdered at a rate higher than any other race in America. The majority of the perpetrators of violent crimes against Native women are non-Native men. The ‘jokes’ in Bloody Bloody about killing Indians are not ‘jokes.’ They are a reality.”

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Diversity Sells Better, But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White And Male

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“Although Hollywood is a business, constantly in search of new ways to make a profit, Hunt says the high-risk nature of the entertainment industry, combined with existing demographics, presents a barrier to diversity.”

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A Run Of 1009 Weeks Wasn’t Enough For This Movie, Say Mumbai Film Fans

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“No sooner had it been revealed that DDLJ, as it is known, was being taken off the silver screen than the protests began. According to Yash Raj Films, the production house behind the film, the sudden announcement ‘resulted in a spontaneous and an overwhelming outcry from the cinema-going audience, as well as dedicated fans of the movie, expressing their shock and disappointment.’ And so the record-breaking film was reinstated.”

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How Alice Munro Learned About Stories – And Books

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“If I wanted a story, the thing to do was to get my grandmother to read it to me. Then listening to her voice, her story-reading voice which always sounded a little incredulous, marvelling, yet full of faith, bravely insistent, and watching her face, its meaningful and utterly familiar expressions — lifted eyebrows, ominously sinking chin, brisk little nods of agreement when, as sometimes happened, a character said something sensible — then I would feel the story grow into life and exist by itself.”

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