“With money from the W.P.A., he helped found the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.”
“Blake also claimed he encountered Satan on the staircase of his South Molton Street home in London.”
“Not long after working with Ozu on his penultimate film, ‘The End of Summer’ (1961), she left the cinema abruptly, implying, in her final news conference, that she had acted in films only to help support her large extended family. She lived the rest of her life in seclusion in Kamakura.”
“You would never expect to find a banjo in a hip-hop band, but ‘The Room Where it Happens’ just cried for it. That to me is probably my single greatest idea in the whole show, only because it’s so quirky and is so of the style of the music. It’s so Kander and Ebb-y, Dixieland, so I just sat down to orchestrate it, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘What can the guitar do?’ And literally in a flash of light, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, it could be a banjo!'”
“In May last year, Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes. But on 17 November, another judge in the court of Abha in southern Saudi Arabia ruled that Fayadh be executed for apostasy.”
“Sinatra’s character flaw isn’t hard to name. He lived in daily fear of humiliation, and in its (often imagined) presence his temper tipped over in an instant. This was followed, usually, by remorse, once he had sobered up and stopped seeing red. But, in the interim, real damage was done to real people.”
He was, it turns out, a wealthy Irish businessman in New Orleans who went broke financing the American Revolution.
“I’ve turned half-bald. Lost all hair on the back of my head. At a US hospital in Rochester I underwent a mighty biopsy under general anesthesia. … In fact, I had holes drilled in the base of the skull. If you bring your hand close enough to the irradiated area, you will feel it is warmer than others. Occasionally, when blood rushes to this place, I have strong pulsations there. Feel[s] pretty close to hearing music.”
Said one longtime friend and colleague, “Above and beyond being just an incredible musician and perhaps the greatest concertmaster ever, he was a very, very humane person. … The music was never about himself, as it is with many conductors and violinists. It was always about the music. In that regard, he was very humble. He always took a backseat to the composer.”
“Adele Morales was an aspiring painter in 1951 when she met Mailer, the author of The Naked and the Dead, who was on his way to becoming recognized as one of the pre-eminent postwar American novelists. The two began living together and married three years later. … The relationship, marked by heavy drinking and ancillary love affairs on both sides, was stormy.”
“‘He is, as everybody will tell you, the kindest musical theater genius you’ll ever want to meet,’ said Danny Burstein, the actor playing Tevye, who has known Mr. Harnick since 1991. ‘He’s also always honest, which is not something you always find. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything.'”
“‘It sometimes makes me cranky and sometimes excited,’ she said. ‘It’s lovely and hard.'”
Who hasn’t longed to say goodbye to the incessant, yammering company that crowds our daily lives?
Steven Galloway, 40, is the author of four novels, including The Cellist of Sarajevo, an international bestseller that was nominated for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and long-listed for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His most recent novel, The Confabulist, about the death of Harry Houdini, was published last year.
The author of Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt (republished as Carol), The Talented Mr. Ripley, and 19 other novels, “Highsmith is almost impossible to shoehorn into any category – political, literary, or psychological. … “
He entered Curtis at age 11; by age 17 he’d been hired by Jascha Heifetz as accompanist for a European tour. He studied with Koussevitzky at Tanglewood and apprenticed with Szell in the late 1940s, even as he was winning the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition in 1948 and going on to play concertos with major American orchestras. He spent decades as a sought-after at Curtis and Juilliard, and re-emerged as a soloist and chamber musicians in the 1980s and ’90s.
“Called an elegant Boswell by his supporters and a calculating Svengali by his detractors, … Mr. Craft spent nearly a quarter-century as Stravinsky’s amanuensis, rehearsal conductor, musical adviser, globe-trotting traveling companion and surrogate son. After Stravinsky’s death in 1971, at 88, he was a writer, lecturer, conductor, public intellectual and keeper of the Stravinskian flame.”
“[William] Pynchon, a prominent layman with a devoted constituency, was charismatic enough to inspire a movement similar to the Antinomian debacle that had nearly brought the colony to its knees in the previous decade. Notwithstanding his lofty place in New England society, Pynchon and his book simply had to go. The ensuing controversy, placed within the context of Pynchon’s life, perfectly encapsulates the tenuous relationship between colonial New England’s people, its Church, and its State.”
Carnegie said that in light of the legal review, members of the executive committee of its board were “satisfied that Mr. Gillinson complied with his professional responsibilities” and that Mr. Gillinson “continues to have their full support.”
“When Jaffrey arrived in Britain, non-white actors were still a rarity and the theatre world was at a loss as to how to deal with them. Slowly his quality became recognised, even though the stage parts he was offered often depended on his ethnicity rather than his considerable professional abilities. Colour-blind casting was still in its infancy, and it is not surprising that much of Jaffrey’s early British work was in the BBC World Service, where his splendid speaking voice and his pure Urdu were invaluable.”
“The art world at that time, for better or worse, was full of these people who had these long treatises on their work. I think the art world has changed a little bit since then – there’s been a return to more direct practice and less thinking through the art before you make the art. But when I was coming up, it was all about the ideas, and the ideas I was familiar with were from literature and film.”
“How much time transpired between when you heard about the attacks and when you set about creating the image?
“A minute, maybe. It was done on my lap, on a very loose sketchbook, with a brush and ink.”
“She is Ali Stroker, an unforgettable presence in the new production of Spring Awakening on Broadway. And though she says she’s danced all her life, she does that dancing from a wheelchair. Since the age of two, when she was in a car accident, she’s been paralyzed from the chest down.”
Fram Kitagawa, the “redoubtable” Japanese curator who espouses art’s return to slow, rural values as opposed to urban, market systems, has been denied a visa by US officials, he said, according to a press release from the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.
“Belgrade-born Abramović and Ulay, real name Frank Uwe Laysiepen, were lovers and co-creators for more than a decade before their separation in 1988 … Ulay [has now] launched a lawsuit, to be heard in Amsterdam later this month, in which he claims Abramović has violated a contract they signed in 1999 covering works they had created together.”
“[He] was a renowned musician in his own right, a retired principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. But in the rarefied artistic circles that were his orbit for more than half a century, he was also known as a maker of conductors’ batons, a fine trade plied by only a handful of people around the globe. … His art married the skills of a physician, a palm reader, a carpenter and a Savile Row tailor.”
“He was a versatile, virtuoso pianist and a distinctive, mellow-voiced vocalist who rarely toured because he was so busy producing, writing and arranging music at his New Orleans studio. Meanwhile, his songs were performed by a who’s who of New Orleans singers (Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe) and international rock artists (Jerry Garcia, The Doors, Yardbirds, Bo Diddley, Robert Palmer, Little Feat, Elvis Costello). In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
For all that he can be a figure of fun in the U.S. and even in France, “Lévy ‘has made a positive impact on French policy and French thinking. Saying terrible things are terrible in a loud and convincing way is more than a lot of people do,’ says Steven Erlanger, who was The New York Times‘ Paris bureau chief from 2008 to 2013, ‘and he deserves a lot of credit for that.'”
Peasant child, St. Petersburg society girl, White Russian fugitive, itinerant exile, cabaret dancer, animal trainer, Rosie-the-Riveter-style machinist in California. “From the beginning of her life in rural Siberia to its end in sunny Los Angeles, nothing about Maria’s life would ever be simple or easy.”
“‘Comedy is analysis,’ said Zamata. ‘All I do as a comedian is analyze society. So, while people are listening, I may as well highlight subjects they may not regularly analyze on their own.'”