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Jian Ghomeshi Arrested And Charged With Sexual Assault

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“Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to charges of sexual assault and choking, his lawyer says. Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail after he was arrested and appeared in a downtown courtroom Wednesday. The 47-year-old has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance – choking.”

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So Why Did Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Archives Go To Texas?

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“The Ransom Center already has extensive archives on writers Jorge Luis Borges, William Faulkner and James Joyce. Other Nobel laureates included in its collection are Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. Monday’s announcement had raised eyebrows in Colombia.”

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Janice Price Named CEO Of The Banff Center

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“Luminato has an annual budget of $11 million. The Banff Centre, one of Canada’s largest arts organizations, has an annual budget of over $50 million. That includes major funding from the Alberta government. And Banff is hungry for expansion to enhance its profile way beyond the Rocky Mountains.”

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Sabah, Iconic Arab Singer, Dead At 87

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The Lebanese diva, whose career as musician and actress spanned six decades (and at least nine marriages), “was famous across the Arab world for her powerful voice, musical talent and joyful brazenness … Ultimately, she participated in at least 25 plays, four radio musicals, 85 films and sang 3,000 songs.”

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Jian Ghomeshi Drops Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against CBC

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After a month of allegation after allegation of the popular radio host’s aggressive or violent behavior toward women – not to mention leaks from within the CBC about its decision to fire Ghomeshi and the difficult working environment for his staff – he has given up his $55 million suit and agreed to pay the CBC’s legal bills.

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William H. Scheide, 100, Prolific Philanthropist

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“[He] was 28 when his father died and he inherited the family fortune. Over the next seven decades, he also passed down his passions, but to far more beneficiaries. Before his death on Nov. 14 at 100, Mr. Scheide devoted his life to philanthropic and artistic pursuits striking in their range and depth.”

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Secrets And Suicide At The 92nd Street Y

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“Sol Adler devoted his life to the 92nd Street Y, courting its billionaires and burnishing its cultural power. But when he brought scandal to its doorstep, the institution kicked him to the curb. And that, his family says, is what killed him.”

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Mike Nichols, 83

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Over a six-decade career as a performer, director and producer, he racked up a Grammy, at least two Emmys, nine Tonys (!), only one Oscar (surprisingly), a National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors – and had a profound effect on American theater and film.

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John Cleese Says Comedy Ain’t What It Used To Be Because Audiences Today Don’t Know Anything

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“In my day, anyone who is vaguely educated – in other words, they know where Pakistan was … or that they had a vague idea which century Henry VIII [lived in] – would give you the opportunity for all sorts of humor. … The general feeling is that anything that doesn’t affect you personally is not worth knowing about. … It’s kind of like, ‘Geography? Well, I don’t need to know about that.'”

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Here’s Why Chopin’s Heart Has Just Been Exhumed

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“Chopin’s heart inspires a deep fascination in Poland normally reserved for the relics of saints. For Poles, Chopin’s nostalgic compositions capture the national spirit — and the heart’s fate is seen as intertwined with Poland’s greatest agonies and triumphs over nearly two centuries of foreign occupation, warfare and liberation.”

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Dylan Thomas, The Last Rock-Star Poet

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“Marshall McLuhan hadn’t yet given us the formula, but if Dylan Thomas was the medium, poetry was the message. Already a radio favorite in Britain, he blazed his reputation across 1950s America with a sequence of Led Zeppelin–esque reading tours, multicity road shows in which the dying throb of Romanticism met the incoming crackle of mass communication.”

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The Life Of A Modern-Day Dungeon Master

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That’s as in Dungeons and Dragons, not … anything else. Yes, there are still D&D Dungeonmasters, and they’re by no means all geeky white boys anymore. (This one’s an Asian-American woman.)

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Longtime LA Times Critic Charles Champlin, 88

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“During his 26 years at The Times, Champlin served as the paper’s principal film critic from 1967 through 1980. He then shifted to book reviewing and, with his “Critic at Large” column, offered a more general overview of the arts. He retired in 1991 but continued to contribute to The Times’ daily and Sunday Calendar sections and wrote two books despite becoming legally blind from age-related macular degeneration in 1999.”

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When Professors Refuse To Retire

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“Professors approaching 70 who are still enamored with hanging out with students and colleagues, or even fretting about money, have an ethical obligation to step back and think seriously about quitting. If they do remain on the job, they should at least openly acknowledge they’re doing it mostly for themselves. Of course, there are exceptions.”

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John Leguizamo Tortures His Kids With Black-And-White Movies

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“I bring plenty of adversity into their lives. … I mean, I’m a fun dad, but I’m a tough dad. They have to play a musical instrument while they’re under my roof, they gotta read all the time … I make them watch black-and-white movies, and foreign movies, so they have to read subtitles. … They’re like ‘Why?! Nobody else watches black-and-white movies.’ And silent films! I make ‘em watch silent films. They’re being tortured.”

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Stop Asking Judi Dench When She’ll Retire

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“It drives me absolutely spare when people say: ‘Are you going to retire?’ or: ‘Don’t you think it’s time you put your feet up?’ or tell me my age. I loathe it. I don’t want to be told that I’m too old to do something; I want to try it first and then, if I don’t succeed, then I can be told I can’t do it.”

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Jerry Tallmer, 93, Theater Critic Who Founded The Obie Awards

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The Village Voice was a young paper and Mr. Tallmer its young theatre critic when, in 1955, he decided the burgeoning Off-Broadway scene south of 14th Street merited a practical response outside of weekly reviews. He hatched the idea of the Obie Awards, a downtown answer to the uptown Tonys.” He went on to spend 30 years at The New York Post.

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He Really Was Funny Once (Adam Gopnik On Bob Hope)

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“When I was a teen-ager, I sort of hated Bob Hope. All of us did. … There he was, year after year, on those post-Christmas U.S.O. specials, with shrieking starlets and shirtless soldiers, swinging his golf club like a swagger stick. … America, however, is the country of the eternal appeals court, where judgment, once it has worked its way through the system, has to work its way through it all over again.”

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What It Was Like To Work With Jian Ghomeshi (It Wasn’t Pretty)

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“One day, Ghomeshi would be jovial and generous; the next, cold and dismissive. His chronic lateness kept staff on edge; he kept people waiting for hours. Everyone bridled – at least privately – at his mood swings and his penchant for playing staff against one another. The predominantly female staff found themselves reduced to tears by his tirades. The trauma and unhappiness within the unit was known within CBC … and yet, CBC management never intervened.”

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The Woman Who Explained D.C. To Warhol

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“‘Ina [Ginsburg] interviewed top-level people who weren’t necessarily seeking publicity,’ Bob Colacello, a former editor of Interview, said several years ago. ‘She gave us a gravitas we hadn’t had. Moreover, Andy loved her parties.'”

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