While Trump recently signed two bills to encourage women to pursue careers in STEM, there are no arts-and-humanities equivalents. And Trump’s budget proposes doing away with the National Endowment for the Arts entirely. Madeleine Johnson, for one, believes “women in the arts are in the shadow of STEM, because it is a field with more power, more sway, and more funding.” Other female artists agree. Has the push toward STEM inadvertently stymied women in the arts and humanities?
Kay Redfield Jamison, a specialist in manic depression and other mood disorders, talks about how Lowell’s poetry changed after being treated with lithium, his own attitude to his mental illness (and that of several of his well-known contemporaries), and the ethics of using the medical records she used (and those she chose not to use) in writing a book about Lowell.
“The paper, issued last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research and written by economics professors from Stanford and Brown Universities, found that the growth in political polarization was most significant among older Americans, who were least likely to use the internet between 1996 and 2012, the years for which data was available when the paper was written.”
When she found success in television commercials in the 1960s (Oxydol, Tide, Ivory Snow, Thomas’s English Muffins, American Express), she said that “I had to learn to act all over again for TV.” So she created a school to teach Sanford Meisner technique adapted for the requirements of the small screen – a school that grew, changed names twice, and is here today.
That expectation of the professional, 24-7 politician wasn’t there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The last proper intellectual Prime Minister was Arthur Balfour, in Downing Street from 1902 until 1905. Balfour may not have been a great Prime Minister, but he was a serious philosopher. His series of Gifford Lectures in 1914 at Glasgow University, on “Theism and Humanism”, were published as a book in 1915. C. S. Lewis said it was one of the ten books that influenced him most.
In correspondence with her former therapist, Plath alleged that her husband told her to her face that he wished she were dead and that he beat her just two days before her miscarriage.
In partnership with her husband, Fredrick, “[she] chronicled African American history and Southern folklore in more than 100 early-reader and picture books, including award-winning works about chicken-coop monsters and a girl’s attempt to catch the wind.”
Olga “appears to have inherited her father’s dynamism, her mother’s striking looks, and their shared persistence, and for the time being, both institutions continue apace. Like her father, the Rostropovich Festival is likely to be better known outside of Russia. Like her mother, the Vishnevskaya Center occupies a significant role at Russian opera’s heart.”
CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster says it never meant to offend “anyone or any group” and did not intend to “diminish the importance” of stories that were left out of Canada: The Story of Us, which was meant as a marquee program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the country.
After a four-decade gospel career (she was discovered by Mahalia Jackson), she began performing on Broadway in such shows as Purlie, Inner City, Me and Bessie (as in Smith), and Black and Blue.
“Artists are always being lectured on their moral duty, a fate other professionals—dentists, for example—generally avoid,” she observed. “There’s nothing inherently sacred about films and pictures and writers and books. ‘Mein Kampf’ was a book.” In fact, she said, writers and other artists are particularly prone to capitulating to authoritarian pressure; the isolation inherent in the craft makes them psychologically vulnerable. “The pen is mightier than the sword, but only in retrospect,” she wrote. “At the time of combat, those with the swords generally win.”
“Even as he evolved into their doctor, interpreter, educator and chief negotiator with outside buyers and suppliers, he often found himself in a paradoxical position: A Westerner committed to safeguarding the ancestral cultural traditions of a clan that was growing accustomed to – and even preferred – modern comforts.”
“There is much more dreaming going on than we remember. It’s hours and hours of mental experiences and we remember a few minutes.”
“The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts … has distributed $6 million to 70 [early-career] artists over 10 years … The program was intended from its inception to end this year – the technical term is a ‘wasting endowment,’ created to be spent and then concluded – so the 2017 recipients will be its last.”
Though there were women in the Beat movement, not many knew of them. “Along with Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman and several others, Ms. Kyger made her mark not only as a writer, but also as a member of the male-dominated post-World War II cultural movement.”
Pigott-Smith is well known for being a constant hard worker both on stage and on screen. “Just before his death, he finished work on a television adaptation of the critically acclaimed play King Charles III, in which he plays the title role of a stubborn King Charles, rebelling against the government in the wake of his mother’s death. His performance in the play’s run in London and New York won him nominations for Olivier and Tony awards.”
The Lehmans have filled up not only their high-ceiling floor-through in Brooklyn, but also a house in Maine and an apartment in Miami. So they’ve finally slowed down. “Collecting is a lot easier now that we’re not collecting anymore,” said Mr. Lehman, who also formerly led the Baltimore Museum of Art.
“I never said that I was stepping away from the opera stage for good. Never, never, never did I say that to anybody,” Fleming insisted in a phone conversation from her home in New York City earlier today. “I think it misleads people,” she added. “They sort of imagine that I’m an opera singer and I’m now retiring. So I just want to make sure that gets cleared up.”
“Because I don’t hold back. Because I have a Sicilian temper. Because I count to 10 – and 10 isn’t enough. I should probably count to 100 and then walk around the block.’ But if I did that, I’d still come back and blow my top.” Even so, as she reveals to Karen Heller, Patti’s ego is intact.
Yes, Vermont has such a post, and the author of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For is actually the third to hold it. (Her predecessor, whose work you might recognize from the illustration at left, was New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren.)
“When Mr. Rickles developed his stand-up act in the 1950s, his humor was considered shocking, with a raw, abrasive, deeply personal edge. If he wasn’t the first “insult comic,” he was by far the most successful and most widely imitated, becoming a fixture on television and in nightclubs for decades.”
The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was no saint: he (over-)extended the empire to the largest territory it ever had, but he killed his brothers and imprisoned his father (Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal). Aurangzeb is also said – especially by modern-day Hindu nationalists, including the ones in the current government – to have killed countless Hindus, destroyed countless temples, and to have ignored or suppressed the great Indian artistic traditions brought to their height by his great-grandfather, the emperor Akbar. Historian Audrey Truschke argues that for centuries, for political reasons past and present, the evidence about Aurangzeb was deliberately distorted and that he was no worse than any Muslim ruler of his era.
Klaus Biesenbach lives in an all-white, 550-square-foot high-rise apartment that contains little more than a table, a bed, a couch and two or three chairs. His favorite feature is the view from his window, which he photographs every day and posts to Instagram for his #window23 project. “It’s a calming place because there aren’t many distractions,” he said. “That’s what makes the window so important. How can you compete with the world?”
Well, Egypt’s Jon Stewart with an audience about six times as large as Stewart ever had. That did not please Egypt’s government – either the elected president or the general who replaced him. Now he and his family are safe in the States, and he’s making comedy in English now.
“He’s found them on the streets of Kingsessing and Mantua and Grays Ferry, all over the city: Broken and beat old television sets, cathode ray tubes long gone, many consisting only of angular shells. … It actually makes no difference to Wilmer Wilson IV if the televisions he has found, usually in early-morning wanderings about the city, still play.”
“[He] contributed more than 1,600 cartoons to The New Yorker beginning in the mid-1970s. His work, which featured talking toasters, the Lone Ranger, Sammy Davis Jr. and more, was defined by a satirical, silly, observational style.”
“Stanczak’s acrylic paintings often tended toward brightly colored shapes and grids. … They highlight the act of seeing, in the process showing that, when we look at two unlike forms put together, an unexpected element can result: movement.”
“In a written decision handed down Monday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon said that Polanski’s current motions are based on the same arguments previously presented and rejected by other judges. ‘No sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues … has been presented,’ he wrote in the 13-page decision.”
In his memo announcing the move, first published by Bill Cooke’s Random Pixels, Herald managing editor Rick Hirsch wrote, “Rene’s assignment obviously means that he will no longer be working as a film critic. That decision is one of several coverage shifts we’ve made to reflect what our audience is telling us about the news they value most.”
This news “is a birthday surprise to even the star herself, who has long pegged her age to a 1924 birthdate that would make her 93. … A copy of Day’s birth certificate, obtained by The Associated Press from Ohio’s Office of Vital Statistics, settles the issue: Doris Mary Kappelhoff, her pre-fame name, was born on April 3, 1922.”