In a War Paint backstage interview in which she talks about plenty else as well, the Broadway diva tells Jackson McHenry, “I don’t know how long my voice will last. By the time another one comes along I may not have a voice. I don’t want to have be character woman and be put in a box [on the side of a poster]. I can’t be a leading lady forever, so why not go out in a blaze of glory as Helena Rubinstein?”
“Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when Polanski assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977. In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but Friday’s appearance would make the first time Geimer has appeared publicly at a court hearing in the case.”
“Dylan submitted his lecture, four thousand and eight words long, to the Swedes on June 5th. You can read it here, and listen, too; Dylan made a recording of his text, speaking for twenty-seven minutes over a smoky, meditative jazz-piano arrangement. Not for him, the sombre pomp of the podium. He sounds like a lounge singer lost in contemplative patter, just letting the thoughts flow. Pour yourself a whiskey, honey, pull up a chair, and stay awhile.”
Amelia Gray: “Isadora spent her whole life straddling the gap between public perception and private reality. In writing Isadora, a novel set during a particularly dark year and a half of her life, I found myself having to pick through that reality, reality as Isadora wished to create it, and a third, emotional reality, which aspired to contain recognizable truths.”
“[His] five critically acclaimed novels included a savage sendup of The New York Times Book Review, where he had worked as an editor for three decades.”
Ismene Brown: “Sergei Vikharev was the passionate pioneer of a brave new movement to install period sensibilities in an art form that had long become the plaything of its performers and coaches rather than its creators.”
“[His] cerebral novels about radical politics, most famously The Company You Keep, challenged readers with biblical parables and ethical dilemmas.”
Jose María de Eça de Quierós “established his reputation with his tense and claustrophobic first novel, The Crime of Father Amaro. It is a debut that’s also not one: it was twice seriously revised after publication. (Among other changes, the third edition is almost five times as long as the first.)”
Goytisolo won Spain’s Cervantes Prize in 2014 and, despite leaving Spain in 1956, was still quite immersed in Spanish literary life. Although he wanted “to leave behind the traditional forms of the Spanish literary culture, Cervantes was his guide, as were the classic nonconformists who broke the language and the conventions of the novel, poetry or theater.”
He produced plays on Broadway, off-Broadway and farther afield, and he was the first director of Los Angeles’ Center Theater Group. “He often said, though, that the pinnacle of his career was being the production stage manager in 1956 of the original Broadway production of O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ one of a dozen Broadway shows he stage-managed after abandoning a brief acting and singing stint in his 20s.”
She was a rebel in the days of the serious art black & white photo: “Ms. Cosindas, a painter by training, turned to photography early in her career and was immediately stymied by an unwritten law: For the medium to be true to itself, images must be black and white. Color was for advertising.”
Tate made his career – which includes a large discography as well as guest appearances with almost every major orchestra on Earth – in spite of disabilities resulting from spina bifida. His served, over the years, as chief conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Opera House in London, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and the Hamburg Symphony.
“Now 75 and still in the thrall of a decades-long career, he discussed his bipolar disorder in detail for the first time publicly in an interview with The Associated Press. He and his wife, Leslie Chihuly, said they don’t want to omit from his legacy a large part of who he is.”
“Hackers are free people, just like artists who wake up in the morning in a good mood and start painting,” Putin said.
Holland Cotter, who loved Thoreau in his youth and then fell away, visits an exhibit at the Morgan Library and discovers that the writer was attuned to and thrilled by sound and touch and taste, a devoted family man (though unmarried himself) whom children loved, and such a committed abolitionist that his family house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
“Although Bělohlávek,” who served as chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (twice) and of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, “started out as a student of the cello, he became the greatest conductor of the Czech repertoire after Václav Talich and Václav Neumann.”
“For decades, Mr. Lewiston, a classically trained pianist, roamed the four corners of the earth with tape recorder in hand, seeking out Tantric Buddhist chants in Tibet, festival music in Oaxaca, Mexico, the kecak monkey chant of Bali, the panpipe music of Peru.”
While studying with Ansel Adams [circa 1960], he told her she was ‘making black and white photographs, but thinking in color’ – color photography at the time was mostly found in advertising – and recommended her to Polaroid. The corporation asked Cosindas to experiment with a new instant-developing color film, called Polacolor. By the end of the 1960s, Cosindas developed her signature painterly style.”
“The self-esteem craze changed how countless organizations were run, how an entire generation — millenials — was educated, and how that generation went on to perceive itself (quite favorably). As it turned out, the central claim underlying the trend, that there’s a causal relationship between self-esteem and various positive outcomes, was almost certainly inaccurate.”
“The dentist had the sharp end of the blade inches from my face. It was only then that he chose to tell me what he was seconds away from doing to my mouth. ‘There will be some tethering,’ he said. I froze. Tethering? “
“[She was] a novelist and memoirist who recounted her bittersweet Jewish roots in New York as a rabbi’s daughter in Hell’s Kitchen and her turbulent marriage to the literary critic Alfred Kazin.”
“After learning the singing exercise solfeggio from an older brother, he took voice lessons at a school sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and at 14 was singing on a local radio station with the Pawtucket Boys’ Club Harmonica Band.” And as a sophomore at Juilliard in 1948, he met the partner he finally got to marry in 2012.
He published a book of poetry at 19 and got his degrees from the University of Iowa, but then addictions derailed him for years. “Mr. Johnson initially believed that sobriety would damage his creativity, but later realized that his addictions were not fueling much writing.” When he got sober, he wrote many things, including Jesus’ Son, a beloved book of linked short stories.
“The thing that I am branded with and the thing that I am denounced for, I now claim as my own. I am illegitimate, I am ambiguous. In some way I actually claim the right to ambiguity, and the right to clarity. It does me no good to say, ‘Well, I reject this and I reject that.’ I feel free to use everything, or not, as I choose.”
“The extraordinary thing about Beethoven’s hearing loss journey is that he found a way forward at every stage. Once he accepted his deafness at Heiligenstadt, it was no longer a source of shame, and he was open about it from then onwards. Even for the last 10 years of his life, when he could hear nothing, he kept composing. Many people will know the story of his conducting what seems to be an orchestra in his head at the premiere of his 9th Symphony. Eyes still shut, he had to be stopped and shown the smiling musicians, the appreciative audience applauding.”
For 45 years he worked at the People’s Army Theater, the main company for the Soviet and then the Russian armed forces. “Aside from his theater work, Mr. Burdonsky kept a low profile, using his mother’s surname. He said he had never visited Stalin’s grave, by the Kremlin wall.”
“Robert Booker led the state Arts Commission through an often challenging period marked by recession-era budget reductions and major shifts in the state’s public policy environment. Nevertheless, under Booker’s leadership, the Arts Commission distinguished itself as one of the state’s most resilient, responsive, fiscally responsible agencies, and one of the nation’s boldest and most innovative state arts agencies.”
Claude Lanzmann told the DPRK authorities that he was shooting a film about tae kwon do – and he kept it up with his ever-present government minders, who believed him. In reality, he was revisiting the scene of an affair some 60 years earlier.
As James Ivory, now 89 and still traveling and writing, tells Sarah Larson, “[Ismail] was my life’s partner. From the beginning right on down to his final day. I lived openly with him for forty-five years, in New York and wherever else we were. That says what it says.”
It in 1957, her first year at U. Texas-Austin – and the first year black students were admitted as undergrads – that Conrad was cast as Dido, opposite a white student, in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She was harassed not only by white students but also by state legislators, who threatened to withhold funding from the university if she were not replaced.