A number of series, including ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ have practically collapsed on arrival in the past few months. Can Hollywood survive? (And which franchises will help?)
Variety Published: 06.27.17
Arnaud Valois didn’t expect much from the new film “120 Beats Per Minute.” Indeed, “after shooting the film last year, he returned to the Montorgueil area, his sophrology and his clients. (They all went on hiatus during filming, he said, and they all returned when he came back.) His practice ‘helped me to not have a baby blues after the shooting,’ he said. ‘Starting something real and simple. Not having assistants, and someone who comes to your house in the morning and drives you, and hair and makeup … a real life.'”
The New York Times Published: 06.26.17
Men’s rights “swamp monsters” hastened to chastise the store for one of its Facebook posts, giving it a ton of one-star reviews overnight. Then customers, and a flood of others, overwhelmed the one-star reviews with five-star reviews. The bookstore has a special ethos: “‘We are first and foremost a community space with a strong set of beliefs and values, with a community who shares those values. We sell books we love to people who appreciate them,’ said Currie. (One of those regular customers turned up to the bookstore on Tuesday morning having baked them an ‘anti-troll sour cream and walnut cake.’)”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 06.27.17
Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Dissident And Nobel Laureate, Is Released From Prison Because Of Late-Stage Cancer
The Chinese government has kept the writer imprisoned for much of his adult life. “At 61 years old, Liu is perhaps known best for his role in the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed while demanding democratic reform in China. In addition to delivering passionate speeches, Liu and his colleagues organized a three-day hunger strike and helped to negotiate the peaceful withdraw of thousands of student protesters, in turn saving countless lives.”
The Atlantic Published: 06.26.17
Lowell Thomas, the first newscaster voice most Americans (and British people) heard on their first radios, “helped pioneer a more sober style of journalism. Lowell quickly realized that there were people among his hundreds of thousands and then millions of listeners who would write letters and complain to his network if he got things wrong. Because [the radio broadcast] had so many listeners and he was such a dominant figure, what happened there also spread to other iterations of radio, then TV, then newspapers. Lowell contributed to the fact obsession that journalists have today.”
Smithsonian Published: 06.22.17
A Pakistani Filmmaker Tells Some Very Personal Stories Of Partition – And Worries That She’ll Be Shut Down
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest work, an art exhibit for the Manchester international festival, brings the 1947 partition of India to full and painful life. She knows it’s intense: “This is personal. It’s an ode to my grandparents’ generation. How did it feel that, when you left your home, it not only stopped being your home, but became part of an enemy country?”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 06.27.17
The key, based on academic research into adult learning, is cognitive dissonance. Suzanne Cope explains.
Aeon Published: 06.21.17
You don’t need drugs, either, according to research – though both religion and drugs can help. “Much of our personality is made up of attitudes that are usually subconscious. We drag around buried trauma, guilt, feelings of low self-worth. In moments of ecstasy, the threshold of consciousness is lowered, people encounter these subconscious attitudes, and are able to step outside of them. They can feel a deep sense of love for themselves and others, which can heal them at a deep level. Maybe this is just an opening to the subconscious, maybe it’s a connection to a higher dimension of spirit – we don’t know.”
Aeon Published: 06.26.17
Primatologist Robert Sapolsky: “Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. And it’s not a pretty picture. We do so with remarkable speed and neurobiological efficiency; have complex taxonomies and classifications of ways in which we denigrate Thems; do so with a versatility that ranges from the minutest of microaggression to bloodbaths of savagery; and regularly decide what is inferior about Them based on pure emotion, followed by primitive rationalizations that we mistake for rationality. Pretty depressing. But crucially, there is room for optimism.”
Nautilus Published: 06.22.17
Watch the oddly compelling video of neural circuitries made by neuroscientist Greg Dunn, his colleagues, and some computer algorithms that tossed in randomization. “As LEDs scan across the surface, they reflect off the varying depths and angles of the gold leaf grooves to make each neurological pathway shimmer like it is truly alive with electrical firings.”
Scientific American Published: 06.21.17
“An Irish former trade association head, a German lawyer and a native-born business executive, all residents of Washington and not an author among them, decide to create a museum dedicated to American writers. In Chicago, where two of them have never lived. … The American Writers Museum lacks a resident curator. And a permanent collection of artifacts, the stuff that generally creates a museum.” For that matter, it lacks a permanent building. Karen Heller meets the three people who founded this museum and finds out what on earth they’re thinking.
Washington Post Published: 06.23.17
The 1919 novel about a young German man rebelling and trying to find himself – and then going to war – resonates strongly. “In Korea it has attained such cultural importance that critic Lee Dong-jin, host of the Red Book Room podcast, can make this pronouncement: ‘There are two kinds of people: those who read Demian, and those who don’t.’ Given the enduring presence of the book on their country’s school curricula, most Koreans fall into the former category.”
Los Angeles Review of Books Published: 06.25.17
Corey Stoll, who played Brutus: “It felt as if we were acting in two plays simultaneously – the one we had rehearsed and the one thrust upon us. The protesters never shut us down, but we had to fight each night to make sure they did not distort the story we were telling. At that moment, watching my castmates hold their performances together, it occurred to me that this is resistance. … In this new world where art is willfully misinterpreted to score points and to distract, simply doing the work of an artist has become a political act.”
Vulture Published: 06.23.17
“Twenty years ago [Monday] the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and unanimously overturned congressional legislation that made it unlawful to transmit ‘indecent’ material on the Internet if that content could be viewed by minors. The justices ruled that the same censorship standards being applied to broadcast radio and television could not be applied to the Internet.” David Kravets recounts the history.
Ars Technica Published: 06.26.17
“I love the city. There’s a lot of depth, a lot of pride in the way the city operates, and the institutions here are fabulous. … I am particularly interested in this third of the country because I think that third has a deep soul, and the soul of the country in many ways stems from what happens here.”
Crain's Chicago Business Published: 06.23.17
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Stephan Salisbury looks at a little-known part of Wyeth’s work: portraits of the historic African-American community (dating to before the Civil War) just down the hill from his home in Chadds Ford, Pa.
Philadelphia Inquirer Published:06.26.17
“The edfringereviews.com site proposed to charge companies £50 for a review during the fringe under the slogan ‘It is not about the reviewer it is about your show’. The site, which does not have any reviews on display, now says that the concept is ‘more complicated than we thought’, and that it will introduce the scheme in 2018. A spokesman for the site has told The Stage that the proposal this year was a ‘fishing trip’ to see if there was any interest in what he was offering.”
The Stage Published:06.26.17
“Pilar Abel, a Tarot card reader, wants to be recognized as Dalí’s daughter, born as a result of what she has called a ‘clandestine love affair’ that her mother had with the painter in the late 1950s in Port Lligat, the fishing village where Dalí and his Russian-born wife, Gala, built a waterfront house.”
New York Times Published:06.26.17
In 2011, Mariafrancesca Garritano (pen name Mary Garret) spoke out and eventually wrote about the anorexia she developed after being fat-shamed by instructors at La Scala’s ballet school – and the company fired her and charged her with libel. Last year Italy’s highest court ruled that she had been unfairly dismissed and should get her job back. Here she talks about her return to the company and the effects of four years away from ballet.
Gramilano (Milan) Published:06.24.17
“Women and minority actors and stage managers are getting fewer jobs and often wind up in lower-paying shows than white male theater artists, according to a new study … based on an examination of employment data for shows that opened between 2013 and 2015.
New York Times Published:06.26.17
“For years [François] Pinault, a self-made man whose luxury group had acquired a string of the world’s most famous fashion brands, from Yves Saint Laurent to Gucci, has been searching for a Paris home for his €1.25bn art collection of more than 3,500 works, including pieces by Mark Rothko to Damien Hirst. … Now Pinault is making his long-anticipated renewed bid to create a museum by renovating and restoring the former Paris stock exchange, the 19th-century Bourse de commerce – one of Paris’s most historically important but least known buildings.”
The Guardian Published:06.26.17
The company was removed from Arts Council England’s national portfolio (i.e., the list of major arts organizations guaranteed funding from year to year) in 2015 after several troubled years, with a threat that government funding could be removed altogether if it didn’t get its act together. Now the Arts Council seems satisfied that ENO has.
The Stage Published:06.27.17
Amiruddin Shah, 15, was spotted by a visiting ballet instructor who saw him doing backflips and cartwheels and found that his feet have “perfect arches.” Now, after less than three years of study, Shah is headed to American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
“[His] minimalist sculptures were starting to attract attention in New York when his friend Ulfert Wilke, the director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, recommended him for a faculty position at the university. Mr. Breder accepted, and began teaching an experimental drawing course in 1966. Friends threw up their hands, warning him that he was leaving the center of the artistic universe for a cultural desert. He blithely replied, ‘I will bring New York to Iowa.'”
New York Times Published:06.23.17
Yes, really: The idea is to look at your phone, with the app open, during the concert. “The app, Octava, is intended to ‘assist the participant through a musical journey,’ with Chris Evans, director of press and marketing at RPO, saying its tone is ‘specifically aimed towards new and potentially younger audiences.'”
The Telegraph (UK) Published:06.26.17