Writing on the arts began as a sideline, while I wasn't finishing an unfinished PhD. Many of my jobs were remarkably poorly paid (and continue to be - oh, I know my niche). Some weren't quite me - editing the movie section for a glossy mag where the editor sighed that the Nazis had a great look was something of a low.
I have also written for marvellous editors on magazines that are wonderfully committed to their subject, including Plays International (where I am books editor), Dancing Times and Sight & Sound. And I graduated to grown-up papers: the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Observer and Guardian in the UK, plus occasional work for the Washington Post and Toronto Globe & Mail.
I also edit stuff too - lots of theatre programmes in the past, and currently Dance Gazette, the magazine of the Royal Academy of Dance. Making discoveries, encountering new artists and works, discussing subjects with enthusiasts and drawing on their enthusiasm - it's been a continuing, enlivening education.
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog