“The story of contemporary publishing is largely that of what Amazon has done to it and of what it threatens – in publishers’ and booksellers’ nightmares – to do. It is the story of a huge contrast between the perceptions of readers, authors and Wall Street, and those of publishers and booksellers.”
“Lebanese officials and religious figures mobilized Saturday to prevent a renewal of tensions in the northern city of Tripoli after unknown assailants torched a historic library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest” – allegedly because there was one pamphlet deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad hidden in one of the books.
“Though most [silent film stars] made talking pictures, few made any to compare with their silent marvels; only those of Charlie Chaplin rival – and even surpass – his silent work.” Why did Chaplin succeed where his contemporaries faltered?
“‘It’s becoming quite apparent to us that the world of playing the perfect music to people and the world of playing perfect advertising to them are strikingly similar,’ says Eric Bieschke, Pandora’s chief scientist.”
“They include excoriating cinematic treatments of Indonesian death squads, evangelical homophobia in Uganda, the uprising in Tahrir Square and an attack on the incarceration of orca whales in marine parks” – and an already-banned-in-Moscow doco about Pussy Riot.
Dramaturgs “do anything from mundane script management to researching a play’s historical background, from suggesting changes in a play’s structure to arranging post-show discussions with the audience.”
“Web comics have been around since the early days of the internet, but the combination of universal broadband, image-friendly blogging platforms and the marketing power of social media has seen their popularity explode in recent years.”
“Olympic ice dancing also now carries the reality-television, celebrity-culture appeal of shows like ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ programs that have turned the salsa, tango and fox trot into somewhat quantifiable competitions.”
“Literature about sex should never be seen as a guide for the uninitiated, she warned; the choices for her Penguin anthology were driven by literary merit, not instructional value.”
Zaentz was a “fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decades” – for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, and The English Patient.
“On the desolate beach that is the lot of the contemporary book reader, the footprints of one companion can still be found. They belong to the writer.”
Author Armistad Maupin “created a gloriously large world: his characters are a sprawling cast of eccentrics centered on 28 Barbary Lane, an address now firmly fixed in the canon of fictional residences.”