You A Writer? Want A Free House?


“In a contemporary, literary twist on old homesteading incentives, a new nonprofit organization called Write a House is refurbishing three two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications this spring for writers to move in, rent free. Poets, journalists, novelists, and anyone who falls somewhere in between are encouraged to apply.”

Did Disney Really Need To Reinvent Prince Charming?


The new animated blockbuster Frozen subverts the fairy tale idea of a handsome, noble, chivalrous suitor by making him the surprise villain of the story. The gambit presumes, of course, that the Prince Charming myth needs debunking. On the contrary, argues Akash Nikolas, that myth serves some very useful and healthy purposes.

The Case For… (Erg!)… Listicles


“Are lists overused? Probably. Useful things often are, and lists are really, really useful. Here’s why we like ‘em, and why they probably won’t — and probably shouldn’t — go anywhere soon.”

New Rules Threaten UK Online Art Market


“Under EU law, buyers already have the right to cancel purchases made through a website or outside the seller’s business premises where the buyer is not able to inspect the goods before the sale. Until now, auctions—whether conducted in the saleroom or online—were excluded as it was thought the right to cancel would encourage irresponsible bidding and could leave auction houses vulnerable to covering costs.”

Secret Readers – Mein Kampf Is A Best-Seller Online


“People might not have wanted to buy Mein Kampf at Borders or have it delivered to their home or displayed on their living room bookshelf, let alone get spotted reading it on a subway. But judging by hundreds of customer comments online, readers like that digital copies can be quietly perused then dropped into a folder or deleted.”

Another Fat-Shaming Ballet Brouhaha, This Time in London


“The English National Ballet School has been accused of putting pressure on its students to lose weight in a controversial message on Facebook. A call for students … to ‘work off” Christmas calories appeared on the school’s Facebook page … It comes despite widespread industry concern about the issue of eating disorders among dancers.”

Traveling Across China, Playing the Hollywood Hits


The hardy musicians of the American Hollywood Film Orchestra “schlep by bus, train and plane to more than a dozen [Chinese] cities from late December to mid-January, offering up crowd-pleasing medleys from movies such as Titanic, Dances With Wolves, The Incredibles and The Godfather.”

Today’s Top AJBlog Posts 01.08.14

Go to the Gemba
Source: Engaging Matters | Published on 2014-01-08

Barbican loses its head of music
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-08

The Return of Pythagoras
Source: PostClassic | Published on 2014-01-08

Second-Rate Or “One Of The Greatest Ever”?
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-09

TT: So you want to see a show?
Source: About Last Night | Published on 2014-01-09


A Manifesto For The Place Of Musicians In The World


“For starters, let’s decommission our obsession with being geniuses. Three-fourths of the people reading this are geniuses. Who in our world is not a genius? Such a diluted, entry-level position. Such resting on wilted laurels of cleverness. We all took the big leap into pursuing a career in the arts because we were crowned geniuses back wherever we came from. And now it’s the classic scenario: we’re the former high school football stars grateful to be riding the bench in the big leagues.”

Data Everywhere. So What Does It Tell Us About Culture?


“With museum archives, ancient manuscripts, and whole libraries being digitized, some researchers argue that data analysis will let studies of culture finally claim some of the empirical certainty traditionally associated with “hard” sciences like chemistry and physics.”

Newly Revealed: DeGaulle Was Contender For Nobel Literature Prize

Charles de Gaulle

“The Swedish Academy keeps all information about nominations and selections for the literature Nobel secret until 50 years have passed. Newly opened archives in Sweden show De Gaulle was one of 80 individuals suggested for the 1963 honour, alongside more obvious candidates including Pablo Neruda, Samuel Beckett and WH Auden.”