Richard Brody: “Being a critic used to mean, basically, waiting for a movie to be released theatrically in one’s city, going to a screening of that film, and writing a review that got published on or near the time of that release.” Not anymore.
“Take a famous writer, preferably one with some marketing mojo, and argue that their work anticipates contemporary scientific insights. There is only one problem with this approach: it is intellectually bankrupt.”
Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has styled his eloquent coming-out essay as a “lost chapter” of his 2011 memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place.
“The North remains the source of such stuff as dreams are made on.”
Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame: “Births, deaths, celebrity mug shots, piano-playing kittens, children we don’t know engaging in wackiness, war, poverty, photos of salt shakers and table sets, tales of the mundane, puns: This is all funneled and flattened, much to our delight and convenience, of course.”
“In [Armond] White’s view, the expulsion was symptomatic of what he sees as a group in decline, beholden to studios that help foot the dinner’s bill and reviewers who are unwilling, if not unable, to criticize films as eruditely as he can — and thus they are jealous and vindictive.”
“A builder of large-scale assemblages in a wide range of materials — bronze, aluminum, plaster, wood, canvas, paint, found objects and, in the case of neon, light itself — Chryssa, whose work prefigured Minimalism and Pop Art, was considered a significant presence on the American art scene in the ’60s and ’70s.” She died Dec. 23 at age 79.
If so, it might fix vicious internal spats – and help creativity flourish without fear.
“When these so-called ludomusicologists hear selections from the sonic oeuvres of Nintendo or Bungie, they detect strains of creative genius on a par with Tchaikovsky’s allegros. And they’re on a mission to ensure that videogame music is accorded the same respect as Hollywood film scores.”
“‘That’s what’s great about being a writer,’ he remarks, out of the blue. ‘Every 10 years you become somebody else.'”
“Cork Street has been built up over the years and relies on a mix of different galleries. We are the victims of a kind of commercial fascism, where those making decisions based on profit feel they are unaccountable.”
“Fuerzabruta’s website describes the show as a ‘mind-blowing, heart-pounding international theatrical experience.'” The set collapse injured three audience members and one of the performers.
“Interviews with insiders reveal that a change in personalities, a sense of confidence among musicians that they had found partners they could trust on the other side, and flexibility in the board’s approach produced a contract that will put musicians back on stage.”
One couple built the American Folk Art Museum, and now, a few years later, the other couple (plus a partner) have proposed demolishing it. “Henry Smith-Miller, an architect who studied with Mr. Williams at Princeton, said the fallout resembled ‘Greek drama.’”
Hollywood was ready for Sir Ian to come out, but it’s not quite a ‘post-queer’ paradise for everyone.