How Audiobooks Are Changing The Way We Read


“In 2012, total industry sales in the book business fell just under 1 percent over all, but those of downloadable audiobooks rose by more than 20 percent. That year, 13,255 titles came out as audiobooks, compared with 4,602 in 2009.”

The Typical Arts Worker in Britain Is –

Typical arts worker in UK

– a 34-year-old Londoner who makes just under £20,000 a year. She has a university degree, likely works two jobs (at least one of which in administration), has had five jobs in the past ten years, and isn’t being supported by anyone else. Behold the UK Arts Salary Survey 2013/14

Why Is Peter Pan Always Played By a Woman?

Mary Martin as Peter Pan

There are certainly teenaged boys who could do it, and J.M. Barrie originally wanted the stage role to be filled by a male. So how did we end up with Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby? A combination of historical happenstance and English labour law.

Carlos Acosta Meets Christiane Amanpour


The CNN superstar interviews the Royal Ballet superstar as he begins to wind down his ballet career. (He says he may do classical dance for only one more season.) (video)

Dance’s Injury Problem (Why Does It Have To Be This Way?)


“Ballet has for centuries been taught by its high priests like a sacred mystery, shut off from medical analysis of its principles. Given the horrendously high rate of injury it seems to entail (mostly related to repetitive strain rather than sudden accident), isn’t it time that a comprehensive review, informed by modern physiology, was made of its theories and practices?”

Ousted ‘WhatsOnStage’ Editor To Sue


“Former WhatsOnStage chief Terri Paddock has spoken out for the first time about her shock departure from the theatre website at the end of last year, describing it as ‘sudden and unexpected’. She said she had asked solicitors to pursue legal action on her behalf.”

Atom Egoyan on Why Actors in a Feature Beat Real People in a Documentary


“In the documentaries [about the West Memphis Three] many of the characters implicate themselves by virtue of the fact that they’re performing for a documentary camera … And I felt that dramatically, using professional actors you could actually achieve a degree of naturalism that maybe in a documentary [you can’t, because] there’s always an agenda.” (audio)

Alice Munro Explains Why She Used to Get Hate Mail


“Many people then, and quite a few people now, want to read books that make them feel good, make them feel happy. … I didn’t understand that you read books in order to feel that the world is better than it is, and so I was offending without really understanding it for quite a while.”

Should America Have A “Creative Laureate”? (Portland Has One)


“I feel like we are really falling behind. We need somebody to advocate creativity on a nationwide level. It’s not like the National Endowment for the Arts hasn’t done that, but maybe we need a fresh face. Maybe we need something that is very non-partisan and can start a different way of dialogue, not necessarily government-mandated.”

Digital Publishing Has Changed What It Means To Be An Author

Amanda Hocking

“Only 20% of the 1,600 self-published authors surveyed, and just a quarter of the almost 800 writers with a traditional book deal, judged it “extremely important” to ‘make money writing books’. Shift the issue to publishing ‘a book that people will buy’ and the figures leap to 56% and 60% respectively.”

English National Opera Loses Music Director, Gains Another

Mark Wigglesworth

“After leading English National Opera to arguably its most successful and consistent period of musical achievement in for the last 20 years or so, the company has announced this morning that its music director, Edward Gardner, will leave ENO at the end of the 2014/15 season after eight years in the job.”