The Coen Brothers and Evil (Don’t Ask)

Coen Brothers

“The Coen Brothers are no help and never will be. Go ahead and ask them. Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross recently tried. She asked them how they write their films. ‘It’s mostly napping,’ Ethan Coen answered. The Coen brothers have been evading answers for about 30 years.”

Don’t Expect MOOCs To Replace College, But So What?


“In the end of the day, a lot of us are really in it for innovation, for really changing the access that people have. Most of our students right now would never ever be able to go to a physical campus, and now we can reach them with education at home, and also the ability to be very contemporary.”

Is This The Writing Career Of The Future?

Invisible Labor

“I’ll always be doing some variation of this current schedule: working primarily for an organization I really believe in, assisting someone I respect and admire who provides me with challenging and well-paid work, and working on my own personal projects as a writer.”

Marilyn Horne At 80


“Her hair is white, her gait a tad unsteady, and she underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2006 and 2007, but her build is still solid, her skin firm, her voice strong, her eyes twinkling, and her cancer gone. When she comes out on stage, she’s used to dominating it, even if her performance these days is devoted less to the operas of Rossini and more to singing the praises of her three grandchildren, Daisy, Henry and Alex.”

How Netflix Is Taking Over TV


“The true threat to HBO and the cable business model is that NetFlix can transcend the television itself, offering you shows on all your devices.”

Classical Music Dying? It Isn’t A Very Sound Argument


“The most exciting music being created today is not the product of a single compositional aesthetic or the work of just one segment of the population. (Pick your prejudice and throw it away.) It cannot be contained geographically or be hermetically sealed up in impenetrable genre boxes.”

Admission To 9-11 Museum Will Be Expensive!


“At $24 per person, the new museum will be in the same league as the Museum of Modern Art ($25) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (suggested admission of $25). That’s some stiff competition for an institution that has a very focused subject: the terrorist attacks of 1993 and 2001.”

Jasper Johns Testifies in U.S. Federal Court


“[He] discussed his methodology, corrected a lawyer on the pronunciation of the artist Robert Rauschenberg’s name and said, quite firmly, that he had never authorized a foundry owner to reproduce one of his famous works depicting the American flag.”