“While online video streaming in the U.S. has shown that the Internet can be effectively monetized by film and television, the fear of piracy in Russia has limited the spread of such services here. Only now, a few companies are taking the plunge and offering online streaming services, and The Moscow Times spoke to three of them to get a sense of the online video market in Russia today.”
“But is this a problem with our noses, or with English?” Or simply a matter of practice, compared with hunter-gatherers?
“Foundations seeking to protect Detroit’s public pensions and its art museum in the city’s bankruptcy process raised their pledge total to $370 million on Tuesday with the addition of a $40 million commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”
“Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet. A team from the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Birmingham found that analysing how individual musicians vary their timing to follow the rest of the group can indicate a hierarchy.”
De Botton thinks news should be more like novels, but what does he think news is? “The determined pursuit of the anomalous,” he writes at one point, before deciding that he wants to leave the definition “deliberately vague”.
Over the past six years he has composed and digitally released over 14,000 songs. In a single day, he says, he records between five and 100 tracks, though he averages 20.
“Last February, Met officials announced a reversal of the price increase, acknowledging that their foray into dynamic pricing had had unintended consequences. The financial disclosure, filed as part of the requirements of a $100 million bond offering in 2013, shows average attendance fell to 79% of the opera house’s capacity—even lower than officials projected last February.”
Poets are being used to sell things. Poets are celebrity endorsers whose endorsements seem to mean something.
Scholars are examining Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time – what he knew, when he knew it, and how that knowledge might be reflected in his work.
You “could take [the commas out of] a great deal of modern American texts and you would probably suffer so little loss of clarity that there could even be a case made for not using commas at all.”
Filer, a mental health nurse, takes the £30,000 prize for his the first novel, narrated by an English boy who recounts his descent into schizophrenia following his younger brother’s death.
A statement signed by the board said “the organization remains solvent and critically successful. We hope that the company and school will continue to succeed in the hands of a new board and the artistic director.”
“It’s straight out of the pages of science fiction: a ‘wearable’ book, which uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story’s protagonist, has been dreamed up by academics at MIT.” (includes video)
This means London box office receipts have more than doubled since the turn of the century. In 2000, total box office across SOLT members was £286.6 million.
“A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College.”
“I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions … make me any less of an American. I will tell you about my songs, but I am not interested in telling you who wrote them, and I will tell you about my songs, and I am not interested in who listened to them.” (includes complete transcript)
“The new Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online, produced by a team of 30 scholars and available partly on an open-access basis, presents the texts of all his plays, masques, poems, letters and criticism in an interactive digital format, along with hundreds of supporting documents and musical scores and a bibliography.”
The estate of the late pharmaceuticals mogul and philanthropist “will give $3 million to Gibney Dance, the formerly all-women dance troupe that is known for its social activism and is about to expand its operations to 280 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.”
The Cervantes Prize winner “emerged in the 1960s as one of a group of socially concerned poets and authors who addressed burning issues like pollution, poverty and governmental bureaucracy.”
“A Northern Irish borough council has reversed its ban on the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Bible: the Complete Word of God (Abridged), allowing scheduled performances in Newtownabbey’s Theatre at the Mill later this week to go ahead as planned.”
Source: diacritical | Published on 2014-01-28
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-28
“At a glance, there are about 4,000 nominations. Little wonder it takes about a week of events to hand them all out (the gala event happens in March, during March Break, naturally, when a bunch of people have fled the country) and it takes loads of time to read and assess them. As a result, days later, broadcasters begin issuing press releases announcing that they have garnered hundreds of nominations. Nobody reads these releases because, you know, life is short.”
“For more than 50 years, Mr. Seeger roamed America, singing on street corners and in saloons, migrant labor camps, hobo jungles, union halls, schools, churches and concert auditoriums. He helped write, arrange or revive” some of the best-known folk and protest songs in modern American history.
Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses, the story of a young girl’s friendship with a magic squirrel, and Brian Floca’s Locomotive, about the beginnings of the transcontinental railroad, have won this year’s John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, America’s highest honors for children’s literature.