Grand Jury Recommends Possible Shutdown of Planned Pennsylvania Museum

Museum of Industrial History

“In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, a grand jury has declared in a 38-page report deemed ‘scathing’ that, due to negligence, the state should review and potentially dissolve the nonprofit group behind the National Museum of Industrial History. The museum has not yet opened despite spending $8 million in operating costs over the past decade.”

The Ontological Proof for the Impossibility of Satan

there is no satan

“The Ontological Argument is an infamously devilish a priori argument for God’s existence.” In a bit of theological jiujitsu, a pair of philosophers has used those exact premises to argue that the Devil must, of necessity, not exist – and “the Christian’s world just got a whole lot smaller.”

Moby: Why I Left New York (It’s Not Creative)

USA, California, Los Angeles skyline, sunset

“I was so accustomed to the city’s absurd cult of money that it took me years to notice I didn’t have any artist friends left in Manhattan, and the artists and musicians I knew were slowly moving farther and farther east, with many parts of Brooklyn even becoming too pricey for aspiring or working artists.”

Is Fair Use Broken In The Visual Arts?


“Members of the visual arts communities of practice encounter copyright permissions issues in connection with virtually every aspect of fulfilling their professional responsibilities, ranging from an artist’s creation of work that references popular culture to an art historian’s focus on a contemporary artist, to a teacher’s compilation of curriculum materials, to a museum exhibition and catalogue, to scholarly and art publishing.”

Riccardo Muti On The Ways Of The World


Muti looks more and more these days for ways to connect past and present. He wonders if the current merging and melding of cultures and nationalities will produce a kind of music that “will be relevant to listeners today” while “exploring the many layers of the past, the many kinds of melody, harmony, chanting, rhythms of all of these societies throughout history.”

Brazilian TV Airs First Primetime Gay Male Kiss

Brazil TV gay kiss

This was a huge deal. “‘Kiss him, Felix,’ urged thousands of viewers of Globo TV’s popular soap Amor à Vida … The campaign for it was partly led by a politician, and it took place online using Facebook and Twitter.”

Conductor Gerd Albrecht, 78

Gerd Albrecht

He led orchestras in Denmark and Japan as well as in a number of German cities, and he spent a notable decade as music director of the Hamburg State Opera. Most famously, perhaps, he served a brief and stormy tenure as the first foreign chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.

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Do The Oscars Have Any Morality?


“Together, the two controversies are this year’s contribution to an emerging insistence by many who watch the Oscar process, and some who participate in it, that Academy members should take into account moral, ethical and social factors when marking a ballot or enforcing the rules.”

Why It’s So Hard To Authenticate A Modigliani


“Authenticating art of all types has become more challenging in recent years as a widening circle of scholars and artists’ foundations refuse to offer opinions or publish a catalogue raisonné — the definitive compendium of an artist’s work — for fear of being sued by buyers or sellers unhappy with their conclusions.”