Has The News We Follow Displaced Literature?

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“Following the endless turbulent commentary on Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen, and the commentary on the commentary, you could be forgiven for feeling that literary art, as Trilling defined it, has been largely displaced by life—or, at least, by the pictures of life ceaselessly produced by the all-powerful media—as the realm in which we lose ourselves in a moral problem.”

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The Man Who Runs Arts Council England Has Some Ideas About “Subsidy”

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Just compare us to Paris, Rome or even New York. The arts are cheap – 14 pence a week per taxpayer goes to the arts, a third of what the French spend. It’s a tiny sum of money.” But the subsidy is shrinking. “I don’t use the word ‘subsidy’. It’s a wet, tedious word. I use ‘investment’. ‘Subsidy’ sounds so passive.”

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A New NEA Chief Is Great. But There’s A Bigger Problem…

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Philip Kennicott on arts in the Obama Administration: “Why has it neglected one of the fundamental tools it has for shaping attitudes to American culture? Why did President George W. Bush manage to use the NEA so effectively while Obama has manifested only indifference? Is this the sad reality of the technocratic mindset, that culture is secondary or tertiary, and not worth the bother?”

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Actor Ralph Waite, 85

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He’s best remembered for his Emmy-winning portrayal as Pa Walton, but he continued to work frequently in television through last year and founded a theater company in Los Angeles.

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.13.14

Pricing to fill the house
Source: For What it’s Worth | Published on 2014-02-14

New NEA Chair and More on Starving Artists
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-13

Why Now? Federal Debt Limit Lifted, Obama Chooses Chu for NEA Chair
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-13

From Liza Figueroa Kravinsky: Living up to the hype
Source: Sandow | Published on 2014-02-13

Crystal Bridges Buys A Koons
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-02-13

What You Need To Know About The Comcast/Time-Warner Deal

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“So the cable industry, if it can consolidate, gets access to the most important pipe coming into people’s homes (after power and water) and the fewer cable companies there are, the more unified the rate structure might appear.”

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Why Do We Still Need Galleries In The Age Of Mega-Art Fairs And The Internet?

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“The real reason galleries need to exist isn’t to help their owners’ bottom lines or to coax work out of artists; it’s not about those artists’ profile and pride; it’s not even about collectors and clients. It’s about the general public—or at least a dedicated public of art lovers—who in the long run, maybe the very long run, will be the most powerful players in the art game.”

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A New Call To Re-fund California’s State Arts Support (For $25 Million)

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“If adopted, the measure would end a streak of 11 consecutive years in which California governors and legislators have allocated just $1 million to the arts council from the state’s tax-fed general fund — a level that consistently has left the Golden State last in the nation in per capita funding of its state arts grant making agency.”

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The Creativity Question (Are We Asking The Right Things?)

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We believe that creativity researchers have been asking the wrong question. We ask, “Is creativity important?” The answer is clearly yes. The real question is, “Is creativity MORE important than all of the other attributes that demand our time, attention, and resources?”

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The Metropolitan Opera’s Big Problem

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The Met “filled just 79% of the seats in that huge, red-velvet covered house, and made only 69% of their projected box-office revenue. For all the millions who watched the cinema broadcasts, those are astonishingly low figures for the world’s most expensive opera house.”

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Blogger Decodes Hidden Music In Hieronymus Bosch Triptych

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Posting on her Tumblr, a self-described “huge nerd” called Amelia explained that she and a friend had been examining a copy of Bosch’s famous triptych, which was painted around the year 1500. “[We] discovered, much to our amusement,” she wrote. “[a] 600-years-old butt song from Hell.”

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Ground Zero Arts Center Hires Artistic Director

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“Executives developing a performing arts center at ground zero have hired a temporary artistic director from the Young Vic theater in London, one of a series of steps to be announced Thursday to advance a project that has long faced political and logistical hurdles.”

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