A good day on Twitter for him is when he can discover “a new structure” that he can use over and over. “I guess I want to see myself as an aphorist,” Jarosinski said. “And not even a Twitter aphorist. I think we need to reestablish that as a profession.”
“There’s no sense of discovery or risk with these prizes, no feeling that the juries have any of that courage we admire in the artists themselves. A safe and predictable dullness is the result. There aren’t that many geniuses around, so it’s the same old names, shuffled round from one prize to another.”
“Creative people thrive on serendipity, spontaneous interactions, moments of ribald humor, intense debate or just simple eye contact, and I felt as if I was losing myself. I decided that it was time to act. So I tried an experiment. I just stopped saying yes and started saying no to things.”
“The brutal message of [Florence Nightengale’s] ‘rose’ charts of mortality, constructed using data from the Crimean war, was both informative and highly influential, showing in stark, uncompromising terms that the numbers of soldiers dying from disease and squalor far outweighed those dying from battle injuries.”
“They’re beautiful objects, whose arrangement of content, photography and paper stocks convey a different view of the world. The design and textures are an invitation to be touched, flicked, handled. Most of all, in keeping with our age of Instagram, Pinterest and social network photo sharing, the content is visually driven.”
“The decision to abandon the £100,000 Hastings project, which was to have been a gift from local philanthropist David Kowitz, flies in the face of the current faith in using cultural investment to boost the image and economic prospects of areas in decline.”
“If you consider the added costs of Netflix and streaming rentals, it’s possible that the cord cutter may be paying more, over all, than someone who subscribes to cable.”
Problem: It’s publishers, not exactly critical voices, getting in on the ground floor. “What we need is for tech-savvy critics to start BookTubing, the younger cooler sister of book-blogging.”
“We’ve had histories of conversation, boredom, shit, death, breasts, penises, tasting, happiness, smiling, laughing, celibacy, masturbation, taking out the trash, obsession, collective joy, and sadness” – and now sleep.
“Bonner stands on a wooden plank and is hoisted by six male performers who must coordinate their movements or risk having the star tumble onto the steeply raked set. They must then drop the plank from under his feet in unison at the moment of execution.”
Way, way too many young women’s bodies get a violent treatment on British shows, says the woman who got her big break on Prime Suspect.
“‘I looked down and my boobies were showing coast to cast,’ Saint said, laughing. ‘I just kept in the scene and slid under the water. What else could I do? It was live television.'”
“Claimants faced daunting obstacles, including property laws that gave no special consideration to things the Nazis had stolen. In some nations, families that had been forced to sell art to Nazi agents for a pittance were out of luck because the legal codes said a sale was a sale, never mind the circumstances.”
“It’s not just that America has marginalized some of its sharpest minds. They have also marginalized themselves.”
“‘I am here today because I am gay,’ the 26-year-old actress from Halifax said in an emotional speech at the Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas. ‘Maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time.'”
Yes, Netflix has rivals, especially outside of the U.S. – some long-established, some new but with big current-run movie advantages. But which is best?
“John Henson sometimes performed as Sweetums, a large, hairy Muppet who towered over other puppets and humans.”
Check out the hard numbers: “The number of wall posts climbs and climbs—until it tumbles when things become official.”
Can the Globe’s outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival be reshaped into a national center for the very best in American Shakespeare?
“Faced with uneven ticket sales that have yet to rebound fully five years after the recession, nonprofits are taking unusual, even drastic, measures. Roundabout is facing the biggest squeeze after a $5.5 million deficit last year on a $60 million budget, a loss that previously had not been made public.”