“The current MFA studio model grafts an MFA program onto an existing English department without a studied consideration of what the degree could be. This is not surprising, since the MFA did not emerge naturally out of an English department curriculum.”
“Plans by the European Union to raise a levy on the sale of iPads and tablets to help young musicians benefit from downloads have been blocked by the British government.”
“A whole new economy based not on manufacturing or even service provision, but on knowledge or more precisely creativity and innovation is slowly taking shape. What makes people creative and innovative however, is still being debated.”
It was the idea of Sylvester Stallone himself, after the disappointment of the fifth Rocky film in 1990. But nobody took that idea seriously for more than 20 years …
“So exactly how long-running is the Charlottetown Festival production that plays at Confederation Centre in the greater scheme of things? Well, this season, Anne of Green Gables – which features music by Norman Campbell and words by Campbell, Don Harron, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore – by will be performed for a 50th consecutive summer in Charlottetown.”
“Four out of five will suffer a severe injury during the course of their dancing career — and two out of those four will never fully recover. Injuries, more often than not, are the result of fatigue and repeated strain on muscles and joints, rather than unpredictable accidents.”
“Formally severing Detroit’s ownership of the DIA would be at once revolutionary and conservative. It would represent a landmark in the the history of the museum, forever liberating it from the vagaries of city finances and politics at the root of many of the DIA’s struggles through the decades. Moreover, no city has ever ceded ownership of an art collection of such stature or financial value — estimates range in the billions.”
“This is, in many respects, a key part of the LRB’s ethos: it provides a space in which intelligent people can think differently; in which discomfiting thoughts can be voiced and provoking arguments can be aired with enough room to breathe.”
“The way media is changing isn’t entirely positive when it comes to creating a more informed citizenry. Now that we’ve made sharing information virtually effortless, how do we increase depth of understanding, while also creating a level playing field that encourages ideas that come from anywhere?”
“It may sound like an old-fashioned ‘poet stands up to tyranny’ story, like something out of ‘Les Miz’—‘Can you hear the people sing?’—but it’s really kind of like that.”
“The myth of the ‘information society’ is that we’re drowning in knowledge. But it’s easier to propagate ignorance.” That’s especially so when issues are so complicated that it’s easier to present them as the topics for discussion in which both sides are granted equal time.
“The vast wasteland of television has been replaced by an excess of excellence that is fundamentally altering my media diet and threatening to consume my waking life in the process.”
An Art Museum For Las Vegas After All?
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-10
Of course it’s in an American advertisement. “A philosopher and the city’s councillor for culture, Sergio Givone, claimed in newspaper La Repubblica the depiction was ‘a real abuse’. ‘It is an act of violence towards the sculpture; like taking a hammer to it and perhaps, actually, even worse,’ he said.”
Partly by doing outreach at places like Ikea. Yes, Ikea flash mob Beethoven 9.
“Ken Russell – about to direct Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Taverner – tried to tempt him into designing the Royal Opera House production. Jarman got as far as suggesting lighting the auditorium blue instead of blusher pink, costuming the orchestra, and hanging dead cattle up with the chandelier. … Ralph Koltai got the job instead.”
The ballerina who wants to bring dance lessons into the schools: “I have two young daughters and they’re growing up with such a facility for communicating online. It’s amazing the way they can communicate in so many different ways, but then they forget to communicate with their bodies.”
“Streep isn’t interested in inhabiting a character as much as presenting her latest incarnation in the manner of a student presenting the flawlessly constructed jigamajoo she’s rigged up for the Science Fair, waiting for the ribbons to be pinned to her chest. After eight Golden Globes, three Oscars, and 46 nominations between the two ceremonies, it’s working.”
“An architecturally harmonious capital rose from the rubble, a city of spectacle, built for a new, modern economy, but homogeneous and no longer welcoming to many of the poor souls who had helped make the place run and had always been deep in its cultural lifeblood.”
“These clashes were always expressions of Mr. Mortier’s bracing and intellectually charged vision of opera, and his disdain for the decorous irrelevance often associated with it.”