“In the United States, the number of nonprofit organizations grew by approximately 25 percent between 2001 and 2011, from 1.3 million to 1.6 million, compared with profit-making enterprises, which grew by a mere one-half of 1 percent. In the United States, Canada and Britain, employment in the nonprofit sector currently exceeds 10 percent of the work force.”
Since becoming the national company’s artistic director in 2009, Lyndon Terracini “has honed his talent for generating headlines, Twitter storms and Facebook furores. He has made contentious declarations about everything from obese opera singers doing love scenes (‘It’s obscene’); to ‘the sense of patrician entitlement’ of some opera insiders; to the ‘prehistoric’ union quota that limits the number of overseas singers who can perform with OA.”
“It seems that playing computer games designed to work your powers of perception, memory and attention can lead to significant and lasting improvement in one’s ability to play those very games. But the benefits don’t transfer. You may perform the relevant tasks like a 20-year-old, but you’ll still have the mind of a 60-year-old.”
Pity the poor artist who assumes a connection between price and the quality of her work. It is nothing of the sort; more often it is a case of “taking positions, using leverage, and weighing risk and reward more aggressively,” as one art world insider interpreted Daniel Loeb’s plan for holding Sotheby’s feet to the fire.
“Every burden of postwar Europe is reflected in the face of Maximilian Schell. For the curious career of Maximilian Schell was not about re-creating the past. It was about those who were trying to survive in its aftermath.”
David Brenner “was a frequent guest on game shows and talk shows throughout his career. And long before Chris Rock and Dennis Miller were getting HBO specials, Brenner had four of his own — even getting married on one.”
“The potential impact of technology on less confident readers is tremendous,” especially when the people in charge of helping adults learning to read (or learning English) commission short books from actual writers.
“Where are the future white personnel managers going to get their ideas of people of color? Where are the future white loan officers and future white politicians going to get their knowledge of people of color? Where are black children going to get a sense of who they are and what they can be?”
“‘It’s no longer our birthright as Californians to expect the film industry is going to stay here,’ Independent Studio Services founder and event co-host Greg Bilson said to the crowd. ‘We have to have incentives that are going to make us competitive with other states.'”
“True Detective is a forerunner of a new era in TV drama. Writer-producer shows such as The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Wire may slowly give way to the director-led format.”
“My ideal bookshop would have no sections, just alphabetical, and not just fiction, but all the books next to each other. You would discover things.”
“Being excellent is only part of the scenario, and quick personal advancement is mandatory. Otherwise, all will be lost. All the talent, all the hope, all the achievement. Those things are not meant to speak for themselves.”
“We provided the momentum and basis for publicity, to say nothing of the initial capital. But non-backers got to see the movie first, for the same or lower price.”
The Navy SEAL fired into a bronze cube through galleries in the Cincinnati Art Museum. “Why is the art museum, an encyclopedic institution for great art, creating art that some view as risky to the collection, too avant-garde or offensive? And is it art?”
Ivan Vasiliev is sort of inspired by his kingship; Roberto Bolle is more amused.