If there were a comma after “shipment,” it might have been clear that the law exempted the distribution of perishable foods. But the appeals court on Monday sided with the drivers, saying the absence of a comma produced enough uncertainty to rule in their favor. It reversed a lower court decision. In other words: Oxford comma defenders won this round.
Having gone to all the trouble of putting an orchestra (largely made up of New York-based music students and freelancers) in a club, and assembling a trendy-looking audience (largely, it seemed, people with some connection or other to the various presenting organizations), he didn’t actually want a rave atmosphere. The conductor kept berating the audience for talking, took them to task for their cellphones (“we’re here to dance, not to take pictures”) and, at one point, actually stopped the music to try to force people to be quiet.
Four Broadway people got together and decided it was time: “A group leaving a rehearsal room together is a team and the connection they share has nothing to do with being employed or compensated. It stems from trust, from a shared experience, and from watching each other work. That ‘cast’ feeling is what we want to create at Broadway Weekends.”
The story of the book is intense and exciting and horrifying and electric – and the work itself “is the debut of North Korea’s Solzhenitsyn,” said one human rights activist. The author’s identity can never be known, and his handwriting can’t be photographed to keep North Korean officials from identifying him.
Though, to be utterly clear, there were Black and Asian British people (and visitors to Britain) in any historical times a drama could cover, the costume dramas have no roles for them. Thandie Newton: “I love being here, but I can’t work, because I can’t do Downton Abbey, can’t be in Victoria, can’t be in Call The Midwife – well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.”
Édouard Louis, author of the smashing bestseller “The End of Eddy,” says he’s furious at the left-wing, and he demands that they do better: “When I see my father voting for Le Pen, I am revolted by the current government and its failings. Of course, I’m revolted by the right, but I never expected the right to do anything for the lower classes, but the left … the left has stopped speaking about poverty, misery and exclusion.”
The idea for Orchestra Noir came about at date night for founder Jason Ikeem Rodgers. “The group’s website emphasizes they aren’t striving to be a traditional orchestra. Instead Orchestra Noir strives to raise ‘the invisible curtain and [bring] classical music to diverse, younger audiences that is relevant and respectful of their community.'”
But the Van Gogh Museum is not OK with his sudden fame. “‘The last 14 years have been a roller coaster of hope, disappointment and agony,’ the museum’s director, Axel Rüger, said in an interview. ‘All the time this man is sitting on this information. He knew exactly what he had done and he never breathed a word. To us it feels as if he is seeking the limelight.'”
And he’s wonderfully smart, spicy, thoughtful and funny in this Q&A with the NYT:
“Wasn’t it a stretch to execute a sculpture from dirt?
“I have always worked in more than one direction at a time. As the scorpion said after stinging the frog ferrying it across the river, ‘It is my nature, what can I do?'”
Poetry of the Absurd
This is a tape cut-up I made with Carl Weissner way back in 1971. We used a recording of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley speaking to members of the city council. We “cut” the tape … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-19
For The Weekend: A Beach Boys Song A La Charles Lloyd
At the Jazz At Porquerolles Festival on the French Riviera in 2011, Charles Lloyd and his remarkable quartet of the period turned their attention to one of Brian Wilson’s songs. Wilson first … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-03-17
What Went Wrong
Spineless Democrats and Republican thugs: A 30-minute rap on why we are where we are. Click to listen to … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-17
The Art of Empathy; or the Neurology of What the World Needs Now
Guinea Baboon Brain by J. Sayuri, part of the “Animal Brains” series. Prints available on Etsy. The way we live our lives is based on memories and stories that we tell each other as part … read more
AJBlog: New BeansPublished 2017-03-17
Creepy/cool: “Right now, Dolby has about 40 trained subjects it rotates in and out of its labs (some from within the company, and some outside participants), who are all willing to inform the algorithms: What scene in a movie makes their hearts beat faster? What makes them sweat, or causes their cheeks to flush? What makes them fall asleep?”
“Love or loathe him, none could deny Mr. Breslin’s enduring impact on the craft of narrative nonfiction. He often explained that he merely applied a sportswriter’s visual sensibility to news columns. Avoid the media scrum gathered around the winner, he would advise, and go directly to the loser’s locker.” (You can read some of his writing, older and more recent, at The Daily Beast.)