Yes, Book Editors Edit Books (They’re Not Just Business People)


HarperCollins editor Barry Harbaugh: “The editorial staffs of New York houses are not the faceless lemmings that a certain retail giant with a vested stake in self-publishing would have us be. And though it would appear to outsiders that the health of our careers depends solely on measurements of quantity (of the books that we acquire and the units sold), we’re not numbers-obsessed automatons. Editors edit. A lot.”

A Reality TV Show Starring Birds (Real Ones)

reality TV show with birds

This is not an April Fools’ joke. It is another of Norway’s experiments with “slow TV” – starring “a short tempered nuthatch, a blue tit with the memory of a gold fish, a happy-go-lucky great tit, and a depressed bullfinch.” The title: Piip-Show.

Prospect Is Out With Its Annual List Of The World’s Top Thinkers (and There’s Been A Shakeup)

The Woodstock Literary Festival, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Britain - 18 Sep 2011

“Twenty-two of the new list (44%) are women, a considerable advance on the blokeish 2013 squad. How has that been achieved? One factor is a marked increase in the number of philosophers, up this time from four to 14 (28%) to improbably make philosophy the second best-represented subject behind economics, which boasts a spectacular proportion.”

Portland’s Theatres Band Together To Present All Of Shakespeare In Two Years

PCS Othello

“I think it’s going to be a fun experiment for the Portland arts community which is very diverse but often falls into the trap that everyone’s competing for the same dollars, the few art dollars out there that are still left,” says organizer Peter Platt. “Instead there’s strength in numbers. You can come together, collaborate, create festivals and programming that shares expertise, talent and overhead.”

Is It Time To End The Story Ballet?

Justin Peck

“Let’s do a brand-new story that works well for dance, and commission new music, new sets. Have it be a big production. Hire someone to write the libretto. Put a lot of care into it. Even take the time to workshop a lot of it. I’d take an approach that plays or Broadway musicals take, where there can be many phases of development for it, so it’s not rushed.”

Felix Fibich, Dancer And Choreographer Who Brought Jewish Dance Traditions To The U.S., Dies At 96


“As a young actor in Poland’s Yiddish theater troupes, Mr. Fibich observed a wide range of expressive gestures and dances in Jewish communities. After moving to the United States in 1950, he and Judith Berg, his wife and first dance teacher, became known through concerts and workshops as experts in theatricalizing Jewish dance traditions.”

Want That Ebook? You’d Best Be Able To Travel To It

Ebook Loans

“Books that traveled around the world via interlibrary loan in the 20th century paper era are safeguarded locally in the Internet age. Indeed, it is the sheer ease with which electronic publications can be sent around the world that is now resulting in their being locked up behind digital bars. The book doesn’t go to the reader, the reader comes to the book — just like in the 19th century.”

Time For The Arts To Smarten Up About Smartphones

Smartphones For the Arts

“Largely gone are the old apprehensions, the old tensions that marked the relationship between smartphones and the arts. Where those running organizations once wondered what to do about these new devices that could record audio and video and take pictures — practices that had sometimes been barred — now they know: Embrace them.”