How The Tree Became The Visual Metaphor For Organizing Information


“The greatest impact of trees was in the realm of taxonomy, as visual representations of abstract religious and scientific concepts. Religion illuminated the way, with 13th-century scribes drawing trees to show relationships between scriptural texts, to aid memory and encourage exegesis – the practice of critical interpretation of texts common in monasteries.”

Peter Sellars Remembers Gerard Mortier


“None of us who knew and worked with Gerard will ever be the same. His visionary, always practical, and constantly generous presence enlivened each conversation, each rehearsal, each project. Perhaps more amazingly, many of Gerard’s rivals, critics, and adversaries will never be the same either.”

Some Independent Bookstores Are Doing Well. Why?


“If you are feeling low about the fate of the bookstore, just step through the door of Type Books on Queen Street West. Despite competition from ebooks and the giant bookselling chains, this brilliant little chocolate box for bibliophiles is thriving. Its sales are good. Its customers are loyal. The smart, friendly, learned people who work there are far from giving up the ghost.”

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.06.14

Delaware Art Museum’s Deaccession Debacle: The Impotence of AAMD
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De Blasio Picks Queens Museum Director As New York’s Next Cultural-Affairs Commissioner


Tom Finkelpearl “served under Mayor David Dinkins and Mayor Rudy Giuliani as director of New York City’s Percent for Art program, which supports artwork in city-funded construction projects. Later, as deputy director of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens, he helped broker the merger of P.S.1 and the Museum of Modern Art.”

Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor And Box Office Smash, Dies At 93

Mickey Rooney

“As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades (‘I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,’ he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards.”