The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

The Forgotten Childhood Why Early Memories Fade

Most adults have what’s called childhood amnesia (i.e., having few or no memories from the first 3 to 3½ years of life). “But it’s only in the past decade that [scientists] have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a complete autobiography without direct memories of our earliest years.” (includes audio)

Detroit Creditors Solicit Billion-Dollar Bids For DIA’s Art Collection

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“A group of major Detroit creditors said four investors have made tentative billion-dollar bids for the Detroit Institute of Arts – or key portions of its collection – in a move aimed at undercutting the city’s competing proposal to give the museum to a nonprofit in exchange for $816 million in outside funding that would help reduce pension cuts.”

Can Books Keep Young Baghdadis From Leaving The City?

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“Bathed in the rainbow-colored light of an old Baghdadi window, Ali al-Makhzomy explained his plan to get technology-obsessed young Iraqis to read books – old-fashioned books, with pages.” He says, “We really want Baghdad in the 1930s or ’40s or ’50s to return. It was more civilized. How do we know? We read about it.”

The Electrifying Muriel Spark

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“She loved lightning. It wasn’t her favorite weapon – fire was, or knives. But lightning has a brutal, beautiful efficiency, and she used it to good effect, once frying alive a pair of lovers. Lightning seemed to seek her out, too. It struck her houses repeatedly, and on one occasion caused a nearby bell tower to come crashing down into her bathroom.”

‘A Purer Form Of Interpretation’: Akram Khan On Working With Britain’s National Youth Dance Company

National Youth Dance Company rehearse Akram Khan's The Rashomon Effect

“What I love about working with these dancers is that they have openness without judgment – it’s all new for them. Sometimes knowledge gets in the way so the fact that they have a space to absorb new information, and not too much to refer to from their past, means that it all comes in a purer form of interpretation.” (includes video)

Esa-Pekka Salonen Talks About A Life In The Arts

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“Every one of us who works in this field becomes part of this fabric we call history. You want to know how you connect with the past but also how you connect with the future. Therefore it becomes more and more important to work with young people.”

Breakup Of The Corcoran Will Take Longer Than Expected


“The Corcoran, The National Gallery of Art and George Washington University were hoping to make the details of the takeover public this week, but it turns out breaking up an institution as old and diverse as the Corcoran is taking more time than they expected.”

Revealed: CIA Used Dr. Zhivago As Weapon During The Cold War

Omar Sharif and Julie Christie in the film Doctor Zhivago

“This book has great propaganda value, not only for its intrinsic message and thought-provoking nature, but also for the circumstances of its publication: we have the opportunity to make Soviet citizens wonder what is wrong with their government, when a fine literary work by the man acknowledged to be the greatest living Russian writer is not even available in his own country in his own language for his own people to read.”

What To Make Of George Bush, Painter?


Jerry Saltz: “I was stunned by this work at the time. I still am. Try to conceive of Abraham Lincoln taking up painting after his presidency. Then imagine him choosing to render himself naked in a bathtub, and you’ll see how creepy-interesting Bush’s bathtub paintings are.”

ARTnews Sold to Private Equity Investor


“Milton Esterow and Judith Esterow, the owners of the magazine since 1972, said in a statement that they sold the 112-year-old publication to Skate Capital, a private asset management firm owned by a Russian, Sergey Skaterschikov.”

Why I Wrote A Play About Margaret Thatcher

A scene from Handbagged by Moira Buffini

Moira Buffini, playwright of Handbagged: “When she died last year, my children couldn’t believe that people were partying in the street. This poor old lady had been incapacitated with dementia (like their beloved granny). … I tried to explain what it had been like; why people were still so angry. But my words fell over themselves.”

Singers Diana Damrau and Stuart Skelton Take Honors at International Opera Awards

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“The event, now in its second year, launched in 2013 and was designed to be the first truly international set of prizes in the operatic world.” The Zurich Opera was named company of the year; the Aldeburgh Festival’s site-specific beach staging of Peter Grimes won a prize for best production of the Britten anniversary year.

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America’s Most Popular Music: Country Displaces Pop


“As the music industry continues to struggle financially and once-dominant types of music like hip-hop recede on the charts, country’s audience has grown stronger, wider and younger — a fact that has not escaped the notice of media companies that have invested heavily in the genre.”

Shakespeare As Literature (It’s Better As Theatre)

The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe theatre

“Shakespeare’s plays are for seeing in performance. Reading them, even for an experienced performer, is heavy going. To read any play with a large cast, it’s hard to keep track of who is who and their relationships with each other. Harder still to remember who is in the scene and not saying much.”

A Critic Revisits the Bolshoi After 30 Years

A Critic Revisits the Bolshoi After 30 Years

Alastair Macaulay: “The Russian nation and its capital city have greatly changed; Russia’s dealings with the West – and its presentation of its own history – have been transformed; and the Bolshoi Theater itself has been completely renovated and partly rebuilt … [and] visually, in its auditorium and its public spaces, [it] may well now be the world’s most splendid theater.”