A year ago, the Israeli novelist Dorit Rabinyan was at the centre of an unexpected storm. Her third book, All the Rivers – about a relationship between a Palestinian artist, Hilmi, and an Israeli woman, Liat – had been selected for the national [school] curriculum. Then, abruptly, it was withdrawn by the education ministry because of its subject matter.”
Right now, boredom is a fundamental problem of western culture. There used to be a natural coupling: “Safe and boring.” We used it about jobs, about people, about societies. It implied a trade-off: dullness being compensated by security. But “safe and boring” doesn’t really make sense any more. Boredom is a source of deep insecurity.
“This is an industry that is troubled — at least in the West — by a sense of uncertainty. Britain, one of the world’s largest art markets, is leaving the European Union; auction sales were down in 2016; and established contemporary galleries such as Andrea Rosen in New York and Vilma Gold and IBID in London are closing, as is a Christie’s salesroom in the British capital.”
“People often reminisce about the ‘good ole days’ when there were four major networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. We are transitioning to a world where there will still be four networks, just not the four networks you’re used to. FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) is delivering actionable data to advertisers in ways that traditional broadcasters simply can’t.”
“The atrium is the highest-profile new toy to come out of the remodeling project. Chamber groups perform there, and soloists with the orchestra do pre- and post-concert work. For Sommerfest, the atrium provides the orchestra three distinct venues (including Peavey Plaza) for programming. It also serves as something of a town hall — political and corporate groups routinely hold meetings there. Weddings and other private social events generate income, too.”
Can the Anglican Church save them? Staff have been laid off, assets sold and some cathedrals have fallen into disrepair. The chairman of a group designed to fix this: “The buildings themselves are a huge problem. It is possible to see a cathedral as an albatross, but they are also our best assets.”
Thanks not only to the two “Magic Mike” movies starring Channing Tatum but also to “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its sequels, business is booming for the several dance teams who also sometimes sing and always strip. The movies and books “have prompted women in more conservative areas … to more openly enjoy watching guys gyrate onstage.”
The rumor got started, and it was a convenient story for people living in a U.S. where Trump is president. “It didn’t much matter that only two of the retailers who attended the summit expressed misgivings about books featuring women and people of color, while the rest maintained that those books were selling well in their shops. The damage was done.”