The Arts Economy Is Based On The Scarcity Principle (What If It Wasn’t?)

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What if someone started shouting “Abundance!” in the overcrowded Scarcity Matrix and everyone suddenly woke up? What if, in waking, we immediately began the job of negotiating that abundance by coordinating the resources under our stewardship? Would we begin to imagine and create solutions to the intractable problems of our field that we simply cannot dream of in a zero-sum world? – See more at:

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Can Data Crunching Help Us Learn What Makes Books Good Or Bad?

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“As a literary critic who says he aims to study books without actually reading them, Franco Moretti … [treats them] like data: taking massive digital archives of texts and using computers to scan them for patterns no human reader would have the time, attention or patience to sift out.”

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How Much Gay Sex Should A ‘Gay’ Novel Have?

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On one hand, many Alan Hollinghurst fans complained about how (relatively) demure his 2012 novel The Stranger’s Child was. On another, as Michael Cunningham observed about his The Hours, “I can’t help but notice that when I finally write a book in which there are no men [redacted], I suddenly win the Pulitzer Prize.”

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How To Tell When Someone Is Lying

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Their lips are moving? No, it’s not that simple, even though most people tell an average of three (usually tiny) lies in a ten-minute conversation. What’s more, studies indicate that most people’s ability to tell if someone is lyng is barely better than chance.

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450 Years Of Juliet, And Women On Shakespeare

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“When actresses were first allowed to perform publicly in England, they generally did not address the audience directly in a prologue or epilogue. As Sonia Massai notes in this anthology, when they did, their speeches stressed the ‘exceptional quality’ of the occasion.”

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Why Do Some People Hate Céline Dion So Much?

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“‘The most wholly repellent woman ever to sing songs of love,’ spewed Cintra Wilson, ‘I think most people would rather be processed through the digestive tract of an anaconda than be Céline Dion for a day.’ Bitch, excuse me? We’re not talking about Bernie Madoff or the Abu Ghraib torture team.” Novelist Mary Gaitskill has a go at figuring it out.

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The Dallas Opera Loses Longtime Artistic Leader

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“Jonathan Pell, The Dallas Opera’s artistic director, has been the company’s resident taste-maker for three decades, making important decisions about everything from which operas get staged to who stars in them. This morning, TDO announced that Pell will be leaving the company at the end of this year. Well, sort of leaving.”

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Much Ado About Nothingness: Was Shakespeare An Atheist?

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“The atheist Shakespeare theories” – which have been around for about a century now – “may be gaining currency, but … he has been called everything from a closet Catholic to an apologist for the Protestant state religion; the truth, one suspects, is murkier.”

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Toronto Symphony Lands A New Star CEO

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“Several sources on the front lines of the cultural business say the TSO deal has been made, the contracts have been drawn up and the staff know Jeff Melanson is on board. That’s a huge step forward because he is known as a great fixer — and there’s no organization more in need of a big fix than the TSO.”

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FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

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“The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.”

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ATT To Jump Into Crowded Netflix Streaming Territory

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“The move comes amid rapid growth in online video services. AT&T, a telecoms giant, already offers TV content through its U-Verse service, which competes with more traditional cable TV providers. With online video, though, it could attract customers of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other services — including people who’ve stopped paying for traditional broadcast, cable or satellite TV.”

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