Misty Copeland: No Race Card In Dance

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“The race card doesn’t exist in the ballet world. Those words to me are so ignorant, especially coming from people inside this world. People aren’t trying to put diversity on the stage to better their companies or brands. The ballet world could care less.”

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Here Are America’s Least Discerning Movie Critics

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“Because professional critics get paid to judge everyone else’s work, we thought it was high time someone flipped the script on them. Going purely by the numbers, who are the most shameless cheerleaders—and plain old hacks—who consistently give movies better reviews than the rest of the pack?”

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What Eddie Izzard Puts Himself Through, And Why

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Not long ago he ran 43 marathons in 51 days; he’s learning Spanish, Russian and Arabic so he can do stand-up comedy in those languages on international tours, and he’s already performing in German and French. (audio)

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Lydia Davis Can’t Write Casually, Even In Email

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Says the short-story wizard and MacArthur fellow, “I can’t write incorrectly. I find it very difficult to just relax and have spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes and punctuation -– I cannot do that. But I can’t do that even if I write a shopping list.”

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The Classics In Bite-Size Pieces

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“The emancipation of digital reading habits, like those of the printed book before them, allows us to choose the way we read. Just as some prefer edited collections and anthologies, some will enjoy having their fictions selected for them each month, apportioned in daily servings that arrive at appointed times that make them easier to consume.”

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CultureTrack: Here’s How Arts Audiences Are Changing

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“Since 2011, there has been an increase in the percentage of people who visit museums and attend performances of classical music, jazz and musical theater—but there were decreases for plays, classical dance and opera. The individual rate of attendance has dropped since 2011, with about half of respondents continuing to attend cultural activities once or twice a month, but only 15% attending three times or more—down from a previous 22%.”

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Peter Gelb Talks About The Met Opera’s Predicament

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“When I first came to the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, I was aware of the problems and the financial challenges. But I hoped that it would be possible to earn our way out of these financial challenges by increasing ticket sales and by launching our very successful movie theater showings. But in the last few years, it’s become obvious that in spite of our successes, the audience for opera is not increasing.”

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This Year’s Bad Grammar Awards

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The Idler Academy, an offshoot of the magazine which offers courses in everything from philosophy to ukulele playing, has announced the shortlist for its 2014 Bad Grammar award, set up to highlight “the incorrect use of English by people and institutions who should know better”.

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The Art Market Is Dividing

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“The market has shifted,” said Anders Petterson, managing director of the London-based art analysis firm ArtTactic. “People who in the 1990s would buy paintings are now having to look at prints and works on paper.”

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Colorado Symphony In Showdown With City Of Denver Over Concert Hall

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“For certain, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will have to temporarily vacate Boettcher Concert Hall in June 2015 to make way for a season-long, $17 million renovation. The question is: Will it return? Not unless it can get a better deal from its landlord of 36 years, orchestra officials insist.”

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Arts Journalism Versus Content Marketing

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“While blurring the line between journalism and marketing is an issue, I am personally more interested in whether or not ‘content marketing’ – defined as any “marketing format that involves the creation and sharing of media and publishing content in order to acquire customers…” is a viable strategy for arts organizations.”

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John Updike, Living His Entire Life As Literary Fodder

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Louis Menand: “People who imagine Updike as serenely aloof from the world of his contemporaries, afloat in a bubble of New Yorker fame and public adulation, are missing the point of much of what he wrote. You might think that the Cheevers and the Pynchons had the better side of the argument about postwar American life, but you can do that only if you start by taking Updike seriously.”

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