But yes, a complainant actually argued that the book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers”, demanded that it be removed from the library shelves, and even asked that the city pay damages.
Scott Samuelson: “I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, Sudanese refugees, prospective wind-turbine technicians, and any number of other students who feel like they need a diploma as an entry ticket to our economic carnival. As a result of my work, I’m in a unique position to reflect on the current discussion about the value of the humanities, one that seems to me to have lost its way.”
“To the casual reader, much of Wikipedia appears adequate, but be warned, nothing can be trusted. If your life depends on it, go elsewhere. Sources can be biased, but at least with other sources you know who has written what you are reading. With Wikipedia, you do not. Everyone has an agenda, but with Wikipedia you never know who is setting it.”
In his 11th play, Carl Djerassi – now 90 and irked that most people have no idea that he’s done anything since he developed the oral contraceptive at age 28 – depicts Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt investigating what was in the famous briefcase Walter Benjamin carried across the Pyrenees. The answer: porn.
Researchers report that they’ve found that guitarists can synchronize their neural networks (gosh, like string quartets?) and, when they’re shredding, turn off the parts of the brain associated with big-picture goals (maybe like jazz musicians riffing?). But what about violists and bassoonists, huh?
“The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for theater went this month to Annie Baker for her play The Flick. The runners-up were Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori for Fun Home, and Madeleine George for The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence. All those works have two things in common: They were written by women, and they didn’t play on Broadway.”
Adam Gopnik: “Of all the books written in French over the past century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince is surely the best loved in the most tongues. This is very strange, because the book’s meanings – its purpose and intent and moral – still seem far from transparent, even seventy-five-plus years after its first appearance.”
The National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, English National Opera and the Southbank Centre have, over the past 18 years, have been given £315 million of Lottery arts funding. In that same period, the 10% of England’s local authorities with the lowest levels of community arts engagement received £288 million.
“Forget the Berliner Philharmonie. The hip place to hear classical music here in the capital of Germany isn’t the late Hans Scharoun’s acclaimed concert hall but a former tram-repair shop with free booze and a collection tin for donations” – not to mention a bunch of restored historic instruments and the guts of other old pianos strewn about the place.
AJBlog: Sandow | Published 2014-04-29
174 LACMA Donors = $4.1 Million + 10 Varied Acquisitions
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-04-30
From Wagner to Sedaka: Heppner’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” His (and Beal’s?) Swansong (with video)
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-04-29
Diva breaks a leg. Literally.
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-04-29
“The concerts, organized by pro-pot promoter Edible Events, will start May 23 with three bring-your-own marijuana events at the Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe arts district and culminate with a large, outdoor performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. They are being billed as fundraisers for the CSO, which will curate a themed program of classical music for each show.”
This is when the “Save My Show” campaigns get going. Online petitions and snail-mail letters sent to execs who pay other people to ignore these things. Ever see a TV show set in an office or a police precinct where there’s paper on people’s desk? A lot of that is letters from people pleading that some long-cancelled show featuring a teenage dreamboat is kept on the air.