Looks Don’t Matter? (Or Do They?)


“Yes, beauty is only skin deep. Yes, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Yes, critics shouldn’t disparage people for their God-given physical features. But we live in a visual age. Magazines — not to mention theater, opera, and dance companies — would be out of business if they pretended otherwise. Or do you think it’s a coincidence that there are no unpleasant-looking people on Good Morning America?”

Spun-Off Time, Inc. Faces Long, Difficult Road


“What was once a jewel in terms of profit and stature is now a drag on the share price of Time Warner, its parent company, and is being spun off with little ceremony and a load of debt. Absent the diversified portfolio of Time Warner, Time Inc. will be going it alone with more than 90 magazines and 45 websites in a market that views print as a thing of the past.”

What If Streaming Music Doesn’t Work Out?


“If you kill the idea of downloads, ring the death knell of the shiny disc, and streaming becomes ubiquitous, great! But, what if we only reach a combined total of say, 20-40 mil subs in the U.S.? Then what? It won’t be sustainable.”

Audra McDonald Criticized For Tony Speech


“I’m sure that you were not personally judging me and other concerned parents when you thanked your parents for not putting you on Ritalin.But damn it, you’re not making it any easier to live with our hard decisions. There’s anxiety and then there’s Audra-induced anxiety, which is more dramatic and accomplished than the regular sort.”

Spielberg Wants To Make Tony-Winning LBJ Play Into Miniseries


All The Way won statuettes for best play and best leading actor – Bryan Cranston, already a hot television property for starring in the just-concluded Breaking Bad. “Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration,” including passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Study: Where You See Art Matters


“Our results suggest that time and context constitute more than framing dimensions for the experience of art,” the researchers write in the online journal PLoS One. “Context affects the experience of art.”

Introversion: It’s Not What You Think It Is


“Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitive. Deep Thinker. Reflective. Introspective. Intelligent. Negative emotions. Socially Anxious. Defensive. Vulnerable. Always prefers solitude over social interaction. Answer: Not a single one.”

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.09.14

Making the old new (2)
Why don’t more performers add ornaments to old music the way its original interpreters did?
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The Ojai Music Festival and Uri Caine
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How To Curate A Folk Art Show Where There’s Little Tradition For It
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Opera and arts education
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David Nadien, Ex-Concertmaster For The NY Phil, Dead At 88


“Concertmasters are typically poached from other orchestras or promoted from within the ranks, but Mr. Nadien, then 40, was a freelance commercial musician. Although Bernstein described him as ‘an extraordinary violinist,’ he had almost no experience playing with a major symphony orchestra.”

New Book Genre: The Extreme Reading Memoir

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“The merchandising of reading [today] has a curiously undifferentiated flavor, as if what you read mattered less than that you read. In this climate of embattled bibliophilia, a new subgenre of books about books has emerged, a mix of literary criticism, autobiography, self-help, and immersion journalism: authors undertake reading stunts to prove that reading – anything – still matters.”

The Teen Whisperer: How Novelist John Green Attracted Legions Of Devoted Young Fans

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“His protagonists were sweetly intellectual teen-age boys smitten with complicated, charismatic girls. Although the books were funny, their story lines propelled by spontaneous road trips and outrageous pranks, they displayed a youthfully insatiable appetite for big questions: What is an honorable life? How do we wrest meaning from the unexpected death of someone close to us? What do we do when we realize that we’re not as special as we thought we were?”