Before Art Was A Job… (And What We’ve Lost)


“Before the 80s art was not a job. If you wanted to be an artist you would have to do a lot of side jobs to make a living. People became artists out of necessity. Now one wants to be an artist to travel, go to parties, and it’s really cool to be an artist. Of course, this tendency is not very good, but I think time will be the final judge of this.”

The Downside Of A “Culture Of Excellence”


The legacy of the “culture of poverty” has made a generation of Americans shy away from difficult questions around culture and achievement. The best way to repent is not to continue ignoring these questions, but to insist upon a more rigorous and detailed examination of them—more than the Tiger Mom herself can provide.

The Strange Case Of China’s Half-Built ‘Ancient’ City


“In the last few years, Datong has made a massive push to draw those tourist groups to its inner city, a place that was first settled in the Han dynasty around 200 BC. It’s all part of an ambitious plan to raze the old city and replace it with a new ‘ancient’ Tang-style city.” Naturally there are complaints that the new “historic” buildings are ersatz; worse is what happened after the mayor left town.

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Where’s The Real Anti-Semitism Around ‘The Death Of Klinghoffer’?


Mark Swed: “But in fact, the only anti-Semitism this work – which delves deep into the idealistic roots but inevitably evil practices of terrorism – has ever engendered has been because of often successful pressure from Jewish groups to ban performances of Klinghoffer rather than incorporate poetic tragedy into the peace process.”

Delaware Art Museum Loses Accreditation For Selling Its Art

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Following the sale of William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil to pay down debt, the American Alliance of Museums revoked DAM’s accreditation and the Association of Art Museum Directors put DAM on a blacklist for receiving loans from or collaborating on shows with other museums. All this for the sake of a painting that sold for less than half Christie’s lower pre-sale estimate.

Jazzman Horace Silver, Creator of ‘Hard Bop’, Dead At 85

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“Through classic compositions such as ‘Song for My Father,’ ‘Nica’s Dream’ and ‘Señor Blues’,” [the pianist and founder of the Jazz Messengers “influenced generations of musicians with a style that encompassed all his musical loves: gospel, blues, Latin rhythm. It was music that, in Silver’s words, ‘cooked’ and ‘burned’.”

The Met Opera’s Decision To Cancel Klinghoffer Moviecast: Illogical And Contradictory


If you think the piece is not antisemitic (and I, along with the vast majority who have seen the Met’s production – directed by Tom Morris, it was first seen at English National Opera in 2012 – agree with him) then you cannot also hold the position that the opera would exacerbate “rising antisemitism, particularly in Europe”.

Daniel Keyes, 86, Author Of ‘Flowers For Algernon’

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Having won awards in both short story and novel form, “Flowers for Algernon went on to sell more than five million copies and to become a staple of English classes. It inspired television adaptations, one of which also starred [Cliff] Robertson” – who won an Oscar for the film version, titled Charley – “and stage productions, including a musical and a play in Korean.”