A longread report on “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data,” a full course taught by two data scientists at the University of Washington who believe that teaching bullshit detection is one of the main purposes of education – and crucial for a healthy democracy. (Be sure to look out for Brandolini’s Bullshit Asymmetry Principle.)
To be Sofia Coppola is to have grown up with certain advantages. The Coppola family tree is a verdant one: Sofia’s grandfather was composer Carmine Coppola; actors Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage are her cousins; and her brother Roman produces her films through the family-run production company American Zoetrope. But lineage alone doesn’t determine who we grow up to become. At 46, Coppola, who has made six delicately distinctive feature films over the past 18 years, has built something of a stealth career.
According to the “Arts & Economic Prosperity Report V,” a data-intense survey released during the weekend by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts, Sarasota County’s arts and cultural organizations and audiences pumped $295 million into the economy in 2015, up 64 percent from $180 million in 2010, when the previous survey was taken.
“It was after seeing the sharp distinction in approach, methodology and effect between Rancid and the concert’s headliners, Green Day, that a theoretical superstructure for punk rock struck me – one which can be linked to the history of art.” Noah Charney – who grants that “normally you don’t find ‘punk rock,’ ‘theoretical superstructure’ and ‘history of art’ occupying the same sentence” – makes the case.
Power is a drug, or it’s worse than a drug. A psychology professor found during two decades of work that people “under the influence of power” act like they have brain injuries, “becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.”
Though six minutes are gone, including some of the violence in the movie, but “China-based expats and local moviegoers were quick to pick up on the missing Doppelganger gay moment, which takes place late in the film between the two cyborgs Walter and David, both played by [Michael] Fassbender. Many said the removal of the gay kiss is much more jarring than the various cuts to the film’s violence.”
Yeah, we’ve got a problem. “As a nation, we’ve never known what to do with our fondness for the work of men who have become troublesome. We force ourselves to practice impossible moral surgery that hopes to cut off the artist to save the art. Mr. Cosby’s mistrial just further extends our permanent impasse with certain great figures and their problems.”
The festival’s new leader said, “There is a crisis of ambition in this country for choreographers. … Choreographers need space and time to experiment with new works.”
Jan Swafford and Classical Music
YOUR humble blogger is a longtime fan of the classical music writer Jan Swafford, ever since friend gave me his lucid and wise Vintage guide. Swafford, who’s known for biographies of Beethoven, Brahms, and … read more
AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-06-18
Uncle Vanya Meets Porgy and Bess
What did the legendary Russian experimental theater director Yevgeny Vakhtangov (1883-1922) have in common with Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, and Carousel? The immigrant director of these landmark Broadway productions, Rouben Mamoulian, was to some … read more
AJBlog: Unanswered QuestionPublished 2017-06-17
More Looping in World Music: Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta
I just got my notification of the line-up for one of my favorite festivals. It takes place 50 kilometers outside Barcelona, in the small city of Manresa. The 20th Fira Mediterrània de Manresa will take … read more
AJBlog: OtherWorldlyPublished 2017-06-17
The Late, Great Kevin Starr
LIKE a lot of people, I was originally baffled when I moved to California, which in my case was 20 years ago, this July. Some of the key to its complex code arrived in … read more
AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-06-17
A thing worth doing
When I was a small boy, I worshipped my father. I was bedazzled by his deep voice, which he loved to raise in song on Sunday drives, and even more by his seeming ability to … read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-06-16
Almanac: Randall Jarrell on great criticism
“Taking the chance of making a complete fool of himself—and, sometimes, doing so—is the first demand that is made upon any real critic: he must stick his neck out just as the artist does, if … read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-06-16
Actually, art is better when the artists are organized, or so say these two artists who have written a book about creativity.