As the flutist/saxophonist once told an interviewer, “New Age music does something wonderful to the nervous system. It settles you down into a deep state of relaxation. When people want to ‘cool out,’ a [New Age] record will do it real quick. It’s meditative music.”
Philosopher Peter Atterton explains why virtually no one who is alive today would be alive had some horrific large-scale crime – be it the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Opium Wars, Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, the Crusades, Tamerlane’s wars, or what have you – not occurred.
Yes, it’s a lot like Monty Python for the age of Tumblr.
“‘Another thing I knew I didn’t want was Romeo and Juliet in bed in their tights and ballet shoes pretending they are naked,’ says [choreographer Alexei] Ratmansky.”
“They won’t exactly be flying cars, but construction and battery materials are getting so light that ‘micro-commercial aircraft’ could serve as taxis.”
“In the 12 years since [Mathew Pokoik] and his wife and co-founder, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, a New York City choreographer, bought 114 acres along an idyllic country road, Mount Tremper Arts has become a quietly thriving offshoot of the city’s contemporary performance world: a magnet for adventurous urban artists and a devoted local audience.”
“My hand was tired, my notebooks were confused, and my phone’s camera roll showed a sea of paper tinged gray with either bad lighting or my phone’s own shadow.”
“Unlike most actions whose remote consequences diminish to zero, like the furthermost ripples of a pond after a pebble has been thrown into it, altering when children are conceived or to whom they are conceived has repercussions that steadily increase over time.”
“Roger’s legacy to me is the thing he talked about — empathy being one of the most important aspects of civilization. Roger led with his head and his heart, but he did them simultaneously.”
“I have grown to feel that the greatest thing about driving is that, if I really need to get somewhere or really need to get away from somewhere, I can do it. Essential to that sense of security and power is that I am actually doing the driving. Now I imagine running out, jumping into the car, and having to call tech support.”
“Ebooks have just left euphoria and are caught halfway between anxiety and decline and if nothing changes they may soon go the way of Betamax, Bebo and the Sinclair C5.”
“The glory days are back in the nation’s film heartlands. Buoyant, expanding and home to some of the world’s biggest stars, the leading studios are full to capacity and taking unprecedented bookings from international film-makers.”