Hockenberry, who co-created the WNYC-Public Radio International co-production and hosted or co-hosted it since its launch ten years ago, said in a statement, “Ultimately, in every challenging career, there comes a time when it is important to know when to move on.” His final show airs on Friday, Aug. 11.
“In recent days, it was announced that a graduate program in theater at Harvard would suspend admissions for the next three years after receiving a so-called failing grade from the Department of Education that could result in a loss of access to federal student loans. The finding, which I first read about in the Boston Globe, should be a shot across the bow for elitist arts programs with high tuitions, programs that long have ignored the realistic economic prospects of their graduates.”
“In the non-profit sector, 75 percent of all workers and volunteers are women. Yet somehow only 45 percent of women will go on to secure a top position at any of these organizations, and only 21 percent of these CEOs will have access to budgets of $25 million or more. So what gives?”
Dickens’s characters are cardboard cutouts, even in their names: Inspector Bucket, the Brothers Cheeryble, Jerry Cruncher. They are mechanicals. His prose is turgid and, less forgivable, tortured. Here’s his rendition, in “Dombey and Son,” of a sea-captain’s dialect: “It’s an almighty element. There’s wonders in the deep, my pretty. Think on it when the winds is roaring and the waves is rowling.” What a load of bosh.
It was pretty direct (Miró timed Hemingway’s boxing matches, by the way): “Miró models a visual clarity that the writer, for whom the sun was a central symbol, used in the descriptive passages with which so many of his works begin. With Hemingway’s writing, this is not a passive record of the scene, but the probing vigilance of the hunter, fisherman, and combat veteran.”
It’s like Amazon or something even bigger (if there is such a thing): “As people are bombarded with more and more entertainment options, quality has become a determining factor for a movie’s success. And moviegoers use Rotten Tomatoes to select films the same way they turn to Yelp to determine what restaurants they visit.”
Despite a lot of new outlets “sniffing opportunity” and opening new offices or expanding coverage, people in Guelph, Ontario, miss their daily paper. there’s “a creeping dread that fact-free U.S.-style politics – enhanced by the canny use of social media by those in power – could be spreading north.”
‘Strewth: “Van Dyke, 91, was chosen this week by Bafta to receive the Britannia award for excellence in television. Speaking afterwards, he said: ‘I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of Bafta for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema.'”
“‘Being in Utah, and seeing those mountains is one of the best experiences of my entire life,’ 17-year-old ballet student Marcos Ramirez-Castellano said. Likewise, watching Ramirez-Castellano’s strength and precision in partnering class last week was awe-inspiring. Sklute said ‘there is no better training for male dancers in the world” than in the Cuban system.'”
The original game, that is, was made to show the, let’s say, challenges of capitalism. So in its spirit, “as you set out piles for the Chance and Community Chest cards, establish a third pile for Land-Value Tax, to which every property owner must contribute each time they charge rent to a fellow player. How high should that land tax be? And how should the resulting tax receipts be distributed? Such questions will no doubt lead to fiery debate around the Monopoly board.”