Lani Sarem’s “Handbook for Mortals” improbably topped the NYT Bestseller list last week. Then booksellers called foul, and the book was removed from the list. When Sarem saw the tweets circulating about her book, “my first thought was to just ignore it. It was just a couple of — you know, in my mind — silly tweets.” But as the day stretched on, and as she says neither Stamper nor West reached out to her personally, she reached a different conclusion: “I’m being cyberbullied, basically.”
“Since ancient times, humans have memorized and recited poetry. Before the invention of writing, the only way to possess a poem was to memorize it. Long after scrolls and folios supplemented our brains, court poets, priests and wandering bards recited poetry in order to entertain and connect with the divine. For individuals, a poem learned by heart could be a lifeline — to grapple with overwhelming emotion or preserve sanity amid the brutalities of prison and warfare.”
“The sixth artistic director at the Rep, [Steven] Woolf, has held the position longer than anyone else. In that time, he came to represent the face of the theater – or at least, its colorful sweater. Thanks to radio commercials for new productions, he came to represent its voice as well.”
“[Royals] are not people like us, but with better hats. They exist apart from utility, and by virtue of our unexamined and irrational needs. … She could not have imagined how insatiable the public would be, once demand for her had been ramped up by the media and her own tactics.”
If Evelyn Glennie can play music, other deaf people should be able to enjoy it, right? Like Glennie, most deaf music fans perceive the music kinesthetically – they feel the vibrations. And concerts, especially rock concerts, are now providing deaf audience members what they need to take part.
“It has long been thought, for instance, that the print revolution of the 18th century resulted in a shift from oral to silent reading, from shared reading to indulging in a book of one’s own, as books became more available to a wider range of people while leisure time also increased. But, says Abigail Williams, such a clear-cut transition is difficult to trace.”
“Death to American” chants aren’t working, so it’s time for “Rapping with Sailors.” Seriously. “Iranian clerics have long insisted that rap music is the devil’s work, but they had no complaints when Amir Tataloo, a rapper with a hard-partying, gangster-style reputation, turned into a nationalistic admirer of Iran’s military effort in the Persian Gulf.”