Overall, a slim plurality of Americans, 49%, believes earning a four-year degree will lead to a good job and higher lifetime earnings, compared with 47% who don’t, according to the poll of 1,200 people taken Aug. 5-9. That two-point margin narrowed from 13 points when the same question was asked four years earlier.
“The urgent need for a new, purpose-built theater space became clear when MIT Theater’s home in the 19th-century Rinaldi tile factory had to be demolished as the Kendall Square redevelopment began in 2016. … Other functions of the theater program were scattered around campus – in Kresge Auditorium, the Walker Memorial, and Buildings 4 and 10. W97 [as the new building is called] both replaces the Rinaldi facilities and consolidates all the other theater activities under one roof.”
“Although Freudian theories are no longer a part of mainstream science, Freud is still incredibly well-known, a figure with name recognition on par with Shakespeare. Just think of how his theories have entered into the contemporary vernacular: Mommy and Daddy issues. Phallic symbols. Death wishes. Freudian slips. Arrested development. Anal retentiveness.Defense mechanisms.“
“One key reason we don’t control our devices is that the companies that make them seem to think – and definitely act like – they still own them, even after we’ve bought them. A person may purchase a nice-looking box full of electronics that can function as a smartphone, the corporate argument goes, but they buy a license only to use the software inside. The companies say they still own the software, and because they own it, they can control it. It’s as if a car dealer sold a car, but claimed ownership of the motor. This sort of arrangement is destroying the concept of basic property ownership.”
The art of controlling speech while avoiding the appearance of doing so has lasted through the ensuing decades. In the 2000s, explicit instructions went out to provincial officials that they avoid putting any censorship or blacklisting into writing. To kill an article, officials should get on the telephone and instruct editors orally. Similarly, serious speech-crime offenders—people being sent to prison for years—were charged under face-saving euphemisms: tax evasion, fraud, even “blocking traffic,” or simply “picking quarrels.”
“I found myself in McDonald’s a lot because of the friends I made: people who were homeless, addicts. Eventually I found myself going not only because they were there, but for the same reasons that they went. It was a place I could sit and get a moment of respite. I could charge my computer and my phone, use the wi-fi, use the bathrooms, and the food and coffee were cheap and good. And I started noticing how strong the community in each McDonald’s was.”
When the planned series was announced, the backlash came quickly. Roxane Gay called it “slavery fan fiction,” and many observers argued that, post-Charlottesville, as one put it, “we’ve already seen episode one of Confederate.” Yet, as Gavriel D. Rosenfeld reminds us, there have already been several Civil War counterfactuals, and they’re by no means all apologias for the Confederacy.
William Deresiewicz, who began his career as an Austen scholar, has spent his adult life dealing with people’s surprise (if not more) at his choice of specialty. “Men, in particular, would get this look in their eyes, as if to say, ‘What’s wrong with you, dude?'”, while women often seemed to act as if he was intruding into a domain that was theirs (in a way that, say, George Eliot or Virginia Woolf or the Brontës are not). Here Deresiewicz considers what it is about Austen that would make women feel so possessive, what makes an Austen hero sexy, and how her novels taught him “how to be a better man.”
Kabeiroi, which the company Punchdrunk says is a “theatrical adventure” inspired by the surviving fragments of Aeschylus’s play of that name, will require each pair of audience members (no singletons allowed) to travel to various venues around London (transit fare not included) and spend much of the time outdoors and/or on their feet. Warning: “This production is not suitable for women at any stage of pregnancy [or] individuals who are claustrophobic or have a nervous disposition.”
“The $75,000 position … was conceived to give Detroiters a way to connect and discuss issues that don’t get covered by the city’s traditional media” – i.e., something other than ruin porn or comeback boosterism. The person named to the job is popular journalist Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass.
“Let’s be realistic: theatres can’t force self-identification on our audience members. Most people want to come to the theatre, see a show, then leave with their friends. They aren’t interested in meeting our nonprofit funders’ reporting requirements. Still, arts administrators have to come up with estimates, because we have to complete those final reports. And unfortunately, any estimation method we select has problems.”
By 1999, Tower was operating more than 150 stores in almost two-dozen countries, generating annual revenues of a billion dollars. But in 2004, the company was forced into bankruptcy, a victim of its own unchecked appetite for expansion, cutthroat competition from consumer-electronics retailers, tone-deaf marketing decisions on the part of the record industry, and viral file-sharing applications like Napster. Two years later, in 2006, Tower’s assets were unceremoniously liquidated.
There’s been a lot of talk about money lately – the gender pay gap, surcharges, escalating ticket prices and funding issues. The fringe theatre pricing model is just another topic that rears its head once a year. Some fringe boards have tried to address the problem, with free performances (Brighton and Edinburgh), incorporating venue hire costs into the participation fee (Reading Fringe) and including performer support resources in the submission fee (Brighton).
“Social practice art is seen as the antithesis of the art market because it cannot be owned, preserved, or exhibited easily. Located somewhere between activism and performance, the tangible and the ephemeral, social practice is linked to relational aesthetics and other community-based work since it’s often action oriented and site specific, requiring some sort of audience engagement.”
It was the architect Jean Nouvel of France who conceived of a plan for the island in the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt that would allow a natural flow between indoor and outdoor space. Then Shigeru Ban, the Pritzker-Prize winning Japanese architect, teamed up with the architect Jean de Gastines of France to create the project that cost 170 million euros (about $203 million).
The appointment of Oliver Mears, who previously ran the Northern Ireland Opera, founded in 2010, “was a surprise, and I don’t mean that negatively,” said John Allison, editor of Opera Magazine. “He has a reputation as being a nice guy and a talented director, but he has no real international profile.”
“Many large grant entities, both foundations and government agencies, seem to prefer to fund urban areas for clear reasons. Many urban areas have significant needs and funding in urban areas can have a positive impact on more people. Funders, quite understandably, want the most bang for their buck, and more people live in urban areas. It all makes for a reasonable piece of conventional wisdom, but is it accurate? Does an urban-centric strategy truly generate the most bang for the buck?”
“Audiences are changing, behavior is changing, scholarship is changing, and I think I’ve helped move the museum in the direction that it needs to be moved in to be successful in the future. It required making some fundamental decisions, and now I’ve played the part I can play there, and I’m looking forward to moving on and thinking about the cultural sector in a broader way.”
“The boisterous sculptures and strident upside-down paintings of the Neo-Expressionist Georg Baselitz are known the world over. But when more than $3 million worth of works from his personal collection, including some he had created, disappeared from a German storage depot, it took months before anyone noticed. Prosecutors have [now] arrested three suspects, all of whom worked in the shipping industry.”
With the advent of do-not-call lists and cell phones, concentrated marketing by telephone may seem like a thing of the past. But the likes of Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music continue to do it, and they say that it still pays off. Michael Cooper and Sophie Haigney look at the numbers and talk to some of the workers who’ve made the phone calls.
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“In addition to the rich sensori-motor benefits early music playing may have on the developing brain, music training may also confer long-lasting benefits in complex cognitive functions,” writes a team led by Kirsten Smayda of the University of Texas–Austin. “The music classes offered during many children’s elementary and high-school education in America may result in improved decision-making ability as an adult.”
The first non-Italian to head the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt will leave at the end of his four-year tenure, not entering a second mandate as many had expected he would. The 49-year-old director was initially appointed as part of the Italian government’s sweeping overhaul of the leadership positions in Italy’s leading cultural institutions under culture minister Dario Franceschini.