Under Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party decreed that the Great Helmsman was 70 percent right and 30 percent wrong. “And this mixed legacy makes it hard to pin down exactly what about Mao Party leaders want to celebrate, and what about him they don’t. Who could have anticipated this? Andy Warhol.”
“Non-standard English is linguistically the equal of the standard version – in fact, dialects tend to be more sophisticated grammatically than standard (as in the plural “youse” of many non-standard dialects where standard has just one confusing form). Yet standard continues – even now – to be prized as the “correct” form, and any deviation is considered to be wrong, lazy, corrupt or ignorant.”
“Iranian cabs afford passengers a degree of anonymity, paving the way for uninhibited conversations and a new play.”
“An Italian theatre manager rammed his car into the iron gates of an entrance to the French presidential palace Thursday to protest against subsidy cuts for his Paris venue, police said. The action was seen as largely symbolic since Attilio Maggiulli ‘only succeeded in lightly hitting the grills at slow speed,’ a police source said.”
“Back in the movie wasteland of last January, no one could have guessed what a bounty of good films the year would bring. Not just good films, but several that measure up to our idealized notions of what the medium once was.”
“Those circulating copyrighted content can be as Scrooge-like as they please, because there’s no Tiny Tim to think of. Except that there is.”
“After such crimes against our built environment as an office tower that burns its neighbours with a solar “death ray”, and prison-like student flats that look out directly on to a brick wall, architects risk earning the same contempt as bankers and politicians.”
“The internet behemoth boasts 30 million articles written in more than 285 languages, tweaked by 70,000 active editors and viewed by 530 million visitors worldwide each month. As mountains of information go, it’s Everest. Teasing out trends from the open source encyclopedia’s archives is a task few would even attempt.”
“This is a particularly bad year for critics. Not a single entry on the Power 100, while print media keeps firing their full-time art critics. It’s so bad, some critics don’t even bother putting their names on scathing takedowns of multi-million-dollar shows since it really doesn’t matter.”
“With Strand’s announcement, it appears that literature lovers have proved with their wallets — that the good, old-fashioned print book has not yet gone the way of the scrolls and tablets.”
It was a full year, as critic Mary Louise Shumacher chronicles.
“The last casualty of the devastating Florence flood of 1966 has been reassembled, raising hopes of a full restoration before the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest cultural disasters of modern times.”
“Only three Italian opera houses are currently able to pay their bills within two months.”
Fans “are so eager for the murder, villainy, depravity and wedding banquets gone horribly wrong depicted on that series that they don’t mind engaging in a little piracy to see the show.”
Well, the New York Times video game critic would say that, wouldn’t he? But Chris Suellentrop may have a point.
In The Railway Man, the Oscar-winning actress portrays the wife of Eric Lomax, who wrote a best-selling memoir of his time as a prisoner-of-war in a World War II Japanese labor camp in Thailand. In a three-way phone interview, Kidman and Lomax talk about getting to know each other and what they have in common.
“I have a friend who says there are two problems in this world, and only two: one is how you live with other people; the other is how you live with yourself. What I like about theatre is that it’s the meeting point of those two problems.”
It’s billed as “the world’s only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them.”
A former Alvin Ailey superstar and a current artificial-hip owner, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, returns to the stage to perform “Revelations,” the company’s best-known work.