Why Is “No” Among a Child’s First Words?


“The seemingly simple word has a nuanced series of functions that children somehow master early on. In fact, no is among the top 10 or so words that English-speaking babies say when first beginning to talk … By the way, yes doesn’t even crack the top 20.”

Is Valery Gergiev Being Scapegoated for the Kremlin’s Anti-Gay Policies?

Gergiev Notebook

As head of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and a famously tireless globe-trotter, Gergiev is Russia’s leading conductor and arguably its most prominent living musician. He is also the cultural figure most closely identified with Vladimir Putin. Consequently, it is Gergiev who is constantly targeted with protests in the West over Russia’s treatment of its gay citizens. Mark Swed considers whether this is fair.

Peter Gelb On The Met’s HD Cinemacasts

Gelb, new general manager of Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera, poses in lobby of opera house in New York

“The business plan I had for it is that it would make a modest profit so from a financial point of view it has exceeded those expectations significantly. But, at the same time, we were very fortunate that it did because if it hadn’t we would be in trouble right now.”

The Problem With TED


“But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?”

Why We Make Resolutions (And Why They Fail)

New Year Changes

As Oscar Wilde wrote, “Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.” Research psychologists have found that he had a point.

Top AJBlog posts for 12/30/13

J. Carter Brown Gets His Due
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-31

Trinity Wall Street re-defines downtown
Source: Condemned to Music | Published on 2013-12-31

“Rembrandt”? Probably Not: Worcester Art Museum’s Own Version of “American Hustle…
Source: Culturegrrl | Published on 2013-12-31

Just in: Rare honour for Simon Rattle
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-30