Is British TV Dying?

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“On the face of it seems to be in rude health. America has been buying up British production companies, British TV formats continue to spread around the world and the global market for quality drama is growing. However, there is also anxiety about the Government’s attitude towards the BBC and the questions it is asking about reducing its size and scope.”

What Ursula Le Guin Still Has To Teach – And Learn – In Her 80s

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“In telling a story, you’ve got to leap, you’ve got to leave out so much. And you’ve got to know which crag to leap to.”

First African American Actor To Play Jean Valjean On Broadway, 21, Dies In Fall From Brooklyn Fire Escape


“‘The tragic loss of Kyle to our company, just as he was on the threshold of a brilliant career, is a numbing reminder of how precious life is,’ said Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of Les Misérables, in a statement. ‘His spirit was infinite and his voice from God.'”

The Complete MoMA Art Collection – All Of It – Available To See Right Now


“For each piece, the database tells us the work’s title, some brief biographical information about the artist, the year of creation, the medium and dimensions, and how and when MoMA acquired it. These aren’t exactly trade secrets: It’s basically the data printed on the placards posted next to each painting. But, in MoMA’s case, it’s assembled in one place, comprehensive, easy to use, and recent. The museum made the database freely available online last month.”

Can The Internet Crowdsource The “Perfect” Song?

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‘This is an experiment in crowd-sourced songwriting. A melody is currently being generated, note by note, in real-time, using the popular vote of the crowd,’ says

The Science Behind Why Some People Are Selfish


“What is interesting, then, is that when you show calculating people what they expect — that you are ready to exploit their vulnerabilities for self-gain — there is no sign of surprise. When you respond to their selfish behavior with kindness, their brains immediately start planning how to best take advantage of you. They are, in fact, selfish jerks.”

Frustrated: Editor Blasts Critics Complaining About Lack of Diversity And Transparency at Writers Conference


Editor Kate Gale took aim at the charges in a blog post at Huffington Post in a plea for members to stop questioning (attacking) the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Editor’s Rant About Diversity Complaints Brings Down Wrath Of The Internet


The language in Kate Gale’s piece has set off a firestorm. Discussing a complaint that AWP is not inclusive of various ethnic groups–and responding directly to a charge that the organization has been dismissive of Native Americans–Gale writes of trying to find the potential “Indian hater” in the organization. Then, speaking about issues of diversity around gender and sexuality, Gale asks, rhetorically, ” How gay is AWP?,” before stating that she feels she is “30% gay” because of “all the time with girls before I started dating guys.”

Director Accuses Theatre Of “Setting A Dangerous Precedent” By Cancelling ISIS Play


“If a single company gets scared and it is willing to pull work that it has invested time and money and love into… that is a very dangerous precedent.”

Director Of Russian Museum Fired Amid Charges Of Theft And Forgery


“Patrons and employees of the museum — also known as the Karakalpak State Museum of Art — vociferously protested her dismissal. They defended Marinika Babanazarova, the granddaughter of a former ruler of the region, as the collection’s stalwart protector.”

Time To Abolish The Idea That Social Interaction Is A “Science”?


“Social science was — it is best to speak in the past tense — a mistake. The dream of a comprehensive science of society, which would elucidate “laws of history” or “social laws” comparable to the physical determinants or “laws” of nature, was one of the great delusions of the 19th century.”

Measuring The Creative Economy: Can We Measure How The Artists Are Doing?


“Interestingly, in all the responses to the article, no one so far has been able to suggest a data source that suggests that mean or median incomes for musicians have declined since 1999, adjusted for inflation. Everything that I have uncovered in many months of researching this article suggests that the story of music since 1999 is one of steady but small growth for musicians. Not some glorious renaissance, but certainly not a crisis.”

Photography As A Weapon


“The weaponization of photography is a partial reflection of a modern culture that is willing to consume and interpret imagery without analysis or concern for who might be victimized by the image. And the rate at which photos and video can spread online feeds this insatiable consumption. It wasn’t always like this.”

A Revolution In Photography? Maybe, But Not The Way You Think


“The number of people armed with cameras today has never been greater – in the past 10 years the act has become utterly ubiquitous. But it isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened. It’s the second.”

Sometimes You End Up Having To Paint Your Castle Yellow: The Perils Of Historical Restoration

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“The story of how the restoration of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle led to it being painted bright yellow illustrates the unexpected complexity … It comes down to this question: When you choose to restore something, at which moment in time are you restoring it to?” (podcast with transcription)

Fire Destroys Second City’s Chicago Offices

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Second City CEO Andrew Alexander: “It has gutted our two levels of offices. But we’ll fix it. … The theaters are fine. The most important thing is that no one is hurt. Thank the Lord.”

‘Happily Manipulated’: Peter Schjeldahl On Whistler’s Mother, And His Own


The iconic status of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 isn’t just because it marks “the peak of Whistler’s radical method of modulating tones of single colors.” It’s because, like Mona Lisa, The Scream, and American Gothic, “Whistler’s Mother” is “the distillation of a meaning instantly recognized and forever inexhaustible. In this case, it’s the mysteries of motherhood. Everybody has a mother, and something close to half of everybody becomes one.”

Dangerous Satire? Americans Know Nothing Of Dangerous Satire


“America simply never had a Werner Finck, and we certainly don’t have a Bassem Youssef, even though we’d like to think we do. It is far safer and easier to canonize Chaplin’s ballet performance [in The Great Dictator] while forgetting the unsafe, uneasy provocations of Finck [and Youssef]. Americans tolerate bullshit even when we know – we know – it’s bullshit. At the best of times, there is something luxurious about this.”

Cancelled Play About Radicalisation Of British Muslim Girls Gets Lots Of Offers For Stagings


“The playwright behind Homegrown, the controversial play exploring radicalisation and jihadi brides that was shut down less than a fortnight before its opening, … has been approached by numerous figures and organisations offering to put the play back on and discussions are currently underway.”

The Red-Baiting Of Lena Horne – And How She Overcame It


“Over the course of her long life, Lena Horne became a star of film, music, television, and stage, as well as a formidable force for civil rights. … Yet there was a brief period in the early 1950s when Horne’s career seemed to be over. … She continued to perform at nightclubs, but nobody in the TV or film industries would hire her.”

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Can You Picture Josephine Baker As A Senior Citizen?

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From the Guardian archives, a visit with the toast of 1920s Paris – and decorated veteran of the French Resistance – in France they year before she died.

Stop Calling It ‘The Bechdel Test,’ Says Alison Bechdel

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After all, as she’s been saying for years, she wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. She simply put it in a comic strip, where it was eventually noticed.

Ten London Museums Do A Virtual Collection Swap Via Instagram

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“Using the hashtag #museuminstaswap, each participating institution will share photos of its partner museum throughout the week, highlighting works that resonate with their own collections.”

All The Stephen Colbert Stuff That Didn’t Make It Into The Time Cover Story


On why he had to leave The Colbert Report: “I still enjoyed it, but to model behavior, you have to consume that behavior on a regular basis. It became very hard to watch punditry of any kind, of whatever political stripe. … To change that expectation from an audience, or to change that need for me to be steeped in cable news and punditry, I had to actually leave. I had to change.” (includes plenty of video clips)

Stephen King: Does Being A Prolific Writer Make You A Bad Writer?


No one in his or her right mind would argue that quantity guarantees quality, but to suggest that quantity never produces quality strikes me as snobbish, inane and demonstrably untrue.

A Major New Dance School Rises In Los Angeles


The Kaufman school, which started classes this week, is unusual in embedding a conservatory-style bachelor of fine arts program within a private research university of some academic rigor. It’s also distinctive in curricular focus; its motto — “the New Movement” — connotes revolution, and Jody Gates speaks of “reimagining dance education for the 21st century.”

Israel Protests Plans By Daniel Barenboim To Perform In Iran


“News of the proposed concert drew an angry reaction from Israel’s minister of culture and sport, Miri Regev, who denounced it this week on her Facebook page and said that she would that she would write German officials and urge them to cancel the concert.”

Do Neuroticism And Creativity Go Hand In Hand?


Think of it this way: Reacting to an ambiguous remark from your boss by coming up with crazy, unrealistic scenarios in which you are likely to get fired is, in a very real sense, creative.