“What I really want is for my children to love the theater, to appreciate all their access, but have absolutely no desire to pursue it as a career.”
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“Do I have the right to write about a firefight in Falluja, if I wasn’t there? Does it demonstrate respect and admiration for the soldiers, and show evidence of their importance in our culture? Or does it insult those who risked their lives, if I take literary possession of that experience?”
“Harl recalled two mounds in the town of Fenton, Missouri, that were leveled to build a Walmart. The site of a 1,000-year-old village in Bridgeton, Missouri, was flattened to build an industrial park.”
“Many independent online content creators have been relying on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter to fund their projects, which ultimately end up on YouTube. Now, they can streamline the contribution process.”
“American results on the literacy and technology tests were somewhat better, in the sense that they were only mediocre.”
“Poetry is the only place in the arts where all the money in the world can’t do anything — it can’t make a better book, it can’t make a better poet; poets keep writing regardless of money. It’s utopia. Money has no value in poetry.”
“The death of the standalone e-reader might be good news for consumers, who will have one fewer gadget to buy and lug around. But it’s bad news for the book industry.”
“In ballet, exaggeration exceeds itself; close-up, the makeup looks grotesque; the plots are melodramatic, the gestures heightened. It is both vibrantly physical and oddly unreal, allowing us to imagine an unlimited freedom for the limited body.”
“There is no road. There is no fence. There is no sign. There is no trail. You just come on it.”
“If they breach that they’re in trouble. It’s quite a serious offence. If they’re making a hole then they’re removing the fabric of the building.”
Yes, all of your suspicions are true: “Facebook’s methodology raises serious ethical questions. The team may have bent research standards too far, possibly overstepping criteria enshrined in federal law and human rights declarations.”
“In announcing that he was tired of overseeing annual budget cuts, president and chief executive Hubert Lacroix announced a massive cut: as many as 1,500 employees or almost 20 per cent of the workforce over five years, though a lot of that, it is hoped, will be achieved through attrition. The scythe will be taken most significantly to the local news and sports operations, with dinner-hour newscasts pared from 90 to 30 minutes and sports productions taking an inevitable hit from the loss of NHL broadcast rights to Rogers.”
“The removal of a work permit requirement for foreign musical acts, part of the government’s overhaul of the controversial temporary foreign worker program, went largely unnoticed amid a spate of other measures announced last week.”
“CBC says it will “privilege content” by getting out of the activities it believes aren’t at the core of its mandate: It will, for example, try to sell a chunk of its real estate, so it can be a fleet-footed tenant instead of a lumbering landlord. CBC will also, most contentiously, get out of the business of producing its own content, except for news, current affairs and radio.”
“Amazon is attempting to convince publishers in the United Kingdom that it should be allowed to print its own copies of their titles to sell to its customers whenever the publisher is low on inventory.”
“Hollywood has a long record of crimes committed against Broadway shows.”
“That the most rapidly expanding U.S. metro area is a Manhattan-sized retirement village — with more golf carts than New York has taxis — highlights the transformation of the world’s demographic profile. The over-60 set — which the United Nations projects will almost triple to 2 billion by 2050 — offers opportunity to marketers and homebuilders even as it confounds governments that must care for an aging populace.”
The study finds that, when the pressure is on, worry appears to be a motivating force for neurotic people. “Higher levels of intrinsic motivation in turn predict greater flexibility in idea generation,” the researchers add in the journal Emotion.
Scotland is obviously an enjoyable place to be an artist. You can play in three bands, teach at Glasgow School of Art and show your prints in a pub. Maybe that is, to quote the tattoo Ross Sinclair showed me on his back, “Real Life”. But real art happens when the pubs have closed and someone with the serious mind of a Christine Borland or a Douglas Gordon looks into the bottom of a glass stained with terrible thoughts.
Could authors and publishers be starting to run out of titles? It can look that way…
“While some underwriting announcements come awful close to resembling the commercial networks’ ubiquitous 30-second spots, the FCC does draw the line when it comes to public TV’s flagrant promotion of for-profit products and services, like the sale of insurance, cars and airline tickets, as well as running spots for political campaigns or certain issues.”
“Today’s innovations demand that we design with the unknown, the conjectural and the hypothetical in mind. Think about it: even the more complex interactions and interfaces made possible by mobile in recent years focus largely on real-time moments; one frame in the movie of someone’s life. But as personalization and predictive analytics work to anticipate what’s next, the emerging ecosystem will extend into the user’s future.”
The live shows don’t have to be a musical, but something more going on than someone standing up there singing. A lot of them are not inclined to that and it’s going to be hard for them. I got to hear a fair amount of music and there are so many who turn their back on the audience and the stage lights are dim, maybe some colored lights are playing, and you go, “I’ll just go home and listen to the record.”
“Regional theatres are being targeted by a new live broadcasting scheme that will transmit shows from outside London to cinemas across the UK.” Organizer Quantum Digital “estimates that venues taking part in the programme could expect to earn up to £30,000 per broadcast.”
“As the daughter of a famous musical theatre composer (Richard Rodgers), a musical theatre successful composer herself (Once Upon a Mattress) and the mother of a musical theatre composer (Adam Guettel), [she] held a singular place in the history of the American theatre.”
“Spain returned 691 artefacts, spanning nearly 3,000 years of history, to Colombia on Tuesday. The pieces were recovered by Spanish police during a drug trafficking and money laundering investigation in 2003. Since then, the works have been kept for conservation in Madrid’s Museum of the Americas, where 885 recovered pieces were studied.”
“The average pay of a sample of US orchestras in 2013 and 2014 makes jaw-dropping reading for anyone in a British orchestra.” Tom Service argues that the problem is not that U.S. musicians are overpaid.
For 25 years, Peter Richard Conte has playued two 45-minute recitals a day on the Grand Court Organ (said to be the largest musical instrument on Earth) in the old John Wanamaker department store, now a Macy’s, in center city Philadelphia.
The legislation – actually nicknamed the “Anti-Amazon Law” by the French media and lawmakers, and intended to protect the country’s many independent bookstores – forbids any bookseller from offering free shipping along with a 5% discount, already the maximum allowable in France.
In the 4½ months since the sinkhole opened up at the Kentucky site and swallowed eight vintage cars, attendance is up almost 60% over the same period last year. So the museum’s directors (following AAMD deaccession guidelines, no doubt) have decided to preserve the sinkhole, or at least part of it.