“What seemingly started as a way to get people to sign up for two-day shipping has turned into a major force in the world of entertainment. Prime Video may have started as a perk to draw in more Prime members. Now, it’s just as easy to believe that Prime Video may be its own draw, and two-day shipping a nice perk. For $99 a year—cheaper than a year of Netflix, which doesn’t ship anything other than DVDs.”
Archives for March 2016
The arts administrator once hailed as Canada’s cultural turnaround king has seen his reputation punctured after his estranged wife, Eleanor McCain, filed court papers portraying him as a remorselessly manipulative leader who fired and hired employees unjustly, boozed excessively and married only to escape workplace harassment allegations. None of the claims have been proven in court and Melanson has deemed them “inaccurate and undignified.”
“Despite the perception that blockbusters like “Fifty Shades of Grey” drive sales, self-publishing has proved a boon for this particular genre. E-books make up nearly 40 percent of all purchases, according to the writers group. And there are categories for every reader’s taste, among them, adventure, Christian, multicultural, L.G.B.T. and paranormal.”
“More than a year into the lawsuit it filed over Maurice Sendak’s will, the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has asked a Connecticut judge to remove the executors of the author-illustrator’s estate. Motivated by ‘financial self-interest,’ Sendak’s executors have refused to carry out his wish to leave millions of dollars’ worth of books to the Rosenbach,” the motion claims.
“Few would argue that the rankings have helped shape a world in which students are seen as consumers, and colleges and universities as commodities. The rankings are a key reason the higher-education landscape today operates like a marketplace in which institutions compete to convince the best students to buy their product.”
“‘A Japanese A.I. Wrote a Novel, Almost Wins Literary Award,’ one typical headline read. [Another] worried that ‘no occupation is safe’ if an algorithm could compete in such a contest. Look a little closer, however, and this story isn’t about the rise of the machines – it’s a lesson on the limitations of contemporary A.I. technology.”
“If anyone was worried the repurposed building was going to lose its edge, they can rest assured the Met Breuer is still very much the weird old Whitney.”
“In the early 1900s, Ivan Morozov was a wealthy Russian textile merchant … [who] began making frequent sojourns to Paris, travelling from gallery to gallery and amassing some of the world’s most valuable artworks – then, and now.”
“There’s a real lack of faith in both the meaning and power of cultural artefacts and their history. Because many museums are not interested in that anymore. They’re far more interested in making themselves feel better about a past they had nothing to do with.”
Ms. Hadid “contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital,” her office, Zaha Hadid Architects in London, said in a statement.
“This year marks the first time higher education data experts QS have ranked universities by their performing arts capabilities, which they have done for a number of other subjects for the past six years. Ratings were based on the opinion of more than 75,000 academics and nearly 45,000 employers, as well as the analysis of 28.5 million research papers.”
“On one level, it encompasses much of the popular practice of Muslim religiosity: it is an Islam of saints, miracles, pilgrimages … On another level, it consists of mind-bogglingly complex treatises in philosophical Arabic … [and] an unfathomably rich tradition of poetry written in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and many other languages.”
“According to a recently published study from Norway, musicians in that nation are three times more likely to utilize psychotherapy than members of the general workforce. They’re also 50 percent more likely to use psychotropic medications such as antidepressants.”
“Previously, curators and designers would do most of their work before involving others. Now, interpretive specialists, evaluators and project managers are brought in from the beginning and develop the exhibition together.”
We remember Bowles as a novelist, but he was trained as a composer, and he made a landmark collection of field recordings of music that was disappearing as mass media spread through the kingdom. (includes sound clips)
Who could possibly object to Yuppie International Towers or Merlin Champagne Town? Chinese officialdom does – and it’s demanding that developments have names like “Yellow River” instead.
“[She’s] a musical genius and a pivotal figure in the cultural history of the black freedom movement; she is also someone who has suffered countless losses, been mistreated in many ways, and at times has reactions that try the patience of her associates, creditors, family, and friends.”
Because they’re focused on the phenomenon, they misunderstand how individual episodes work.
“Pee-wee might live in a world of adult longings and eroticism, but Pee-wee does not partake. It’s not that he’s queer or even asexual, but that – by being frozen in a state of stunted adolescence – he exists in a prepubescent universe where sexuality doesn’t quite exist yet.”
“The unlikely new position means that the 41-year-old choreographer from New York has been tapped to create new works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (the Harris’ company in residence), Miami City Ballet and [his own company]. Additional companies will be announced at a later date.”
“A casting call seeking ‘nonwhite men and women’ to audition for the show drew criticism from the union representing theater actors, prompting Hamilton to say Wednesday that it will amend its language to make clear that anyone is welcome to try out for the show.”
“[The network] said on Wednesday that in early 2017 it will broadcast a live version of A Few Good Men, Aaron Sorkin’s 1989 Broadway play that was later adapted into a popular 1992 film starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise.”
“Imagine if Michelangelo had been able to use drones – perhaps the Sistine Chapel wouldn’t have taken so long.”
“Over the past decade or so, Bateman has become a pop something, a grinning, blood-flecked national gargoyle. A brash new musical based on American Psycho is set to open on Broadway. You can purchase Bateman action figures. Bateman memes – photographs and GIFs from the director Mary Harron’s excellent 2000 film version of American Psycho – splash across every corner of the web. (‘I have to return some videotapes’ is among the movie’s indelible lines.)”
“‘Experimentation and emerging artists are part of our DNA,’ says Mikki Shepard, executive producer. ‘You say to yourself, ‘How do you build on your legacy, whether it’s with dance or theater – or opera?’ … And suddenly you have a broad palette of programming.'”
Charlie Parker’s Yardbird may be the Apollo’s first opera, bur it won’t be its last. Next up, in fall 2017: We Shall Not Be Moved by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, with choreographer Bill T. Jones directing.
The platform problem
Apple, Inc. has done a(nother) clever thing. In the midst of helping its customers succeed in individual goals through its iPhone and iOS systems, the company has also built resources to help groups and individuals … read more
AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2016-03-30
Since We’re Voting, There’s This Artistic Conundrum
Lest you think I have no sense of fun from my last post, which chastised the Indianapolis Museum of Art for outsourcing its exhibition planning to the public, I thought I would mention an instance … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-03-30
Orwell’s Typewriter, Meet Wold’s Bar Stool
Yesterday’s blogpost, The Strange Case of Orwell’s Typewriter, elicited some interesting remarks, only some of which were posted to it. One sent to me privately came from the California artist Kurt Wold. After posting … read more
AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2016-03-30
Vacation Report And A Limerick
We spent our brief vacation in Santa Barbara, California, visiting our son. We slept, walked, hung out with friends and ate well. One of the walks was to the end of Stearns Wharf, a pier … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-03-30
For this survey, Nielsen split up millennials into three categories to accurately capture how they operate: “Dependent Adults” (Stage 1), living in someone else’s home; “On Their Own” (Stage 2), living in their own home without kids; and “Starting a Family” (Stage 3), living in their own home with kids.
“With these 10 writers, we will investigate our culture through the conversations that books anchor, in deep dives and in real time. We will explore the mysteries of reading and writing; consider the achievements, acknowledged and under-acknowledged, of the writers who have come before; question the roles of race, heritage, class and gender in what we read; take on the vagaries of the publishing industry, and more.”
“4DX purports to further immerse you in your film experience with these physical effects. Why simply watch Superman get rained on when you can get uncomfortably wet at the same time? Why just commiserate with Batman when he’s punched in the back by an evil henchman, when you can get punched in the back by your very own chair? Genius!”