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Latest AJBlogs

Dvorak’s Prophecy — “Essential Cultural History”

Kirkus Reviews, which previews books for booksellers, critics, and others in the know, has just previewed my forthcoming Dvorak’s Prophecy and the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music.

Here and Now

The morning light takes its time  coming through the bedroom window.

Ready . . . or Not

In the Community Engagement Network’s May and June Conversations on Benchmarking Equity (See What Was Said) a good deal of time was spent on...

‘Writer Directory’ Offers More Than Information

Few books have come my way as generous and wise about writers and writing as this one. The

Art Tatum and the “Black Virtuoso Tradition”

On the heels of his film with Alexander Toradze (my previous blog), Behrouz Jamali has released another remarkable film essay dealing with the art of the piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition.

On Propaganda Milton Glaser ♥ Information, Not Persuasion

The late Milton Glaser, most famous for creating the INY logo, had a strong dose of advice more than

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman talks about leadership principles

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, Executive Director of the Washington Concert Opera, shares leadership principles informed by pandemic.

Lear among the spruces

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review Shakespeare & Company’s new outdoor production of King Lear, with Christopher Lloyd in the title role. Here’s...

Replay: Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert

Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert’s G Major Marche militaire for piano duet in a 1988 concert telecast. They are introduced by Van Cliburn...

Quick Study: An International Reckoning of Economic Losses from COVID-19 to the Arts

For this episode of the NEA podcast Quick Study, I discuss UNESCO’s report, Cultural and Creative Industries in the Face of COVID-19: An Economic...

Alexa Poems Must Be a Genre By Now

Alexa Dear Why am I getting that ad on my device? Alexa, I want a divorce. Did you hear me? I can’t spell it out for you....

Michelangelo’s middlebrow moment

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about how Irving Stone—and Charlton Heston—introduced Michelangelo to a generation of American readers and filmgoers. Here’s an...

‘Water Stone Words’

This short movie evokes the rich heritage of humankind's creative responses to the natural environment over millennia. The creators of "water stone words"...

Snapshot: Buffalo Springfield appears on The Hollywood Palace

Buffalo Springfield plays a medley of “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul” on an episode of The Hollywood Palace originally telecast by ABC in 1967

Equity and Engagement

As I mentioned in What Was Said, the report on the Community Engagement Network’s May and June Conversations on Benchmarking Equity, participants frequently commented...

Toradze’s Piano Stories

Behrouz Jamali has created the kind of film I had always hoped to see about Alexander Toradze. 

Horses and Humans Together

When I was about eleven years old, my family moved into a house on a Southern California palisade overlooking a country club that included...

“Wolo” Who? Stephan Wolohojian Succeeds Keith Christiansen as Metropolitan Museum’s Head of European Paintings

The Metropolitan Museum held off announcing its new designee to oversee its resplendent European Paintings Department until after Keith Christiansen had left the building

Alexa Smith discusses leadership DE&I work

Alexa Smith, Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President for Special Initiatives at Manhattan School of Music, discusses leadership DE&I work within conservatories.

Bronco Bust: NY Times Censors the “Story Told by Art in the Oval Office”

Where’s Frederic Remington? His “Bronco Buster,” arguably the most famous bronze sculpture by this popular “cowboys-and-Indians” artist, was chosen to energize the offices of a bipartisan roster of Presidents—Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. You can see it repeatedly whipped into a frenzy in the NY Times‘ […]

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