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Ivan Turgenev on Aging He Did Not Picture Life’s Sea as the Poets Depict It

“He fell to thinking . . . slowly, listlessly, wrathfully. He thought of the vanity, the uselessness, the vulgar

Seeing Steinbeck anew

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a streaming webcast of the stage version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Streaming...

Substrate: The Predictive Brain

It’s common to consider our brains as reactive – receiving sensory information from our bodies and our environments, making sense of that inbound information,...

Quick Study: Rethinking Theater Arts

For this entry, I’m sharing the latest episode of Quick Study, the NEA’s research podcast. This month, we discuss Emerging from the Cave, a...

Snapshot: Lewis Milestone’s 1939 film of Of Mice and Men

The 1939 film version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring Burgess Merideth and Lon Chaney Jr., directed by Lewis Milestone, and scored by...

BlogBack: Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Museum’s Head, Responds to My Post on the Attack’s 20th Anniversary

My personal reflections on The Two-Decade Anniversary of 9/11, in which I took issue with the harsh critique of

ArtsJournal Turned 22 Today: A Chronicle of a Remarkable Cultural Era

Over the past year, while compiling 150,000 stories in the AJ archives, I realized that this is a unique record of an extraordinary period in our cultural history. Sorry – that sounds grandiose, but here’s what I mean...

Moloko to Publish Dutch Mordant

“ALL DRAWING FROM THE IMAGINATION I’D CONSIDER A FORM OF AUTOMATIC DRAWING; IF IT EXISTS, IT WILL EXIST ONLY FOR THE

Just because: Leonard Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

Krystian Zimerman, Leonard Bernstein, and the London Symphony perform Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” Symphony in 1986. The work, inspired by W.H. Auden’s book-length 1947...

The Two-Decade Anniversary of 9/11: My Own Reminiscence & Reflections

Everyone who resided in the NYC metropolitan area on 9/11/01 has his or her own personal story related to

Remembering 9/11

Starting when the news broke, my report grew longer by the minute. It ran, updated in real time, as MSNBC.com’s cover story. I cobbled...

Lara Downes shares how entrepreneurship can amplify our artistic voices

Lara Downes, leading American pianist, entrepreneur, host of NPR series, Amplify and Sphinx Medal Excellence winner, speaks about lifting every voice through entrepreneurship and artistry.

Heathcote Williams’s Credo ‘If Poetry Isn’t Revolutionary, It’s Nothing’

This is a collector’s alert. Open Head Press is about to release Juggling Ghosts, a series of previously published poems and essays by Heathcote...

Terminology

As part of Engaging Matters’ 10th Anniversary, we are highlighting important and/or popular posts from the past. In reviewing such posts it became clear...

Dreams Bound to Turn Real Making a Chapbook of Poems and Drawings

A high-speed glance at the dummy shows the pages in sequence. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=9JzviBn5QfE&version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent[/embed]

Copland and Joe McCarthy on NPR – a “Surreal Experience”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=0kAXmbCHCY8&version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent “Aaron Copland and the Spirit of Labor Day” – the radio documentary I was delighted to

Fred Bronstein speaks about training artists for today’s world.

Fred Bronstein, Dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, speaks about how we prepare the 21st century artist.

Joe McCarthy Grills Aaron Copland: “As your Communist Part record is extremely long . . . “

“As your Communist Party record is extremely long, I think counsel [i.e., Roy Cohn] will want...

The World Beneath the World of Arts Management

It’s a surprising and sobering truth that, after centuries of scientific inquiry, we only understand a tiny fraction of what makes up our universe....

In praise of Donald Newlove

I was knocked out on first reading of Sweet Adversity (1978), by Donald Newlove, who died Aug. 17 at age 93. It’s about co-joined...

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