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Jon Meacham, The Ubiquitous Historian

He is the intellectual of the moment, this soft-spoken biographer of great men. Meacham whispers in the president’s ear and appears on TV constantly....

The Tango Is Just What We Need As Pandemic Eases

Watching audience members take to the stage of a Washington theater for a “milonga” — a gathering to dance the tango — one observes...

Why Was No Pulitzer For Cartooning Awarded This Year?

The five-person jury for the category picked the finalists but the larger Pulitzer Prize Board, which selects the winners for all the prizes in...

Josquin Desprez Was Europe’s First Superstar Composer — But We’re Still Not Sure Which...

The problem is that, as one wag put it a few years after the composer's demise, "Now that Josquin is dead, he is putting...

New Report: Music Industry Has A Diversity Problem

While the report’s tone and conclusions are unambiguous — in just one telling example, across 70 major and independent music companies, just 13.9% of...

World’s Largest Publishing Trade Fair Will Be Back In Person This Fall

"Germany has begun to open to travelers and the Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting a live, in-person fair this October 20-24. 'It...

China Goes All In To Become “Museum Power” — Opens Five New Museums A...

In 2000 it had fewer than 1,200 of them. By the end of last year there were nearly five times as many. Helped by...

A Critic Watches The RSC Rehearse

Despite some trepidation from the actors, the Royal Shakespeare Company is live-streaming for the public select rehearsals for the upcoming production of Henry VI...

Inquest: John Le Carré Died After Fall In Bathroom

The author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, fractured his ribs in the fall. - BBC

Richard Baron, Daring Publisher Of Dial Press, Dead At 98

Among the unconventional books that he took on when other publishers wouldn't were The Armies of the Night, the first of Norman Mailer's "nonfiction...

New Yorker Unionization Effort Divides Writers

The unionization effort has created an uncomfortable moment for the writers at The New Yorker, who have the kind of jobs and influence every...

Accusations Of Drug, Psychological, And Sexual Abuse Rock Maurice Béjart’s Dance Company

"Switzerland's prestigious Béjart Ballet Lausanne company faces a probe as allegations of drug use, harassment and abuse of power raise the question why nothing...

Boris Johnson Delays Full Reopening Of Performing Arts For Another Four Weeks

"England was due to move to stage four of the government's roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be...

Revenue From NPR’s Podcasts Just Keeps Rising And Rising

"From 2015 to 2019 US-based National Public Radio saw its podcasting revenue grow ten-fold. Things were tougher last year due to the pandemic, though...

How Did US Public Broadcasting Become The Institution It Is? It Sure Wasn’t Easy

"As self-evident and uncontroversial as the belief in equal access to information sounds within the noncommercial media sector itself, politically the concept always faced...

Have A Look At The New ‘Pop-Up’ Grand Palais In Paris

"The Grand Palais Éphémère, the €40 million temporary building that will host the Fiac and Paris Photo art fairs in Paris while the Grand...

Banned Or Not, The Cruise Ships Are Back, And Venetians Are Fighting About It

"The return of cruise ships, which caught many by surprise after the Italian government announced in March that they would be banned from the...

Who Stole $30 Million Worth Of Art From Italy’s State Broadcaster?

"The Italian press has dubbed it the 'sack of RAI.' Investigators believe disgruntled former staff members stole a trove of artworks worth an estimated...

The Purpose Of Scientific Papers?

It’s enough for them to draw attention to an idea that is worth pursuing further—and an idea need not be true, well-justified given all...

Why I Turned Down A Queen’s Honor For Literature

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire? Is this the title I’m asked to carry? I cannot think of anything I...

The Modest New York Apartment That’s Home To An Amazing Art Collection

It belongs to Alvin Hall, 68, a broadcaster, financial educator and author, who, through good timing, taste and a bit of luck, began collecting...

A Major New Museum Rises In Orange County

The $93 million building by Morphosis Architects, the 80-personstudio founded by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, was designed to be many things: the new...

Art Historian May Have Found Two Unknown Gentileschi Paintings In Beirut

About his research at the palace, Gregory Buchakjian told Hyperallergic, “It’s a big house. There are no labels. It’s not a museum … Some...

Naomi Wolf Was Once Highly Influential. How Did She Get So Crazy?

With each subsequent decade, Wolf has injected a little more madness into the cesspool of weird that we sometimes call “the discourse.” - The...

“In The Heights” Was Hyped As Summer’s First Hit. Opening Box Office Says Nope

The Warner Bros. musical generated a wane $11.4 million from 3,456 U.S. theaters in its first four days of release, below earlier expectations suggesting...
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