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Tag: 02.23.21

More People Are Sending Nude Selfies Of Themselves. Why?

As the pandemic forces relationships to be conducted remotely, more people than ever are resorting to the virtual exchange of intimacies. Last autumn, a...

Australia’s Big Festivals Have Thrived With International Stars. Can They Work With Local Artists?

Tasmania’s MONA FOMA festival last month saw a 'hyperlocal' approach to programming. Unable to draw headliners from around the world, local artists were front...

Our Strained Conceptual Relationship With Squirrels

"It’s almost as though the existence of animals, and their various similarities to humans, constituted insults. Like a squirrel, I have eyes and ears,...

NYC Culture Jobs Down By Astonishing Two-Thirds In 2020

Jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation fell by 66% last year from 2019, the largest decline among the city’s economic sectors, erasing a decade...

The Nobel Winner Who’s Not All That Crazy About Writing

Kazuo Ishiguro: "In some ways, I suppose, I'm just not that dedicated to my vocation. I expect it's because writing wasn’t my first choice...

Watch This AI Play Almost Any Piece Of Music On The Piano After Hearing...

Created by Canadian-based Massive Technologies, the AI pianist is trained to listen to musical compositions and recreate them with virtual hands—and the results are...

160 Public Confederate Symbols Were Taken Down In 2020

In the group’s “Whose Heritage?” report, the Southern Poverty Law Center said that last year had been transformative, but that more than 2,100 symbols...

Daughter Of Israel’s Most Famous Author Accuses Him Of ‘Sadistic Abuse’

In the opening lines of her new memoir, the second daughter of Amos Oz, Galia, wrote, "In my childhood, my father beat me, swore...

16-Year-Old Dance Student Becomes First To Reach 100 Million TikTok Followers

Charli D’Amelio, the 16 year-old dance student and TikTok sensation was awarded $100,000 from TikTok when she reached 100 million followers in November of...

When The Masses First Started To Read Widely…

"It has recently been argued that reading novels, especially epistolary novels, helped people in the 18th century to put themselves in other people’s shoes,...

Big Publishing’s New Editors

"By the time that America’s reckoning on race reached a fever pitch last year, publishing was months into a messy upheaval of its own....

How The Indianapolis Museum Went Wrong (By The Guy Who Used To Run It)

"Every decision made by Charles Venable over the past decade seemed to be in service of remaking a museum founded in the 19th century...

English National Opera Announces Return To Live Performances With A Bang

Some might say tackling Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle during a pandemic is folly. English National Opera, announcing the plan on Wednesday, believes the...

A Time Of Reckoning For Cultural Organizations

"For institutions that have historically enjoyed a certain level of prestige, these calls for reexamination of (and accountability for) their charitable purposes may be...

Why Should We Trust Smiles When They’re So Easy To Fake?

"The trouble is that smiling is easy to do. If flashing a smile can so easily convey good intent, it could be ‘hacked’ by...

Gérard Depardieu Formally Charged With Rape And Sexual Assault

"An actor in her 20s … accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August...

Pandemic Has Knocked Out Oscar Campaign Season, So Awards May Get Weird

"The process helps winnow the field of competing films for upcoming awards shows, a kind of hive mind forming around the season's leading...

UK Museum Workers’ Unions Fear Boris Johnson’s Government Wants To ‘Airbrush’ British History

"Prospect, the FDA union and PCS union wrote that their members were 'deeply worried' that the government was challenging the independence of museums and...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Backbone Of San Francisco’s Literary Scene, Dead At 101

A poet in his own right as well as proprietor of the bookstore and publishing house City Lights, Ferlinghetti became famous in 1957 when...

Commercial Art Galleries In UK Can Reopen Before Museums Do, And Museum Folks Are...

"Museum and gallery leaders in England have expressed anger, disappointment and bafflement at why commercial art galleries – which count as non-essential shops –...

“Black Art’s” Blackout: Who’s Absent from HBO’s Survey of “Today’s Top African American Artists”?

Although it gives us fascinating inside-the-studio glimpses of several important artists at work, Black Art: In the Absence of Light insufficiently illuminates the depth...

Facebook Ends Australia News Ban After Deal With Government

The the government may not apply the code to Facebook if the company can demonstrate it has signed enough deals with media outlets...