Friday, September 17, 2021

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Tag: 06.14.21

A Social History Of The Asterisk

By the eighteenth century the asterisk was being deployed as a sort of censorship, covering up letters to represent a d**n vulgar word without...

Why There Are So Few Skyscrapers In Europe

Of the 218 skyscrapers constructed on the continent to date, 66% of them are located in just five cities – London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow...

What Culture Do Nations Own and What Belongs To The World?

The idea that “each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world,” codified in the Hague Convention of 1954, has proved particularly...

Actors’ Equity And Producers Settle On COVID Safety Rules For Broadway Tours

"The 17-page agreement says that producers must require all members of the traveling company to be fully vaccinated and mandates free weekly virus tests....

Using Dance To Heal Rape Survivors In Congo

"'I started doing this because of the girls who came to us in a state of silence. They were raped at a young age...

Jennifer Packer Talks About How Painting Works

I’ve never seen a painting that looked real, but I’ve seen paintings that felt real. - Cultured Magazine

‘A Star Is Born’: The History Of The Asterisk

The little mark's use in texts goes back at least to Aristarchus, the second-century BC compiler and editor of Homer's epics; it continued through...

‘Midcentury Modern’ Was A Thing In American Classical Music, Too

"Composers from that same time period, say, the '30s to the '60s — the likes of Walter Piston, Roy Harris, Elliott Carter, George Perle,...

Notre-Dame In Paris Needs More Millions To Rebuild After Fire

In the months after the catastrophic 2019 blaze, more than €800 million was raised to reconstruct the 13th-century cathedral. Why is the Diocese of...

Copyright Board Changes Streaming Fees

CRB hiked the current rate 17% from the current $0.18 for every 100 songs streamed on on-subscription advertising-supported webcasts to $0.21. - Inside Radio

Tech Was About Disruption. Now It’s “Build Better”?

Taken seriously, the essay seemed to be suggesting an entirely new version of Silicon Valley: a movement away from making software to support existing...

Relaxed COVID Restriction? That’s Still A Problem For Venues

While venues try to maintain pre-pandemic ticket prices and the availability of shows by offering multiple gigs on the same day, their economic viability...

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...

Hello, Toscanini. And Hello, Doris Day — Hiding out from 2021 in the 1950s

On many days lately, the last places I've wanted to be are 2020 and 2021. I've been retreating to the 1950s, creating in my...

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...

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...

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 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...

Grappling With The Ethics Of Regulating Artificial Intelligence

"Scientists have to deal with this uneasy balance between being free to do what they like and needing to face the consequences of their...

Boston Merges Ballet And Virtual Reality

It's impressively intimate: "As you stand in the middle of an undulating semi-circle of bodies, each moving with snakelike ports de bras, you discover...