“Minds are not made by nervous systems alone but rather by nervous systems in cooperation with many other and far older living systems of our body, including metabolic, endocrine, immune and circulatory systems. Nervous systems are late-comers in evolution. They are useful servants of the older life systems
More than the deluge of personal detail, the chief problem with biography is that the fundamental precepts are wrong, the principles too rigid. For the idea always seems to be that by gathering and establishing facts, cataloguing testimonies and anecdotes, each life can be made a perfect whole — that the objective biographer will see to it that there has been a plan or pattern, and dignity is conferred. I disagree. Why should a personality hang together?
On Monday, artist Nikolas Bentel will auction off a Robert Rauschenberg print for, he hopes, $20,000. Except it won’t a Robert Rauschenberg print anymore. It will be covered in advertisements for people and firms—including a graphic depiction of a six-inch penis—that Bentel has attracted to his mission to destroy a Rauschenberg and create a new work of art.
Daniel Weiss was paid $670,066 in 2016 as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and received a housing allowance that brought his total compensation package to $901,671, according to the Met’s 2016 tax filing, the latest available. Suzanne Brenner, the Met’s senior VP and chief investment officer, got a $470,313 bonus, bringing her total compensation to $1.3 million, according to the records obtained by The Post.
Maria Contreras-Sweet and her investors group have a plan: “to turn the rubble of Harvey Weinstein’s former New York-based studio into a new, female-focused film and TV company run by women. If the plan works, it would be an unprecedented turnaround for a badly tarnished company and possibly even set an example for the male-dominated entertainment industry.”
Her last lawsuit against Hollywood made case law, establishing protection for workers in personal services contracts – and helped break the studio system. Now, if this lawsuit against FX and Ryan Murphy goes anywhere, it will also be huge: “That upends the film industry, the TV industry, the video game industry. Anyone who is trying to make stories based on true events with real people are not going to be able to do so without permission.”
The studio, which funded last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight and this year’s Florida Project … and Lady Bird as well. But “how has the company so quickly created such a strong consumer identity, with analysts saying that fans are starting to buy tickets simply because they see A24’s retro logo on a trailer?” It’s a mystery (deliberately so).
How does it hold up? Hm; the Gen-Xers who discuss it here are mostly bemused. “I don’t quite understand how young audiences would have seen Benjamin’s stupefaction in the face of a future beyond his control as righteous—or even particularly rebellious. There’s really nothing countercultural about running off with the pretty girl next door.”
But he wasn’t just famous for MASH: “The actor, with his educated, resonant intonations — though he did not share Major Winchester’s Boston Brahmin accent — was much in demand for narration and voiceover work, and for efforts as the narrator and as of Disney’s enormous hit animated film Beauty and the Beast, he shared a Grammy win for best recording for children and another nomination for album of the year.”