Seven months after the death of Joan, his wife of almost 70 years, beset with pneumonia, the apparent victim of gross financial malfeasance and surrounded by a panoply of Hollywood charlatans and mountebanks, he may be facing his greatest challenge, every bit the equal of any of the psychologically flawed superheroes he helped shepherd into being. According to one insider with working knowledge of Lee’s current situation, “It’s a real fucking mess over there. I think his money will be gone in a few weeks… Stan and [his daughter] JC are literally being picked apart by vultures.”
Among other provisions, the bill would eliminate the position of state secretary for Education and the Arts, which is currently held by Gayle Manchin, wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The bill passed the state House by a vote of 60-36, with Democrats opposing the plan that they say will destroy public funding for the arts in the state. “This is going to destroy arts in West Virginia,” Del. Larry Rowe (D) said. “Always, always the first thing to be cut is the arts.”
They need to allow their audience to narrow to those folks who actually care about movies, and stop trying to appease the viewers who only tune in when massive hits they’ve already bought and paid for are nominated. They also need not to worry about impressing the cinephiles and auteurs and other people who use French words to sound smart, because those people will always find something to scoff at and they won’t buy tickets to “The Post” anyway. Essentially, Oscar needs to just do Oscar and things will probably end up just fine.
The 65-year-old member of show-business royalty – she’s the daughter of Judy Garland and the half-sister of Liza Minnelli – was performing at a London jazz club when she started forgetting her patter and the lyrics to her songs. Shortly after the show ended, she collapsed backstage and was taken to a hospital, where the initial diagnosis was made.
The woman who wrote the “Overlooked” New York Times obit for Plath says, “The obituary I was going to write would be very different from the obituary we would have written when Plath died. In some ways, I think, it turned out to be more true to who she really was.”
Instead, of, say, No Country for Old Men, this genre pulls from a different strand of thought. “Solarpunk prioritizes hope and resilience in the face of the climate crisis. The stories in each collection are typically set in futures where solar energy takes center stage. Many are utopian. Others are post-apocalyptic, and these articulate a Solarpunk attitude in their portrayals of humanity’s battle to renew the Earth.”
The first season of his new company is all white men, and last week, the former director of the National Theatre got mad at those who suggested it should be more diverse – and of course the hit out at quotas. But, says one theatre scholar, Quotas are not about “compromising quality. We are not virtue signalling, ticking boxes, doing fiddly, pointless maths. We are recognizing that centuries of bias have just made it easier to see the worth in the work of white men and have given them readier access to the qualifications and awards and opportunities that serve as shorthand for skill. We are saying that since everyone says they’re committed to diversity but it still isn’t happening, maybe we need some simple rubrics to hold everyone accountable.”
Led by photographer Nan Goldin, who was addicted to OxyContin for three years, “protesters brandished black banners with the phrases ‘Shame on Sackler’ and ‘Fund Rehab’ and hurled yellow pill bottles with white labels that read ‘OxyContin’ and ‘prescribed to you by the Sacklers’ into the wing’s reflecting pool.”
Whew, what? The theatre teacher was fired after he made fake Facebook profiles to try to get into Facebook groups where parents – whose kids apparently weren’t even into, or in, theatre – were possibly maligning him. That came when the school was in the middle of rehearsals for As You Like It – so the teacher’s wife carried on as director. And the kids are very, verrrrrrry unhappy with their school. “This issue became all consuming. Some kids weren’t coming to school. There were arguments, and it was distracting from their learning, it was very disruptive.”
“‘Katy Perry, please stop,’ [Sister Catherine Rose Holzman] said on Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Please stop trying to buy the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s convent, even though the nuns had gone to court to block the sale. ‘It’s not doing anyone any good,’ Holzman said, then walked into a courtroom, collapsed and died.”
The poet won praise everywhere. “Stanley Kunitz once praised her ‘brilliant nervosity’ and ‘taste for the fantastic.’ Tracy K. Smith, the current United States poet laureate, who was a student of Ms. Brock-Broido’s at Columbia University, said in a telephone interview, ‘She was just a full-force, wonderful presence of creativity, magic, belief and reverence for poetry.’ Ms. Brock-Broido called her style something simpler: ‘feral.'”
Tomi Adeyemi was inspired to write the young adult fantasy book while she was in a gift shop in Brazil. “The African gods and goddesses were depicted in such a beautiful and sacred way … it really made me think about all the beautiful images we never see featuring black people,” she says. So she created a book with those images, not just for her younger self but also to correct fantasy’s imbalance.
The forced demolitions of thousands of migrants workers’ homes isn’t a quiet process in China. The artists are making sure of that. “Musicians are performing rap songs that take aim at overzealous bureaucrats. Poets are condemning apathy and inequality in society. Painters are using scenes of devastation to denounce the harsh treatment of struggling families.”
Do authors have any rights with their deathbed wishes for literary executors? Somtimes. “Slavish obedience is one route for an executor, defiance for the sake of literature another. When several parties are involved, each jealously possessive of the author, things get trickier.”
Virtual reality museums are almost too real – and new tools to make the art look 3D, plus some collectors eager to share their own work with people at a great remove, mean that anyone with a smartphone and a headset can have a pretty strong encounter the art. Also: “You never have to think about security, insurance or transport fees or any of that. No plumbing or building codes.”