Built into the standard conception of rationality are two fundamental assumptions. The first is that there is a best way for any life to be. The second is a more technical assumption – I’ll call it the Axiom of Transitivity for Better Than – which holds that for any three choices, if the first option is better than the second, and the second option is better than the third, then the first option must be better than the third.
For all categories of information — politics, entertainment, business and so on — we found that false stories spread significantly farther, faster and more broadly than did true ones. Falsehoods were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted, even when controlling for the age of the original tweeter’s account, its activity level, the number of its followers and followees, and whether Twitter had verified the account as genuine.
“The Civil War memorial secretary was widely embraced as a folk art treasure. Fashioned from walnut, maple and oak, it was said to have been created circa 1876 to honor John Bingham, a Union infantryman who had fallen at Antietam. … The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford purchased the work and gave it prominent display.” Until last year, that is. And now the forger has (proudly) confessed.
The feverish nature of the art market during the Second World War, and ever since, offers at least one straightforward reason for both the Nazi art theft itself and for why items have never been restituted. “There is no cultural genre in which money plays as big a role as visual arts,” Rein Wolfs, the director of the Bonn Museum of Modern Art, told me. “Dance, or theater, they aren’t about goods. But art, it’s about goods. There’s so much confusion around it because there’s so much money involved.”
The internet has made the pace of language change much, much faster. “Now that every English speaker in the world can talk to every other English speaker in the world, the virus is mutating vociferously. The modern grievance airer must keep pace.”
These awards happened this weekend, and yes: “If the Grammys are out of touch, the iHeartRadio awards are almost too in touch, celebrating the most popular of popular music and rejecting stuff that’s unnecessarily hip or cool.” (Er … unnecessarily?)
Matthew Ball “was asked to rush back to the Royal Opera House and dance a key role in Giselle, a part he had performed only once before, after the American star David Hallberg injured himself during the first act. It had been Hallberg’s long-awaited comeback, almost three years after a devastating foot injury.”
The space was used for storage until, well, recently, when they took up the floorboards, only to find literally centuries worth of detritus – including many different centuries of stained glass blown in by bombs (or simple breakage).
Sickeningly, the Nazi-looted art led to a boom in the global art market from 1941 onward. They stole so very, very much art to fund the war effort: “In the decade leading up to 1945, it’s estimated that the Nazis stole one-fifth of all the artworks in Europe.”
There was, as we all know, a famous glitch in the delivery of Moonlight‘s Best Picture Oscar, and Jenkins was so overwhelmed at the time that he didn’t get to read his speech. So at this week’s South by Southwest Festival, he read it. He added quite a bit, as well – for instance: “When I looked back at those kids, sitting in my chair … watching me make this film that’s gonna go on to win Best Picture, I see they see in me the dream I never allowed myself to have. It floored me.”
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, March 6 through 25. Eran Bugge and Michael Trusnovec in Paul Taylor’s Roses. Photo: Paul B. Goode When Paul Taylor’s Roses premiered in 1985, fake petals drifted … read more
AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2018-03-10
Weekend Listening Tip: SRJO On Brubeck And Desmond
Jazz Northwest airs at 2 PM PST Sunday on KNKX-FM in the Seattle-Tacoma region. It streams online at knkx.org … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-03-09
Replay: Tony Bennett and Dave McKenna perform “The Very Thought of You”
Tony Bennett and Dave McKenna perform Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You” at Boston’s Copley Plaza Hotel in 1982: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in … read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2018-03-09
Sultanof On His Big Band Book
A few weeks ago the Rifftides Monday Recommendation was Jeff Sultanof’s new book Experiencing Big Band Jazz. You can read the recommendation here. Sultanof (pictured right) was recently the guest on Michael … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-03-08
The Liverpool Museums have created about 40 suitcases full of mementos that help people with declining memory and function regain some understanding of the world around them. “Themes include transportation, the natural world and ethnicity; for example, Irish and Afro-Caribbean people are among the groups represented. One suitcase contains items like fliers from early Gay Pride marches and club nights; photos of venues in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s; and a pair of brown suede Hush Puppies, which some gay men wore to spot each other at a time when homosexuality still had not been decriminalized in Britain.”