The worn copy of Soul on Ice, with a detached cover and a hole in the title page, had been due at the Eureka Valley branch of the San Francisco Public Library on Dec. 9, 1970, “If SFPL didn’t cap late fees at $10.01, the fine would have been $1,731.70.”
The magazine has never done investigative journalism, and it’s been a bit overwhelmed by the number of serious, credible incidents it has heard about since senior editor Diep Tran asked for stories. “We opted to share with major news outlets the names of survivors, with their permission; these publications later produced high-profile news reports that resulted in the accused perpetrators leaving or being removed from their positions.” But there’s a lot more to write about.
“The idea of a public library — where anyone in the community is trusted to borrow books, often for long stretches of time, for free, ad infinitum — is fairly magical. Where else do you get something for nothing? Which is not even to mention the many programs, study space, use of computers, and other perks that most public libraries offer. Basically, what I’m saying is: libraries should be even more popular than they are — but some of them are pretty popular already.”
Ramsey shot to viral fame on YouTube, got a deal with MTV, and worked on the “Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” That’s a lot, in a little bit of time. Now she’s ready to stop engaging as much online. “The internet contains a cacophony of voices, said Ms. Ramsey, adding: ‘If you want to be a creative in any field, at some point you have to stop listening to what everybody else is saying about what you’re doing and just do.'”
The National Gallery announced on Thursday it will not pay a penalty itself for withdrawing the 1929 work The Eiffel Tower from auction, the proceeds of which it had planned to use to buy a Jacques-Louis David painting from a Quebec church. The gallery said an unidentified donor had agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Christie’s auction house to release the work.
“With exposure can come brutality in the form of hate tweets and irate emails. Expect more of them if you stick your neck out. Some of us find this to be a minimal irritant and easily ignored. For others, it could be significant, especially considering the tendency for women and minorities in the public eye to attract Internet trolls.”
Peter Marks: “It is every patron’s right, I suppose, to consume theater in any way they see fit, as long as it is not a nuisance to others. The steady mechanical breath of sleep can be an audible distraction at a quiet play, and yes, a throat clearing or a whispered word of correction is required if snoring commences. But the greater injustice, it seems to me, is the one unconscious theatergoers do to themselves. Buying a $100 seat is an inordinately expensive way to take a nap. Is every theater piece really that dull to some percentage of the crowd, I wonder, or are we just coming to public events ever more sleep-deprived? “
“Researchers at Sydney’s Macquarie University … trained juvenile Port Jackson sharks to swim over to where jazz was playing, to receive food. It has been thought that sharks have learned to associate the sound of a boat engine with food, because food is often thrown from tourist boats to attract sharks to cage-diving expeditions – the study shows that they can learn these associations quickly. The test was made more complex with the addition of classical music – this confused the sharks, who couldn’t differentiate between jazz and classical.”
“He has made movement based on the revving of a lawn mower, the popping of toast from a toaster, the tentative resting of a head on a shoulder. His style is hyperathletic – galloping solos that last for 10 straight minutes, high jumps reminiscent of basketball players’ reaching for the hoop – but it retains a roughness around its edges.”
“That settlement means that the play, with a new script by the prominent Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will be allowed to go forward.” In March, Lee executor Tonja Carter sued lead producer Scott Rudin, claiming Sorkin’s script violated their contract; in April, Rudin countersued for at least $10 million, saying that Carter’s suit could cause the play’s cancellation and the loss of investors’ money.
Over what will have been 20 seasons, “Harth-Bedoya has dramatically transformed what had been a rather rough-hewn ensemble into a well-disciplined orchestra. He led the orchestra in performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center and in 13 CD recordings.”
“The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against the award-winning novelist Junot Díaz, who is stepping down as chairman, the board said on Thursday. ‘Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully with it,’ the Pulitzer board said in a statement.”
In the wake of the conductor’s sexual abuse and harassment scandal, the Met has withheld from broadcast on the satellite and online radio network all of the recorded performances Levine conducted during his 40-year career at the company. Management said that Levine’s recordings “will be reintroduced to the programming at an appropriate time.”
The Times Are Changing
Kyle Abraham’s company, A.I.M., performs at the Joyce Theater. … read more
AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-05-10
Review: Matthew Shipp Solo
Matthew Shipp, Zero, ESP
For years pianist Shipp has gone his own unconventional way. Critics have shunted him into the avant garde piano category. That’s not where he belongs. … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-05-10
Michael Pakenham, R.I.P.
Thirty-one years ago, I was a senior editor at a monthly magazine in New York, stuck (if that’s the word) in a job that didn’t satisfy me and not sure what to do about it. … read more
AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2018-05-10
Ramin Bahrani (who may not be objective, as he has directed a film adaptation of the Bradbury book): “In the novel, he imagined a world where people are entertained day and night by staring at giant wall screens in their homes. They interact with their ‘friends’ through these screens, listening to them via ‘Seashells’ – Bradbury’s version of Apple’s wireless AirPods – inserted in their ears.”
“Al-Ula [province] is home to Al-Hijr, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008, currently closed to tourists and visited only by a privileged few. Located in north-west Saudi Arabia, it consists of spectacular canyons and rock-carved tombs around Mada’in Salih, once known as Hegra. The oasis was a trading outpost of the Nabataean kingdom, 550km south of its capital, Petra, in modern-day Jordan. It includes remains of the Lihyanite culture and the Roman occupation. … The ten-year deal [to develop the area for international tourism] gives France an exclusive role in a project potentially worth tens of billions of euros in an area almost the size of Belgium.”
“The ambitious season will mark the 10th anniversary of Pinter’s death by staging 20 plays over 24 weeks in the London theatre that has borne his name since 2011. The man behind the season is stage director Jamie Lloyd, who said he hoped theatregoers would feel it was a bit like collecting vinyl.”
“The history of each branch of science can be divided into three phases. The first phase is exploration, to see what nature is doing. The second phase is precise observation and measurement, to describe nature accurately. The third phase is explanation, to build theories that enable us to understand nature. Physics reached the second phase with Kepler, the third phase with Newton. Complexity science as West defines it, including economics and sociology, remained in the first phase until about the year 2000, when the era of big data began.”
Buildings long deemed passé and unsuccessful can suddenly seem fresh and intriguing to a new generation, just as yesterday’s tacky decorative designs can become tomorrow’s next cool thing. This has been evident in the steady postmillennial flow of monographs on mid-twentieth-century architects who have undergone a downward critical reversal akin to that of Yamasaki—especially Saarinen, Edward Durell Stone, and Paul Rudolph, none of whom now commands the high artistic respect they all enjoyed around 1960.