Amanda Moniz of the National Museum of American History writes about the Hutchinson Family Singers (who campaigned for the abolition of slavery), the Fisk Jubilee Singers (who raised funds for Fisk University, which was founded to educate former slaves), and the concerts by the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston to benefit Russian Jewish refugees.
Yes, it should be done respectfully and sensitively, writes the longtime ABT principal, now director of The Washington Ballet, but it’s far better than stringing a dancer along and letting him or her stagnate and get frustrated.
“Sinha, who has a Radio 4 show and is a regular contributor to ITV’s quiz show The Chase, labelled Scottish writer Kate Copstick a ‘sociopathic bully’ after she responded angrily to being refused entry to his show. The Scotsman critic wanted to see his show’s only preview night in the city.”
For three decades, Mr. Cavett was the thinking person’s Johnny Carson, embodiment of an East Coast sophisticate. He wore smart turtlenecks and double-breasted blazers, had more cultural references than a Google server and laced martini-dry witticisms into lengthy, probing talks with 20th-century luminaries including Bette Davis, James Baldwin, Mick Jagger and Jean-Luc Godard. A Renaissance salon in a rabbit-ears era, “The Dick Cavett Show” was woke some 50 years before the term came into vogue.
Joseph Horowitz, whose Understanding Toscanini (1987) deals extensively with the American career of Wilhelm Furtwängler, traditionally seen as an artistic opposite pole to Arturo Toscanini, reviews Roger Allen’s Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical.
“A modern-dance choreographer sometimes needs a vocabulary as inventive as her steps.”
“The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, which is operated by the Stony Brook Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising agency of Stony Brook University, attracted hundreds of visitors per day to the Springs Fireplace Road site. A record 350 people visited the home one day last year, center director Helen Harrison said.” Now, after complaints, the visitors are limited to three tours of 12 people, three days a week.
Viet Thanh Nguyen: “Seeing my son reading, I realize he is taking one step further on his own road to independence, to being a border-crosser, someone who makes his own decisions, including what he reads and what he believes. Perhaps that’s why seeing him read on his own is tinged with melancholy. I remember my own loss and I sense the loss that is yet to come, when he is no longer all mine.”
Stewart, who last played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a 2002 movie, said, “During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how ‘The Next Generation’ brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. … I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason — to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”
Was there a characteristically German cultural-philosophical mind-set that helped produce Hitler, and did Fürtwangler embody it?
When journalist Frank Scully met Luigi Pirandello before WWII, they talked about Mussolini.
We have cognitive biases – like weighting something that will happen soon over something that will happen in the future – and they can mess us up. “A solid group of 100 or so biases has been repeatedly shown to exist, and can make a hash of our lives.” Is there a way to use our own cognitive biases to mitigate that potential mess?
Jason Reynolds, who produces high-quality, award-winning young adult books (and now middle grade books too) at an astonishing clip, explains his strategy to get kids reading: “Young people – especially young men – it’s not that they hate reading, it’s that they hate boredom. So my thing was: I need to write a story that is interesting, that is gripping, that can connect to them and their experiences, and write something that’s not very intimidating.”
Here’s the theory: “We live, at the moment, in a country where basic rights are really being violated. … There’s a real need to understand how video can help people prove what happened.” (But videographers and photographers need to defend their rights to film and take photos, too.)
Think about Call Me By Your Name or Sag Harbor, for instance. “At its most basic, this means a release from the usual constraints, although at the same time summer provides a usefully closed system.”
His team raced today to save as many sculptures and other artworks as possible as excavators clawed holes in the walls. “They came and started knocking down the windows today without telling us beforehand. There’s still so much stuff inside.”
“To proclaim judgment prematurely shuts down any hope of respectful dialogue. We cannot come to a mutual understanding without a spirit of generosity and empathy (full disclosure: I need to remind myself of this too). To create lasting, systemic changes, we first need to be able to talk to each other. In our increasingly divided society, filled with echo chambers, we need to build our ranks, not cut ourselves off at the pass.”