Many copies of the letter were made, and two differing versions exist — one that was sent to the Inquisition in Rome and another with less inflammatory language. But because the original letter was assumed to be lost, it wasn’t clear whether incensed clergymen had doctored the letter to strengthen their case for heresy — something Galileo complained about to friends — or whether Galileo wrote the strong version, then decided to soften his own words.
A visit to the Brain Museum at India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, where guests can see and touch whole brains, slices of brain, healthy brains, and brains with all manner of pathologies. (One is full of holes made by a tapeworm.) Writes Maya Prabhu, “I feel like I’m in some kind of eccentric petting zoo.”
Many experts on cultural democracy have suggested that the Arts Council has misunderstood the idea. Community arts specialist François Matarasso made a distinction between the democratisation of culture and cultural democracy. He told AP that the former is a policy – “an initiative as a cultural organisation or as a national body to promote access to culture”. By contrast, he said cultural democracy “is a process, not a state, like democracy itself, in which we negotiate what we believe to be valuable. I don’t think it’s something that you can achieve through policy or initiatives at a national level or at an institutional level.”
Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s immersive installation DAU, scheduled to open on October 12 as part of the Berliner Festspiele, was to include a mini-East Berlin, complete with a checkpoint requiring papers, bounded by a replica of part of the barrier that once divided East and West Berlin. The city government says that it has refused permission for the project because there’s not enough time to build it safely, but many locals argue that they’ve had quite enough of walls, thank you.
What can celebrated writers teach the rest of us about the art of writing a great sentence? A common piece of writing advice is to make your sentences plain, unadorned and invisible. George Orwell gave this piece of advice its epigram: “Good prose is like a windowpane.” A reader should notice the words no more than someone looking through glass notices the glass. Except that you do notice the glass.
One book survey found that the average number of pages had increased from 320 to 400 pages between 1999 and 2014. Some think that the shift to digital formats has contributed, not least in removing the fear of being crushed beneath your duvet by your bedtime reading. Val McDermid, another of the judges, cited the inexperience of editors; commercial pressures which deny them the time they need to spend on books; and the unwillingness of writers to listen.
“I am not at all shy about how much personally I love it as a show. But for me, understanding what’s problematic about it helps me appreciate it more and helps me understand more what is possible.”
David DiChiera belongs on the Mount Rushmore of contemporary Detroit. With his beloved city at its nadir in the 1970s and ’80s, he dared to imagine a future that was audaciously optimistic and inextricably linked to the arts and downtown Detroit. He promised to build an opera house and a major opera company from scratch in a city better known for producing Chevys than “Carmens.” Most people thought he was nuts. But then he accomplished everything he said he would do.
Rather than potentially wiping out humanity, as some high profile futurists like Elon Musk have warned is a possibility, A.I. could increase our lifespan tenfold.
First, the author’s heirs have to want that – and they have to pick the new author carefully. (Often they do want it because, well, money.) One author got good advice from a friend: “He said, ‘Reed, I’m a huge Elvis fan and I’ve seen the greatest Elvis impersonators in the world. And sadly, there’s two things they cannot escape. First, no matter how good their act, I always know it’s not really Elvis. Second, they can never do anything new.'”
Kyle Abraham feels like a ballet outsider – after all, he’s known for his work in modern dance. But he also feels the pressure of representation: “He is the first black artist in more than a decade to create a new work for the company, and just the seventh in its 70-year history. (In a repertory with more than 400 ballets, just 10 are credited or co-credited to black choreographers.)”
The Grey’s Anatomy star made headlines by leaning in last year, and she says, “Women approached me on the street in tears — crying — and it is really interesting how as women we are really not used to, or accustomed to being forceful and asking for what we want, or asking for what we deserve, or speaking up, or speaking our mind.” But after a couple of other cast members were written off the show, the tone of fan response changed.
Stage directors with chest pains, 26 outdoor performances canceled or moved inside, and at least $2 million in lost revenue hit the festival this year, with four wildfires burning for months nearby. What does the festival’s “smoke team” plan for next year?
It’s almost like there’s a network of harassers. Yes: This is a story about sexual harassers all the way down, including one of the guys tasked with reviewing, and then rejecting, Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein for NBC.
Mark Steines says he was fired when he supported women who said they were sexually harassed at the channel. “Steines alleges that the Hallmark Channel allowed [Woody] Fraser, the Home & Family executive producer, to create a ‘vulgar, demeaning and hostile work environment, especially for women.’ He also accuses Fraser of ‘running a fear-based operation’ in which he regularly ‘bullied, verbally abused and harassed cast and crew members.'”
Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen announced on Friday that “film productions with anywhere from four to eight women in key positions would be eligible for a higher government subsidy.” She said, “When things don’t change by themselves, or do so too slowly, it’s up to us to bring about change.”
A lot of docents are going to have to revamp their faintly salacious Baroque art tours – but only slightly, because the researchers found, through analysis of Caravaggio’s teeth, that the sepsis set in from an infected sword wound.
As part of a Wall Street Journal column, Terry Teachout considers what it means to have 3D reproductions of Van Gogh paintings in the mall.
But that’s only because a judge overruled the country’s film board, which had said that the film – about a lesbian romance – “was an attempt to ‘legitimize lesbianism’ in the East African nation, where homosexuality is illegal.” The ban is lifted for one week only, which will make the film eligible for the Academy Awards.
Artist Steven Kutcher, who paints various bugs’ (and tarantulas’) feet and then creates larger paintings based on the trails: “My favorite artists are the good ones. They created new languages.”
Wait, what? Yes: “The Met hopes to decamp from the Whitney Museum’s former flagship building in 2020. The Frick would become the new temporary tenant to 2023.”
Indeed, the French New Wave filmmaker is still a sort of “punk monk” despite failing eyesight and difficulty walking. Varda says not to patronize her: “I am still alive, I am still curious. I should not be treated like an old piece of rotting flesh!”
No, Mr. Buruma, it wasn’t that you “blew up” on Twitter when angry readers of your New York Times Review of Books found an essay by an accused – though acquitted – sexual abuser headlining the magazine. It wasn’t even your flippant interview with Slate that sealed your fate. It was the lack of editing. “Accuracy aside, the piece Buruma found so ‘interesting’ is, actually, unbearably trite. As a literary personal essay, it is a failure, written in abstract and bland language, drowning under the weight of vague therapeutic bromides.”
The stories of the 45-ton set’s missteps are legion, but, “after spending months in the shop, it should be ready to go for another spin this spring, Met officials hope.”
The trend, which started when the series gained popularity in 2011, hasn’t really slowed. (And many, many babies from 2017 were named Leia to honor Carrie Fisher.)
Let’s be clear: Long books are fine. Long-winded books? Not so much. (Still, the Booker Prize judges have rather a lot to read.)
Once the playwright started to really make it, he bought a house in Key West, and – along with writing plays – he painted. “Throughout the 1970s, tourists walked past the house, where he sold paintings — sometimes not yet dry — over his fence. More than once, he arrived at a dinner with a fresh canvas under his arm as a gift.”
In an unusual game of musical chairs, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Frick Collection announced today (21 September) that the Met will vacate the Brutalist Breuer building on Madison Avenue in 2020. Its departure will make way for the Frick to move in late that year while its mansion undergoes a renovation and expansion five blocks away.
For some time now, Alastair — who celebrated 40 years of reviewing this May — has wanted to spend more time in Britain, his home country; scale back on his daily reviewing responsibilities; and work on a variety of projects, including teaching and lecturing at Juilliard, the 92 Street Y and City Center, and a research fellowship with the Center for Ballet and the Arts.
“According to a new set of draft rules released Thursday, Beijing regulators will outlaw the broadcast of foreign TV shows during prime time and limit the volume of imported content that streams on China’s fast-growing video platforms. As justification for the rules, regulators cited the ‘protection of social stability’ and the need to guard against content that ‘deviates from core socialist values.'”