Its primary accomplishment is its bluntness, reflected in the subtitle A Candid Look at Broadway. No writer has better captured the way theater insiders actually talk about their craft. Goldman listens in on artists discussing how to fix shows out of town, to curmudgeonly patrons and critics on the aisle, and to producers working out how to make money—even on flops. Goldman never wrote another book about the theater, and he wrote this one with the unmistakable swagger and detail of someone who can burn every bridge because he knows that his subsequent career will be elsewhere.
In just a few minutes of mental wandering, you have made several distinct round trips from past to future: forward a week to the important meeting, forward a year or more to the house in the new neighborhood, backward five hours to today’s meeting, forward six months, backward five years, forward a few weeks. You’ve built chains of cause and effect connecting those different moments; you’ve moved seamlessly from actual events to imagined ones. And as you’ve navigated through time, your brain and body’s emotional system has generated distinct responses to each situation, real and imagined. The whole sequence is a master class in temporal gymnastics.
The Showbox is nothing special architecturally, but it has been home to a generation of music fans. Now the venue is in danger of being torn down for a highrise. “The city is now trying to say, ‘Oops we made a mistake,’ after people have invested and relied upon the zoning. Then this is what you get in response. You get lawsuits.”
“In the year 2000, there were seven major teen magazines publishing monthly; now, there are none. This makes me feel incredibly old, but even so: I am glad that teen magazines are dead.” As Seventeen and Teen Vogue, the last survivors of the genre, go out of print, Rebecca Onion argues that this is a healthy development.
“Project 440 is the brainchild of Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who often explains to people that yes, he does operate a music organization that doesn’t teach music.” Says Conyers, “The arts can play a pivotal role in underserved communities, giving kids opportunities, giving them things that they keep for the rest of their lives.”
“As a shift begins, they pass into the cloakroom to put on their uniforms — tuxedos with burgundy lapels, worn shiny from use. Forty-two work any given performance, each at once a rule keeper, hand holder, problem solver, diplomat.”
“Bleckner claims the relationship was personal and consensual in nature, and alleges that [Cody] Gilman attempted to extort him by making false claims of sexual harassment. Gilman, for his part, contends that the relationship was professional and that he was subject to inappropriate sexual behavior by the artist and had been attempting to reach an out-of-court settlement.”
If we are to heal the divides of the contemporary historical moment, we should give away the fiction that reason alone has ever held the day. The present warrants criticism, but it will do no good if it’s based on a myth about some glorious, dispassionate past that never was.
“I want to give them that magic that is hearing yourself on headphones for the first time. Like, that is a spiritual experience. If you are an artist, if you are a rapper, a singer and you hear your voice on headphones for the first time, that’s God right there.”
Díaz removed himself as board president in May, after “writer Zinzi Clemmons accused Mr. Díaz of forcibly kissing her when she was a graduate student at Columbia University, prompting a divisive debate within the literary world over Mr. Díaz’s actions and whether he should be held accountable.” The Pulitzer Prize board said it found no reason to remove the novelist from the board.
All you need is a high-quality cable subscription or high-speed internet and a subscription to HBO’s standalone service, and you too can see that “we may balk at seeing the economy of post-war Italy, which operated under quite different conditions, as an object lesson in the failings of capitalism for Americans today. But the way capital works in the neighborhood’s marketplaces should look familiar in many ways.”
He visited twice, and though he shaped New York opera, he was also shaped by the city. “Puccini’s New York visits were filled with incident and intrigue, success and frustration. They are reminders that golden ages may not always sparkle as brightly to those who live through them.”
The fate of his collection remains embroiled in legal controversy after his death, but his “Movie Material Store is said to be New York’s last film memorabilia shop of a certain type: an overstuffed place where customers can come and talk cinema but might need help finding what they’re after.”
The man who made the villain in Black Panther deeply attractive and is now starring in Rocky sequel Creed II isn’t exactly resting on his laurels. “‘I thought once I got enough money to buy a house and a car that I would be happy,’ Jordan said. ‘But why do I still feel unsatisfied? Why am I so hungry?'”
Wait, what? Lowry was expected to retire after the new extension opened next year. And: “The extension comes as a surprise, since MoMA had long had a policy that ‘chief curators and other senior managers’ should retire at 65. In a 2014 interview with The New York Times, Mr. Lowry said he planned to respect the rule. ‘We have a policy of senior staff at this institution retiring at or around 65, and I don’t intend to break that policy,’ he said. ‘I’ll do my best between now and then.'”
Read any “quantifying” study of success in the arts with a skeptical eye.
That’s not without its challenges: “Directing singers is a very particular art: Try to make them move too precisely to the music, and some of them look like unmotivated marionettes, the more so if they have to share the stage with dancers.”
OK, FilmStruck will soon be no more, and everyone who loves movies is pretty angry about that. But the Criterion Channel has decided – probably because of thousands of tweets, right? or the more than 50,000 people who signed a Change.org petition – to launch its own streaming service in the spring. “Like FilmStruck, Criterion Channel will have its own supplemental programming for movie buffs, featuring cinema luminaries and behind-the-scenes footage.”
Patricia Ione Lloyd is acutely aware both of image and of the limits of what image can do in a world that’s not as kind as it should be to queer women of color. “The stories that people tell themselves about black women or black queer women or poor women, those are myths, but people still hold onto them. I’m really trying to tell myself different stories about myself that can help me move through the world in a more powerful way.”
Why? Big budget Oscar bait, basically.
The Essex council claim they can close a third of the libraries and turn the others into volunteer-run services and still make sure their patrons have “24/7” service. Uh.
Before October, people could buy movies on the platform, but now? It’s … kind of like TV movies in the 1970s and 1980s. “‘Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?’ says Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube. ‘It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers.'”
Goldman wrote screenplays for many a film, and the book and screenplay for Marathon Man and The Princess Bride; but “despite being one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, [he] was an outspoken critic of the movie industry.”
In an attention economy, controversy has value. It’s no exaggeration to say these political battles within CanLit now dominate the discussion of Canadian writers and writing. The “appropriation prize” controversy, for example, blew up in a journal that few people had ever heard of much less read, and yet it garnered an enormous amount of national media coverage. And, while Joseph Boyden is a bestselling, award-winning novelist, he is probably better known today for questions raised about whether or not he qualifies as an Indigenous author.
Apparently, after my story came out, crowds of people started coming in the restaurant, people in from out of town, or from the suburbs, basically just non-regulars. And as the lines started to build up, his employees — who were mainly family members — got stressed out, and the stress would cause them to not be as friendly as they should be, or to shout out crazy long wait times for burgers in an attempt to maybe convince people to leave, and as this started happening, things fell by the wayside.
Howard Sherman surveys the current landscape, where experienced critics discarded by legacy publications are now turning up at high-quality websites, and, though an imbalance remains, a few of those legacy outlets have hired younger female and nonwhite writers. (Sherman seems to have forgotten about Hilton Als, though.)
Over the past century we’ve vastly increased the time and money invested in science, but in scientists’ own judgement we’re producing the most important breakthroughs at a near-constant rate. On a per-dollar or per-person basis, this suggests that science is becoming far less efficient.
Arvo Pärt is the master of implying far more than he says. At its most spare, his music seems to barely exist. And that’s probably why I’ve had such a long road to fully appreciating this internationally acclaimed composer. But on Monday night, I finally arrived — and then some.
“Pop was a child of the 20th century, a form carried on gloriously uniform products that embodied their time just as perfectly as Henry Ford’s Model T did. Those were the days when capitalism was as democratic and egalitarian as it has ever got, and the products – or rather phenomena – at its heart were all the better for it.” No longer. Increasingly, pop culture experiences are only for the rich, only if you can afford to pay great sums…