American Writers Dominate This Year’s Booker Prize List

The Booker list this year is dominated by books from American or U.S.-based authors, including “The Shadow King” by Ethiopia-born Maaza Mengiste, Diane Cook’s dystopian tale “The New Wilderness,” Avni Doshi’s India-set “Burnt Sugar” and Brandon Taylor’s campus novel “Real Life.” Only one British writer made the cut for the U.K.’s leading book prize. – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, India, Ethiopia, Words, Brandon Taylor, 09.16.20, Maaza Mengiste Diane Cook, Avni Doshi

The Role Of The Arts Going Forward

Josephine Ramirez: “Those of us who work in arts and culture are primary caretakers of an absolutely essential public value. We have a crucial role as facilitators, creators, nurturers, promoters and producers of arts experiences — ones that connect people, address their emotions and stories, ignite precious human imagination and deepen our ability to understand others unlike ourselves. The past months have also reinforced my belief that the arts field must evolve so we can deliver impactful ex...
Tags: Art, Issues, 08.04.20, Josephine Ramirez

Survey: Two-Thirds Of American Millennials/GenZ’s Don’t Know Jews Were Killed In The Holocaust

Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, or had been exaggerated, or they weren’t sure. One in eight (12%) said they had definitely not heard, or didn’t think they had heard, about the Holocaust. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.16.20

15,000 Audience Complaints To BBC Over Dance Broadcast Demonstrates Racial Problems

The incomprehensibly high number of complaints, though astonishing, speaks to Britain’s problematic conceptualisation of race and its relationship to racism. It shows a general intolerance to confront it. This, in part, is based on the denial of racism and a mythical idea of Britain as post-racial, where racism and racial inequality no longer exist. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Bbc, Dance, Britain, 09.16.20

Critic Stanley Crouch, 74

Mr. Crouch was an actor, playwright, jazz drummer and college professor — without benefit of a college degree — before he emerged in the late 1970s as one of the country’s most original, contentious and (sometimes literally) combative writers. He was a bare-knuckled literary provocateur — erudite and fearless (some would say reckless) — while reveling in his often truculent takedowns, often of works by other African American artists and intellectuals. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Crouch, Stanley Crouch, 09.16.20

COVID As A Spur To Design

“Design is one of our most powerful tools in the COVID-19 crisis. The ingenuity, resourcefulness, and generosity of designers and their collaborators worldwide has produced innovations that are helping to protect us from the pandemic, to improve its treatment and to prepare for the radical changes it will introduce to our lives in the future.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.13.20

What The Arts Can Learn From The NBA’s Bubble

The NBA used theatricality to replicate the essence of a live game — fans cheering, sound effects, music — and gave viewers the opportunity to be visible to both the players and to themselves in the live performance space. As performing arts venues make decisions about the future, creating hybrid events that include virtual presence and audience recognition will be important for developing investment in their work. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Nba, Issues, 09.15.20

A jewelry designer created earrings that hold AirPods in place because she kept losing them while working from home — take a look

Misho AirPod earrings. Misho Designs A jewelry designer created earrings to keep AirPods in place while under stay at home orders. Suhani Parekh of Misho Designs was inspired by her own AirPod mishaps. The earrings come in three designs, and retail for between $60 and $125. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Suhani Parekh had Apple AirPods for a while, but she didn't find herself using them much."They would always slip out of my ears - I was often afraid that the AirPod wo...
Tags: Apple, Art, Jewelry, Design, Trends, Tech, Features, Parekh, Tech Insider, AirPods, AirPods Pro, Mary Meisenzahl, Misho, Suhani Parekh, Misho Designs, Pebble Pods

How Academics Infected Literary Journalism

The laudable aim of encouraging brainy specialists to share their knowledge with the world at large has turned into a complete disaster. Why is the presence of an academic on a book prize judging panel, fronting a BBC Four arts documentary or even reviewing for a national newspaper generally such an embarrassment? – The Critic
Tags: Art, Bbc, Words, 09.15.20

Randall Kenan, Magical Realist Writer Of The American South. Dead At 57

“[He was] an award-winning gay Black writer whose fiction, set largely in a North Carolina hamlet similar to the one where he grew up, artfully blended myth, magic, mysticism and realism.” That village, a sort of Macondo, N.C., was called Tims Creek and, in Kenan’s fictional world, had been founded by a runaway slave named Pharaoh. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, North Carolina, Macondo, Kenan, Randall Kenan, 09.15.20, Tims Creek

My Current Favorite Comic: Alien Sherlock

I try not to cross the streams too often here, because y’all presumably come to find out about comics (and related movies and books), not my weird continuing obsession with Sherlock, but there is an ongoing fan comic on Tumblr that makes me extraordinarily happy whenever I see it. As created by Kitten-Kin, it started with the idea that Sherlock (as seen on TV, with the black coat and blue scarf) is actually a shape-shifting alien, as shown here. Of [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Tumblr, Sherlock, Alien Sherlock

We’re Back: Pianist Denny Zeitlin’s New Trio Album for Sunnyside

Pianist Denny Zeitlin’s stunning new trio album for the Sunnyside label is one that we have been hoping for weeks to call to your attention: It’s a highlight among recent releases in all jazz genres. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Denny Zeitlin, Sunnyside, 09.16.20

Young Japanese Musicians Rally To Save The Art Of The Shamisen

The centuries-old three-stringed lute, a mainstay of traditional Japanese art music, remained popular up at least to the turn of the millennium, but most of the remaining players today are well over 60. With the pandemic paralyzing an already shrinking market, the country’s largest shamisen maker was about to close when it was rescued (for now) by an online fundraising campaign. There’s some hope that a newer style called tsugaru shamisen, livelier and less austere than the genteel music of Kyo...
Tags: Art, Music, Kyoto, 09.13.20

How I Directed A Play From 6,000 Miles Away

Lindsay Posner writes about how, stuck in London thanks to pandemic travel restrictions, he fulfilled his contract to direct Twelve Angry Men in Tokyo, thanks to Zoom and an ace translator and assistant director. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Tokyo, Lindsay Posner, 09.13.20

UK Gallery Employees Call Out Bad Behavior In Instagram Account

The page has published dozens of accounts of alleged abuses of power in the art trade since it was started in July, amid similar calls by accounts such as @changethemuseum and @abetterguggenheim, which accuse institutions of discriminatory practices. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, 09.14.20

New Edition Of ‘Pride And Prejudice’ Prints Characters’ Letters In Period Handwriting

Naturally, each character’s script is different, modeled by a calligrapher on surviving correspondence from England ca. 1800 and matched to each individual letter-writer in the novel by project curator Barbara Heller. (Elizabeth Bennet’s handwriting is copied from that of Austen herself.)Here’s how Heller went about it. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, England, Words, Austen, Heller, 09.15.20, Barbara Heller Elizabeth Bennet

Art Paris Fair Opens Live With Surprisingly Robust Crowds

The fair went ahead on September 10 through 13, offering a model of what a socially distanced art fair could look like, with controlled crowd flow and attendees capped at 3,000 at a time in the main thoroughfare under the cavernous glass roof. Nonetheless, it welcomed some 56,931 visitors, just 10 percent fewer than last year. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.14.20

Planned Museum Near Taj Mahal Will Now Ignore Muslim Dynasty That Built It

“The museum was meant to showcase the arms, art and fashion of the Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over [much of] the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries. But officials this week in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal — the world’s most famous example of Mughal-era architecture and India’s best-known building — had another idea: a complete overhaul of the museum so that it would instead celebrate India’s Hindu majority, leaders and history.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Hindu, Visual, Agra, 09.15.20, Mughals Muslim

Italy Appoints 13 New Museum Directors, With Emphasis On Homegrown Talent

The move is part of the Italian government’s drive to recruit so-called “super-directors” with experience of fundraising as well as scholarly credentials. Crucially this shift, which gave museums greater autonomy, was set in motion in 2015 under culture minister Dario Franceschini when the centrist government hoped to overturn the image of outdated bureaucracy associated with Italian institutions by appointing foreign museum chiefs. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Dario Franceschini, 09.15.20

Brain Drain: Pandemic Is Driving Professionals To Leave The Arts Altogether

“With veterans and newcomers alike abandoning an industry struggling to confront racial and economic inequities, experts worry that the entire field will soon experience catastrophic losses of talent and institutional knowledge. Others claim that the brain drain is already here.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.15.20

‘Tenet’ Was Hollywood’s Great Hope To Revive American Moviegoing. It Didn’t.

It worked overseas: the Warner Bros. blockbuster has grossed $207 million altogether, but less than $30 million of that has been in the U.S. Worse, the much-touted $20 million first-weekend domestic gross turns out to have been heavily padded. These figures are scaring studios off their major release schedules. “Now the question isn’t whether theaters can return to normalcy,” writes David Sims, “but whether they can survive this pandemic at all.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Warner Bros, Audience, Tenet, David Sims, 09.14.20

5 Common Self-Publishing Mistakes To Avoid and What to Do Instead

Use these tips and insights to help avoid the top 5 mistakes many authors make when self-publishing a new book.
Tags: Design, Sales, Graphic Design, Print Design, Marketing Design

Booker Prize Shortlist Is Most Diverse, And Most American, Ever (But Hilary Mantel Isn’t On It)

It’s not only Mantel: Anne Tyler and Colum McCann were also among the semifinalists who failed to advance. Of the six writers on the shortlist, four are women, four are nonwhite, and four, including one dual-national, are from the United States, a fact sure to incense those who still oppose the 2014 decision to open the Booker to any author writing in English and published in the UK. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, United States, Words, Anne Tyler, Booker, Colum McCann, 09.15.20

Three Choreographers On The State Of Ballet: ‘It Can’t Be Business As Usual’

“Trey McIntyre, Amy Seiwert, and Gregory Dawson [talk about] what they are doing to keep their companies afloat and … about their perspectives on dance, ballet, digital dance offerings, and the state of the art.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, 09.14.20, Trey McIntyre Amy Seiwert, Gregory Dawson

YouTube Launches A Competitor To TikTok

“YouTube Shorts will provide a number of tools to allow creators to make [15-second] videos on their mobile devices. It will consist of a ‘multi-segment camera’ that can combine separate clips, as well as speed controls and a timer and countdown so you can create videos without needing to hold your phone. Its most TikTok-like feature? The library of music you can use to record with.” – Mashable
Tags: Art, Media, 09.15.20

La Maestra, A New Competition Specifically For Female Conductors

The event, operated by the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall and the Paris Mozart Orchestra, is taking place this week in the French capital. Conductor Marin Alsop, who is on the jury, talks with host Olivia Salazar-Winspear about why the competition is (still) necessary and the obstacles that women conductors still face, even as their prospects are finally starting to improve. (video) – France 24
Tags: Art, Music, France, Philharmonie De Paris, Marin Alsop, 09.15.20, Paris Mozart Orchestra, Salazar Winspear

Time’s Arrow Flies through 500 Years of Classical Music, Physicists Say

A new statistical study of 8,000 musical compositions suggests that there really is a difference between music and noise: time-irreversibility. From The Smithsonian: Noise can sound the same played forwards or backward in time, but composed music sounds dramatically different in those two time directions.Compared with systems made of millions of particles, a typical musical composition consisting of thousands of notes is relatively short. Counterintuitively, that brevity makes statistica...
Tags: Art, Time, Future, Queen Mary University of London, Lucas Lacasa

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