China’s Curious Fascination With Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes was first introduced to Chinese readers in 1896, with translations of four stories appearing in Current Affairs newspaper. So popular were they with readers that in 1916 the Zhonghua Book Company published The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, featuring 44 stories that rendered Conan Doyle’s prose into classical Chinese. Los Angeles Review of Books
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Analysts Warn AMC Movie Theatres Has Only Six Months Without Turnaround

The stock mostly shrugged off the news, down 0.4% to $4.63. But that’s half of where it was trading a year ago as exhibition has been the entertainment sector hardest hit by COVID-19, aside from theme parks. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, AMC Movie Theatres, COVID, 10.02.20

How Ordinary Germans Let Naziism Creep In

“Consumerism boomed in the early years of the Third Reich (and even, for a time, during the war). For all that Nazism was a dictatorship, ordinary non-Jewish Germans felt they had choices they had not had before. As the economy improved, Germans travelled widely, a process supported by Nazi organisations such as Strength Through Joy, which offered a range of affordable holidays. Travel-writing journalism developed as a form. The Nazis made theatre and concerts available to wider audiences.” – ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.10.20

Why We Need To Understand Aristotle’s Three Kinds Of Knowledge

The reason that Aristotle bothered to outline these three kinds of knowledge is that they require different styles of thinking—the people toiling in each of these realms tend toward habits of mind that serve them well, and distinguish them from the others. Aristotle’s point was that, if you have a phronetic problem to solve, don’t send an epistemic thinker. – Harvard Business Review
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It Means Something Different To Be A Polymath Today

“We have moved from an age of institutionalized specialization in the second half of the nineteenth century to an age of institutionalized anti-specialization in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.02.20

The Ethics Of Euphemism In News Reporting

“What some studies have found is that people are actually more likely to use euphemisms to save face socially than in consideration of the feelings of others. This, coupled with the desire to sound neutral, objective, and authoritative, can lead journalists to use euphemistic language to reframe a story obliquely, even when the facts themselves are indisputable.” (For instance, collateral damage or officer-involved shooting or misrepresentation.) “Such tentative reporting not only reveals hidde...
Tags: Art, Words, 09.30.20

Hard Not To Be Jealous Of Tom Stoppard

Stoppard can’t write women? He gives us Night and Day. Emotion? The Real Thing. Competitiveness is evidently one of the many sources of his creativity, albeit competitiveness of a patient, five-day-test-match kind. He worries quite a lot about the amount of time he spends writing and revising a play. ‘If the next gap is as long as the last one,’ he said in 2017, ‘I will be 103 and no doubt ready with blue pencil and blue-black ink as usual.’ – Literary Review
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Taking The ‘Ology” Out Of Musicology: A Dozen Scholars Talk About Where The Field Is Headed

“Ever since the 1980s, and the 1985 release of Joseph Kerman’s hallmark Contemplating Music, the traditionally separate fields of musicology and ethnomusicology have been undergoing a reinvention. Today, music scholars (note the conspicuous absence of terminology) are grappling with the field’s complex, colonial history, its purpose and articulation, and even its name in novel ways. Their work is a reflection of the field’s proverbial coming of age.” – WQXR (New York City)
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How The Meritocracy Has Separated Us

Looking back at the last four decades, it’s clear that the divide between winners and losers has been deepened, poisoning our politics and driving us apart. This has partly to do with deepening inequality of income and wealth. But it’s about more than that. It has to do with the fact that those who landed on top came to believe that their success was their own doing, the measure of their merit — and by implication that those left behind had no one to blame but themselves. – Chronicle of Higher ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.01.20

Quino, Who Created Spanish-Speaking World’s Favorite Cartoon Character, Dead At 88

“She was a wise and idealistic young girl, a cartoon kid with a ball of black frizz for hair, a passionate hatred of soup and a name, Mafalda, inspired by a failed home appliance brand. Although her creator, a cartoonist [named Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón and] known as Quino, drew her regularly for just nine years, the Argentine comic strip Mafalda became a cultural touchstone across Latin America and Europe, examining issues such as nationalism, war and environmental destruction just as Arge...
Tags: Art, Europe, People, Argentina, Latin America, Mafalda, Quino, 10.01.20, Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón

Unemployed Actors Have One More Thing To Worry About: Qualifying For Medical Insurance

Currently, professional actors and stage managers have to work 11 weeks to qualify for six months of coverage. But starting Jan. 1, they will have to work 16 weeks to qualify for a similar level of coverage. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.01.20

During World War II Michelangelo's David was protected in a brick "beehive"

From Futility Closet: In January 1943, a brick "hive" was built around Michelangelo's David to protect it from incendiary bombs.Two and a half years later, preservationist Deane Keller wrote to his wife, "The bright spot yesterday was seeing Michelangelo's David at length divested of its air raid protection. — Read the rest
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Insider Retail: Stores suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, sneakerheads flock to Discord, and Ruby Tuesday stops paying pensions

A major avocado distributor had a "disappointing" IPO this week. olindana/Getty Images  Wake up! September is officially over!Happy first Friday of October. Congrats, it is now acceptable to actually drink your PSL in public, even though you've probably been doing so since Starbucks launched it in August. (Shade.)  I'm happy to bring you another week of Insider Retail, Business Insider's weekly round-up of everything that's happening in restaurants and retail. If you haven't already subscri...
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Activists Call For Boycott Of All US Museums

The group’s demands, issued on its Instagram page with the hashtag #NoMuseumOctober, stipulate that until every institution publicly announces that frontline workers will be provided hazard pay and benefits for their labour until a Covid-19 vaccine is available, the museum-going public should “refrain from providing these ‘democratic’ institutions the admission dollars they so desperately crave”. – The Art Newspaper
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How Exactly Should We Define ‘Book’ In 2020? (Or Anytime, For That Matter?)

“[Considering] this great variety of materials and uses that define books over some 5,000 years and in every part of the globe, … how adventurous can we be in attributing to material objects — from clay to digital tablets — the characteristics which make them books? … And as forms of print and print in conjunction with script and illustration increased in complexity, how catholic does our definition of ‘book’ become? Do we include maps and sheets of music, fold-out panoramas, and gathered-toget...
Tags: Art, Words, 10.01.20

NPR Wants To Broaden Its Audience. What Could It Learn From The BBC?

“The BBC eventually had to succumb to the public’s demands to hear what it wanted, not what [BBC founder John] Reith wanted them to hear. … In the United States, public radio never attracted an audience near as diverse as NPR’s founding purposes hoped. Public radio sincerely welcomed all, but those who chose to listen represented such a narrow type that ‘NPR listener’ became a meaningful term.” – Current
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Cool Stuff: Anthony Petrie’s ‘The Wolf Man’ and ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Posters Frame Up Fear

It’s October, and for many that means it might as well just be Halloween already. Bottleneck Gallery is certainly celebrating early by teaming up with Vice Press to release two new horrifying but outstanding posters by artist Anthony Petrie for the horror classics The Wolf Man and Night of the Living Dead. Both are limited edition and will only be available while supplies last, so check them out below and find out when and where you can grab them. Anthony Petrie’s The Wolf Man The Wolf Man...
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Britain’s National Theatre Has Been Closed For Six Months, But What’s Left Of Its Staff Has Been Working Hard

“Rufus Norris, the theater’s artistic director, has been spending his time lobbying Britain’s government for extra funding and putting together a reopening plan. Its digital team has been running NT at Home, a streaming service of recorded plays from the theater’s archive, some of which have been viewed millions of times. Other staff members have been working out how to run the theater in a world changed by the coronavirus. Even the theater’s pest controller has been busy.” Seven of those staff...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Rufus Norris, Norris, 10.02.20

Tongue Brush

Inspired by the work of Simone Giertz who was once known across the internet as the Queen of Shitty Robots (her words, not ours) an Austrian-based design studio created what is easily the most unsettling tool that modern man has ever forged from the earth. Is it a paint brush? Is it a basting brush? Is it one of the…Read more...
Tags: Tools, Science, Design, Simone Giertz, Tongue Brush, Multi Awesome Studio

Unheard Recording Of Ella Fitzgerald’s 1962 Berlin Concert Rediscovered

“These tapes” — of Fitzgerald’s return to Berlin two years after her 1960 debut there, a concert which became a Grammy-winning bestseller — “come from impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz’s private collection. As Ella’s manager, he had a habit of recording Ella live – sometimes for radio broadcast, sometimes for later release, sometimes just to have. He also had another habit of focusing on his next project rather than harnessing what he had just recorded, thus the tapes being lost...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald, Ella, Verve Records, Norman Granz, 09.29.20

Smithsonian Lays Off 237 Staff

The layoffs are the first permanent staff cuts made by the world’s largest museum organization since it was forced to close its sites March 14 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Smithsonian lost $49 million — from store and restaurant revenue as well as canceled ticketed events, classes and tours — between March and September, spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Visual, Linda St Thomas, 10.01.20

World’s Biggest Film Industry Will Finally See Its Theaters Reopen

After seven months of pandemic shutdown, “India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has decreed that cinemas and multiplexes can reopen [on Oct. 15] at 50 percent of their seating capacity, a full month before the all-important Diwali holiday, which in normal times is a box office bonanza.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, India, Diwali, Ministry of Home Affairs, 10.01.20

Whitney Biennial Postponed Until 2022

The enormous contemporary art show that had been planned for next spring was put off for the sake of the artists themselves (the pandemic has interfered with their access to materials and studio space) as well as to make room in 2021 for the major shows — of work by Julie Mehretu, Salman Toor, Dawood Bey, and the Kamoinge Workshop — that had been scheduled for this year and for the big Jasper Johns retrospective. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Jasper Johns, Visual, 10.01.20, Julie Mehretu Salman Toor Dawood Bey, Kamoinge Workshop

Joffrey Ballet Cancels All Of Its 2020-21 Season

“The Joffrey said that the decision, sparked by the COVID-19 crisis, will cost the non-profit institution in excess of $9 million at the box office. … [The company] also announced a new virtual programming initiative, the Joffrey Studio Series, … [and] said it was beginning a new ’25 for 25,’ a year-long series of ‘free performances, programs, and partnerships with peer organizations’ from around the city, celebrating 25 years since the company arrived in Chicago.” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune) ...
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‘Confederate Monuments’ In The Arts: What Do We Do With Once-Admired Works That Now Seem Unacceptable?

“Simple public [statues are] one thing. Real art is complicated. An artwork, such as a film or play, an opera or a pop song, can contain many ideas, some that we may endorse wholeheartedly, others that we might argue about, and still others that we might all find repellent, offensive or even painful. Thus, [ten Chronicle writers] look at some of the ‘Confederate monuments’ in various arts disciplines and ask: What should be our response?” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.01.20

How well do you know the world of theatre? [Quiz]

Gyles Brandreth has been collecting theatre stories since he was a boy—and he has collected more than a thousand of them for The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes, an anthology of entertaining and illuminating stories about every aspect of the world of theatre, from the age of Shakespeare to the present day. How well do you know your theatre? Try’s Gyles’s quick quiz and find out. Curtain up! Feature image via UnsplashThe post How well do you know the world of theatre? [Quiz] appeared first o...
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Download and Print Minimalist Art of Your Favorite TV Sets

After years of watching a TV show and getting to know the characters, it can start to feel as through their homes are an extension of our own. In fact, some of the most prominent interior design trends from the past few decades have been at least partially inspired by sitcom sets, including the popularity of the…Read more...
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SOTD 2.10.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 2.10.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 2.10.2020
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