The Responsibilities Of A Literary Institution

In Seattle, and likely everywhere, it’s time to think a little bigger. “A different kind of literary institution means reinterpreting what a core mission, vision and values mean when cast upon a wider field. Many arts institutions today are ‘committed to racial equity’ but don’t have the courage to take a position on upzoning, land use policy or ending the sweeps of homeless encampments. In this era, the arts are an active practice. Housing, human services, the role of government—these are the ...
Tags: Art, Words, Seattle, 10.23.20

How (And Why) A Longtime Producer Became A Director

After producing everything from The Talented Mr. Ripley to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Lydia Pilcher started looking for a project of her own. “Being on the inside of the industry as a producer and really being able to see all aspects of how decisions get made — Who decides what stories get told? How did the directors get chosen? — it made me understand that there was something being missed on the Hollywood end. It’s not just that the stories were being shut out. A lot of money was be...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Ripley, 10.23.20, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Lydia Pilcher

Unrelenting Online Abuse Is Affecting Freedom Of Expression

That’s especially true for women, especially women of color, Jewish women, and other women who face abuse on multiple fronts. “There are much wider implications for democracy when women are reluctant to come forward for fear of the abuse they will suffer.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.24.20

Tom Maschler, Founder Of The Booker Prize, 87

Maschler upended the “clubby” world of British publishing and established all kinds of new and powerful voices. “Among the authors Mr. Maschler discovered, incubated or published and who would win the Nobel Prize in Literature were Gabriel García Márquez (‘the greatest writer I have published ever,’ he once said), Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa and V.S. Naipaul. He also published or nurtured Martin Amis, Jeffrey Archer, Julian Barnes, Bruce Chatwin, Roald Dahl, John Fowles, ...
Tags: Art, People, Gabriel García Márquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Maschler, 10.23.20, Maschler, Nadine Gordimer Doris Lessing Mario Vargas Llosa

The Paris Literary And Personal Partnership That Changed Literature

Jane Heap and Margaret Caroline Anderson were, separately, forces to be reckoned with. Together? “Via their shared endeavors and the cross-pollination of their ideas—artistic, literary, and spiritual—these two remarkable women left an indelible imprint on avant-garde culture between the wars.” – The Paris Review
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, 10.22.20, Jane Heap, Margaret Caroline Anderson

Literary Inspiration For A Covid-19 Halloween

Don’t forget to look at your shelves for ideas. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Don, 10.23.20

The Stories Our Clothing Tells

We know the power of “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn,” for instance, but also: “What particular sadness (or happiness) may be found in this worn heel or that frayed cuff? In the coat that is so pristine, we can only deduce that its owner gave it just a single outing?” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.24.20

One Hundred Years Of Photos Of Men In Love

What does a new book filled with photos of men loving other men illustrate? “Seeing ourselves in the past is as much about being certain of our present and, dare I say, our future.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.23.20

Library E-Book Lending Surged During Lockdown In Britain

The British borrowed 3.5 million more ebooks (and a total of 5 million more e-books, audiobooks, and e-comics) between March and August than in the same time in 2019 – and a lot of them were crime thrillers, a report shows. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, Words, 10.23.20

Help End Sexism And Racism In Classical Music By ‘All-Naming’ All Composers

What? Here’s the (beautifully depicted) deal: “There will be a time when we’ll go to concerts again. We will buy our tickets, shuffle shoulder to shoulder down the aisle, and find our seats. The lights will dim, and the conductor will walk onto the stage to introduce the program. They might talk about Beethoven, Schumann, and Bartók. And they might talk about Alma Mahler, Florence Price, Henry Burleigh, and Caroline Shaw. Many of us, used to the conventions of classical performance, will hardly...
Tags: Art, Music, Caroline Shaw, Beethoven Schumann, 10.24.20, Henry Burleigh

Edith O’Hara, Founder Of 13th Street Repertory Company, 103

Her life was like a New York urban legend: “Ms. O’Hara didn’t move to Manhattan until midway through her long life, but once she did she plunged into the theater scene with gusto. Her children called her the Hurricane.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, People, Manhattan, O'hara, 10.24.20, Edith O'Hara

Reinventing Liberty’s Torch

The question: How can public art affect, and reflect, communities and the time we live in? The answer, by artist Abigail DeVille, is a reinvention. “The piece summons ‘a long line of freedom fighters who have been protesting to exist in this nation from the very beginning.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.23.20, Abigail DeVille

Analyzing The Gender Politics Of Netflix’s Newest Gothic Series

The series comes so close. And yet. “Perhaps, in more deft hands, this storyline could be a transgressive investigation of the ways in which women, and particularly mothers, are forced to carry terrible burdens, as well as, perhaps, provocative commentary on femme identity, queerness, and found family.” – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 10.24.20

Parts Of The Made In L.A. Visual Art Biennial Have Been Up For A Few Weeks, Quietly

To be fair, the Hammer Museum show hasn’t officially opened. Still: “At Bloom & Plume Coffee in Historic Filipinotown: Customers linger on the sidewalk awaiting shots of espresso and oat milk lattes to go, as the K-pop girl group Blackpink spills from the café’s speakers. Unbeknownst to many of the customers moving through morning routines, they are attending one of the city’s most anticipated art events of 2020.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Blackpink, 10.23.20, Bloom Plume Coffee

The Limits Of Extreme Comedy

Well, probably not, says an expert. “Becker found that audiences tended to react to those situations along party lines: If they already believed what they were being told, they were likely to find the comedy credible. If they don’t hold the same beliefs, the opposite effect can be seen.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Becker, 10.24.20

How Do Crime Writers Reconcile Their Fictional Good Cops With Reality?

It’s not easy, especially for Black women writing crime fiction. Rachel Howzell Hall: “I think for the most part, people of color, writers of color who write mystery and crime, have written the proper cop. … There are those cops that don’t do the right thing and we reflect that in our novels because we’ve lived it.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Words, 10.24.20, Rachel Howzell Hall

The Worst Book Endings Ever

At least, according to readers. (Yes, yes, everyone hated the end of Gone Girl.) Think of Atonement, for example: “‘I’ve never been more mad at an ending to a book, and will never read another word Ian McEwan writes as a result,’ wrote Brenda M. ‘Why would I ever trust a writer who has so much contempt for his readers?'” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Brenda, Ian McEwan, 10.21.20

Pandemic Entertainment When You Don’t Have A Bubble

It can be creepy to feel extra alone when pods are enjoying concerts, drive-in movies, and more. But: “As we slowly adapt to living with the pandemic, many of us are realizing that the connection we miss to art and entertainment is as powerful as it is to our social relationships. It’s art, after all, be it a concert, a theater, a museum or even a theme park, that helps us make sense of or simply survive the moment we’re living in.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Ideas, 10.23.20

Milkman Author Anna Burns Wins Massive Literary Prize

Burns, who won the Booker Prize for Milkman in 2018, has won the International Dublin Literary Award. She’s the first Northern Irish writer to win the prize (and was the first to win the Booker as well). She thanked the Belfast Library and said, “There seemed to be a black market in library tickets when I was growing up. … I managed to go into the building with about three to five cards and come out with about nine to 15 books.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, Dublin, Booker, Burns, Anna Burns, 10.23.20, Belfast Library

City Ballet Cancels Spring Performances

The dance company says it will make a return in the fall of 2021. “We’re deeply sad and we’re disappointed that we have to keep ourselves off the stage for this much longer.” The plan is to help the dancers, who are trying to stay fit at home, ramp up to City Ballet skill and performance levels. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, City Ballet, 10.23.20

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