Creating A Practice Of Public Philosophy

Public philosophy isn’t simply popularizing philosophical ideas (though it typically involves that). It is more often a matter of instigating a kind of thinking, a kind of thinking that can be disorienting, heretical, and frustrating. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, Practice of Public Philosophy, 04.19.21

Does A “Big” Book Equal A Necessary Book?

“In the marketplace of books, it can be hard to find that next, necessary book. I keep a list of what to read next – lots of people do. But what is offered to me? Mostly big books from big names, published in editions up into the millions of copies (Michelle Obama’s initial print run for Becoming was 3.4 million, increased to 4.3 million because of demand). The big publishers want sure-fire bestsellers. . . but are these really the necessary books?” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Michelle Obama, Words, 04.19.21

2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon

BMW’s 2021 M3 and M4 Competition cars, both endowed with xDrive all-wheel-drive, will arrive in August. Four hundred and seventy-nine lb-ft of torque is on tap. As BMW explains, both cars have three driving modes, the first being 4WD or default. While rear-wheel biased, the focus is on traction and handling. 4WD Sport, the second […] The post 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Quality, Autos, Bmw, Consolidation, Ultimate Driving Machine, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Xdrive, Tuners, Rare Rides, Platform Sharing

How The Republican Party Buys Books In Bulk To Boost Its Candidates (And Get On Bestseller Lists)

Four party-affiliated organizations, including the Republican National Committee, collectively spent more than $1 million during the past election cycle mass-purchasing books written by GOP candidates, elected officials and personalities, according to Federal Election Commission expenditure reports. The purchases helped turn several volumes into bestsellers. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Gop, Words, Republican Party, Republican National Committee, Federal Election Commission, 04.18.21

Cricut Mug Press + Essentials Materials Bundle $229.99 (reg. $249.93) at Cricut + Free Shipping!

  Cricut fans! Do you want to get in on the mug game? Here’s a nice bundle direct from Cricut! Get the Cricut Mug Press + Essentials Materials Bundle for only $229.99 (reg. $249.93) plus Free Shipping with Promo Code APRSHIP Included: Bundled with: Ceramic Mug Blank, White – 12 oz/340 ml (4 ct) Infusible... Read More
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A Soldier’s Tale for Today

The pertinence of A Soldier’s Tale today is self-evident. It is a COVID diversion: compact, flexible, rejecting Romantic symphonic upholstery in favor of a dry, caustic sonority conducive to bitter entertainments, light-hearted yet not evasive. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.19.21

Jazmin Morales Talks About Being an “Intrapreneur”

The Assistant Director of the Colburn School’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact shares the impact of Colburn’s EDI initiatives and strategies on being an “intrapreneur.” – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Colburn School, Colburn, 04.16.21, Jazmin Morales, Center for Innovation and Community Impact

This Year’s Oscars — Disaster In The Making?

There may be fundamental problems with the way the Academy Awards connect with contemporary Hollywood films and their audiences. “For some time the movies nominated for best picture represent only a tiny fraction of the tickets sold – there is chasm between the Oscars and the moviegoing public. The Marvel and DC films are hardly ever up for best picture, or Star Wars, while the Pixar moves are relegated to the animated category, so the pictures that constitute 90% of moviegoing just aren’t ther...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Pixar, Audience

Gen Z’s Say Movies, TV Are Fifth On Their Entertainment Preferences

About 26% of Gen Z said video games are their top entertainment activity, and 87% of those in the age bracket said they play video games daily or weekly. That’s followed by listening to music (14%), browsing the internet (12%) and engaging on social media (11%). Only 10% of Gen Z respondents said watching TV or movies was their favorite entertainment pastime, the Deloitte study found. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 04.18.21

In honor of today's LSD anniversary, a sale on The Family Acid: California

On April 19, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman ingested 240 micrograms of lysergic acid diethylamide, a curious compound he had synthesized for possible use as a respiratory and circulatory stimulant. An hour later, Hoffman wrote one sentence in his journal: "Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh." — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Books, Photography, Design, News, California, Lsd, Psychedelics, Hoffman, Albert Hoffman

Composer Wayne Peterson, 93 — Was At The Center Of A Pulitzer Prize Controversy

For 30 years, Mr. Peterson had been a composer, pianist and professor at San Francisco State University, respected by most musicians who knew his work and highly regarded by his students. The Pulitzer — and the ensuing squabble — changed his life. Another composition, Ralph Shapey’s hour-long piece for orchestra, “Concerto Fantastique,” had been the unanimous choice of the music jury — George Perle, Roger Reynolds and Harvey Sollberger, all distinguished composers and academics. Perle and Reyno...
Tags: Art, People, Peterson, Reynolds, San Francisco State University, Ralph Shapey, Perle, Wayne Peterson, Harvey Sollberger, 04.18.21, George Perle Roger Reynolds

Choreographer Liam Scarlett, 35

He was a star British choreographer who staged a prodigious number of works and was assured a major international career. But “after allegations of sexual misconduct at the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School, the company severed ties with him; an independent investigation found there were ‘no matters to pursue’ in relation to students.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Liam Scarlett, 04.18.21, Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School

On What It Takes To Be A Ballerina

“We dancers bonk up against the insanity of pining after someone else’s pair of legs day after day, but with age and maturity and years of fixating on our bodies – our instruments – we come to grips with what we have and what we can do with it. … I scrutinize my physique in the same way a painter stands back to examine her canvas. It’s my creation, made for a purpose.” – Oregon Arts Watch
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.18.21

Would It Kill Spotify To Pay Musicians A Penny Per Stream?

And would a penny per stream be a little more fair? After all, “Spotify increasing royalties to a penny per stream would send a clear, graspable message to its subscribers that it values the artists who serve as the foundation of the company. It would also bring Spotify in line with competitors Apple, Amazon Music and Tidal.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, 04.19.21

The Dueling Bob Dylan Bios By Authors Who Hate Each Other

“It’s not really polite to tell other writers they’re bad writers, because they tend to fling it back to you. In response, I would say he’s a clunky, self-indulgent writer … His books are all very long and baggy. They’re about his interpretation of Dylan songs … and it’s incredibly boring.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Bob Dylan, Words, Dylan, 04.19.21

Why Andrew Cuomo Can’t Let A Penn Station Development Go

Well, it’s obvious, right? The New York governor “is currently resisting calls to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. So what better way to prove that he is definitely not a phallocratic bully than to ‘ram through,’ as one outlet puts it, a super-tall tower called Penn 15, and a vast development around it?” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, New York, Andrew Cuomo, Penn, Visual, 04.18.21

The Tricks To Playing Drunk

It’s not the 1960s anymore (not by a long shot), so actors usually don’t play drunk by getting drunk. Instead, consider Aubrey Plaza’s technique for her movie Black Bear. “Acting drunk when you’re sober is no easier than acting sober when you’re drunk. To get into the right frame of unsteadiness, Plaza would spin round until almost throwing up just before the scene. That’s commitment.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 04.19.21

This fun and thoughtful show asks where latinos sat on the bus with Rosa Parks

In the summer of 2018, I got to go to DC go work on a theatre festival for solo performances (I was playing bass in a mostly-one-person show called Brahman/i about an intersex Indian-American stand-up comedian). That's where I met Brian Quijada, an actor who was also there to perform his mostly-autobiographical musical show Where Did We Sit On The Bus? — Read the rest
Tags: Videos, Video, News, Theatre, Hip-hop, Plays, American Dream, Latin America, American History, Rosa Parks, Looping, Latino, Latinx, Brahman, Latino actor, Brian Quijada

Product Placement, AKA Advertising, Is Coming To Classic Films

This doesn’t seem like a great idea, but then again, who asked the audience? “Items can be digitally added to almost any movie or TV show. For example, advertisers could put new labels on the champagne bottles in Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, add different background neon advertising signs to Ocean’s 11, or get Charlie Chaplin to promote a fizzy drink.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Ocean, Casablanca, Charlie Chaplin, Rick, 04.19.21

Daniel Kaluuya’s Rise To Movie Stardom Came From Talent, And Britain’s Public Funding For The Arts

Kaluuya grew up on a council estate – the rough equivalent to “the projects” in the United States – the son of Ugandan immigrants to Britain. He took advantage of every possible free arts program, and, at 18, ended up bot a writer and an actor for the program Skins. And, years later, came Get Out. “By the time he won best ‘newcomer’ at the Baftas for Get Out in 2018, Kaluuya had been a professional actor for 10 years. ‘I am a product of UK arts funding,’ he told the audience, before dedicating ...
Tags: Art, UK, People, Britain, United States, Daniel Kaluuya, Kaluuya, 04.18.21

Gwyneth Paltrow invests in The Expert, a video marketplace for high-end interior designers

The pandemic-induced lockdowns halted many a home decoration project, but the irony was that our homes became even more important. But where to get ideas to decorate? Home decor experts could no longer visit. Now an LA-based startup is addressing this digitization of the interior design market, but kicking off with a typically LA-oriented, high-end clientele. The LA-based The Expert – a platform for video consultations with interior designers – has raised a $3 million seed funding round led by F...
Tags: TC, La, Actors, Tech, Designer, Cameron Diaz, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Api, Louisiana, John Legend, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arnold, Interior Design, Forerunner Ventures, Partner, Jake

Teens Use The Arts To Document Their Pandemic Times

If you want to know how young people are experiencing the pandemic, the assault on the Capitol Building in January, vaccinations, and more, what better to do than ask? A project called Dispatches from Quarantine “launched in April 2020, and those questions were explored and answered through all sorts of mediums — like the stringing of words, the strokes of a paintbrush or to the strums of a ukulele.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Ideas, Capitol Building, 04.16.21

Carol Prisant, Elegant Writer About Design For The World Of Interiors, 82

Prisant was a 51-year-old antiques dealer with no professional experience writing when she wrote to the autocratic editor of the British magazine The World of Interiors, asking for a job. There wasn’t one open in New York, but the editor created one for her. “‘She told the truth, but always with subtlety and lashings of wit,’ Rupert Thomas, Ms. Hogg’s successor at the magazine, said by phone, ‘and managed to be clever and learned without taking herself — or her interviewees — too seriously.'” –...
Tags: Art, New York, People, World of Interiors, 04.15.21, Carol Prisant, Prisant, The World of Interiors, Rupert Thomas Ms Hogg

What It’s Like To Edit A Legendary Beat Poet

Michael McClure’s final editor, Garrett Caples: “As any editor can tell you, turning a manuscript into a book is an affair in itself. Michael’s poetry is not easy to lay out. It’s always centered on the page, but only sometimes dead-centered, where you can just press a button and you’re fine. Often enough, he centered by hand and eye, giving the poems a quivering life unachievable by automation.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Michael, Michael mcclure, 04.16.21, Garrett Caples

Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 19-26

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: Fly fishers talk after practicing casting at Lake Balboa Park, Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers meet for casting practice the first and third Saturdays of the month at Lake Balboa. Practice rods and reels are available and it is free and open to everyone. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of ...
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In The Age Of Instagram, You Probably Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

One of the big literary events of last week? The cover reveal for Sally Rooney’s new novel. “In recent years, book cover design has taken on a higher profile, and we may be seeing a new heyday for book design. It was Rooney’s 2018 novel Normal People that Arter believes signalled the shift towards the book cover as a ‘cultural phenomenon on Instagram in terms of being almost like an accessory.’ Scroll Instagram or Twitter feeds related to books, and eye-catching designs, with bright colours and...
Tags: Art, Instagram, Rooney, Words, Arter, Sally Rooney, 04.18.21

Many Theatres Have Survived The Pandemic So Far – But The Future Is An Open Question

Ironically, bringing audiences back may be the issue. “While this year looks fairly stable, a greater threat may still lie ahead. The emergency infusions of cash that kept so many companies afloat — as well as savings from furloughs and shifting artistic output online — will trickle away once they start staging shows again for live audiences, which could begin on a significant scale later this year.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 04.17.21

The Project That Is Mapping Anti-Racist Street Art

In 2020, after the death of George Floyd at the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin, “a team of researchers from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis launched the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database to record and map anti-racist street art in the wake of Floyd’s murder. Crowdsourced through an online submission form, the database now includes more than 1,800 images of artworks from around the world, ranging from graffiti and tags to stickers, wheat pastes, murals, and proje...
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Visual, Floyd, University of St Thomas, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, 04.18.21

The Redesign Of The Hirshorn Sculpture Garden Has Hit A Wall

A rock wall, and a water feature as well, to be precise. “This is a debate in which everyone is a little right, and a little wrong, and this kind of argument can take a deceptively large toll on collective goodwill. The Cultural Landscape Foundation is an enormously valuable group when it comes to educating the public about mid-century landscape design. Its website is an important resource, with interviews, oral histories and designer profiles. But the group tends to go very quickly to Defcon O...
Tags: Art, Visual, Cultural Landscape Foundation, 04.16.21

Asian American Artists Say The Times Require They Must Also Now Be Activists

Artist Kenneth Tam started to keep a spreadsheet as microaggressions arose at the beginning of the pandemic. Then the micro became far too macro. “The rise of racist attacks, some of them horrifyingly lethal, has galvanized Asian-American artists around the country. They are leveraging social media to raise awareness, gathering to protest despite the pandemic precautions, making new work, and — perhaps above all — finding new grounds for solidarity with one another and with other affected commu...
Tags: Art, Visual, Kenneth Tam, 04.18.21

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