How To Make Audiobook Narrators More Diverse?

Most novels feature characters with an assortment of different backgrounds, and this can require narrators to voice characters with identities very different from their own. – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, 06.21.21

How Disney Mishandled The Star Wars Franchise

George Lucas’s original vision famously inspired an era of big-budget blockbuster movies whose creators, just as famously, eventually ran out of new ideas and came to rely on sequels and spin-offs. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, George Lucas, 06.21.21

Champs Elysee To Be Converted To Long Park As Paris Turns Away From Cars

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hopes to bring the road back to its people by removing its outer lanes, widening pedestrian areas, planting more trees and greenery, and creating dedicated bicycle lanes. – B1M
Tags: Art, Paris, Issues, Anne Hidalgo, 02.11.21, Long Park

Why There Are So Few Skyscrapers In Europe

Of the 218 skyscrapers constructed on the continent to date, 66% of them are located in just five cities – London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Istanbul. – B1M
Tags: Art, Europe, Istanbul, Visual, 06.14.21, London Paris Frankfurt Moscow

Behind The Controversy Over Canada’s First Prime Minister

Why does a motivated minority want to erase the honors paid to his memory? John A. Macdonald stands accused by his detractors less of things he did than of things he failed to do. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Canada, Issues, John A Macdonald, 06.21.21

Screens And Speakers And What we Learned During COVID

Screen nausea and social media compulsions are no joke, but the current self-loathing about the long year of screen time is misplaced. It was not lost time. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 06.20.21

Why UK Music Festivals Are Dying

The problem for festivals is that preparation and planning – let alone building a site – stretches over months and often costs millions, and the current question marks hanging over festivals are making such work impossible. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 06.20.21

Misogynist Artwork In China Draws Furor (In A Way It Didn’t Eight Years Ago)

The artist proceeded to rank the women “from the prettiest to the ugliest,” stringing together around 5,000 grainy clips into a nearly eight-hour-long video with numbers at the bottom of each image to indicate the woman’s ranking. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, China, Visual, 06.21.21

Gabriel Van Aalst talks about the role of an Artistic Catalyst

The President & CEO of the New Jersey Symphony talks about the orchestra’s new “Artistic Catalyst” role and the importance of serving community. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, New Jersey Symphony, 06.19.21, Gabriel Van Aalst

Bombed Beloved Bookstore In Gaza Gets Flooded With Donations To Rebuild

The shop, founded 21 years ago, was a much-loved part of the local community and contained tens of thousands of books in various languages covering everything from philosophy and art history to fiction and children’s books. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Gaza, Words, 06.21.21

Rich Guy Goes To Hollywood, Improbably Makes It Big As Movie Mogul

At a time of entertainment industry upheaval, David Ellison has transformed Skydance into the rarest of Hollywood businesses — a thriving, built-from-scratch, all-audiences, independent studio. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, David Ellison, 06.20.21

Thousands Of UK Music Fans Stuck With Tickets To Postponed Gigs As Country Locks Down Again

The latest four-week delay to fully unlocking Covid restrictions has pushed an additional 5,000 gigs into doubt. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, UK, 06.19.21

Prime Day picks for artists and makers and people who fool around with tools

There's not a lot going on at Amazon Prime Day unless you're after last-gen gadgets or dog DNA kits, but I found some a few good money-saving picks for artists, photographers and other folks who like making stuff. Huion graphic tablets and displays (such as the Kamvas Pro 24" and its smaller sibling) are going for a song. — Read the rest
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Art, Gadgets, Post, Tools, News, Stationery

Andrew Lloyd Weber Retreats — His West End Theatres Will Observe COVID Rules

“If it were just me, I would happily risk arrest and fines to make a stand and lead the live music and theatre industry back to the full capacities we so desperately need.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Weber, 06.19.21

An Ode To Procrastination

When I’m procrastinating, stalling, temporizing, I am defined at the metabolic level by the thing that I am not doing. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.19.21

What Culture Do Nations Own and What Belongs To The World?

The idea that “each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world,” codified in the Hague Convention of 1954, has proved particularly compelling for international legal regimes. – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, Issues, 06.14.21

Claiming Your Personal Version Of English

Should the quality of my English matter? Last month a big English literature prize went to a novel that was written in dialect, something rural and very primitive. And what about all that authentic literature “from the streets”? N+1
Tags: Art, Words, 06.12.21

According To Science: Characteristics That Make Us Attractive

Attraction is an instinct. While it’s versatile to some extend, key aspects of perceived attractiveness seem to be inherent to our species. – Medium
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.04.21

Diverse Inclusive Companies Have This In Common

We found that one particular culture style differentiated the diverse and inclusive organizations from those that were not: a learning-oriented culture. – Harvard Business Review
Tags: Art, Issues, 06.18.21

Do We Really Need Public Statues?

We want to mark important events and people. But which ones? And who should decide? And are we creating an unreconcileable hierarchy of what’s important (and what’s not). – Aisle Say
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.20.21

Hong Kong’s Bookshops Face Tough Choices As Censorship Rules Shift

A lack of clarity about why certain books are suddenly off limits has complicated decisions about which titles to stock. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Words, 06.19.21

A New Dance Company To Mine The Experience Of Older Dancers

“It can take a long time to work out what your voice is, particularly in ballet. After 100 Nutcrackers, 100 Cinderellas, to get to a point where you can make decisions yourself is incredibly empowering.” –Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, Dance, Sydney, 06.20.21

Is Culture Really Mappable?

Does culture really behave like space? If not, how are cultural relationships distorted when we convert them into spatial ones? – Cultural Analytics
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.17.21

Juilliard Students Revolt against Tuition Increase

When the institution’s leaders announced this spring that undergraduate tuition for the 2021-22 academic year would rise to $51,230 from $49,260, many students worried about having to pay more and started calling for a tuition freeze. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, Issues, 06.18.21

"Throughout most of the ’60s and ’70s, [Brigid Berlin] dragged her Polaroid 360 and a bulky cassette recorder everywhere, though she once said, 'No picture ever mattered, it was the clicking and pulling out that I loved.'"

"Running out of film, she insisted, was worse than running out of speed. Warhol became equally addicted to documentation and, though his pictures became more well known, hers are arguably as revelatory, often the product of double exposures and lighting both flat and vivid, and featuring such friends as Lou Reed, Roy Lichtenstein, Dennis Hopper and Cy Twombly.... Her recordings — there are more than 1,000 hours of tape... — range from the mundane (chatter about her near-constant doctors’ appoint...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, Law, Berlin, Atlantic, Sony, Warhol, Kansas City, Velvet Underground, Polaroid, Max, John Chamberlain, Reed, Rauschenberg, Ann Althouse

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