Maria Ressa Just Won A Nobel – Only The 18th Woman In 126 Years To Win

With half the world made up of women, the obvious question arises: Why have so few been granted the committee’s most prestigious prize and, more broadly, been generally underrepresented across the Nobel prizes? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Maria Ressa

The Fall Of Rome Didn’t Happen When You Think It Did

The fall of Rome in 476 is a historical turning point that was invented nearly 50 years later as a pretext for a devastating war. The fact that it has since become recognized as the end of an epoch shows how history can be misused to justify otherwise unpalatable actions in the present. – Time
Tags: Art, Rome, Issues, Fall Of Rome Did

New Player In Billion-Dollar Music Rights Management

HarbourView is the latest player in what has become a high-stakes contest in the music business: the ownership and control of catalogs of songs, which streaming outlets like Spotify and Apple Music, along with a growing flank of social-media and gaming platforms, need to keep their users engaged. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Apple Music

The Right To Be Forgotten: Should Newspapers Have To Remove Your Name If You Ask Them?

“The big concern here is that, basically, news organizations are now willingly performing much more extreme acts of censorship of their own content than what is being done in the EU under legal mandate. For some reason, most of them don’t acknowledge that.” – CJR
Tags: Art, Eu, Ideas

Explaining The Unexplainable Career Of Laurie Anderson

Sam Anderson: “The anti-careerism of her career is part of what has made her illegible to mainstream audiences. Although a legend in some circles, she is totally unknown in others.” Observes Julian Schnabel, “It’s not really a career. She’s really unemployable.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, People, Laurie Anderson, Julian Schnabel, Sam Anderson

Of Poetry, Plagiarism, And Artistic Influence

Where were the limits exactly, in what was deemed to be a case of poetry plagiarism? How many lines that emerged while writing, any poet might ask, could be traced back to some half-remembered source? – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words

Oscar Wilde — Martyr? Wit? Predator? Artist? “Posing Somdomite”? All Of The Above, Which Is Why We Misunderstand Him

“The refracted versions of self that appear in his writing allowed him to test out real-life modes of being; in turn, the acts of duplicity he practiced in his life generated daring new forms of artistic self-expression.” – The New Yorker
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When Jan Swafford Was Asked To Review An AI-Written “Beethoven Tenth” Symphony

“Not for me,” I said. “I know pretty much what I’ll think about it, and my review could get snarky.” “If so, that would be all right with us,” VAN said. “Well, OK,” I groaned back. So here I am and here goes. 
Tags: Art, Music, Van, Jan Swafford

The Transformative Conductor: David Alan Miller @ 30 Years Leading The Albany Symphony

“The orchestras I’ve worked with have been a bit like ocean liners. Very big, little hard to turn around. And I would say the Albany Symphony is like a sailboat. It’s flexible, it’s responsive, it can really turn on a dime. And a lot of that is David.”  – Albany Times-Union
Tags: Art, Music, David, Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller

Has Kurt Vonnegut's rule against using semicolons turned into a pro-semicolon rule?

Here's a passage from Kurt Vonnegut's "A Man Without a Country"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.That came to my attention this morning because it was the answer to an old Wall Street Journal acrostic I just did. I had the book in my...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Punctuation, Wall Street Journal, Kurt Vonnegut, Don, Ann Althouse, Vonnegut, Gender Difference, Analogies

How A Little Book-Of-The-Month Mail-Order Club Laid Ground For The Gay Rights Movement

“In early-1950s America, Donald Webster Cory had probably the largest L.G.B.T. mailing list in the country, and maybe in the world.” (Mr. Cory was not, strictly speaking, a real person.) – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, America, Words, Cory, Donald Webster Cory, Month Mail Order Club

So How Did the Elgin Marbles End Up At The British Museum In The First Place?

The short answer is that Lord Elgin simply took them from the Parthenon and shipped them home to London. True as such, but, as this backgrounder explains, Elgin had reason to believe that he was doing the right thing and had legal permission to do it. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, London, Parthenon, Visual, Elgin, Lord Elgin

The New Musicology: Beethoven Was Just an “Average White Composer”?

“These various controversies are far from simple disputes between ‘conservatives’ and ‘progressives’ but emblematic of a discipline in which some protagonists lack a sense of its purpose and identity, or any real belief that music has value in and of itself.” – The Spectator
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Verbatim Drama, Straight From Real Life, Comes To Broadway

Tina Satter, whose Is This A Room is a transcript of the FBI interrogation of intelligence leaker Reality Winner, and Lucas Hnath, whose Dana H. is his mother’s account of her months-long abduction, talk about the importance of telling living people’s real stories onstage. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Fbi, Broadway, Lucas Hnath, Tina Satter, Dana H

“A Gonzo Ethnography of Academic Authority”: Tenured Princeton Professor Gets Fired And Goes Nuts (Or Goes Nuts And Gets Fired)

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, having been pushed out as dean of Princeton’s architecture school in 2014, was dismissed from the faculty by unanimous vote of the relevant committee. He proceeded to compile an 813-page document and five hours of video making his case — and justifying Princeton’s decision. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Princeton, Issues, Tenured Princeton, Alejandro Zaera Polo

What Runaway Hit “Squid Game” Shows About South Korea’s Problems (It Isn’t Pretty)

“(The Netflix series’s success) might be somewhat ironic given that Squid Game is all about socioeconomic divides, the exploitation of the poor by the rich, and the desperation of Korea’s financially destitute class of laid-off workers.” – Vox
Tags: Art, South Korea, Media, Korea

Edward Snowden: Balancing Risk, Reality And Facts

The true challenge is not to enumerate the risk, but to live with it; to stake out the resilient middle ground between denying danger altogether and finding nothing but danger everywhere. – Edward Snowden
Tags: Art, Ideas, Edward Snowden

Kennedy Center’s Backstage Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

The unanimous vote by members of the IATSE local comes more than a year after the expiration of their previous contract. Still at issue, say union reps, are staffing levels and pay, including overtime. Management claims the sides are not far apart. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Featured, Kennedy Center, Msn, Issues, Iatse

Dance Alumni Sue UNC School Of The Arts, Alleging Pattern Of Sexual Abuse

Seven plaintiffs who attended UNCSA as undergraduates during the 1980s give detailed descriptions of predatory behavior, including long-term affairs, by instructors in the school’s dance department. – The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Tags: Art, Featured, Dance, UNCSA

The 50 Largest Contemporary Dance Companies In The U.S.: A Look At The Numbers

Among the key finds in this new study are that, in the aggregate, contemporary dance in the U.S. operates with less than a quarter of the money that American ballet has, and that gender parity in leadership is achieved. –
Tags: Art, Dance

“Friends, We Are In For The Adventure Of A Lifetime”: Salonen’s Inaugural Concert At San Francisco Symphony Augurs Well For His Tenure

Joshua Kosman: “To say that a new era at the San Francisco Symphony has begun at Davies Symphony Hall is true as far as it goes. But that doesn’t begin to convey how transformative an event this was. … Something new and splendidly unpredictable is afoot.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony, Salonen, Davies Symphony Hall, Joshua Kosman

Long Tail/Long Game

Row X Blog by Hannah Grannemann I’ll just say it straight out, so you know where I’m coming from: I hope many organizations choose to keep and grow their digital programming as we come out of the pandemic. I think it’s great for audiences, a solid strategy for organizations that can handle it operationally and financially, and for the arts field to increase participation. I’ve been thinking a lot about the strategy of the Long Tail as I watch arts organizations and artists deliberate t...
Tags: Art, Anderson, Chris Anderson, Ajblogs, Christopher Anderson, Hannah Grannemann, Long Tail company

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