The End Of Great Travel Writing?

Travel sections in bookshops have been reduced to “three feet of guidebooks and celebrity jaunts”. Meanwhile, travel books struggle to make the literary review sections of papers. – The Critic
Tags: Art, Words

How To Design A Better Hospital? Start With Light

Numerous recent studies show that exposure to nature and natural light can reduce pain, and that even a brief contact with the outdoors reduces stress. – Wired
Tags: Art, Visual, Better Hospital

As Metal Prices Increase, Thieves Are Stealing Statues, Melting Them Down

As the price of metals has soared worldwide, people have taken to stealing streetlight wiring, plumbing valves, catalytic converters and fire hydrants. But the pilfering of sculptures for a quick buck has brought the crime to a new level of audacity and waste. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual

Snapshot: Richard Strauss conducts Till Eulenspiegel

Richard Strauss leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a 1944 performance of his Till Eulenspiegel. These are a series of single-camera views intended to be cut together. At the end is the only surviving film of Arthur Nikisch conducting. It is silent, and shown sideways: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Richard Strauss, Vienna Philharmonic, Arthur Nikisch

Painting, Thought To Be By Caravaggio, Will Get A Chance At Restoration

In March of 2021, the painting, which had been up for sale in Madrid and priced at a measly $1,800, was pulled from its auction after researchers determined that there was sufficient evidence to label The Crowning of Thorns as having been made by Caravaggio. – The Observer
Tags: Art, Madrid, Visual, Caravaggio

Why This Revered Writer Was Almost Denied His Nobel Prize

The newly opened archives show that, although 1971’s winner Pablo Neruda was praised by the prize-givers for “a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent’s destiny and dreams”, behind the scenes some members of the Swedish Academy were hesitant. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Pablo Neruda, Swedish Academy

The Link Between Emotions And Making Good Decisions

One way emotions aid decision making is by steering attention to both threats and opportunities. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas

Yves Saint-Laurent Tried To Live His Life According To Proust

He once wrote in an essay, “Like Proust, I’m fascinated most of all by my perceptions of a world in awesome transition. And my heart has always been divided between the vestals of constancy and the avatars of change.” These weren’t just idle words. – The Times Literary Supplement
Tags: Art, People

Why Linguists Accept New Expressions And Usage That Grammarians Tend To Hate

“If the only reason we disapprove of something people are saying ‘these days’ is that we just find it off-putting, then we should consider a test: Could we defend our disapproval 100 years from now, to people who never knew an English without it?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words

NPR Is Boosting Its Podcasts. That’s Where The Listener Growth Is

Subscription podcasting offers a new digital business model for NPR and its member stations. But its long-standing mission to inform the public limits how much content the non-profit can put behind a paywall. – Axios
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Audience

11 Biggest Web Design Trends for 2022

Your website must reflect your brand, and be memorable, unique, and usable. Discover the 11 biggest and hottest web design trends for 2022.
Tags: Design, Web Design, Sales, Design Trends

The Artist’s Intention? Actually, It Doesn’t Matter

Authors must accept that art is prone to inspiring disparate, and potentially conflicting, responses — and they can’t do anything about it. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues

New Foundation Plans A Jack Kerouac Museum And Performance Center

The late author’s estate has announced the creation of the Jack Kerouac Foundation, which will raise funds to build the center — which will present exhibitions, spoken word performance, music, lectures, and conferences — at the church Kerouac attended growing up in Lowell, Mass. – MSN (The Boston Globe)
Tags: Art, Kerouac, Issues, Jack Kerouac Foundation, Lowell Mass MSN

No, Norman Mailer Hasn’t Been Canceled By His Publisher, Says His Son

“They didn’t feel they were the right house to do this book right now. I don’t think they have any interest in trying to cancel Norman Mailer. You can’t cancel Norman Mailer.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Norman Mailer, Says His Son, Norman Mailer You

Removal Of Looted Items Leads Smithsonian To Rethink Its Entire Approach To Collecting

The withdrawal from display at the National Museum of African Art of items taken from the Kingdom of Benin “comes as the Smithsonian completes a six-month, institution-wide examination of its collection practices that looks at this core activity from an ethical perspective.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Benin, Visual, National Museum

Malcolm Gladwell’s Nifty Idea For Avoiding The “Sackler Problem” Of Toxic Philanthropy

You’ve got some benefactors’ names all over the buildings of your non-profit, and then those donors, because of how they made their money, become pariahs. Awkward! Gladwell’s “modest proposal” to prevent this situation — based in Scripture, no less — involves a simple change in tax law. – Oh, MG
Tags: Art, Malcolm Gladwell, Issues, Gladwell

Two New York Times Theater Critics Butt Heads (Their Term) Over The Fall Season

To be sure, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips disagree in a most collegial and cordial manner. Indeed, they value their disagreement (not least because it took them a while to find some). – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, Jesse Green, Maya Phillips

Toledo Ballet Fires Artistic Director And Resident Choreographer

The decision to end the contracts of Artistic Director Lisa Mayer-Lang and her husband, resident choreographer Michael Lang, was reportedly made without consulting the full Board, dancers, or other stakeholders. One trustee says most dancers have left the company, as have two designers. – WTOL (Toledo, OH)
Tags: Art, Dance, Toledo Ballet, Michael Lang, Lisa Mayer Lang

Lots Of Great Art Entered The Public Domain This Week. Don’t Celebrate – Marvel At The Absurdity

This massive release isn’t something entirely worth celebrating. Instead, it’s a pointer to the sheer absurdity of American copyright law, which long ago came under the thumb of the entertainment industry and distant heirs of artists determined to preserve what is essentially a windfall. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues

Is The Departure Of Minority Hosts From NPR A Crisis Or Just Ordinary Turnover?

The network’s spokesperson says hosts such as Audie Cornish and Noel King simply left for competitors who can pay better. But another departed host, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, tweeted, “People leave jobs for other opportunities if they are unhappy with the opportunities they have.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Audie Cornish, Lulu Garcia Navarro, Noel King

Grammy Awards Postponed Indefinitely

“Even though (usual venue) the Arena has a basketball or hockey game or a concert booked nearly every night until mid-April, enough artists and executives voiced reluctance about appearing to convince the Academy to postpone the show.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Music, Crypto com Arena

FBI Arrests Suspect In Fraud Case That Mystified The Publishing World

For five years, someone has been impersonating various publishing industry figures (dozens of them) in order to obtain not-yet-published manuscripts — which were never posted online or held for ransom, baffling people in the field. The suspect is Filippo Bernardini, a young employee of Simon & Schuster. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Featured, Fbi, Words, Publishing World, Filippo Bernardini

Digital Art Theft Is Now A Thing: Hacker Steals NFTs

“Thieves hacked art dealer Todd Kramer’s digital wallet and made off with at least 15 artworks — including five from the high-profile Bored Ape Yacht Club collection — worth an estimated $2.2 million.” Then someone took Kramer’s tweet about the robbery and made that into an NFT. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Kramer, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Todd Kramer

‘Shame, ageism and nudity – there’s a lot to identify with’: actor David Pevsner on his memoir

Having survived teen shame and the Aids crisis, the Broadway actor – and erstwhile escort – is now blazing a trail for silver sexualityThere were things in the first draft of his memoir, says David Pevsner, that his editor thought were “maybe TMI, maybe a bridge too far”. I can’t begin to imagine what was deemed unacceptable, because there is TMI – sample line: “I have always been a copious ejaculator” – on just about every page of Damn Shame, an entertaining, touching and absolutely filthy book...
Tags: Theatre, Los Angeles, Society, Culture, Stage, LGBT rights, Broadway, Pornography, Acting, Grey, TMI, David Pevsner, Pevsner

60% Off Planners at Michael’s | Budget Planners, Wedding Planners & More

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s  organize your year. Many people are old school still and like to right everything down. If that is you, you have to see this cute planners. Get 60% Off Planners at Michael’s. Here are some cute ones: Learn some awesome tips and trips for shopping at Michaels too! For... Read More
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Michael, Online Deals, Michael's, Michaels Coupons

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2021

After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2021: Janet Sernack Janet Sernack is … Continue reading →
Tags: Design, Leadership, Internet, Marketing, Strategy, Social Media, Management, Change, Innovation, Lists, Contests, Authors, Top 40, Top 10, Bloggers, Writers

Media Relations Manager

Coordinate public relations activities for UNCSA. Develop and implement proactive local/regional media plans around key UNCSA initiatives with a focus on initiatives that drive brand awareness and student recruitment. Seek media placements in print, online and broadcast media outlets. Write press releases; manage press release schedule; implement send of press releases through existing systems (i.e. Modern Campus, Cision), including photo selection. Develop and leverage relationships with ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, United States, EEO, Strategic Communications, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, UNCSA, UNCSA Develop, Information Analysis Decision Making Ability, Communication Marketing Ability

Sharing Ownership of a National Research Agenda for the Arts

I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you? – Alexander Pope, “Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness” Next month, the NEA will release a new strategic plan. For federal agencies, no less than for commercial or nonprofit entities, such documents are only as good as their owners. Who will monitor the resulting goals and action items, who will continue to shape them, and who will be accountable for progress—yes, these poor protagonists ...
Tags: Art, Senate, Nea, Ajblogs, Kew, Alexander Pope, Maria Rosario Jackson, National Research Agenda, National Archive of Data on Arts Culture, Sound Health Network, NEA Research Labs

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