Understanding The Role Of Emotions

Being in the throes of an emotion influences a great many things: your memory, what you see, the inferences you draw about the world, how you learn new things, how you interpret ambiguous stimuli, and much more. – Psychology Today
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The “Change” Binary Of Music

The urge to be static rose concurrently with the urge to change. And so, in the twenty-first century, we’re presented with a choice: to look ahead or to look down. Not back or backwards, not into the past (because pastness cannot be and is not always equated with stasis), but down. – NewMusicBox
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For A Long Time The Purpose Of Art Was To Shock Against Norms. But Why?

Somewhere in the 19th century the notion develops that a work of art can be most effective when it’s ugly, when it deeply mirrors certain social realities and presents them in such a way that the audience is spurred to immediate action. – 3AM Magazine
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Music Critic Richard Freed, 93

Mr. Freed was active for six decades, contributing regularly to The Washington Post, the New York Times and the old Washington Star, among many other publications. He had an extended association with Stereo Review. – Washington Post
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Want To Be A Successful Artist? Find A Rival

A study of composers during from 1750-1899 discovered that they were significantly more productive when they lived in close proximity to other composers. The most likely way of accounting for this is the inherent rivalry that arises when creative people encounter each other daily. – Ted Gioia
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Martin Luther’s German Bible Is Now 500 Years Old

Some colorful facts surrounding one of history’s most consequential translations: Luther wrote it while a fugitive; some first editions included woodcuts by Lucas Cranach; in the room where it was written there’s a stain on the wall because Luther allegedly threw his inkwell at the Devil. – Deutsche Welle
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A Rusty Old Water Tank In The Australian Outback Becomes A Chapel Of Music And Light

Deep in the red-dirt semidesert of interior New South Wales, composer Georges Lentz and architect Glenn Murcutt created the Cobar Sound Chapel, visually a cross between Peter Zumthor and James Turrell, with a 24-hour “digital string quartet” by Lentz on loop. – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
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Anger As Motivating Force

As almost anyone can confirm, manifest anger is by its nature felt and received with an intense immediacy, bringing to life the bodily and emotional resonances of the word ‘feelings’. And yet it is also peculiarly slippery, liable to hide and dissemble, to disguise. – Aeon
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IMAX: Time To Rethink What Movies Are

For the right kind of movie, people really want a cultural, theatrical experience. Period. And they want to see the right kind of movie in a communal way with their friends and their family, and they want to share it the way they’ve always shared it. – Fast Company
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We’re Drowning In Data. And We’re Not Much Good At Accessing It. Maybe AI Can Help

Some 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last 2 years alone. In total, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day, with the number continuing to grow. Yet while the amount of data that we produce has grown exponentially, our understanding of how to manage it has not. – VentureBeat
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Why Lynn Nottage Looks On The Bright Side

“The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Ruined, Sweat, Clyde’s) breaks down her remarkable career and shares how, as an optimist at heart, she finds the light and resilience in unexpected stories.” (audio) – WNYC (New York City)
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“Don’t Look Up” Smashes Netflix Viewing Records

In its second week on the streaming platform, the disaster movie has recorded 152,290,000 hours streamed between Dec. 27 and Jan 2, putting it right at the top of its leaderboard of globally viewed English-language films. – Variety
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New biopic about legendary street artist Basquiat

Julius Onah is directing a forthcoming feature film about legendary 1980s street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Kevin Harrison Jr. will play Basquiat in the film, titled Samo Lives after the artist's graffiti tag "Samo." Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will compose the score. — Read the rest
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Why Some Of The Earliest Depictions Of The Buddha Show Him Wearing Greek Tunics

Yes, it’s ultimately because of Alexander the Great, but not directly. Among the unusual facts about this story is that many Greeks in ancient India adopted Buddhism and that Indian Greeks were the first to depict Siddhartha Gautama in human form. – Psyche
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NLRB Orders Orchestra To Pay Musicians $276K For Missed Concerts

Local 171 of the American Federation of Musicians, representing 71 SSO musicians, had offered to forgo the settlement if board members would instead resign and the money go toward putting on a 2022 concert season. – MassLive
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Audie Cornish Makes A Public Statement About Her Resignation From NPR

“I have had a great run with a company full of people I respect and admire. And I am ready to try something new. I also understand that 4 hosts leaving in a year – three of them POC women – is a red flag.” – MSN (Los Angeles Times)
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Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art’s Building Is In Such Bad Shape, They’re Considering Leaving It

The building in Virginia Beach is aging, not particularly attractive, difficult to find, and very leaky; not for the first time, there’s serious talk of moving. (But the main alternative is the city’s Visitor Center, which is in the median of I-264.) – The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)
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Actor Sidney Poitier, 94

“(He) overcame an impoverished background in the Bahamas … to rise to the top of his profession at a time when prominent roles for Black actors were rare. … At the same time, as the lone Black leading man in 1960s Hollywood, he came under tremendous scrutiny.” – CNN
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Royal Winnipeg Ballet Settles Longstanding Lawsuit Over Pervy Photographer

The company has agreed to pay C$10 million in compensation to former students who say that longtime instructor Bruce Monk manipulated them into posing for nude and/or sexualized photographs, which he then distributed. (The RWB fired Monk in 2015.) – CBC
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Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Dead At 82

“(He) was part of the vanguard of New Hollywood filmmakers who helped reinvigorate American cinema, gaining wide popularity with 1970s movies such as The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon before suffering a string of personal and professional calamities.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
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Public Radio Stations Join In A New Rural News Network

Colorado Public Radio and KOSU in Stillwater, Okla. are taking part in the first two pilot projects of the new venture, in (respectively) water use/scarcity and the economics of Native American communities. More than 20 other public radio stations have expressed interest. – Current
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Irish Government To Begin Experiment With “Basic Income” For Artists

While public consultation on the scheme is still in progress, the plan is for roughly 2,000 visual artists and performers to receive, for an initial three-year-period, an (anticipated) hourly rate of €10.50 ($12), paid weekly, for them to do their creative work. – BBC
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Yoshitomo Nara: ‘My works’ roots are in fairytales, not comics’

Housed in a custom space made from cast-offs, the Japanese artist’s cartoon girls blend fairytale lore with 60s-inspired protest, and have become more introspective though no less impressively wrought in cardboard and wood“Stop the bombs” reads the angry red writing in the storm cloud thought bubble above the little girl in a pale blue dress. Like all the children in the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings, she has puppydog eyes and a toddler’s outsized head, yet her posture is pure bruis...
Tags: Art, Japan, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Takashi Murakami, Nara, Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara

Replay: Somerset Maugham in 1965

Alan Pryce-Jones interviews Somerset Maugham at his villa on the Mediterranean in 1965: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
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Gripping musical melodrama

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Irish Rep’s revival of The Streets of New York. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Theater lovers throughout America owe a huge debt to the Irish Repertory Theatre for having kept us sane and entertained by streaming exemplary, standard-setting video productions throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. Now the Irish Rep, for me New York’s finest off-Broadway theater, is reopening its doors with a revival of Charlotte Moore’s 2002 musical version of Dion Bouci...
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How Did the Mona Lisa Become the World’s Most Famous Painting?: It’s Not What You Think

Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished, five century-old portrait of a Florentine silk merchant’s wife, Lisa del Giocondo (née Gherardini), is, quite possibly, the most famous painting in the world. And its subject possesses the world’s most captivating smile, inspiring rhapsodies and parodies in seeming equal measure. (Its Italian title, La Gioconda, is a nod to the sitter’s married name, and depending on whom you ask, translates as “joyous,” “light hearted,” or  “merry.”) The Louvre, where the...
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