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Whose Side – OK, Apart From The Movie Studio’s – Is The Hunger Games Series On?

1 hour 1 min ago

In Thailand, “protesters showed up at the movie’s premiere in Bangkok and flashed the salute – only to be carted off by the police on the grounds that the Thai government has banned it. It’s an extraordinary blending of art and life that, although moving, possibly takes art a little too literally.”

How Can Thousand-Page Biographies Possibly Survive The Digital Era?

1 hour 16 min ago

“I feel sorry for the biographers of the future. The questions we used to ask with such fervor — Where’s the archive? Do you have access? Are there letters? — will be irrelevant to our successors.”

What It Means To Live In A ‘Museum City’

2 hours 1 min ago

“Governments coddle these cities the same way nursing homes care for Alzheimer’s patients; everything is planned, nothing happens organically. Those splendid skylines are so fraught with symbolism and national pride that a misplaced roof tile could cause panic. The only future these cities will ever know is their own past.”

A Portrait Of A Dead Woman, Told Through The Auction Of Her Art

2 hours 21 min ago

“Visitors seemed drawn by the romance of Mrs. Mellon’s legacy. A devoted horticulturalist, she was credited with developing the White House Rose Garden, and inspiring a green thumb in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.”

Is Classical Music In The Middle Of A ‘New Movement’?

3 hours 1 min ago

“Of course, venues like this attract a huge clubbing audience, who are enjoying music and listening to amazing artists from different genres, so it’s a natural place for us to be.”

‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Doesn’t Give A Hoot For Likable Women In Literature

3 hours 16 min ago

“I had about 24 hours where I hovered under my covers and was like: ‘I killed feminism. Why did I do that? Rats. I did not mean to do that.’ And then I very quickly kind of felt comfortable with what I had written.”

The Solo Art Show That Involved The London Police, Disappearing Art, And (Maybe) A Body In A Bathtub

3 hours 31 min ago

“The missing [Francis Bacon] painting, not recorded in the catalogue, is the key, Muir believes. ‘It was a study of two men wrestling in the grass. Wrestling was popular among the gay community in London, where homosexuality was still illegal, of course.'”

When Teens Fall In Love With Their E-Readers …

3 hours 32 min ago

“You know that irresistible urge, that impulse you have to want to buy a book and start reading it at that very moment? Ebooks satisfy that hunger. Sitting at home, with a few clicks, I can now have delivered to me within thirty seconds any book that I want.”

Behind The Scenes At The Drone Orchestra

3 hours 46 min ago

“The autonomous system that was supposed to operate the drones conked out and human pilots needed to step in. Humans were also responsible for constantly swapping out the battery packs from the drones, which drained in about 5-to-10 minutes because of the weight they were carrying.”

Berlin Is Building A New City Palace, But The Money’s Running Out

4 hours 1 min ago

“The new Prussian palace could end up being nothing more than an unattractive concrete box besmirching the banks of the Spree — and just as unsightly as the asbestos-ridden building controversially torn down to make room for it.”

Rave Reviews Mean A Lot Of Disappointed Audiences

4 hours 16 min ago

“The price of the tickets, the commitment to giving up an entire afternoon and evening, and the glowing reviews had all piled on the anticipation to such an extent that this was going to have to be a really astonishing piece of theatre for it to really deliver.”

Board Games Have Conquered Café Culture – Why?

4 hours 31 min ago

“Adults and kids the world over have all come to the conclusion that what they really want to do on a weekend is open up a cardboard box and decide who gets to be the blue piece.”

Writing – And Reading – A Novel Is Like Crossing The Berlin Wall

4 hours 46 min ago

Haruki Murakami: “In the face of the dark, violent and cynical reality in which we live, this might seem at times like a powerless and fleeting hope. But the power that each individual has to imagine is found precisely in this: in the quiet yet sustained effort to keep on singing, to keep on telling stories, without losing heart.”

How Mikhail Baryshnikov Reinvented Himself As An Actor And A Photographer

5 hours 16 min ago

“‘This one is my little nod to Picasso,’ he says, showing me a picture of a flamenco dancer in Madrid.”

Does The Incredible Shrinking Orchestra Put A Tradition At Risk?

5 hours 46 min ago

“Musicians warn that an overreliance on freelancers endangers the things that make orchestras great: the cohesion that comes from playing together over many years, the performing traditions that are developed and passed down, even the ability to divine in a flash what a familiar conductor is seeking with a cocked eyebrow or a flick of the wrist.”

More Than A Century In, Have We Figured Out What Makes A Film Successful?

6 hours 1 min ago

“There’s a stark difference between ‘flop’ and ‘second-highest-earning live-action original release of the year,’ and it comes from the worldwide gross.”

Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Big Flop Is (Of Course) Being Revived For Off-Broadway

6 hours 16 min ago

“‘Allegro’ was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Agnes de Mille. It arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time.”

How The Smithsonian Got Drawn Into The Bill Cosby Scandal

6 hours 31 min ago

“This is yet one more powerful reason why museums should not be in the business of showing private collections that haven’t been given to them. The Museum of African Art would have a great deal more freedom to distance itself from Cosby if it owned or were certain to own the art rather than having it on loan.”

As Art Schools Have Become More Elitist Are They Losing Out On The Most Creative Students?

November 21, 2014 - 9:56am

“Art schools used to be havens for students who, for whatever reason, had not found their niche in the traditional academic system. Now prospective art students very often have to prove their academic credentials to compete for a place at the most prestigious colleges.”

Increasingly Problematic: TV Ratings Are Failing To Count More Of The Audience

November 21, 2014 - 9:54am

“Nielsen’s metric doesn’t include those who watched the episode on streaming sites like Hulu or Fox’s own website, nor does it count those who watch via video-on-demand more than four days after the original airing. That’s an issue for networks that want to use those viewership totals with advertisers.”