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Harvard Will Finally Get A Theatre (And Dance) Major. Will Princeton Ever Cave?

7 hours 14 min ago

“We have so many students who are active in the arts and are trying to figure out how to make that a core part of their experience, and this does that.”

Suni Haru, Who Sacrificed Her Career To Help Other Asian American Actors In Theirs, Dead At 75

8 hours 24 min ago

“To her Philippines-born parents, dismayed that she had participated in a public protest, Haru said, ‘How else can we let people know that here’s discrimination in the theater?’ she wrote in “Iron Lotus” her 2012 autobiography. ‘You’ll see, someday I’ll make a living acting.'”

Paul Krugman Is Deeply Over Amazon And Its Defenders

8 hours 54 min ago

“The desirability of new technology, or even Amazon’s effective use of that technology, is not the issue. After all, John D. Rockefeller and his associates were pretty good at the oil business, too — but Standard Oil nonetheless had too much power, and public action to curb that power was essential. And the same is true of Amazon today.”

Learning Narrative From Your Pet Wolf

8 hours 59 min ago

“Depending on the details I selected, the story could be comic or sad. My parents could be painted as reckless or heroic. I could accept one teller’s version over another. I could create my own. Fiction, through fabrication, finds the truth that real life tends to cover up.”

Irish Theatre Wins Big At UK Theatre Awards

9 hours 29 min ago

“The awards recognize the achievements of regional theater, while the annual Olivier Awards focus on the London stage.”

Architect Michael Graves Has Forgiven His Mother For Telling Him He’d Be A Starving Artist

9 hours 58 min ago

“The books I look at again and again are: my collection on Camille Corot. He can make a sketch that just makes you gasp. What he would do is go out to the site with a piece of cardboard—something stiff, not canvas—and paint a little oil sketch on it, and then take it back to the studio and create a larger painting based off that. He would, as I always say, correct the landscape.”

Living The Dream: Locked In A Bookstore In London (But Tweeting For Help)

9 hours 59 min ago

“Web developer Tim Archer said: ‘@DWill_ @Waterstones tell them you’ll be randomly moving the books until you are released, that should speed them up a bit.'”

Publisher Judith Regan Is Back, For Real This Time

10 hours 29 min ago

“If you’ve read a literary novel, listened to conservative radio, or jacked off to your mom’s favorite erotica in the past 30 years, you’ve probably consumed media that’s passed through the hands of publishing legend Judith Regan.:

Apparently, Actors Aren’t ‘Workers’ And Thus Don’t Deserve Minimum Wage

10 hours 59 min ago

“The appeal found that the original tribunal had failed to consider whether or not the actors were in fact self-employed professionals, rather than workers, and therefore not entitled to the minimum wage.”

Sometimes, Adults Read And Enjoy Young Adult Books, And That’s Just Fine

11 hours 28 min ago

“The books and conversation also serve as a continuation of my education. Not only do I feel an intense connection with my earlier, often more vulnerable and intensely curious self, I also feel that I’ve been given access to a pure form of the complications involved with being young, now filtered through the compassion, perceptions (and barnacles) of my older self.”

Facebook Is Now Trying To Protect Your Privacy (At Least From The Government)

11 hours 28 min ago

“The social network ‘asks that the DEA immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others or that otherwise violate our terms and policies.'”

How Do You Build A Beer Pipeline Under A Medieval World Heritage Site?

11 hours 59 min ago

“Even under roads and public parks, there are centuries-old historic sites to avoid. There are more practical obstacles, too, like canals, major traffic crossings, and sites where things like underground garages will be built in the future. … Then there’s the chance the drilling process will stumble across something like the ruins of an unknown ancient castle.”

Keeping The Peking Opera Alive, On Long Island

12 hours 29 min ago

“More than 200 Peking Opera performers, musicians and artisans live in the New York metropolitan area, according to officials at several local cultural organizations. Like Mr. Fang, the vast majority trained and performed in China. And also like him, they now labor in virtual anonymity—many in nail salons.”

Streaming Is Destroying Everything Good About Music – And Dating

12 hours 59 min ago

“Now that we all share the same record collection, music snobs have no means to recognize one another. We cannot flip through a binder of CDs and see a new friend, a potential date. By making it perfectly easy to find new music, we’ve made it a little more difficult to find new people.”

Opera Star Joyce DiDonato Leads National Anthem At World Series Poll

October 19, 2014 - 4:12pm

“In a poll, homegrown opera star Joyce DiDonato was leading as of Saturday evening with about one-third (32 percent) of the 10,300-plus votes cast so far.”

Should We Turn To Science Fiction To Spur Science Innovation?

October 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

“As Neal Stephenson puts it, science fiction ‘supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place,’ producing icons that serve as ‘hieroglyphs — simple, recognizable symbols on which everyone agrees.'”

Elizabeth Peña, Co-Star Of ‘Lone Star’ And ‘Modern Family,’ Dead At 55

October 19, 2014 - 1:45pm

“Peña played everything from love interest to comedic sidekick in movies and on television for 35 years.”

Heirs Who Never Saw Any Money Sue Over Sales Of Nazi-Looted Art

October 19, 2014 - 1:45pm

“Turns out that the Kainer “heir” that has for years collected proceeds from these sales and other restitutions, including war reparations from the German government, is not a family member but a foundation created by Swiss bank officials.”

Britain, Give Back The Marbles Of The Parthenon

October 19, 2014 - 1:30pm

“Were a British national monument to suffer the same fate, I dread to think what the reaction would be. But again and again, I have been struck by the equanimity displayed by Athens. With the courtesy that one nation knows for another, the Greeks have trodden a path of conciliation over anger, placation over rancour, humour over hostility.”