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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.”

Coordinating Every Part Of The Dancer – For Eight Decades

October 19, 2014 - 1:15pm

“A young ballerina at the Kirov at the height of Soviet isolationist policy, a revered star and a card-carrying member of the Communist Party as glasnost began to break through, she has lived and worked in America since 1989, when Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to teach at Ballet Theater.”

The Right Way (And The Wrong Way) To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

“Honestly, I’m not aiming to trick anybody. I’m mostly trying to remind people of how slippery the definition of ‘rock and roll’ has always been.”

A Longtime Usher Explains How Everything Has Changed At The Music Hall

October 19, 2014 - 12:45pm

“I remember when you couldn’t get an orchestra seat Friday afternoon without a subscription. To hear the orchestra Friday afternoon was an honor. They came to the concerts as if they were going somewhere. They dressed up, and acted the same way.”

Can The UK (Or The US) Replicate Australia’s Success In Theatre Starring People With Developmental Disabilities?

October 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

“The next step must be not just applauding intentions, but making a real attempt to evaluate how such work can benefit the participants, and finding ways it can gain greater prominence.”

The Documentary That Jeff Koons (Apparently) Didn’t Want You To See

October 19, 2014 - 12:20pm

“The original conception was to edition the piece, and to make it available with a very restricted contract to museums, institutions and collectors, … but that was before I knew that the art world was going to close ranks around Koons, and bow before his scary power.”

When A Boy With Autism Started A Friendship With Siri

October 19, 2014 - 12:15pm

“For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans.”

Dead Authors Get The Best Book Covers (Wait – Why?)

October 19, 2014 - 12:15pm

“Reading takes place in this nebulous kind of realm, and in a way, the jacket is part of the thing that you bring back from that experience. It’s the thing that you hold on to.”

Yes, Almost All Of Us Procrastinate On Deadline (Try A Labyrinth – For Real)

October 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

“When the stakes are high enough (meaning that you are now operating within an extremely limited timeframe) a person can enter into a state of hyper-focus which eases and quickens the process. If you like adrenaline rushes, this might be your explanation of choice.”

The Rough Ways Of Making The Perfect Ballet Shoes [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 - 11:55am

“Far from the dance studio, craftsmen hammer and form ballet shoes with their own rough grace.”

McSweeney’s Is Going Nonprofit – And That’s *Not* A Disaster For Literature

October 19, 2014 - 11:45am

“Though we’d all like to see independent publishers like McSweeney’s selling more each year, it’s vital that some publishers primarily seek quality and artistic innovation.”

Why Doctors Need The Power Of Storytelling

October 19, 2014 - 11:30am

“Vignettes can do more than illustrate and reassure. They convey what doctors see and hear, and those reports can set a research agenda.”

When You’re A Student And Need A Loaner String Instrument, These Are Your People

October 19, 2014 - 11:15am

“Talented students actually push up against the capabilities of lesser instruments, and if they don’t get a better instrument, they will continue to bang their head against a brick wall.”

Canadian Literature Has Some Problems With – And For – Women

October 19, 2014 - 11:15am

“While some of these predators have been operating for years without public acknowledgment or punishment, there has long been a shared back channel amongst women in Canadian literature – coded warnings relayed privately, chatter about who can be trusted and who is safe to be around.”

Birmingham Ignites Controversy By Giving – Well, Loaning, Sort Of – Cash To Orchestra

October 19, 2014 - 11:00am

The money is on hold: “If we’re going to make allowances for our favorite groups, then I’ve got a favorite. What’s fair is fair. Either we are in the nonprofit funding business or we’re not.”

Parisian Vandals Deflate Christmas Tree/Giant Green Butt Plug Artwork

October 19, 2014 - 10:55am

“‘Paris will not succumb to the threats of those who, by attacking an artist or a work, are attacking artistic freedom,’ [Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo] said in a statement. ‘Art has its place in our streets and nobody will be able to chase it away.'”

How Schubert Blew Apart Songwriting – And Centered Women’s Voices

October 19, 2014 - 10:45am

“The most amazing thing is that a 17-year-old boy can somehow enter into the female pysche with such an incredible amount of understanding as if he himself had experienced such feelings.”