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Writing Every Day About The, Uh, Deceased

September 29, 2014 - 10:30am

“I watch the Oscars memorial presentation and sit there going, Did him, did her, didn’t do that one. For obit writers, the whole world is necessarily divided into the dead and the pre-dead. That’s all there is.”

If A Japanese Filmmaker Takes Over Iconic U.S. Dreamworks, These Things Are Likely To Happen

September 29, 2014 - 10:00am

“Beyond games featuring DWA characters, SoftBank could also offer DWA video content to its mobile subscribers, according to one investment banker not involved in the deal talks.‎ For DWA, the deal would provide further financial firepower at a time when it has been trying to diversify its business amid disappointing box-office results.‎”

When We Use ‘Binocularity’ To See Ourselves, Sometimes Things Get Clearer

September 29, 2014 - 9:30am

“Just as we need two eyes that integrate slightly different information about one scene to achieve visual depth perception, being able see ourselves though two fundamentally different lenses, and integrate those two sources of information, can give us a greater depth of understanding of ourselves.”

Does The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Have Its Roots In A Tragedy?

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am

“The symphony’s problems arguably go all the way back to 1962, when more than 100 of Atlanta’s leading arts patrons embarked on a museum tour of Europe. Heading home, their plane skidded off a runway in Paris and burst into flames. Atlanta’s then-Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. acknowledged that almost the entirety of his city’s ‘old money’ philanthropic class perished on that plane.”

Taking The Traditional Book Tour And Making It A (Sometimes Literal) Circus

September 29, 2014 - 8:55am

“Prominent comedians and writers, such as the ‘Portlandia’ star Carrie Brownstein and the novelist Zadie Smith, have thrown their weight behind Ms. Dunham and will appear on her tour as part of a carefully curated cast of artists, along with live music, poetry readings and, naturally, food trucks.”

The Intense Confluence Of Fashion And Art In New York (And In One Designer)

September 29, 2014 - 8:30am

“I like to consider the intersection between subverting personal style, fashion-as-branding and artistry. Technically speaking I work with a lot of color and patterns — mostly that’s a personal preference — but I also think that color and humor are great tools for sticking it to the man; which is ultimately what I’m trying to do.”

Can Movie Theaters Win Back Some Customers With Things Like 4D (Whatever That Is)?

September 29, 2014 - 8:00am

“The seat moved up and down and side to side, like a simulator ride. There were strobe lights; fog seemed to come out of the walls and little jets of water sprayed over the seats. During one scene, bubbles floated down from the ceiling.”

Portlandia Soon Won’t Even Know What (Kind Of Development) Hit It

September 29, 2014 - 7:30am

“Instead of more two-story homes with lawns, punctuated by the occasional condo, now we seem to be making almost nothing but urban buildings. City buildings. Buildings for people who walk fast and ride the streetcar and take taxis, and stay up late and order takeout.”

The Way To Build Audiences For The Arts Is…

September 29, 2014 - 12:39am

Join the conversation: Building Arts Audiences – live panel discussion with Kurt Andersen, NEA chairman and national arts leaders. Oct. 1 at 3pm est. #buildingartsaudiences

When A Poet On The Page Is Also An Award-Winning Slam Poet

September 28, 2014 - 2:30pm

“His ambivalence cut to the heart of the poetry world’s own resistance to performance poetry, which Miller described as ‘a fight between the poet who does his best work standing up, who finds his greatest eloquence on stage, and the poet who does his best work sitting down, who finds his greatest eloquence on the page.'”

What Happens When You’re The Only One?

September 28, 2014 - 1:18pm

“Every minute she’s asked to spend serving that function, valuable and necessary as it is, and perfectly understandable as it is that people are curious about her experiences, is a minute she’s not answering the same questions Damon Lindelof gets, or Joss Whedon gets, or Chuck Lorre gets. She’s not talking about her process, she’s not talking about her characters, she’s not telling her silly show business stories.”

Yes, It’s Time To Admit You’re Powerless Over Netflix And Ask A Higher Power For Help

September 28, 2014 - 1:16pm

That is, are you addicted to binge-watching? You can – and should – overcome it by understanding the way TV plots work.

Self-Assured, Genre-Busting Movies On The Rise

September 28, 2014 - 1:15pm

“‘Dangerous’ is the word that comes to my mind because these are movies that refuse to settle down or behave properly. They do their own thing.”

Preparing To Live The Life You Really Should Be Living (In Ballet)

September 28, 2014 - 1:03pm

“‘Sometimes if you want something so badly you become your own worst enemy,’ she says. ‘I’ve often tried to make things work instead of letting them happen. Now I’m learning to let go.'”

Is This The City Of The Future?

September 28, 2014 - 1:00pm

“The city was built for a future that hasn’t yet arrived. Songdo’s wide sidewalks and roads—evoking a movie set—are still waiting for pedestrians and cars to fill them.”

The Crowd, Editing Books Before They’re Published

September 28, 2014 - 12:50pm

“With the author and other readers encouraged to respond to suggestions, the editing turns into a group conversation, potentially creating a real buzz in the runup to publication.”

If Cadmium Red Gets Banned, European Artists Might Just Revolt

September 28, 2014 - 12:45pm

“The EU is weighing a restriction on the chemical following pressure from Sweden, which argues that artists pollute the food chain when they rinse their brushes in the sink. Cadmium ends up in sewage sludge and is then spread on agricultural land.”

Someone Was Stealing All Of The Dinosaurs In Mongolia – Until This Woman Stepped In

September 28, 2014 - 12:30pm

“He asked what would happen if it didn’t work. I told him, ‘Then you will be the first president who ever claimed a dinosaur. But if you succeed, you will be the first president who ever succeeded in claiming a dinosaur.'”

Yes, Television Shows Can Save Lives (Maybe Yours)

September 28, 2014 - 12:25pm

“Can a TV show save lives? Can cisgender actor Jeffrey Tambor be enough of a first stepping stone for transwomen who’ve waited forever for any kind of representation? Could a transphobe somewhere see this show and feel something shift?”

The Bed, The Body, The Artist – Tracey Emin On Just About Everything

September 28, 2014 - 12:21pm

“That’s what I’m trying to understand. Where does that girl go? Where does that youth go? That thing that’s lost, where has it gone? I’m looking for it in the pictures; I’m looking for it in the paintbrush.”