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“Celebrity profiles are infamous, at this point, for their distinctive combination of erudition and ennui. Their adjective-happy explorations of hot-lady celebrities … treat their subjects like ‘irreducible mysteries, floating so high above the mortal (male) writers that they can only be described in terms of their effects.’ … Celebritized food profiles – celebrations of, among other things, actual rump roasts – treat their own subjects with a similar mingling of mysticism and frustrated desire.”
David Patrick Stearns meets Stéphane Denève: “I used to have my hair short, but then I neglected my hair, and that’s how it came to be longer. Later, I wanted to cut my hair, but my agent said, ‘No, no, no. It’s now a recognizable package, and I’m selling the whole package.’ … There’s a study to be done on conductors and hair.”
Thirlwell: “In [my novels] Politics and The Escape, these grand themes of history and politics were mischievously seen as equivalent to more apparently minor problems like sleeping arrangements in a threesome, or premature ejaculation.
Shteyngart: “But premature ejaculation and politics intersect quite a bit.”
Thirlwell: “Well that’s certainly true.”
AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2015-04-15
‘One-Way Ticket’s’ Missed Connection: Lawrence’s ‘Migration’ Show at MoMA Bypasses a Crucial Stop
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-04-15
Not Since Robbins
AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2015-04-15
Just Because: Dave Frishberg And Friends
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2015-04-15
“The minute that these events in Iraq started, voices came about again saying that we should open up acquisition policies of museums, making it easier to purchase artifacts, just to get them out of the area of conflict. But what these people do not discuss is that these artifacts that you can buy on the market now … they have been looted.”
The 4-foot-high, 100-pound, fiberglass-reinforced cement bust of Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after divulging secret U.S. government collection of phone records, turned up on a monument that honors American captives who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The three artists say they considered the bust “a gift to the city” that could spur discussion about American ideals, values and heroes. Parks officials and police didn’t see it that way.
Luminato Festival Cancels Plans To Bring “Exhibit B” To Toronto After Community Objections. But Have Those Objecting Seen The Show?
So, Luminato approached a wide range of African-Canadian artists, scholars and community leaders to attend a meeting to simply discuss the idea of bringing the show to Toronto. The reaction, especially on social media, was so immediately condemning, with one activist reaching out to the organizer of the British boycott for advice, that Luminato quickly backed away from the idea. The group is still meeting on April 22 to discuss Exhibit B, but it will be a rather hypothetical discussion: On Tuesday, the festival announced that it “has determined that 2016 is not the right time to present Exhibit B in Toronto.”
“In short, a mediocre play, at least by Shakespeare’s standards, and in this instance, mediocre is perfect: It’s hard to understand how good Shakespeare could be until you’ve seen him at his worst (and Shakespeare at his worst is still better than most). So imagine how much more some 11th-grader might appreciate Much Ado About Nothing after reading Double Falsehood.”
“His search for a sewage pipe, which began in 2000, became one family’s tale of obsession and discovery. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today.”
“It’s a small thing, perhaps — a silly bit of semantics — but words matter. When we say that something was “leaked,” we disclaim responsibility. Not only the responsibility of the person who stole the images, mind you, but also the responsibility of those of us who chose to enjoy the ill-gotten fruit.”
“When you say I can watch something online for free or for a modest amount, or pay $100 to go to a live performance, that’s become a very difficult choice for a lot of people,” Kaiser says. For most in the post-great recession era of income stagnation and a shrinking middle class, it’s no choice at all.”