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When Lena Dunham Was Always Afraid

August 26, 2014 - 3:41am

“My parents [were] getting worried. It’s hard enough to have a child, much less a child who demands to inspect our groceries and medicines for evidence that their protective seals have been tampered with.”

No, We Are Not In A Golden Age Of Journalism, Whatever Techie Utopians May Say

August 26, 2014 - 3:34am

“A true golden age of journalism, if it is to last more than a few ephemeral years subsidized by check-writing billionaires and venture-capital speculation, will require that publishers make a profit and writers and reporters can make a decent living. … If you are lucky, you might be able to command a freelance pay rate that hasn’t budged in 30 years. But more people than ever work for nothing.”

The Real Editors And Gatekeepers Of The Internet

August 26, 2014 - 3:33am

“In a small number of Silicon Valley conference rooms, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn’t see online – without the accountability or culture that has long accompanied that responsibility.”

Are Art Flippers Inflating The Market For New Work? Naaah

August 26, 2014 - 3:31am

“Soaring prices and quick resales, especially of work by emerging artists, have fueled a perception that a new breed of collectors, fond of flipping art as they would a stock, have overtaken the market. … But separate statistical analyses conducted for The New York Times by two companies that specialize in evaluating art market data indicate that the hand wringing may be premature.”

Art Flippers Aren’t Inflating The Market? Don’t Be So Sure

August 26, 2014 - 3:28am

“Emerging artists” may be a small slice of the auction market, but the private market for art is much bigger, and “flippers have every incentive to operate stealthily, outside of the auction system.”

What Makes The (Wildly Popular) New Tom Hanks Typewriter App Click

August 26, 2014 - 3:23am

“Last week, the actor, who signs his tweets ‘Hanx,’ released the ‘Hanx Writer,’ an iPad app that he helped to create with the company Hitcents. It simulates a typewriter keyboard – clacks, clangs, and all.”

Menus, Language, And Price

August 26, 2014 - 3:16am

“‘Every increase of one letter in the average length of words describing a dish is associated with an increase of 69 cents in the price of that dish.’ Compared with inexpensive restaurants, the expensive ones are ‘three times less likely to talk about the diner’s choice’ (your way, etc.) and ‘seven times more likely to talk about the chef’s choice’.”

Danish Conceptual Art Project Pulled After Swedes Accuse It Of Racism

August 26, 2014 - 3:12am

“The Copenhagen-based theatre company Global Stories’ project Through Different Eyes has been removed from the Malmö Festival after more than 200 Swedes signed a petition accusing the project of racism” – specifically, of being modern-day blackface.”

Russia to Bulgarians: Stop Repainting Soviet-Era Monuments to Look Like Comic Book Characters

August 26, 2014 - 3:10am

In the latest of a series of art-bombings in Sofia, the figures in a post-World War II memorial to the Red Army were repainted to look like, among others, Superman, the Joker, Captain America, Ronald McDonald, and a black Santa Claus. The Russian government wants this to stop.

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.25.14

August 26, 2014 - 12:39am

Creative solutions to everyday problems
AJBlog: The Artful Manager | Published 2014-08-25

The Arts in a Civic World Upside Down
AJBlog: Jumper | Published 2014-08-24

Journalism’s Phony Golden Age
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-08-25

Birthplace of Another Sonata
AJBlog: PostClassic | Published 2014-08-26


TV’s Golden Age Makes The Emmys That Much Shinier

August 25, 2014 - 3:59pm

“HBO, which racked up 99 nominations this year, the most of any network, will face off against a lineup of broadcasters, cable networks and the subscription streaming service Netflix during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.”

Chautauqua Symphony Mourns Murdered Violinist

August 25, 2014 - 11:30am

“For eight weeks every summer, Mary Whitaker, 61, would come to the Chautauqua Institute to play violin with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Whitaker was a regular for the past 36 years.”

So What’s Actually The Plot Of The Number One Movie In The Land – And Does It Matter?

August 25, 2014 - 11:00am

“It’s post-plot cinema — built to be consumed without any holistic understanding of what’s happening or why, without any sense that one should want a clear understanding of what’s happening or why.”

Warning: Watching Reality TV Makes People More Aggressive, For Real

August 25, 2014 - 10:30am

“Those who had watched Jersey Shore or Real Housewives actually gave louder, longer blasts after watching those shows than those who watched the more violent crime dramas.”

John Hughes, Icon, And The Real-Life Town He Reinvented On Screen

August 25, 2014 - 10:00am

“The only thing that kept me from giving up and turning myself over to Child Protective Services was thinking that if Kevin McAllister could spend one Christmas alone at the age of 8, then I could certainly finish out high school uneventfully on a friend’s futon. After that, I just wanted to get out.”

How To Learn (Yes, Including Taking A Walk)

August 25, 2014 - 9:15am

“When you get stuck, you’ve run out of ideas, distraction is really your best friend. You need to stand up, let it go — walk around the block, go to the cafe, drink a beer, whatever it is — and that is really your best shot at loosening the gears a little bit.”

British Readers Devour Mysteries (And A Few Other Genres) In Translation

August 25, 2014 - 9:00am

“Surging interest in foreign literature in recent years has been sparked partly by the success of Scandinavian fiction – notably Stieg Larsson, whose Millennium books have sold more than 75 million copies in 50 countries, and popular television dramas such as The Killing.”

If You’re In Search Of A Burst Of Creativity, Go For A Walk

August 25, 2014 - 8:30am

“This is not just a Cape Cod for the mind, a time to relax before wading back into the sifting and processing. Daydreaming, it turns out, is part and parcel of how the mind works, of how it locates and makes sense of the data we’ve already accreted and the links between them.”

Student Actors In Ramallah Use Theatre To Tell Their Stories As Palestinians

August 25, 2014 - 8:00am

“Festival participants included Palestinian students from the West Bank, a group of 12th-graders from Tromsø, Norway, actors from the UK, and trainers from Germany, Egypt and Romania who gave workshops in dance, drama, comedy and performance art. The final group performance included a movement piece reflecting the dynamics of street protest, a sketch about Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, Commedia dell’Arte scenes and monologues about self-image and harassment.”

Emmy Sponsors Desperately Try To Recreate Success Of Ellen’s Oscars ‘Group Selfie’

August 25, 2014 - 7:30am

“So far, nearly major social media brand has plans to capitalize on Monday’s awards ceremony, waiting for a star-studded Emmy moment to go viral.”