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Jane Austen Fans Really Love To Dress Up Like Jane Austen’s Characters

September 15, 2014 - 10:00am

“It is not just about Jane Austen, it is about a way of life which was much more elegant, much more refined.”

Building A Television Empire Requires A Lot Of Drama

September 15, 2014 - 9:30am

“In giving [Shonda] Rhimes the key to Thursday, which remains a lucrative night as film studios promote weekend releases, the alphabet network is acknowledging how big a draw her name has become with her patented style of traditional procedural meets emotional roller coaster — and showing that it sees her as a vital figure in helping them crawl out of a three-year spell in fourth place in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic. “

The Power Of Technology: An Ending To 13-Year-Long Quest To Find People In 9/11 Wedding Photo

September 15, 2014 - 9:00am

“She’s looking at the pictures, the perished, the fallen, trying to match them up to the people in the photo, and the whole time she’s been keeping this photo safe in her favorite Ernest Hemingway novel.”

Joe Sample, Pianist Of The Jazz Crusaders, Dead At 75

September 15, 2014 - 8:30am

“The Jazz Crusaders, who played the muscular, bluesy variation on bebop known as hard bop, had their roots in Houston, where Mr. Sample, the tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and the drummer Nesbert Hooper (better known by the self-explanatory first name Stix) began performing together as the Swingsters while in high school.”

‘Longmire’ Canceled Because Its Big Audience Was Just Too Old

September 15, 2014 - 8:00am

“A&E said it pulled the plug on ‘Longmire’ because it appeals primarily to older viewers—the median age of the show’s viewers is 60 versus 48 for the network as a whole.”

The New, Gorgeous Instrument That You Have To Qualify In Order To Purchase

September 15, 2014 - 7:30am

“The reliance on craftsmanship suppresses supply: It takes years to learn to build a handpan and requires patience, physical strength, dexterity, and a pitch-sensitive ear.”

Top AJBlogs For 09.14.14

September 15, 2014 - 2:04am

What’s New About the New Greek Galleries at MFA?
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-09-15

Do Adorno and Benjamin Still Speak to Us?
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-09-13

A Cat Can Look at a Queen

AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-09-13

The Steampunk Heart Of Artist Anselm Kiefer’s 200-Acre Studio

September 14, 2014 - 2:15pm

“When Kiefer moved there in 1992 he needed 70 lorries to move the contents of his studio: he would need rather more now. The artist turned this quiet domain into a Brobdingnagian Gesamtkunstwerk, surely one of the most extraordinary artworks of the last century.”

Yes, Heidegger Believed In The Nazi Cause (For A Time). Now What Do We Do With Him?

September 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

“One reason to take the Notebooks seriously, therefore, is to understand how a figure who inspired such a wide following could have held such views — and what this might mean for his legacy. This is a question of intellectual history and influence. While it is important, there remains an even deeper one: whether there is anything left for us to think about in reading Heidegger.”

Life Is Random (No Matter How Much We Want It To Be Organized)

September 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

“Futurists and science-fiction authors predict that genetic engineering will someday allow designer children, built to order, with whatever smarts, looks, and personalities their parents prefer. But biology’s new recognition of the role of noise in development gives us one more reason to think that this simply isn’t going to happen.”

A Deep Dive Into The Issues – And The Future – Of The Vivian Maier Case(s)

September 14, 2014 - 1:30pm

“The rights to some of Maier’s work may hinge on a rental agreement she signed for a storage unit — a storage unit on which she later defaulted.”

A Dancer Who Works In Sneakers (And Dances Right Through Many Pairs Of Them Per Year)

September 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

“Most of my shoes last two and a half weeks. I wear a lot of Jordans because they feel really good and are comfortable when I’m dancing and they have just enough toe support.”

New Playwrights Will Never Defeat Romeo & Juliet – But Can They At Least Get A Hearing?

September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

“I get it. Dead people work for cheaper than those of us who breathe air. And they’ve got more name recognition and audience draw. Plus, they won’t show up to rehearsal with script changes or input. There’s no need to spend money ‘developing’ their plays. Their work is finite. Frozen forever in perfection.”

So, Turns Out People Under 30 – AKA Millennials – Love Print Books

September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

Millennials may not care for libraries the same way Gen-Xers and Boomers do, but they sure do love books in print form.

For A Hard-working Actress, Finally A Chance At The Bronze Ring

September 14, 2014 - 12:25pm

“Her characters often serve to ‘hold up the wall’ of the narrative, she said, like the empathetic best friend in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or the kindly stranger in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ Or the kindly mental-institution psychiatrist in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ the kindly rape-treatment counselor in ‘Trust’ or the kindly medium in ‘Beautiful Creatures.'”

Three City Ballet Dancers Are About To Break Into Stardom – In Broadway Musicals

September 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

“Not many musicals require the specialized skills of world-class ballet dancers. It’s mostly a fluke that three high-profile shows with such needs are opening within months of one another.”

(Why) Are We OK With Oil Barons Funding Natural History Museums?

September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

“The politics isn’t in the science itself — science is raw data, as close to the truth as you can get. The funding is about how we are interpreting that knowledge to further an agenda”

The Dismantling Of A (Formerly Very Good) British Education

September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

‘Oh, wowww!’ she cried, ecstasy lifting her voice above the wind whipping off the marshes. ‘New brutalism! Rarely seen any so pure. First pressing. Cold pressing. Purrrfect!’

The Cult Of Jeff Koons Must Die

September 14, 2014 - 11:30am

“Koons is alert to a tendency on the part of the art audience to submit—to submit to something (to anything) that exerts a certain discomfiting power. This is the S&M of the contemporary art world, with the audience angling for an opportunity to grovel at the feet of the superstar.”

One Problem For The Locked-Out Atlanta Symphony Musicians: Size

September 14, 2014 - 11:15am

“You can’t (cut) this orchestra any further. Either you try to maintain it and grow it back in the direction from where we came, or it’s over — it’s not the same orchestra any more.”