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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.”

Top AJBlogs For 08.24.14

August 25, 2014 - 1:00am

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

Weekend Extra: Copenhagen
AJBlog: RiffTides | Published 2014-08-24

Spier & Gasparatto: Getty’s Dark-Horse Curatorial Appointments
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-08-22

Endgame: Culture and Suicide
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-08-22

Sir Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director, Giant Of British Cinema, Dies At 90

August 24, 2014 - 10:20pm

“Richard was an academic failure who was happiest when performing in plays.” You may know him from his starring roles in “The Great Escape” and “Jurassic Park” or from his directing of “Gandhi” or “A Bridge Too Far” – or maybe even as Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

The Thousand Tiny Histories Of The United States

August 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

“They are ordinary objects from the not-too-distant past. They are the stuff of basements, like what you might find at a yard sale, or landfill. Yet, put under glass and labeled, and the things take on a magical air. The more mundane the things are, the more you wonder why they have been saved at all, the more magic they seem to have.”

The Art Thief Who’s Turned Into An Online Art World Sensation

August 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

Turbo Paul: “When it comes to negotiating the recovery of stolen art, the bad guys want to deal and tell the truth, the so-called good guys lie and prevaricate.”

When Memoirs Turn Out To Be Fiction, Why Can’t We Just Appreciate The Writing?

August 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

“To take anybody in, they must be well written and compelling to read. In every case I came across, the text was interesting in itself, even more so when it was known to be fake.”

Pop Music As A Tool For Making You Brush Your Teeth – And Ending Ebola?

August 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

“In 1949, the U.S. Public Health and Services commissioned songs from Woody Guthrie as part of its anti-venereal disease campaign. Guthrie’s ‘V.D. City’ warned people of ‘cold lower dungeons where the victims of syph roll and cry.’”

You Have No Excuse: More (And More And More) Ballet On The Internet

August 24, 2014 - 3:45pm

“The quantity of ballet performance history currently available to us on YouTube alone is staggering. No ballet illustrates this better than ‘Giselle.’”

Streaming Opera To Your TV: The Bad, The Good, And The Rather Enjoyable

August 24, 2014 - 3:30pm

“It all makes one long for some Netflix-like behemoth — Netclassix? — that could easily stream works from all over to all televisions, tablets, smartphones and computers.”

Loving The 100-Year-Old Leica

August 24, 2014 - 3:00pm

“Suddenly it was possible to be unobtrusive. The camera fitted in a coat pocket. It didn’t need a tripod and was quick and quiet to operate. So photography became fluid, informal, intimate: the technology no longer got in the way of telling the story.”

Alone In Public At The Museum (If It Gets Built That Way)

August 24, 2014 - 2:45pm

“Museums are very public buildings that offer the promise, or at least the hope, of this intimate experience, the moment of seduction and insight. A museum master plan probably needs to be most concerned with organizing the traipsing around, but not at the expense of silencing that voice from the alley.”

Time To Celebrate #Shortreads?

August 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

“Of all things, the least of which we have is time, and short novels tip their hats courteously to that fact.”