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How The Moon Became A Real Place

July 21, 2014 - 1:30pm

“In popular imagination, the moon vivid, expansive, and fantastic. There was talk of winged creatures, moon elephants, scalding heat, and deep oceans. Newspapers were filled with stories—fictional, scientific, and artistic. In 1902, The San Francisco Call had an actual man act out the various faces of the man in the moon.”

When Crime Writers Mix Historical Fact With Their Fertile Imaginations

July 21, 2014 - 1:30pm

“If a child of mine had just been murdered I would find it hateful if somebody saw that as a means of making money.”

The Man Who Turned Paper Dolls Into An Art Form For Adults Dies At 85

July 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

“Meticulously drawn and colored, and annotated with historical information, Mr. Tierney’s paper-doll books are not just for children — and some are not for children at all. His aim, he often said, was to contribute to the visual literature of costume history.”

So Why Was Julie Crosby Unceremoniously Dumped From the Women’s Project Theatre?

July 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

“The way it was handled has created a situation we fear is damaging to the Women’s Project’s reputation, especially as it typifies the very thing we are committed to fighting — the lack of acknowledgment of the contribution of women to the American theater”

That Time The Pet Shop Boys Wrote An Opera About Alan Turing For The BBC Proms

July 21, 2014 - 12:30pm

“The fact that a public work like this [is] going ahead in the very centre of one of our most famous concert series, on the BBC … there’s a sense of making up and making good, of expunging a lot of what was so bad about the old world.”

True Open-Air Theatre Has Been Rare In Britain – But Now, Bring On The Picnics During ‘Timon Of Athens’

July 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

“‘It’s a different experience, that appeals to people who are not necessary theatergoers,’ said Mr Jackson. ‘We see people just sit and relax into the atmosphere, and feel more included in the whole experience.’”

When The White People In MFA Workshops Seriously Do Not Get It

July 21, 2014 - 11:30am

“A similar but different criticism occurs when a writer is told that her portrayal of minority characters isn’t different enough. A woman in my program has been told that her stories need to be more ethnic, that readers should be able to smell the food.”

How Theatre Is Finally Making A Borderless Future

July 21, 2014 - 11:00am

“This conference was what many of us in el movimiento have been waiting for: that moment when the next generation of amazing young artists, scholars, producers, and administrators are not only ready to step it up, but have also been trained through mentorship programs, internships, and good old theater jobs.”

A Fight Against Censorship And For The Right To Read Heidegger

July 21, 2014 - 10:30am

“If canonical philosophers were blacklisted based on their prejudices and political engagements, then there wouldn’t be all that many left in the Western tradition.”

Roger Ebert Predicted This Would Happen (But He Didn’t Know The Movie Would Be About Him)

July 21, 2014 - 10:00am

“Sitting on my sofa, push-button dialing system by my side, I can’t help but feel that I’m filing a dispatch from a future entertainment universe. We should embrace and celebrate the fact that we can now watch great movies on TV the same day they’re in theaters. And yet this development feels like it’s brought on more consternation than joy.”

OK, World, J.K. Rowling Plans To Produce More Mysteries Than She Did Harry Potter Books

July 21, 2014 - 9:00am

“One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.”

The Getty Research Institute Gets Permanent Records Of Ephemeral ‘Happenings’

July 21, 2014 - 8:30am

“The conundrum of how best to preserve the history of midcentury American performance art — art created before phones had video cameras — lies at the center of the Getty Research Institute’s recently announced acquisition of [photographer] Robert McElroy’s archive.”

Have You Heard Of This Amazing New Contemporary Art Space … In Jersey City?

July 21, 2014 - 8:00am

“The complex occupies almost a million square feet — more than five Walmarts — and growing. It includes studios, galleries, a rehearsal space, a Middle Eastern art center and a museum of Richard Meier’s architectural models.”

Writing Romance Novels Is A Feminist Thing To Do (Duh?)

July 21, 2014 - 7:30am

“In romance fiction, the lesbian werewolf with a thing for raw meat and three-ways underneath the full moon can get a date. The cross-dresser in 18th century England will find true love with a prince or a princess.”

The Dream Of Speed-Reading (And What It Does To Our Brains)

July 20, 2014 - 8:00pm

“It is much more difficult to gather ideas of any complexity at all using Spritz than it is in ordinary reading. Complex ideas, like those routinely presented in philosophy or literary fiction, require a lot of rereading as you go. Also, when the sentence begins in a Spritz display, you can’t tell how long it’s going to be: a terrific drawback for comprehension.”

Rethinking Our Concept Of The Solitary ‘Genius’

July 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

“Thinking itself is a kind of download of dialogue between ourselves and others. And when we listen to creative people describe breakthrough moments that occur when they are alone, they often mention the sensation of having a conversation in their own minds.”

Does Playing Music In An Orchestra Increase Kids’ Emotional Health?

July 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

“They fully listen to both themselves and other people’s needs as they learn to enter their ‘musical world’ (when they get in touch with people and their inner music).”

In Praise Of (And In Search For) Broads

July 20, 2014 - 6:30pm

“Like a lot of theater fans, I’ve been mourning the death of brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. It means there’s one less fabulous, foul-mouthed, talented, gin-swilling broad on this earth.”

Iceland Is Almost Obsessively Literary. What’s Up With That?

July 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

“For a country that boasts a population of approximately 320,000 people — that’s less than Belize, Brunei, and the Bahamas — Iceland is punching above its weight class.”