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Valery Gergiev: I Just Wanna Play Music, So Why Does Everybody Keep Bothering Me About Putin? (Oh, By The Way, Speaking Of Ukraine, …)

February 20, 2015 - 3:44am

“People come to hear music, not to hear shouting. And to go on stage and scare Netrebko, how can the Met let this happen? If someone were to shout an anti-American slogan on the stage of the Mariinsky, it would be my fault.” The conductor then goes on to talk about Ukraine and Crimea.

Clinging To Timelessness In A Changing Cosmos

February 20, 2015 - 3:18am

“Traditional science has little to offer our longing for permanence, leading many to disenchantment, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Can we be scientific and satisfy our desire for transcendence?”

Arguments Break Out Over Hotel Planned Near One Of Modern Architecture’s Holy Sites

February 20, 2015 - 2:54am

“The jury tasked with selecting the design for a new hotel adjacent to Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa in Switzerland has ‘dissociated itself’ with the client’s decision to appoint Los Angeles firm Morphosis,” headed by Pritzker winner Thom Mayne.

SoCal Arts Groups Courting A New Donor Source: Chinese-Americans

February 20, 2015 - 2:48am

“With a median income that exceeds the national average, and a cultural heritage that prizes the arts, it’s little wonder that Chinese Americans would be seen as a promising source of donations. But there are challenges. Many wealthy Chinese Americans are immigrants who don’t have strong connections to L.A.’s cultural institutions. … [And] for wealthy Chinese Americans living in L.A., arts philanthropy is a relatively new concept.”

“Out of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth”: Gary Shteyngart Watches Seven Days Of Russian TV

February 20, 2015 - 2:20am

“Here is the question I’m trying to answer: What will happen to me – an Americanized Russian-speaking novelist who emigrated from the Soviet Union as a child – if I let myself float into the television-filtered head space of my former countrymen? Will I learn to love Putin as 85 percent of Russians profess to do? Will I dash to the Russian consulate on East 91st Street and ask for my citizenship back? … Or will I simply go insane?”

This Greek Artist Is Hacking The Euro

February 20, 2015 - 2:12am

“A handful of euro notes have circulated depicting ominous events like people fleeing buildings, hanging themselves, and writing bloody-looking graffiti that reads, ‘THE END IS NIGH.’ Playing off the typical euro note’s blandly interesting and politically approved historical architecture, this altered money strikes right to the heart of the crisis.”

The Refugees Who Created The Sound Of Hollywood

February 20, 2015 - 1:17am

Violinist Daniel Hope looks at the composers who fled the Nazis and settled in Los Angeles – and supported themselves by creating a style of music that defined an industry.

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February 19, 2015 - 8:59pm

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“Not Indifference But Detachment” – Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

February 19, 2015 - 7:10pm

“I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at NewsHour every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming. … I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future.”

“Unscrambling An Egg” – Can A Dance Work Be Edited?

February 19, 2015 - 6:05pm

Judith Mackrell: “A couple of months ago I asked whether choreographers need editors and whether dance, like literature, might benefit from having some kind of inbuilt system of feedback, comment and control. It became clear that this was a question that others were asking. And a few weeks later, it was taken up by Rambert in their offer of a public debate.”

Why Zadie Smith Will Not Keep A Diary Ever

February 19, 2015 - 5:48pm

“I realize I don’t want any record of my days. I have the kind of brain that erases everything that passes, almost immediately, like that dustpan-and-brush dog in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sweeping up the path as he progresses along it. I never know what I was doing on what date, or how old I was when this or that happened – and I like it that way.”

When Virtual Reality Becomes Good Enough, Will Masses Of People Just Give Up On Real Life?

February 19, 2015 - 5:33pm

“The appeal of these environments is not so much that they help us totally escape reality. Rather, it is that they make us believe that we can recreate and change our own.’ In that way, rather than forcing a mass rejection of society, virtual worlds may open new ways of examining our own.”

Intersecting Tributaries In A Delta: Alex Ross On The Music Of Björk

February 19, 2015 - 5:14pm

“It overruns the boundaries separating art from pop, mainstream from underground, primeval past from hi-tech present. … It is as though, in a reversal of tectonic drift, isolated land masses of taste were re-forming as a supercontinent.”

Larry David Hates Working With Scripts

February 19, 2015 - 2:20pm

“It’s one of the reasons I didn’t like acting. I don’t like not being able to interject. I don’t like waiting to talk. You have to wait for the other person to finish with his lines.”

Brian Dennehy On The Hard Work Of Acting Eugene O’Neill

February 19, 2015 - 2:05pm

“You feel like crap, you’re exhausted, you may be sick, you may have a cold. I’ve got arthritis everywhere. … But it all disappears the minute the lights come up and you start walking down a small dark hallway or climbing down into this tunnel. I have no idea what the attraction is. I cannot tell you how many times a day I say to myself, ‘Why am I doing this? Why do I have to go there?’ I have no answer for it.”

Met Opera And ENO Commission Second Work From Nico Muhly

February 19, 2015 - 1:50pm

The two companies, which developed and premiered Muhly’s recent Two Boys, will work with the composer on an adaptation of Marnie, Winston Graham’s 1961 novel (made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock) about a woman blackmailed into marrying one of her bosses after she gets caught embezzling.

Your Pocket Guide To This Year’s Oscar Controversies

February 19, 2015 - 1:35pm

“While we all know about the major controversies underpinning this year’s [awards race] – such as the shameful lack of diversity in this year’s #OscarsSoWhite nominees – no film is immune from its own internal drama. Here’s a look at some of the specific quarrels and criticisms that have plagued 10 of this year’s nominated films.”

Those Who Stay: The Lives Of Writers’ Companions

February 19, 2015 - 1:20pm

“We often know very little about those who live closely and share the lives of the writers about whom we apparently know so much. Part of this is wilful mythologizing. We like to think of the writer as indestructible as the text, preferring not to imagine who might make them breakfast in the morning or help them put on their shoes when they are too old to manage it by themselves.” A look at “Miss Alice” Lee, Ted Hughes, John Bayley, Leonard Woolf, and Valerie Eliot.

Multicolored Birds, Giant Flowers, And Heads With Wings Are About To Devour Philly

February 19, 2015 - 1:02pm

Well, its museums, anyway. The Museum of Art, U. Penn, the Free Library, and Winterthur are all featuring Fraktur, the wildly colorful and whimsical Pennsylvania German folk art: “Drawings of hybrid fish with the heads of men. Humans mottled like snakes. Long-tongued lions.”