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The Man Booker Shortlist Is Out (And It Doesn't Include 'Underground Railroad')

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:00

And the UK's The Observer isn't thrilled with the list: "When Lola Young, as chair, summarised the shortlist as 'unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention,' she articulated a mission statement for a final session that promises to be an excruciating visit to the third circle of a literary critical inferno."

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Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 10.15.17

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:55

On playwrights attempting to be in the driver’s seat: my experience at Dominique Morisseau’s “Pipeline” at LCT
I’ve recently starting working as an assistant professor and program director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA AME) at The New School. If you don’t know it, The New School is ... read more
AJBlog: JumperPublished 2017-10-15

‘Just Like Real Life’
William Cody Maher & Signe MählerWilliam Cody Maher & Signe Mähler Oct. 21 – 28 at Freehome / Berlin two people who have been living together for a long time have learned how to live ... read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-10-14

Replay: George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant
Duo Concertant, Hugo Niebeling’s 1973 film version of George Balanchine’s 1972 ballet. Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins, who created their roles for New York City Ballet, are the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky’s score is played ... read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-10-13

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What's Up With The Ultra-White Romance Genre?

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:30

The authors of a report on diversity in the genre are the owners of the U.S.'s only romance-focused store, and they love the genre. But the numbers are bad - in some cases, abysmal. They say: "The traditional romance publishing industry is going to collapse if it doesn’t start hiring authors that reflect the current U.S. population."

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Apparently, Because The Political Climate Is Grim, Neon Is Back

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:00

Maybe: "We want the promise that everything is going to be O.K. ... We want the joy back. We’ve moved away from the dark Edison bulb toward something bright."

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'To Kill A Mockingbird' Pulled From Mississippi Eighth Grade Classroom Due To 'Uncomfortable Language'

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:00

Was it pulled because of its use of the 'n-word'? That seems to be the case, but the reason is not clear. "Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board said, 'There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.'"

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Immersive Theatre, The Final Frontier: Your Living Room

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 12:00

Or your basement, if you're the producers of these immersive theatre nights in the Bay Area. What if you and the other 20 people there hate the show? Well, there's food. "Preshow offerings include wine, cheese and charcuterie. Postshow a whole buffet is served."

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Lawrence Argent, Sculptor Of Whimsical, Massive Public Art, Has Died At 60

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:30

The sculptor, who placed a massive bear outside the Colorado Convention Center in 2005, said in 2013, "Public art gives you a chance to embrace peace and inquisitiveness. ... You become a part of it, and you’re changed."

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Finding 'Allah' In Viking Graves Opens Questions About Scandinavian History

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:00

For one thing, "the evidence, she added, supported the theory that the Viking settlements in the Malar Valley of Sweden were, in fact, a western outpost of the Silk Road that stretched through Russia to silk-producing centers east of the Caspian Sea." But was there a deeper cultural and religious exchange as well?

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The Banjo Player (And 'Genius' Award-Winner) Writing What's Touted As The Next 'Hamilton'

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:30

Rhiannon Giddens, who was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is writing a musical based on a series of events in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina, and centering it around the music of the time. She says, "for me, the heart of American music is in this moment of white and black sort of coming together. Maybe that’s simplistic, but to me it is a symbol of the best of what we do culturally."

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Book Stories Often Have Links To Amazon, But Why?

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:00

One indie bookstore representative wonders what the ever-loving heck: "Even as people seek out the expertise of indie booksellers, they treat Amazon as the default for book links. Bloggers write about shopping local while linking to Amazon. Authors appeal to bookstores for book tours and sales but announce their books on Facebook with Amazon links (yes, even for a book titled How to Find Love in a Bookshop)."

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The Artist Inspired By National Geographic Explorers

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:30

Artist Dianna Cohen says that oceanographer Sylvia Earle helped inspire her to found her biggest art project: A non-profit that's working on cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Scotland Yard Is Now Investigating Rape Claims Against Harvey Weinstein

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:00

"A team of officers has been established to look into the alleged crimes, which are said to have taken place in London between 2010 and 2015, as well as an allegation of sexual assault previously passed on to the Metropolitan police by detectives from Merseyside police, which relates to the late 1980s."

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Music Journalism Is Surviving Not In Papers, But In That Other Print Form: Books

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 08:30

Well, that's happening in Canada, anyway: "Books on music are hardly new, but the recent flurry of new titles is part of a broader cultural shift – a nascent one, with kinks to work out. New authors are working with small, scrappy publishers to get these stories into the world. With hope, this won't all be a blip and we'll be treated to long treatises on Canadian pop for years to come. There should be time for growing pains."

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When The Soviet Book Fair Made A City In India Come Alive

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 08:00

The fairs - and other cultural trading - taught about history beyond the Indian independence struggle. And they were cool: "The Soviet Book Exhibition would cram a vast ground in the center of town with stalls selling books and magazines, for all ages, in English and various Indian languages. Sovietland magazine was published in 13 Indian languages. It carried pictures of Soviet life, of collective farming, and Indo-Soviet collaborations on projects like the Bhilai steel plant. Soviet books were inexpensive and beautifully produced on glossy art paper."

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Philadelphia Magazine Asks 'What The Hell Is Going On At The Pennsylvania Ballet?'

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:30

Fair question, but: "Whether Corella is shifting the company away from its heritage or not, a larger question hovers: Does it even matter? If the choice is 'Change or die,' who cares if the dancing is different? It’s a classic 'would you rather' moment: Ballet fans, would you rather have a different-looking company or no company at all?"

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Motion Picture Academy Strips Harvey Weinstein Of Membership

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:00

The Academy's press release emphasized that its decision was about more than just Weinstein. "As Academy standards go, it was a very swift response. But it leaves the question of other members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, whose behavior has been equally as troubling as Weinstein’s."

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So, Will The Portraits Of The Obamas Be Classic Or 'Edgy'? Philip Kennicott Says Both

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:30

Kennicott: "If there’s a safe center to the cutting edge, the Obamas seem sure to find it. Like the Obamas’ personal presentation, the paintings are almost sure to look a lot tailored and just a little trendy, without crossing any lines that might discomfit popular expectations."

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Women Know - And Direct - Horror

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:00

But has anything changed? Jackie Kong, director of the 1987 cult classic Blood Diner, says no. "This is real life. ... You’re still not trusted; you’re still not hired. You can be this icon, this cult figure, but they have to be enlightened already, otherwise you’re fighting an uphill battle."

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When A MacArthur Genius Grantee Just Wants Some Time Off

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 05:30

Yuval Sharon is pretty busy, but iIn 2020, when he is free of all future work commitments, he will take a six-month sabbatical in Japan, most likely in Kyoto. He’s never been there, but the country’s music, culture, theater and literature have long appealed to him. 'Self-reflection is crucial to artistic work,' he said. 'It’s so easy to get caught up in the machine of producing. The second one project is done, you’re on to the next.'"

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Amazon Studios Suspends Its Chief After Sexual Harassment Allegations Go Public

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 05:00

Oh: "Isa Hackett, producer on the Amazon series 'The Man in the High Castle,' described her evening encounter with the chief of Amazon Studios in 2015, when he allegedly made unwanted sexual remarks that were 'shocking and surreal,' according to an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Thursday. While riding a taxi to a company party together with Price and Michael Paul, then a top Amazon executive and now chief executive of BamTech, Price repeatedly propositioned her, Hackett said."

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