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Why Not Reading Is Something To Be Proud Of

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 14:03

In 2011 more than 50,000 new novels were published in the United States alone. “The problem of abundance” is a problem for every person who has an internet connection, and it is a professional problem in every corner of literary study. Nonreading, seen in this light, is not a badge of shame, but the way of the future.

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Book Critic: Why I Read Amazon Reader Reviews

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 13:34

“Here’s my semi-shameful secret: I like reader reviews. I often make a point of seeking them out. When reporters used to interview me on the subject, I’d feel obliged to note that you can find reviews on Amazon and (even more commonly) on Goodreads that are as considered, thorough, and well-written as anything that used to appear in your local newspaper. But actually I don’t care much about those reviews. I already know how people like me, people who read books professionally and with a particular set of aesthetic values, respond to a text. I go to reader reviews to see how the other half reads.”

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How New York City Became The Center Of The Jazz World

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 13:02

“Many jazz fans assume that New York has always been the preferred destination for up-and-coming musicians, but this hasn’t always been the case. In fact, New York came late to the jazz party.”

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What It Takes To Make It As An Artist In Seattle

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:31

“Creativity is often thought of as individualistic. In Seattle, though, with its game companies, design firms, and rapidly closing art galleries, creativity is becoming more corporate. The health of the arts in the region is increasingly tied to the health and success of artistic organizations. There are successful arts organizations, but not necessarily successful artists. In this context, the corporations often charged with pricing artists out of the area become not threatening, but part of the same business partnership.”

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Spock, Picard, And The Lessons Of ‘Star Trek’

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:00

“Spock’s inner struggle embodied the conflict at the heart of the series. It pitted unchecked, anarchical emotion against stoic rationality, atavism against civilization, present against future. … Picard and his crew were all human carbon copies of Spock – even-keeled, rational, and almost impossibly ethical. … That left little room for identification. You could aspire to be more like Picard, the very model of compassion and culture, but you could never truly understand his moral universe. He was nothing like us twenty-first-century humans. He was too alien.”

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Jerry Saltz: Our Art History Is Strangling Us

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:28

“Art as we now know it has narrowed. These days our definition of it is mainly art informed by other art and art history. Especially in the last two centuries — and tenaciously of late — art has examined its own essences, ordinances, techniques, tools, materials, presentational modes, and forms. To be thought of as an artist someone must self-identify as one and make what they think of as art. This center cannot hold. Why? It is far too tight to let real art breathe.  “

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There’s Now A Sixth Taste – And It Explains Why People Love Carbs

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:00

“It has long been thought that our tongues register a small number of primary tastes: salty, sweet, sour and bitter. Umami – the savoury taste often associated with monosodium glutamate – was added to this list seven years ago, but there’s been no change since then. However, this list misses a major component of our diets, says Juyun Lim at Oregon State University in Corvallis. ‘Every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate. The idea that we can’t taste what we’re eating doesn’t make sense,’ she says.”

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The Toronto man Fighting To Get His Children Out Of Music Classes

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:31

“For the last three years, he has been trying to have his children exempted from music classes in a public elementary school. He has stated that music is against his religious views. At this point in time, he hasn’t succeeded in winning an official exemption for his kids – and he’s up against a formidable barrier.”

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A Blind Theatre-Lover Explains How She Makes The Experience Work

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:00

Ria Andriani: “I lost my sight at the age of five as the result of glaucoma. As a musician and writer, I have a particular interest in theatre and have welcomed the increase in audio-described theatre … With descriptions, people like me can engage with and sometimes get lost in the work on stage. Sometimes we’re backstage before a show begins, touching the props and costumes.”

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Research Refutes Noam Chomsky’s “Universal Language” Theories

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:32

“His universal grammar was put forward as an innate component of the human mind—and it promised to reveal the deep biological underpinnings of the world’s 6,000-plus human languages. The most powerful, not to mention the most beautiful, theories in science reveal hidden unity underneath surface diversity, and so this theory held immediate appeal. But evidence has overtaken Chomsky’s theory, which has been inching toward a slow death for years.”

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Emoji Is The World’s Fastest-Growing Language – But Who Are The Keepers Of Its OED?

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:00

“It started with 176 icons. Now it’s grown to 1,800. But who decides what becomes an emoji? We lift the lid on the California coders who live and breathe smiling cats and banned aubergines.” (Note to Americans: aubergine is British for eggplant.)

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FTC Cracks Down On Brain-Training Site Lumosity

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:28

“The privately held company, based in San Francisco, has drawn in 70 million people over the past decade to play games that challenge users to remember sequences of brightly colored animations, or to ignore visual distractions and click only on certain objects. The FTC charged that Lumosity oversold the benefits of the games.”

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This Year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:15

“Though this year’s short list is not nearly as internationally diverse as last year’s — nominees hail only from the U.S., U.K., and Canada — there’s a significant chance a person of color could follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Marlon James, and take home the prize.”

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Oldest Surviving Manuscript From Americas, Long Questioned, Is Declared Genuine

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:00

“The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s. But a new study yields a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America.”

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Watching Pete Wells At Work – The New York Times Restaurant Critic Doesn’t *Always* Have His Knives Out

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:30

“Wells is an unassuming man who has become used to causing a stir, and this can be disorienting: it’s odd to hear him wonder, not unreasonably, if restaurants ever think of bugging his table. But a restaurant can’t openly acknowledge him. … Experienced for the first time, this covert cosseting feels slightly melancholy, like an episode of Cold War fiction involving futile charades and a likely defenestration.”

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Dance Writers Need To Rethink How They Write About Tap (Says Tap Artist)

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00

Brenda Bufalino: “When writers cover other forms of dance they speak about the particulars that make up a satisfying performance. They are equipped to reference past works and compare specific dances from a choreographer’s repertory. In contrast, tap dance to date has been written about as if it were a folk dance. Many critics have created a hierarchy of authenticity that keeps tap dancers competing on the street corner. Wouldn’t it be helpful to share with the public the subtleties and techniques of tap dance?”

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Remember ‘Japan’s Beethoven’, Who Was Really Neither Deaf Nor A Real

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 06:30

“On Feb. 6, 2014, Takashi Niigaki faced a crowd of reporters … in Tokyo and took a deep and apologetic bow. He had just revealed that he was ghostwriter for Mamoru Samuragochi, who was celebrated as ‘Japan’s Beethoven’ before being exposed as a fraud. In Hiroshima on Aug. 15 of this year, Niigaki found himself again bowing before a crowd, but this time it was on a stage in acceptance of a warm shower of applause.”

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UK’s National Gallery Sued Over Matisse Portrait By Heirs Of The Woman In It

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 06:15

Portrait of Greta Moll (1908) depicts a fellow-artist and a pupil of Matisse. Moll’s heirs – Oliver Williams, Margarete Green, and Iris Filmer – say that Moll, who owned the painting, turned it over in 1945 to a student of her husband, Gertrud Djamarani, fearing it would be lost or destroyed during the Allied occupation of Germany. … Instead of preserving the painting, says the complaint, Djamarani sold it in Switzerland for her own gain.”

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Is This Plaster Of The ‘Little Dancer’ Really By Degas? One Expert Says Yes

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 06:00

“In a twist to a longstanding debate that for years has riveted a corner of the art world, one of the leading experts on Degas has decided that a long-disputed plaster of that artist’s Little Dancer, which shows the ballerina in a slightly different pose, is indeed an earlier model of his famous 1881 sculpture Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.”

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What The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum Means For African-American Washington, D.C.

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 05:45

“‘All cultures need places where their things can land and be celebrated,’ [Theaster] Gates says. ‘For D.C., locals now have the bragging rights of having a home for reflection on black lives and black trauma. They get to share this amazing museum with the world.'”

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