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Hollywood Sees Bigger Bigs, Smaller Middles

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 5:29am

One theory of the current dynamic is that studios have released too many movies that go after the same audience — “Steve Jobs” ate into “The Walk” ate into “Black Mass,” for example.

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Can We Finally Start Taking ‘Political Correctness’ Excesses Seriously Now?

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:58am

Jonathan Chait: “The upsurge of political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and over. It’s the expression of a political culture with consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be incompatible with liberalism.”

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Knowing How You Decide Is As Important As The Decision

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:54am

“Psychologists have argued there are two types of decision-making styles: There are maximizers, and then there are satisficers. Maximizers are concerned with making the very best decision, hemming and hawing and hemming some more until they’ve considered every possible option. Satisficers, on the other hand, know what they want, and once they find an option that meets their criteria, they pick that and move on with their lives. It’s a ‘nothing but the best’ versus an ‘eh, good enough’ mind-set.” (includes quiz)

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Why Are Art Galleries Almost Always White Cubes?

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:49am

“The answer involves everything from the rise of ascetic Protestantism, Soviet contrarianism, Zen reflection and the ever-unstoppable power of the dollar. The last one – market forces – goes a long way towards explaining the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude that fuels the white cube’s persistence.”

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Al Pacino-David Mamet Play’s Broadway Opening Delayed By Two Weeks

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:40am

China Doll, “bolstered by Mr. Pacino’s star power, has been selling very strongly at the box office, but there has been some skeptical early buzz about Mr. Mamet’s play and Mr. Pacino’s performance, and the delay will both lengthen the amount of time the team has to work on the project before critics weigh in, and reduce the effect of reviews because they will run later in the play’s limited run and after the traditionally lucrative Thanksgiving weekend.”

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Why Can’t The World Just Pick One Design For Electric Plugs?

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:29am

It’s the question asked in frustration by every international traveler with an appliance. The answer, ultimately, goes back to the old rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

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‘I Have 10, Sometimes 11 Costume Changes Per Show’: Diary Of A Moulin Rouge Dancer

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:19am

“That’s 22 changes each night. You wouldn’t be able to put the feathers on by yourself during a quick change so we have an army of 25 dressers. We don’t dance in the nude: we’re always completely covered with jewels, feathers, bra and pants. It’s very classy, very elegant.”

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We’re Starting To Learn The Real Secret Of Stonehenge: How The People Who Built It Lived

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:08am

“‘The stone monument is iconic,’ said [archaeologist] Wolfgang Neubauer … ‘But it’s only a little part of the whole thing.’ Discoveries in the last decade, some via modern technologies like ground-penetrating radar, have revealed more about the people for whom the giant monuments held great meaning.”

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Allen Toussaint, 77, New Orleans R&B Legend Who Churned Out Pop Hits For Other Artists

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:52am

“He was a versatile, virtuoso pianist and a distinctive, mellow-voiced vocalist who rarely toured because he was so busy producing, writing and arranging music at his New Orleans studio. Meanwhile, his songs were performed by a who’s who of New Orleans singers (Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe) and international rock artists (Jerry Garcia, The Doors, Yardbirds, Bo Diddley, Robert Palmer, Little Feat, Elvis Costello). In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

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Is This Netflix’s Version Of ‘Serial’?

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:42am

“Netflix appears to be the latest player to see the genre’s value: It announced Monday that it will be releasing a documentary series called Making a Murderer in December. The 10 episodes will follow the story of Steven Avery, a man who was convicted of rape and later exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 18 years in prison. The kicker: After his release, he was sentenced to life for murdering another woman in 2005.”

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Netflix Makes $50 Million Bet On A Korean Action Flick

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:36am

“The streaming service will reportedly spend $50 million on the budget of Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Okja, the follow-up to the Korean director’s international hit Snowpiercer. If that seems like a lot, it is – but it’s part of a larger international gamble that could help the company grow outside the U.S.”

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Bernard-Henri Lévy Is Not As Ridiculous As He Sometimes Seems

Arts Journal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:10am

For all that he can be a figure of fun in the U.S. and even in France, “Lévy ‘has made a positive impact on French policy and French thinking. Saying terrible things are terrible in a loud and convincing way is more than a lot of people do,’ says Steven Erlanger, who was The New York Times‘ Paris bureau chief from 2008 to 2013, ‘and he deserves a lot of credit for that.'”

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.10.15

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:55pm

The Artist’s Muse”: $170.4-Million Modigliani Doesn’t Float All Boats at Christie’s
While the rest of the scribe tribe has moved on to parsing tonight’s contemporary auction at Christie’s, here’s my recap of the same auction house’s attempt last night to repeat the breakout success of … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-11-10

A Great Lulu
When the Metropolitan Opera rises to its own standard, no opera house in the world presents more engaging, exciting, or satisfying performances. On November 5 the new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu fulfilled every aspect of the… … read more
AJBlog: OperaSleuth Published 2015-11-10

Johnny Costa
The recent Rifftides review of pianist Sullivan Fortner’s new album mentions Johnny Costa as an influence. The influence came early. Like millions of other American children, Fortner grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2015-11-09

Not a One-Trick Pony
San Francisco, 1969. So says Jed Birmingham in #23: The Dead Star, the first of his picks for “The Top 23 Most Interesting Burroughs Collectibles.” The Burroughs Nova Broadcast pamphlet, which I published in 1969 and … read more
AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2015-11-10


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They’re About To Appoint A New Leader For The Choir Bach Conducted

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:25am

“St Thomas Church of Leipzig, Bach’s employer for 27 years, is about to appoint his first 21st-century successor. When Bach applied for the job in 1723, the search committee also auditioned four candidates. Their first choice turned the job down. So did their second choice and their third. Bach ended up winning the role by default.”

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The Future Of How We Work?

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:09am

“As we head toward 2025 the role of work in society could hardly appear more different. Either people have been increasingly sucked into a vortex of punishing, oppressive work that absorbs many more hours than the standard 40 per week, or they have been excluded from any possibility of jobs that provide decent livelihoods.”

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The Data-fication Of Literature – New Insight Or Descent Into Hell?

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:06am

“Computational reading is the culmination of a long tradition in the West in which knowledge-seeking curiosity outweighs transcendent longings. We are awed by our human capacities to organize, reveal, and explain what seems so radically particular and discrete.”

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The Difficulties Of Making Dance In Los Angeles

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:01am

“The connective fibers of our town are missing. That is what we started to realize with Sasha (Anawalt) starting to do the Dance Map. We suddenly realized how many dance circles there are in Los Angeles. The circles aren’t connected, so you don’t realize we’re the leading social dance town or that with Latin Dance we’re huge.”

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Alex Ross: The Most Ambitious Opera Since Wagner’s “Ring”?

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:55am

“Many passersby react to the opera with a momentary perplexity that seems to fade as they walk on. Others become curious and ask questions. By the end of the run, thousands of Angelenos will have joined the piece’s accidental audience, which may turn out to be the more important one. Whatever the reaction, “Hopscotch” triumphantly escapes the genteel, fenced-off zone where opera is supposed to reside.”

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What’s The Impact Of Theatre OUTSIDE Your Theatre?

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:51am

“Every theatregoer has an example of a play that changed their life to a greater or lesser extent. However, the real question I reckon theatres need to ask themselves is not whether what they do impacts on those who go to their shows but whether what goes on in their building really has a significant impact for those who have never stepped inside it?”

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Massachusetts Governor Vetoes Percent-For-Art Program

Arts Journal - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:48am

“While the goals of this program are admirable, the costs and structure are unreasonable in light of the many legitimate demands and constraints on the Commonwealth’s capital investment plan,” Governor Charlie Baker wrote in his veto letter.

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