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The Writer Who Makes Perfect Sense of Classical Music

2018-08-15T06:48:23+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Arts, Uncategorized|

Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, is also a great writer. You can often detect a good-natured smirk behind his words, but right there with it is a genuinely humane seriousness. His writing, always engaging, strikes a balance between solemn reflection and undeniable wit. Source: The Writer Who Makes Perfect

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How Steely Dan Got the Perfect Guitar Solo on “Peg”

2018-08-09T07:05:48+00:00August 5th, 2018|Categories: Arts, Uncategorized|

It’s easy to call the music of Steely Dan cynical ersatz : slick, clinical jazz-rock, with nary a hair out of place on any of their nine studio albums; soulless soul music beloved by pretentious jerks like the duo in Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s satirical Broadway show Oh, Hello , a comic play featuring

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How Netflix changed entertainment

2018-06-26T06:11:35+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Culture, Media, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" -- but not without taking its fair share of risks. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings discusses the

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Why We Don’t Read, Revisited

2018-06-24T04:21:39+00:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Uncategorized|

Caleb Crain revisits his 2007 New Yorker article about American reading habits, exploring what has changed since then and how the Internet and television are pulling us away from reading.little more than a decade ago.... (He) was worried about what a shift to “secondary orality”—a sociological term for a post-literate culture—might do to America’s politics.

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Truth, Lies, and Literature

2018-06-18T04:09:39+00:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Book, Culture|

Cultural Comment Truth, Lies, and Literature By Salman Rushdie May 31, 2018 The breakdown in the old agreements about reality is now the most significant reality, and the world can perhaps best be explained in terms of conflicting and often incompatible narratives. “What, art thou mad? Art thou mad?” Falstaff demands of Prince Hal, in Shakespeare’s “Henry

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Night Falls on News Carriers

2018-06-16T08:17:40+00:00June 16th, 2018|Categories: Arts, Uncategorized|

There are many reasons the newspaper industry is in free fall. Widespread failure to get the product delivered properly is part of the problem. Source: Opinion | Night Falls on News Carriers

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Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity

2018-06-13T05:20:29+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Uncategorized|

Sculpting from models or imagination, Giacometti’s hand ate away flesh in his quest for a likeness beyond appearance.  

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