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Court Rules There's A Seventh Monty Python Member

From Arts Journal

"How many members of the Monty Python comedy troupe have there been? Think carefully before you respond, because an incorrect answer could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars." The New York Times 07/05/13 ... Quick Read

Opponents Sue To Block NY Public Library Plan

From Arts Journal

"The suit, filed by the nonprofit group Advocates for Justice on behalf of five preservationists and scholars who include the historian David Levering Lewis, accuses the library of violating its charter and the state's Constitution by dismantling seven floors of stacks and removing books from the site." The New York Times 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

The Week Women Disappeared From Atop UK Publishing

From Arts Journal

"A bad week for women and a good one for geeks, sighed an industry insider after a couple of days that saw one of British publishing's two queens abdicating, and the other resigning herself to a less regal role." The Guardian (UK) 07/05/13 ... Quick Read

Painting Now? (Whatever!)

From Arts Journal

"People have been painting since the stone age, and the conscious, written history of painting goes back to ancient Greece. When a painter faces a blank canvas, that weight of tradition is daunting - you are doing the same thing Caravaggio and Rembrandt did. What can you add that is truly new?" The Guardian (UK) 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

The Need For Speed - Acceleration Is The Idea Powering Today's World

From Arts Journal

"Acceleration has also become a universal goal in the modern world. It's more than just a technological phenomenon, argues German sociologist Hartmut Rosa, a professor at the University of Jena." Der Spiegel 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

Why Do Writers Care So Much About Genres?

From Arts Journal

"It's amazing how the question of genre category, and especially the definition of "literary" fiction, is still sparking more passion and frank upset among writers and fans than any subject (except perhaps gender, and the two are not unrelated, since some genres are associated with genders; "hard" sci-fi with men, paranormal romance with women, etc)." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 07/03/13 ... Quick Read

UK Performing Arts Companies Say Touring Drying Up Because Of Venue Deals

From Arts Journal

"Producers have said more venues are resorting to a box office split - whereby takings are distributed according to a negotiated amount between the venue and producer - rather than a guaranteed fee where the touring company knows it can cover its costs. Small to mid-scale touring companies are claiming this trend could put them out of business." The Stage (UK) 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

A Symphony Orchestra That's Thriving: Kansas City

From Arts Journal

"What we see in the Kansas City Symphony is a culture of mutual respect. A lot of orchestras talk about respect, but the Kansas City Symphony really practices it." Kansas City Star 07/05/13 ... Quick Read

Music Schools Focus On Business

From Arts Journal

"There's a realisation that most of our music schools and conservatories do a first-rate job of training young musicians in the artistic and theoretical aspects of music, but we have a long way to go [in] jumping the gap into the real world of music economics," Times Higher education 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

Five Reasons To Support Local Bookshops?

From Arts Journal

"Without them, your reading matter will get blander and blander, and if you write a wildly experimental novel, the chances are you will be publishing it yourself. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but that's a different subject altogether." The Guardian (UK) 07/04/13 ... Quick Read

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