It May Be Time To Overhaul The Funny Pages Completely

With the entire comic-strip genre undergoing changes of medium (from paper to pixels), generation (the creators of many newspaper mainstays have been dying off or retiring), and audience (Millennials don’t tend to get their news or their cartoons on newsprint, and they prefer big events to day-to-day … [Read More...]

In 2018, How Do We Handle Classic Broadway Musicals With ‘Problematic’ Male-Female Relations?

“Billy Bigelow hits Julie Jordan. Henry Higgins molds Eliza Doolittle. Fred tames Lilli. And Edward rescues Vivian. Amid a national reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct, Broadway is mounting a cluster of musicals this season and next that, some theatergoers already contend, romanticize problematic relationships between women and men.” … [Read More...]

When Arendt Met Auden

Hannah Arendt: “I met Auden late in his life and mine – at an age when the easy, knowledgeable intimacy of friendships formed in one’s youth can no longer be attained, because not enough life is left, or expected to be left, to share with another. Thus, we were very good … [Read More...]

How Facebook Has Revived The Epistolary Friendship

“Thanks to the newfound abundance of text-based communications tools, and the social networks that allow us to discover or rediscover potential correspondents, friendships conducted entirely through text exchange are once again the norm. Would these friendships look familiar to the letter-writing friends of earlier centuries, when epistolary friendships … [Read More...]

A 700-Year-Old Nutmeg Tree In The Hirshhorn Museum Lobby

“A design over two years in the making, [Hiroshi Sugimoto’s makeover] transforms the museum’s entrance and lobby area, turning the information desk into a coffee bar, and providing a more inviting seating area next to it. Sugimoto’s armchairs reference both the iconically circular shape of the building and coils of … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.22.18

My Storify from the Obama Portraits Event: Eclectic Crowd, Controversial Art In case you still have an appetite for more about the Obama portraits unveiling and installation, here’s my Storify of live tweets from the scene … read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-02-22 Julian Lage at the Bootleg Theater Last night’s show … [Read More...]

We Are Our Anxieties (And That’s A Good Thing)

Samir Chopra: “The Buddha and David Hume considered the self to be a bundle of ever-changing perceptions and thoughts and images. Similarly, I propose a ‘self-as-bundled-anxieties’ theory: we are a bundle of anxieties; by examining them, to see what vexes us, what makes us anxious, we … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.21.18

High Noon adapted for the stage, speaking sharply to 2018 and with no exit High Noon is a great movie, but does it immediately jump to mind as a story that’s ripe for re-evaluation and revision? … read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2018-02-21 Engagement at the Core In addition to … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.19.18

The Ground as Partner, as Enemy Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca at the Joyce Theater through February 25th. … read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-02-19 Jazz and beyond projects with 2018 NEA funding support Given all the noise, the National Endowment for the Arts’ $25 mil for arts, literature and education announced Feb. 7 … [Read More...]