Archive for May, 2020

Dealing With Reader Reviews, Even When They’re By (Literal) Dogs

Note to authors: Don’t go on GoodReads. Just don’t. But when a dog-themed book group reads your book on Instagram, well, things might be different. – The Guardian (UK)

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Video Games Can Teach Reluctant Learners A Lot More Than You Might Think

Hey, parents, when your kids are using video games to deal with the pandemic, you may think they’re not doing schoolwork. True, but games like Assassin’s Creed, Minecraft, and Roblox have a lot to teach. – NPR

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Unions Have A Say In Hollywood’s Potential Return To Work

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced more than a week ago that counties could set reopening plans for the entertainment industry. That hasn’t happened because Hollywood’s various unions are pretty clear that the industry won’t get to shortchange safety. But “the high-wire act for the unions is that while they have a great deal of power, they also have members... | Read More

Mark Morris And The Art Of Zoom Choreography

Morris on creating during the pandemic: “The idea that our lives are on hold irks him, he said. Or ‘the idea that you’re waiting to come back to your life, and I’m sorry everybody: This is your life.’” – The New York Times

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This Bedtime Book Helps Kids Find Their Place In The ‘Universe’

Before he became an astrophysicist, Ray Jayawardhana was just a kid, looking up at the night sky with his father. "I remember being awed," he says. He's written a book called Child of the Universe.

(Image credit: Raul Colón/Random House Children's Books)

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Why Did The Guggenheim Decommission A Donald Judd?

The work is part of the controversial Panza Collection. “In the mid-‘70s Panza acquired from Judd a paper ‘certificate’ for an unconstructed work known as Untitled [Seven plywood boxes: open back] (1972–73). That document contained a rough sketch and dimensions for instantiating the work — a series of large, open, plywood cubes. When Panza later had the work made in... | Read More

Why Did The Guggenheim Decommission A Donald Judd?

The work is part of the controversial Panza Collection. “In the mid-‘70s Panza acquired from Judd a paper ‘certificate’ for an unconstructed work known as Untitled [Seven plywood boxes: open back] (1972–73). That document contained a rough sketch and dimensions for instantiating the work — a series of large, open, plywood cubes. When Panza later had the work made in... | Read More

Police Fire Rubber Bullets, And Use Batons On, Actor On HBO’s ‘Insecure’ During LA Protests

Kendrick Sampson of Insecure and The Flash was streaming LA’s protest on Instagram Live “when the officers began firing rubber bullets at protestors. He was also hit by police multiple times with a baton in a moment that was captured in a CNN live broadcast as well as on his Instagram.” Sampson wrote, “This was completely peaceful. All these folks started in a park,... | Read More

Jane Moss, Director Of Lincoln Center, Will Step Down After 28 Years

As the pandemic has wiped out all cultural programming at Lincoln Center for months, Moss has been thinking harder about something she’d been considering long before Covid-19 hit the city. She says, “Now is the obvious time,” though that may not seem true to those who would like to see strong leadership during the crisis. – The New York Times

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A Grandmother’s Poem Reassures Us With Humor And Grace

An NPR photojournalist's grandfather's 90th birthday party, canceled due to COVID-19, inspired a poem — and his vow to stay 89.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

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