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On What It Takes To Be A Ballerina

“We dancers bonk up against the insanity of pining after someone else’s pair of legs day after day, but with age and maturity and years of fixating on our bodies – our instruments – we come to grips with what we have and what we can do with it. … I scrutinize my physique in the same way a painter stands back to examine her canvas. It’s my creation, made for a purpose.” –... | Read More

On What It Takes To Be A Ballerina

“We dancers bonk up against the insanity of pining after someone else’s pair of legs day after day, but with age and maturity and years of fixating on our bodies – our instruments – we come to grips with what we have and what we can do with it. … I scrutinize my physique in the same way a painter stands back to examine her canvas. It’s my creation, made for a purpose.” –... | Read More

Choreographer Liam Scarlett, 35

He was a star British choreographer who staged a prodigious number of works and was assured a major international career. But “after allegations of sexual misconduct at the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School, the company severed ties with him; an independent investigation found there were ‘no matters to pursue’ in relation to students.” – The Guardian

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The Dueling Bob Dylan Bios By Authors Who Hate Each Other

“It’s not really polite to tell other writers they’re bad writers, because they tend to fling it back to you. In response, I would say he’s a clunky, self-indulgent writer … His books are all very long and baggy. They’re about his interpretation of Dylan songs … and it’s incredibly boring.” – The Guardian

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Would It Kill Spotify To Pay Musicians A Penny Per Stream?

And would a penny per stream be a little more fair? After all, “Spotify increasing royalties to a penny per stream would send a clear, graspable message to its subscribers that it values the artists who serve as the foundation of the company. It would also bring Spotify in line with competitors Apple, Amazon Music and Tidal.” – Los Angeles Times

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The Tricks To Playing Drunk

It’s not the 1960s anymore (not by a long shot), so actors usually don’t play drunk by getting drunk. Instead, consider Aubrey Plaza’s technique for her movie Black Bear. “Acting drunk when you’re sober is no easier than acting sober when you’re drunk. To get into the right frame of unsteadiness, Plaza would spin round until almost throwing up just before the... | Read More

The Tricks To Playing Drunk

It’s not the 1960s anymore (not by a long shot), so actors usually don’t play drunk by getting drunk. Instead, consider Aubrey Plaza’s technique for her movie Black Bear. “Acting drunk when you’re sober is no easier than acting sober when you’re drunk. To get into the right frame of unsteadiness, Plaza would spin round until almost throwing up just before the... | Read More

Why Andrew Cuomo Can’t Let A Penn Station Development Go

Well, it’s obvious, right? The New York governor “is currently resisting calls to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. So what better way to prove that he is definitely not a phallocratic bully than to ‘ram through,’ as one outlet puts it, a super-tall tower called Penn 15, and a vast development around it?” – The Observer (UK)

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The Project That Is Mapping Anti-Racist Street Art

In 2020, after the death of George Floyd at the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin, “a team of researchers from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis launched the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database to record and map anti-racist street art in the wake of Floyd’s murder. Crowdsourced through an online submission form, the database now includes more than 1,800... | Read More

The Project That Is Mapping Anti-Racist Street Art

In 2020, after the death of George Floyd at the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin, “a team of researchers from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis launched the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database to record and map anti-racist street art in the wake of Floyd’s murder. Crowdsourced through an online submission form, the database now includes more than 1,800... | Read More

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