02.27.17

Trish Arnold, 98, Pioneer Of Movement Training For Actors

When she started teaching at LAMDA in 1955, "traditional movement training might have involved elocution, fencing and a bit of traditional dance ... Trish's genius lay in creating a methodology and approach" - which came to be known as Pure Movement - "that worked from impulse (initial mental, emotional and physical responses) and release (letting go of habits of movement), so that actors could adopt the physical signals that help an audience recognise a character on stage or screen."

Revenge Of The Grammar Nerds: Copy Editors Are Becoming Internet Stars

"In an age of texting and tweeting, these folks are trying to keep the mother tongue healthy, and their presence constitutes a refreshing renaissance for a profession that is generally underappreciated and rarely noticed - until, of course, a mistake shows up in print." Thomas Vinciguerra looks at Mary Norris, John E. McIntyre, and other usage mavens who've been getting noticed online.

Americans Are Choosing Smaller Screens To Watch TV On. What Will The Creative Implications Be?

"According to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, between 2009 and 2015, the number of American households without a single television doubled, from 1.3 percent to 2.6 percent. And even houses that still have televisions appear to be paring down: In 2009, 44 percent of households had three or more televisions, falling to 39 percent in 2015. The number of homes with one or two television rose 4 points in the same period, from 54 percent to 58 percent."

Is Neuroscience Getting In The Way Of Figuring Out How Our Brains Behave?

"We still don’t understand how the brain works because we’re still ignorant about the middle ground between single neurons and behavior, which is the function of groups of neurons—of neural circuits.” And that’s because of “the methodological shackles that have prevented investigators from examining the activity of entire nervous system. This is probably futile, like watching TV by examining a single pixel at a time.”

Making Theatre Out Of Britain’s Brexit Divide

"Tired of the shouty voices from Westminster, [National Theatre director Rufus Norris] decided to turn away from London and start an in-depth listening project to try to understand the roots of the divide that had fractured the country. ... He contacted 10 writers and directors from all over the country and asked them to start recording long interviews with people about their feelings about the vote." Amelia Gentleman has the story of My Country: A Work in Progress, the resulting play.

What Studies Teach Us About Why People Ignore Incontrovertible Facts

"People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in this belief is other people. In the case of my toilet, someone else designed it so that I can operate it easily. This is something humans are very good at. We’ve been relying on one another’s expertise ever since we figured out how to hunt together, which was probably a key development in our evolutionary history. So well do we collaborate, Sloman and Fernbach argue, that we can hardly tell where our own understanding ends and others’ begins."

Leonard Cohen Estate Sells Rights To All Songs To Montreal Dance Company – Other Dance Companies Stuck

"Last Tuesday, Ballets Jazz de Montreal said its worldwide exclusive dance and circus art rights include Cohen’s name and image as well as his visual, musical, and literary works. The company plans to debut a Cohen-inspired show in December that “will be performed through a series of acts, evoking the cycles of life, the colours of the seasons and nature’s true elements,” according to a news release."