Category Archives: 12.31.17

Gia Kourlas Learns To Look At Dance Differently

“The dance world tends to compartmentalize itself: There is uptown dance (code word for ballet) or downtown dance (the more experimental variety). I follow both and everything in between. What am I looking for in terms of any kind of performance? Imagination. To see how a choreographer thinks, how a dancer responds and how the […]

“All Of A Sudden We Can Do The Same Kind Of Analysis On Images As We Can On Text”

“For the first time, helped by recent advances in artificial intelligence, researchers are able to analyze large quantities of images, pulling out data that can be sorted and mined to predict things like income, political leanings and buying habits. In the Stanford study, computers collected details about cars in the millions of images it processed, […]

The 100 Greatest Nonfiction Books In English (A Highly Arguable List From The Guardian)

Given in reverse chronological order, from Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction (2014) back to the King James Bible (1611), Robert McCrum’s choices include historical monuments (The Federalist Papers, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman); landmark reference works (Samuel Johnson’s and Noah Webster’s dictionaries, Roget’s first thesaurus); great memoirs (Ben Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Vera Brittain), […]

How I Chose The 100 Greatest Works Of Nonfiction In English

Robert McCrum: “Literary classics cluster on the north face of Parnassus. For this vertiginous terrain there are different sherpas. Italo Calvino says that a classic is ‘a book that has never finished what it wants to say’. Ezra Pound identifies ‘a certain eternal and irresponsible freshness’ … Alan Bennett wryly notes: ‘Definition of a classic: […]

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.31.17

What We Liked in 2017 When Doug McLennan asked me to write a description for my blog that ArtsJournal would begin hosting in 2017, I thought about the topics which move me to spend time writing—the things that I feel … read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-12-30 Recent Listening And Viewing: Ernie Watts Ernie Watts, Wheel […]