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Media Notes

This is an interesting article about Movie director Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine:
Men's Journal p.54, May 2013

On why he won't have a rape scene in his movies:

"Even for $3 million, I can't rape somebody onscreen. Those choices will follow you around your whole life".

This is a great value at $25, even if its so crowded you can’t even find a place to go to the bathroom.

Packed with tourists, but also packed with an amazing assortment of treasures from every place and time. We’re partial to the Asian and India art, but there’s really something for everyone – and something good for everyone. The real problem is that this is such a huge place that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Check the website for current exhibitions and then make a plan for what you want to see. You could easily spend weeks here, so you need to be focused on what you find most interesting. But why, like most museums, are hours so constricted when there is such obvious demand? How about fewer new multi-million dollar acquisitions and longer operating hours?






The first two floors of contemporary wing are worthless, usual modern crap, go straight to 3rd floor for surrealists, including Albert Bloch’s Three Pierrots and Harlequin, Conrad Felixmuller’s “The Death of the Poet Walter Rheiner” which is a great depiction of the spirit of nightlife in a big city, Chagall’s “Birth”, Matta’s incredibly colorful “The Earth is a Man” and Beckmann’s “Reclining Nude”; one of the very few nudes in modern art that is actually erotic.

Buy that book!

Many of the same people who bemoan the lack of literacy in American society, or its general frivolity, will be the same ones that refuse to actually pay for serious work. They get their books from a local library, or borrow them from friends, or just get the cheapest version possible via an ebook reader like Kindle, or another discounted format on Amazon.

But if you want something to survive, you need to support it - that means paying for the product. If you want a local bookstore to survive and prosper, buy something there - don't window shop and then buy it on Amazon. Every book that you borrow from a friend is that much less revenue for the publisher and author and, believe me, the vast majority of authors and publishers need that revenue. So buy that book! Better yet, pay full price. And then you can think of yourself as a patron of the arts.

The Fall of Music Revenues

What a terrible time we live in to try to make a living as a musician. It's never been an easy profession, by any means, with far more "would be" musicians than paying customers. But along comes the internet and sites like Napster as a way of stealing the work of people you admire. Of course there are rampant other forms of online piracy, but even legal downloads are problematic. iTunes is a great system but, by unbundling albums so that users only purchase individual songs, it has turned a $12 album purchase into a few $1 purchases. It's great for the consumer who only pays for what they really want, but not so great for the artists. And now along comes music streaming services, which offer all-you-can-listen streaming for a low monthly fee, which is cutting into iTunes revenue. The revenue scenario for artists just seems to get harder and harder.

Of course, the big commercial artists like Beyoncé will always find a way to get rich. But for the vast majority of musicians, just making a living becomes harder and harder.

This museum is in a good location, just off magnificent mile near the John Hancock building. Otherwise, terrible; usual identity, gender politics. It's amusing when art that has little to with gender or race needs to throw in a few lines in the description about “tensions arising from race and gender” just to get shown in a place like this. One thing worth seeing is one of the few contemporary artists we like, Wangechi Mutu, just for aesthetic appeal, although the “message” is the same tired one about gender roles, etc., and the one pic they have from her is not one of her best. Admission is only $12, but that’s really about $9 too much for this; it’s the same stuff as NYC’s MOMA, but a bit smaller, and without the beautiful café and garden, although they do have a 2nd rate café here and a very small sculpture garden.

Media Notes

This is an interesting article about Movie director Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine:
Men's Journal p.54, May 2013

On why he won't have a rape scene in his movies:

"Even for $3 million, I can't rape somebody onscreen. Those choices will follow you around your whole life".

This is a great value at $25, even if its so crowded you can’t even find a place to go to the bathroom.

Packed with tourists, but also packed with an amazing assortment of treasures from every place and time. We’re partial to the Asian and India art, but there’s really something for everyone – and something good for everyone. The real problem is that this is such a huge place that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Check the website for current exhibitions and then make a plan for what you want to see. You could easily spend weeks here, so you need to be focused on what you find most interesting. But why, like most museums, are hours so constricted when there is such obvious demand? How about fewer new multi-million dollar acquisitions and longer operating hours?






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