There’s a fascinating discussion over at Parabasis about improving government funding for the arts. Should the NEA (or really, any of us arts funders) stop mandating programs through grants? (Happy to report our own Artist Fellowship Program does not artists can use the funds anyway they see fit.)
At the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Greg Cook tells the tale of last weekend’s Parade for the Future, in which nautically-dressed artists and activists stormed the Boston Common in a “global-warming-themed procession.”
At the Rose and Thorns Reviews blog, a panel of literary editors reveal what they look for in a writing submission. Steven Seighman of Monkeybicycle looks for “great writing that blows my hair back.” Timothy Green of RATTLE talks about how literature operates on three levels, the intellectual, emotional, and lyrical. “We tend to focus so much on the (intellectual),” he says, “but play a sport or fall in love, and you know how important the other two still are.”
But when you aren’t submitting to literary journals, you may need a day job. The blog of Haydens Ferry Review helps out with its A Cup of Ambition series, an exploration of jobs (other than teaching) that share skill sets with writing archivist, infomercial script writer, arts (ahem) administrator, literary agent, librarian, book production.
The Huntington Theatre blog asks whats the ideal level of collaboration between the producing theatre and the playwright.
In The Boston Globe, Chuck Leddy gives a glowing review of Joan Wickersham’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) The Suicide Index. “Joan Wickersham has journeyed into the dark underworld inside her father and herself, and has emerged with a powerful, gripping story.”
At CinemaTech, Scott Kirsner announces a panel in Cambridge about “what’s next for visual effects, editing & post-production, and digital distribution of movies,” on September 25.
At New Music Box, an American composer grapples with the definition of American contemporary classical music.
And a reminder that the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music is taking place through the weekend at the ICA in Boston. Curated by Boston Modern Orchestra Project Artistic Director Gil Rose, it’s an event where Boston’s “legendary ensembles and rising stars burst into the spotlight for four days of sonic splendor in an iconic 21st Century space.”
Image: Colleen Kiely, ON THE ROAD (REAR VIEW #135), Graphite on paper doily, 18 in. round, 2008. Works from Colleen’s “On the Road” series are in the The Fine Art of Drawing Invitational at the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University at Tallahassee, through September 28.