Dance Criticism at the New York Times: Introduction
I would like to begin a conversation about the recent state of dance criticism at the New York Times. I hope for each one of my statements to be roughly 750 words and posted everyday on to this website until Valentine's day in February of 2008.
Ever since john Martin (b. 1893; d. 1985) first reported on changes in American concert dance in the first part of the 20th century, the NYT has been a national and international standard bearer of dance criticism. To be mentioned in the NYT is a major boon to presenters, funders, choreographers, performers and anyone in dance.
The NYT influence translated into socio-economic power within the American concert dance world because what it says about dance often contributes to opinions about who gets funding, who gets presented, and who is promoted.
Few instances of public criticism of dance reporting in the NYT appear. Yet, as I hope to analyze, we need this criticism now more than ever.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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