Thursday, March 26, 2015

Awakening to truths about ourselves and the world (in the Beauty Class) by Diane Ragsdale

This is the sixth post in a series of posts focused on the course on beauty that I am coordinating/teaching for business students at UW-Madison. In the fourth week of the Beauty Class I wan…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Approaching Beauty in Art (Beauty Class Continues) by Diane Ragsdale

This post discusses how the students prepared for a visit to the contemporary art museum; their three-hour visit to the museum and the exercises they completed there; and the portfolio as…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Selfies vs. Self-Portraits and Universal Beauty vs. What I Find Beautiful (Beauty Class Portfolio Assignments) by Diane Ragsdale

  For those following the Beauty Class, this post is about the first two portfolio assignments. One of the primary methods of learning in this course is the creation of portfolios in w…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Different Orientation (Beauty Class Wk 1) by Diane Ragsdale

Art is a different value system. Like God, it fails us continually. Like God we have legitimate doubts about its existence but, like God, art leaves us with footprints of beauty. We sense th…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why Beauty in a Business School? by Diane Ragsdale

  A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about the course in beauty that I am teaching this term at UW-Madison, under the auspices of the Business School and the Bolz Center for Arts Admini…

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Too Many Artists Or Not Enough Value? by Douglas McLennan

Scott Timberg’s book Culture Crash makes a case that the transformation of our culture right now is killing artists’ ability to make a living making art. He cites a number of rea…

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Approaching Beauty in a Business School by Diane Ragsdale

In a week I will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin to teach a 12-week course in beauty for undergraduate business majors.  The course is aimed at helping students cultivate an aesthetic sens…

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Culture-crashing – Is The Internet Killing Our Creative Class? by Douglas McLennan

Scott Timberg, an arts journalist and author of the CultureCrash blog on ArtsJournal, has a new book out called… Culture Crash. It’s Scott’s attempt to look at how the digi…

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Arts in a Civic World Upside Down by Diane Ragsdale

A couple months back I was asked to give a talk on civic leadership to a group of arts leaders participating in the fantastic UK-based Clore Leadership Programme. We tend to take for granted…

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Change in the arts sector. Can we speed it up or must we wait it out? by Diane Ragsdale

  Devon Smith has written a smart, provocative post on a debate she engaged in at the recent Americans for the Arts Conference in Nashville. It’s called We Should Allow Failing Arts …

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Just because: Clifford Curzon plays the "Trout" Quintet

Clifford Curzon and the Amadeus Quartet play Schubert's "Trout" Quintet at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1977: (This is the latest...

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Almanac: Logan Pearsall Smith on grumpy old men

"The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the...

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on going home

"Going home must be like going to render an account." Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim...

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High culture, movie-house style

In today's Wall Street Journal "Sightings" column, I take note of the coming to YouTube of British Pathé's archival newsreel...

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More magic to do

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I report on two important out-of-town productions, a staging by Teller (yes, that...

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Presto, change-o

Assuming that all goes well, the blog that has occupied this space largely unaltered since 2003 will have undergone a...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on self-knowledge

"For it is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on ideas

"Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance,...

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Snapshot: Erroll Garner plays "Earl's Dream"

The Erroll Garner Trio plays "Earl's Dream" in 1972: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lookback: on abandoning series TV

From 2004: When Our Girl told me what happened on the season finale of The Sopranos, I was mildly interested--perhaps...

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on apathy

"There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar;...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Just because: Charles Laughton reads a Biblical parable

Charles Laughton reads the Biblical parable of the Burning Fiery Furnace on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1960. Laughton's original...

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on facts

"They wanted facts. Facts! They demanded facts from him, as if facts could explain anything." Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim...

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Almanac: Simon Callow on comedy

"It may have been that worst of all possible things, a comedy in which the company shrieked with laughter during...

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Reclaiming William Inge

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I report on revivals of two American shows from the Fifties, William Inge's...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almanac: Alva Johnston and Fred Smith on celebrity

"A celebrity has a negative or an inverted sense of hearing; he can hear his name not being mentioned at...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Snapshot: Charles Laughton becomes a stage gangster

From a British Pathé 1930 newsreel, Charles Laughton explains how he makes himself up to appear on stage in Edgar...

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Almanac: Simon Callow on what actors do

"It is interesting to note that frequently actors most successfully project the thing they least are but would most like...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lookback: is recorded sound a good thing?

From 2004: It's no secret, for instance, that the rise of the phonograph basically killed off domestic music-making. My grandfather,...

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Almanac: Julian Bream on what musicians communicate

"As I've got older, I found that music for me is not just a question of music and then living;...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Almanac: Julian Bream on the spirit of music

"The spirit of music can reach people who are sensitive enough to receive it in such a way that the...

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