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This Is Your Brain on Silence

One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…

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Photographer Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images

In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.

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A Young Persons Guide To Classical Music Concert Attire

The city of Toronto deserves a class of patrons that are more cognizant of concert decorum. Here at Musical Toronto we feel it is necessary to clarify the rules and expectations for concert dress.

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Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”

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Birmingham looks for new ways to fund arts and culture

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

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Is Your Hoarding Habit A Work Of Art?

“The Keeper” at the New Museum posits that collecting is much more than a compulsion.

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The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects Of The Last Century

Has much changed since Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”?

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After Caravaggio: Michael Fried on the painter’s enormous influence

The art historian examines the long legacy of the Baroque painter

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Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.

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The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks

Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.

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Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio

A primer on planning, presenting and posting your best work…

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Wonders and blunders: what makes a great museum?

Artists, architects and curators tell us about the spaces they love—and hate…

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Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Collection Finally Goes On View

He called them his “Midnight Paintings.”

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Pokémon Go Users Flock to Museums, Passing Picasso in Search of Pikachu

If you’ve visited a museum in the last few days and spotted larger-than-average groups of people wandering around and looking a tad lost, their eyes glued to their phones…

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The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

A handy guide to navigating what’s coming up next in the design world…

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Why Did Google Erase Dennis Cooper’€™s Beloved Literary Blog? – The New Yorker

The fate of Cooper’s long-running Web site is a chilling reminder that creative work lives online at the mercy of the platforms that host it…

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Urban gamification: can Pokemon Go transform our public spaces?

Augmented reality tourism, drunk seagulls, subway deserts and a failed zero-carbon city feature in this week’s roundup of the best city stories

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JT LeRoy unmasked: the extraordinary story of a modern literary hoax

In the late 90s, JT LeRoy’™s autobiographical tales of abuse as a young man became cult hits, beloved of celebrities from Lou Reed to Winona Ryder. Then the baffling story of the author’s true identity emerged. A new film reveals the makings of the myth

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Name of mystery woman who received Van Gogh’s ear revealed for first time

Gabrielle Berlatier was a farmer’s daughter who kept her traumatic encounter with the artist a secret…

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Louvre-Lens to restore Le Brun lost after the French Revolution

Painting of Christ once owned by the Sun King went missing for 200 years and was almost completely obscured by age and layers of dirt

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This Company “Clones” Masterpieces

Would you like to have a Vermeer or a Caravaggio in your living room above the sofa? Maybe a van Gogh or a Degas painting would be a better match for your drapery and credenza?

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Russell Smith: Why publishers think pink for book covers

Most readers of fiction in North America are, by a wide margin, women. The books are being marketed to them

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How to be Supportive of an Artist

What are the best ways to be supportive of an artist’s endeavors?

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Feeding the Hunger: female writers are storming the male citadels of sci-fi

A generation of readers raised on Harry Potter has had a knock-on effect on demand for fantasy fiction, and left publishers scrambling to sign up women

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The Children Who Grow Up in ‘Book Deserts’

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor kid to find something to read…

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By data-mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories…

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Nestle In to Your Artist Community

As a student of art history, I love reading about communities of artists that evolved organically over the centuries…

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Total Noise and Complete Saturation

For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence…

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The Most Inspiring Cities for Young Artists Ranked

The educational website WorldWideLearn recently culled data from the American Community Survey and the Local Arts Index to rank the 15 most creatively inspiring cities in the United States…

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13 Effortless Productivity Tips To Keep You Sane (And Profitable)

13 truly useful productivity tips that are NOT hard. Do the ones that look easiest to you, and I promise you that good things will happen.

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The State: A Friend Indeed to Artists in Need?

Internationally, governments can play an important role creating occupational equity for the arts – but there i™s a catch.

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7 Things Professional Writers Know That Amateurs Don’t

These are the seven lessons I learned as an amateur writer that helped me to become a full-time writer.

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The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?

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Life Behind the Stacks: The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries

Inside the secret apartments of New York’s libraries…

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Apple patents concert camera blocker

Apple patents for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts.

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Why Does Anyone Write?

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness…

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What Should You Put in Your Email Newsletter?

Learn about the various types of email newsletter that are sent by authors—with pros and cons of each—plus how to choose which type YOU should send.

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I’m a Writer! But I Feel Like a Fake, A Ridiculous Phony

Have you ever felt like such a fake as a blogger and a writer that you want to walk away and never feel that way again?

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Book Cover Redesign as Marketing Tool

Cover designer Alexander von Ness explains the value of a book cover redesign and walks through several cover redesigns and their goals.

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The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In

Coloring books are everywhere. Some kids and parents love them. Even grown-ups are getting in on the fun. But do they have any educational value?

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Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis, An Artist Turns Her MRIs Into Art

“I want to take the fear out of looking at MRIs,” says Elizabeth Jameson.

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The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books 50 Covers competition announces the latest winnersand experimental typography abounds.

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My Peers Prefer That Painting? Oh Yeah, Me Too

Art appreciation isn’t necessarily a matter of individual taste.

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Are You Cheap or Are You Exceptional? How to Price Your Services

How do you become valued as an exceptional service provider? Pamela Wilson explains the mindset you need to assume when you set prices for your business.

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A Photo Series Featuring an Oversized Dachshund and Her Owner Exploring Brooklyn

Writer, photographer, illustrator, and director Mitch Boyer got the idea to Photoshop his tiny dachshund Vivian to an enormous scale after wanting to see her portrayed the same size of her mammoth personality. The idea was so entertaining he decided to turn the series…

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How I got My Art Placed on TV and Movie Sets

Artist Vineta Cook took the initiative and networked herself into a perfect position to sell her art to the entertainment industry. Here’s how she did it.

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The Dangers of Being Too Hard On Yourself

You can easily recognize when one of your friends is being too hard on themselves. But it’s a bit harder to self-diagnose…

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My Kids Grew Up Hating Art… And This Is What I Did About It

I thought that because I love art, my kids would automatically love art too. I imagined my children would be cultured and we would spend our weekends…

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Why a Great Profile Picture is a Blogger’s Most Powerful Tool – And How to Get One

12 ways you can make the most of your blog’s profile pic to help establish authority, and trust, and how you can get the best results from your photography.

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Blog Authorship: Tools to Keep Your Blog Content Safe from Plagiarists and Duplication

Using these tools you can secure your content and maintain your authorship. They take some time and effort to use, but aren’t you and your writing worth it?

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In Defense of the World’s Ugliest Color, “Opaque Couché”

And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!

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Why You Need an Editorial Calendar (and How To Make One)

An editorial calendar is a roadmap for your marketing content. An editorial calendar buys you peace of mind because you don’t have to scramble for what to say or share. Ideas are stored and work…

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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Successful?

Why the pervasive myth of the malcontent genius is harmful to our own creative development.

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50 Shades of YAY: Ways To Celebrate Success

You’ve worked hard, you gave it your all, and you’ve succeeded. It’s time to party! You want ways to celebrate? We’ve got ways to celebrate.

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