Myths do not die suddenly. They pass through a long period of respectable retirement, decorating the background of the imagination,

~Kenneth Clark [buy]

A Rite [trailer] (2013) (Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company & SITI)

Belgrade (1938) (Charles Simic) [source]

Belgrade (1938) (Charles Simic) [source]

Beginning of a Great Adventure / Strawman (1989) (Lou Reed) [buy]

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To appeal to government and business leaders, Sexton has tried to repackage a liberal-arts education as something that has measurable value. At a panel that he moderated for a conference called Creative New York, in 2006, he opened the event by boasting about the concentration of college and graduate students in the city. ‘We have tremendous assets in place,’ he said. Then he turned to the dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, who had been asked to share his thoughts on the city’s ‘ICE sector.’

'Start spreading the news!' Jones sang. 'I'm leaving today!'

'No, you’re not leaving,' Sexton said.

'I'm asked to sit on this panel and talk about being part of the new economic engine of New York City: are we serious? Are we serious?' Jones said. 'Does the culture, talking all this highfalutin talk today about creativity, truly value something that does not have a product?'

~Rachel Aviv [source]

Brazil [trailer] (1985) (Terry Gilliam) [buy]

Nagoya Marimbas (1994) (Steve Reich) [Bob Becker, James Preiss, marimbas] [buy]

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Although Americans were probably healthier than most people in eighteenth-century Europe, illness and disease were everywhere in the new United States. Perhaps one quarter of all children died before the age of one. The smallpox epidemic that ravaged the country between 1775 and 1782 killed more than a hundred thousand people, at least four times as many as were killed by the British army. Washington had no children, but the widow Martha Custis had four, all of whom died before she did, one at age two, another at age three, a third as a teenager, and the fourth in his twenties.

Franklin lost one of his two sons to smallpox at age four. The Adamses had six children: one was stillborn, another died at fourteen months, a third died of alcoholism at age thirty, and their first-born daughter died of breast cancer in her forties. An epidemic of dysentery in 1775 killed hundreds of Bostonians, including Abigail’s mother and one of her maidservants. John Quincy Adams’s wife Louisa suffered seven miscarriages but gave birth to four living children, only one of whom survived to old age. When Martha Wayles Skelton at age twenty-three married Jefferson, she had already lost her mother, two stepmothers, her first husband, and a son aged three. Jefferson lived to eighty-three and saw death all around him. He outlived his wife, five of his six children, six of his ten siblings, and even several of his grandchildren. Abrams’s statement ‘that illness and death were a constant factor in the daily lives of people from all walks of life’ can scarcely do justice to the reality.

~Gordon S. Wood [source]

1M. 10M. 100M. Data! (2011) (Monica Rogati)