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July 31, 2014

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 10:39 am

An apparently interesting new book is scheduled for release in August.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, hardcover, Barnes and Noble

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, hardcover, alibris

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, hardcover, amazon.com

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, audiobook, downpour

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — David Shafer, iTunes

Overview:

Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems—boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy—in David Shafer’s darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark’s platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading—and erasing—Leo’s words. On the other side of the world, Leila’s discoveries about the Committee’s far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

Barnes and Noble

July 26, 2014

Newspaper readers and the Metropolitan Opera audience

Filed under: Opera — Administrator @ 6:27 pm

Some of us have been reading frequent mention of a decline in ticket sales in recent years at the Metropolitan Opera. No doubt there are many factors responsible, including, most likely, the quality of the performances. I, for one, certainly do not believe that the potential audience has suddenly died off or has become too infirm to attend the opera. One potential factor that I have not seen mentioned is the decline in readership of newspapers. Newspaper readership in the United States has declined in the past twenty years, and especially in the past ten years. I wonder whether the Metropolitan Opera attracted a significant part of its ticket buyers from newspaper readers, and has yet to find a new way to remind people of its existence and its performances.

For information on newspaper readership, scroll down to “Audience” at the web page The State of the News Media 2013.

July 17, 2014

Amazon student

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 10:27 pm

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June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014

Filed under: Theatre — Administrator @ 10:35 am

Six by Sondheim, Amazon Instant Video, amazon.com, U.S. release June 9, 2014

Explore the life and career of renowned Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim through six of his best-known songs.

June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 12:24 pm

West Side Story, MP3, amazon.co.uk

May 27, 2014

The Silkworm

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 10:26 am

The Silkworm , the new book by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J. K. Rowling) is scheduled for release in the United States on June 19, 2014. The ebook can be pre-ordered from iTunes but is not yet listed at Amazon dot com. The hardcover can be pre-ordered from Barnes and Noble but is not yet available for pre-order at Amazon dot com.

There are reports that “Amazon's latest strike against the Hachette Book Group [publisher of The Silkworm ] comes after months of other pressure tactics the online retail giant is using to negotiate undisclosed aspects of a disputed deal between the two.” See Buzzfeed.

May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 12:50 pm

Tax authorities in Denmark have accused Nikolaj Znaider of "gross negligence" and "evading tax in Denmark"

May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

Filed under: Opera — Administrator @ 10:11 am

Sir George Christie, former Chairman of Glyndebourne, dies at 80

May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

Filed under: Nathan Gunn — Administrator @ 9:54 pm

Nathan Gunn will be in the world premiere of Cold Mountain at the Santa Fe Opera in August 2015.

L’heure rose

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 1:03 pm

L’Heure Rose: Musiques de Femmes, MP3, amazon.com

L’heure rose, CD, amazon.ca

Soprano Hélène Guilmette’s musical curiosity has found a new outlet in L’heure rose , her latest release on the Analekta label. Here, she and longtime piano partner Martin Dubé uncover obscure music by female French composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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