‘Opera Has Broken Free Of The Stage’ – What We Learned At The First New York Opera Fest

“Over the course of the festival, we attended 14 productions out of the more than 25 presented, taking us to four out of five boroughs, from a Harlem school to a West Village townhouse to a basketball court in Brooklyn. Along the way we saw works presented in unconventional venues and on screens; discovered lesser-known and brand new works; and witnessed innovative approaches to reaching new audiences. Here is what we learned.”

The ‘Zines Of Renaissance England

“From the 15th century onward, everyday English people passed broadsides around, sang their songs, and gossiped about the news contained within. Unlike books or early newspapers, broadsides and pamphlets were not curated nor intended for a specific, upper-class audience. This early form of journalism and storytelling was sold on the cheap, and many took no time at all to read.”

The Latest Trend In LGBT Fiction: Gay Shame

“Shame informs much of the work of our latter-day gay novelists, offered as an antidote to our overriding gay culture that recognizes ‘pride’ as the core (and perhaps only) important expression of gayness today. The literary projects offered by [Hanya] Yanagihara and [Garth] Greenwell are cultural counterpoints to gay pride, attempts to show how shame  –  just as much as pride, if not more – still meaningfully forms part of the terrain of gay life, and must be acknowledged as such.”