Remember ‘Japan’s Beethoven’, Who Was Really Neither Deaf Nor A Composer? His Ghostwriter Is Making His Name On His Own

“On Feb. 6, 2014, Takashi Niigaki faced a crowd of reporters … in Tokyo and took a deep and apologetic bow. He had just revealed that he was ghostwriter for Mamoru Samuragochi, who was celebrated as ‘Japan’s Beethoven’ before being exposed as a fraud. In Hiroshima on Aug. 15 of this year, Niigaki found himself again bowing before a crowd, but this time it was on a stage in acceptance of a warm shower of applause.”

Six Months On, Benjamin Millepied Talks About His Stormy Tenure At The Paris Opera Ballet

“I hadn’t accepted this assignment for the prestige, but to bring about long-term change. I realize that things could not happen as I envisaged. … Although I regret that the adventure did not last longer, it could not end otherwise.” In an extended Q&A, the now-former artistic director of the world’s oldest and most august ballet company talks about what he found frustrating – and what frustrated others about him. (in French; Google Translate version here)

Why We’re Fascinated By Debut Novels

“Ultimately, the most exciting part of reading a debut novelist isn’t wondering whether she deserved her seven-figure deal, or the rubbernecking pleasure of imagining how she probably won’t earn it back. It doesn’t have to do with hype or youth. It has to do with the possibility of imagining how a certain luminous talent will keep developing over the years, how this talent might expand beyond the horizon of our vision.”