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Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

Last week marked the 80th birthday of one of England’s and the world’s greatest living composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Here is a full lecture delivered by the composer at the Institute of Musical Research in London in 2013, in which he offers his insights into the contemporary cultural world: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies--The Changing Face of 'New' Music.

Athletes call it "being in the zone." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it "the flow state." When you are in it, writes neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, "attention is focused on a limited perceptual field that receives your full concentration and complete investment. Action and awareness merge." Robert Krulwich examines this phenomenon through the playing of the legendary pianist Glenn Gould: Glenn Gould in Rapture.

Here’s an interesting piece on the daily rituals of famous writers...

…and great American composer Aaron Copland on the Conditions of Creativity, Emotion vs. Intellect, and the Trap of Public Opinion.

The final film of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman—A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel of John le Carré—has just left the local theaters. In this perceptive piece for the New York Times,le Carré gives his thoughts on the brilliant actor, whom many consider to have been the greatest of his generation: Staring at the Flame.


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.” —Aristotle

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