The hottest Arts Substack posts right now

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The Honest Broker • 121016 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. The entertainment industry is facing challenges like Disney in crisis, Paramount laying off employees, and a decline in TV shows, showing a shift towards a post-entertainment culture.
  2. The culture is transitioning towards a focus on distraction and addiction, with tech platforms using stimuli to create addictive cycles, impacting people's brains and happiness levels.
  3. As our culture evolves into a dopamine-driven society, it becomes essential to be mindful of our consumption habits, unplug from technology at times, and appreciate the real world around us.
Going Awol • 838 implied HN points • 23 Apr 24
  1. Effective Altruism focuses on maximizing utility by prioritizing certain causes over others, even equating enjoyment of art with eating a sandwich.
  2. EAs have shifted towards 'longtermism', emphasizing the importance of future generations and sometimes at the cost of present concerns like supporting independent journalism.
  3. Effective Altruism has had a controversial history, including issues of racism, and it quantifies the value of various aspects of human life against the utility of saving shellfish.
Hung Up • 7763 implied HN points • 15 Sep 23
  1. The entertainment industry has been affected by strikes of writers and actors, leading to a standstill in major studios and streamers.
  2. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis faced backlash for supporting a friend accused of sexual assault, handling the situation poorly.
  3. Drew Barrymore is navigating the return of her talk show amidst industry strikes, choosing to go without a publicist and potentially risking controversy.
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Classical Wisdom • 1886 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Martin Luther King Jr. was deeply inspired by the Greek concept of 'agape' which is transcendent love for others.
  2. Socrates and Martin Luther King both practiced civil disobedience and accepted the consequences for the sake of their beliefs.
  3. Both Socrates and Martin Luther King faced unjust consequences and suffered tragically for their ideas, but their actions left a lasting impact on the pursuit of justice.
Variations on a Theme • 79 implied HN points • 16 May 24
  1. Orchestral performances post-pandemic had strict protocols like mandatory masking and limited seating, creating a surreal experience for attendees.
  2. The experience of attending a classical music ensemble's show with limited audience and upgraded seats was a stark contrast to the previous Kafkaesque experience.
  3. The power of music lies in its ability to evoke emotions and memories, as shown by the comparison between 'Kafka Fragments' and 'Piano Man.'
Garrison Keillor and Friends • 2653 implied HN points • 15 Mar 23
  1. Lutherans have a long history of being predominantly white due to their origins in countries that were not major colonial powers.
  2. Growing up in a Lutheran culture in Minnesota influenced the author's perspective on personal choices, culture, and lifestyle.
  3. The author avoided pursuing a career in ballet due to their upbringing among Lutherans, which shaped their values and lifestyle choices.
DrawTogether with WendyMac • 1533 implied HN points • 16 Mar 23
  1. DrawTogether is launching DrawTogether Classrooms for educators for free, combining art and social emotional learning.
  2. DrawTogether Classrooms is adaptable for various learning environments and designed for students aged 4-11.
  3. Educators signing up immediately get access to resources, curriculum, and support, with a focus on building a community.
Think Future • 139 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. The newsletter provides forecasts, perspectives, and tools to create a better world.
  2. Topics discussed in upcoming newsletters include the 2024 presidential election scenarios and ramifications of Supreme Court decisions.
  3. Other intriguing topics include a giant clock in the desert, Swedish death cleaning, and personal stories about hope and future.
The Microdose • 864 implied HN points • 20 Jun 23
  1. Psychedelic Science 2023 is a large conference featuring over 11,000 attendees and 300 speakers.
  2. The conference covers various topics in the psychedelics field, including therapy, legislation, and business.
  3. Speakers at the conference expressed concerns about rapid changes in the psychedelic space and the need for balanced growth.
The New Urban Order • 119 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. Growing up in Memphis, Carol Coletta's love for urban environments and interaction with diverse communities sparked her interest in city development.
  2. Leadership in city initiatives can come from unexpected places, showing the importance of finding and fostering leadership across different sectors.
  3. The impact of public spaces like parks goes beyond recreation, serving as a crucial platform to promote social connection, equity, and community building.
The Shift With Sam Baker • 199 implied HN points • 15 Dec 23
  1. The Shift With Sam Baker is a reader-supported publication, with opportunities for free or paid subscriptions.
  2. The post mentions interesting articles and stories to read, watch, and listen to over the weekend.
  3. It highlights notable content like Sharon Stone's art, Elizabeth Gilbert's Oldster questionnaire, Margaret Atwood's sermon, and more.
Strange Wonder • 98 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. The world seems to be heading towards a dark and dystopian timeline with disturbing events unfolding.
  2. There is a decline in the stability and goodness of societies, with environmental crises worsening and political situations becoming bleak.
  3. Individuals can find hope by seeking out spaces of positivity and community amidst the chaos, even if large-scale change seems daunting.
The New Urban Order • 119 implied HN points • 15 Nov 23
  1. Access to culture from home, accelerated by the pandemic, is impacting in-person arts attendance and the urban arts establishment.
  2. In-person arts attendance is declining, particularly among older, White audiences, while digital arts engagement is rising, especially among younger and diverse groups.
  3. The decline in traditional arts attendance poses challenges for cities economically, culturally, and in maintaining urban identities.
Wooly's Post Repository • 39 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The author highlights the existence of a social class above liberal/leftist/woke ideologies.
  2. There is a discussion on the complexities and repellant aspects of the Professional-Managerial Class (PMC).
  3. The gap between status and role within the liberal/left/woke PMC is explored, showcasing a contrast in power and personal life.
Critical Mass • 16 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Moving to PEI during the Covid pandemic provided a sense of community and transparency in governance that was lacking elsewhere, making it an appealing place to live.
  2. PEI boasts a rich artistic and musical culture, with an abundance of talent celebrated throughout the island, creating a vibrant arts scene.
  3. The population of PEI is growing rapidly, embracing diversity and celebrating different cultures, fostering a sense of unity among its people.
Life in Color • 98 implied HN points • 21 Feb 23
  1. Pokemon is one of the most successful media franchises in history, with a value of over $90 billion.
  2. The success of Pokemon can be attributed to its creator Satoshi Tajiri's innovative monster-catching concept and strategic partnerships for global expansion.
  3. The Pokemon universe's focus on collecting, social engagement, and continuous innovation through new products has helped it create a lasting and iconic cultural impact.
Gideon's Substack • 7 implied HN points • 12 Sep 23
  1. The article discusses two plays, Much Ado About Nothing and Grand Magic, both dealing with the theme of jealousy.
  2. In Much Ado About Nothing, the director added a dialogue to address the problem of male jealousy and mistrust within the story.
  3. Grand Magic presents a unique take on the theme of jealousy, exploring the idea of illusion, faith, and the consequences of mistrust in relationships.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 0 implied HN points • 04 Sep 20
  1. Marriage may bring unexpected challenges like societal perceptions and online identity editing - a cautionary tale about Wikipedia incident
  2. Interesting reads on debt, yoga real estate schemes, protest video ethics, and spiritual consultants in capitalism
  3. Engaging with diverse content like essays on grief, storytelling in protests, and profiles on unique aspects of modern life brings depth and insight
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 0 implied HN points • 12 Nov 21
  1. Netflix, despite its dominance, is facing various challenges like a shortage of TV translators and lawsuits, showcasing its influence on media and culture.
  2. Online communities around NFTs have emerged, highlighting the unique impact they have created despite being perceived as a scam.
  3. Exploration of various topics in articles, from the impact of technology like Ring cameras on communities to the role of video games in understanding history.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 0 implied HN points • 17 Jul 20
  1. The post discusses the overdone discourse surrounding cancellation, touching on various forms of cancellations that have been debated in different areas like pop culture, journalism, and philosophy.
  2. The post recommends interesting reads for the weekend, such as an interview with Jia Tolentino and articles on Silicon Valley's movements and the rise and fall of 'Chanel of coffee'.
  3. Various diverse topics are indirectly touched upon in the post like the fate of salad bars, the influence of the white gaze on Indian food, and the impact of pandemics on societies.
Homo Ludens • 0 implied HN points • 14 Sep 19
  1. STEAM education is crucial for a well-rounded learning experience, promoting imagination, critical thinking, and cross-discipline conversations.
  2. The arts and imagination play a significant role in advancing scientific, technical, and engineering fields, offering vital inspiration and creativity.
  3. Prioritizing a STEAM-based approach over STEM alone fosters holistic education, better preparing students for the challenges of the future.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 0 implied HN points • 17 Feb 16
  1. Teens on Tumblr are highly engaged with online content and understand how to make things go viral very well.
  2. Victims of online harassment often receive little help from the legal system, leaving online mobs unchecked.
  3. Instagram-famous pets are a highly profitable and emotionally intense social media trend, acting as brand representatives until their passing.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 0 implied HN points • 10 Mar 14
  1. Giant passenger planes can vanish despite advanced technology like satellites and radars.
  2. Everyone practices self-branding online, whether as a professional sex symbol or a respectable member of society.
  3. Platforms like Instagram may stimulate meaningful aesthetic conversations, even if they get criticized for selfies.