Yvette Chaskel published BWW Book Review: A STORY THAT HAPPENS By Dan O'Brien in News 2021-03-25 17:37:07 -0400
Playwright Dan O'Brien made a splash in LA theatre back in 2017 when The House In Scarsdale: A Memoir For The Stage received multiple Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominations, including best writing for O'Brien, for its lauded production at Boston Court. Based on his own traumatic childhood, O'Brien's play was, according to this critic in my review for TheaterMania, "a Rube-Goldberg contraption of a back history, whether fact or fiction, [that] leaves audiences fascinated once the play concludes."Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Six artists—including Nicole Eisenman and Ibrahim Mahama—shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth public art commission in News 2021-03-25 17:29:33 -0400
Six artists—including Nicole Eisenman and Ibrahim Mahama—shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth public art commission
The shortlist of artists for one of the world’s most famous public art commissions—the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square—has been announced. The six artists invited to propose works for the next two winning commissions are: Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983) , Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz.
The artists’ proposals will go on show at the National Gallery in London from late May to July, and can also be viewed online. The selection will also be put to public consultation. Both winning commissions will be announced this summer, and then be shown on the plinth in 2022 and 2024 respectively. Members of the Fourth Plinth commissioning group, who will select the winning entries, include the broadcaster Jon Snow and the artist Jeremy Deller.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published BWW Interview: Dan O'Brien Talks A STORY THAT HAPPENS: ON PLAYWRITING, CHILDHOOD & OTHER TRAUMAS in News 2021-03-25 17:14:53 -0400
Dan O'Brien is an internationally-recognized playwright and poet who has received such honors the Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama, the Horton Foote Prize, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and two PEN America Awards. O'Brien has published three poetry collections (War Reporter, New Life, and Scarsdale) and is set to release his new book next month.
Entitled 'A Story that Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas', the book is collection of essays originally written as a series of craft lectures for the annual Sewanee Writers' Conference. Drawing on O'Brien's experience with cancer, childhood abuse, his friendship and collaboration with a war reporter, and his years of playwriting, this book delivers meaningful reflections on storytelling in the theatre, and insights into writing through the lens of trauma and triumph.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published After 30 years at the helm, Michael Mark leads the reinvention of Truworths, but will it work? in News 2021-03-25 17:04:57 -0400
Truworths CEO Michael Mark (SHS 1968) may have bitten off more than he can chew with his decision to pounce on the Primark name — which Truworths is using as its entry into SA’s low-cost fashion market.
The retailer has spent considerable effort gaining access to the Primark name ahead of its 15-store launch. It began investigating use of the brand — which registered in SA more than 40 years ago — in 2013, later going to court to ask that Primark UK’s registration of the name in SA be expunged. When it lost in the high court, it took the matter on appeal...
Yvette Chaskel published Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story in News 2021-03-25 15:46:44 -0400
Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983), whose paintings and sculptures often show people—with cartoonish distortions of their hands, feet, and noses—trying to make the best of tragicomic circumstances, grew up in a house on a quiet street in Scarsdale, New York. A gate in the back yard opened onto the playing field of the elementary school where she was once a student; she could wait at home in the morning until the bell rang, and then run, and not be late.
One day last July, Eisenman was standing at that garden gate. She had driven from Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where, in a studio close to her apartment, she was working on three large paintings, each of which included at least one vulnerable-looking figure making awkward, and to some degree ridiculous, progress under skies filled with clouds. Eisenman had painted a bicycle accident; a procession involving someone atop a giant potato; and a man on a zigzagging path blocked by Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Steve Kerr regrets not pursuing Lindsay Gottlieb to work for Warriors in News 2021-03-25 15:36:12 -0400
Seeing former Cal women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb get away from the Warriors' backyard might sting a bit more because she has cited the Warriors coach as one of influences.
Yvette Chaskel published Will Aaron Sorkin join an elite group with Oscar wins for writing and directing ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’? in News 2021-03-25 15:13:31 -0400
Will Aaron Sorkin join an elite group with Oscar wins for writing and directing ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’?
For more than 30 years, Aaron Sorkin.(SHS 1979) has maintained a reputation as one of Hollywood’s best writers. His output is consistently topical and thought-provoking, and his unique brand of storytelling has brought him success in every medium. His name is easily associated with his work, which is filled with intelligent characters who expound liberal ideals with emotional heft and often engage in extended bouts of snappy dialogue.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Should COVID-19 vaccine production be nationalised? in News 2021-03-25 15:09:01 -0400
In the fight against COVID we're expecting pharmaceutical companies to do the right thing, but why should they gamble billions if they don't make a profit?
In Both Sides Now, author and ethicist Leslie Cannold (SHS 1983) presents two sides of an argument. Then it’s over to you: what do you think is true, and what do you think Cannold really believes?
Today: are exclusive vaccine patents morally obscene in a pandemic? Or are they a necessary incentive for pharmaceutical companies to innovate?Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Yes, It Matters That People Are Jumping the Vaccine Line in News 2021-03-25 13:59:47 -0400
When hospital administrators and politicians’ spouses get immunized before people more at risk, it undermines confidence in the system. By Elisabeth Rosenthal (SHS 1974)
The Biden administration’s much-needed national strategy to end the Covid-19 pandemic includes plans to remedy the chaotic vaccination effort with “more people, more places, more supply.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open more vaccination sites, the government will buy more doses and more people will be immunized. Still, by all estimates the demand for vaccines will far exceed the supply for months to come.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal (SHS 1974)Read more
Yvette Chaskel published ‘Scenes From A Marriage’: Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll & Tovah Feldshuh Join HBO Limited Series in News 2021-03-25 13:25:52 -0400
‘Scenes From A Marriage’: Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll & Tovah Feldshuh (SHS 1966) Join HBO Limited Series
Nicole Beharie (Miss Juneteenth), Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Tovah Feldshuh (SHS 1966)(Broadway’s Yentl) have been cast in supporting roles in HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage, a limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic miniseries. Starring and executive produced by Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, it comes from Our Boys and The Affair co-creator Hagai Levi, Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and Endeavor Content.
Yvette Chaskel published A Conversation with Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig in News 2021-03-25 13:16:46 -0400
Comparably’s in partnership with , If I Knew Then: , sets the stage for a unique platform to host virtual fireside chats with high-profile of major brands from and to GoDaddy and . These insightful sessions spotlight the minds of successful leaders as they share advice and lessons for both current and future entrepreneurs.
For our Comparably CEO & Co-Founder Jason Nazar talked to one of Silicon Valley’s most influential CEOs about how his company instantly scaled up to meet the exponential demand in due to the pandemic. With universities closed and students forced to quickly adapt to online learning, Comparably invited (: CHGG) President/CEO Dan Rosensweig to share his knowledge. Since he took the role in 2010, the long-established textbook rental model has transformed into a leading direct-to-student online learning platform, resulting in 64% year-over-year revenue growth and 69% subscriber growth. Chegg is now worth $11B with 4 million subscribers in 190 countries and a total of 252 million content views of Chegg Study.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published 13 Leadership Lessons from Chegg President and CEO Dan Rosensweig in News 2021-03-25 13:08:57 -0400
My ongoing series in partnership with Entrepreneur, If I Knew Then: Leadership Lessons, sets the stage for a unique platform to host virtual fireside chats with high-profile CEOs of major brands, from Indeed and Nextdoor, to GoDaddy and DocuSign. These insightful sessions spotlight the minds of successful leaders as they share advice and lessons for both current and future entrepreneurs.
For our latest episode, I wanted to talk to one of Silicon Valley’s most influential CEOs about how his company instantly scaled up to meet the exponential demand in business due to the pandemic. With universities closed and students forced to quickly adapt to online learning, I invited Chegg president and CEO Dan Rosensweig to share his knowledge. Since he took the role in 2010, the long-established textbook rental model has transformed into a leading direct-to-student online learning platform, resulting in 64 percent year-over-year revenue growth and 69 percent subscriber growth. Chegg is now worth $11 billion, with 4 million subscribers in 190 countries and a total of 252 million content views of Chegg Study.Read more
As I continue on my virtual quest to find love, I took some time to evaluate the effectiveness of Tinder and opted to delete it altogether. Interacting with the app gave me zero joy. After my unsavory experience, I decided to diversify my dating apps, being more intentional about what kind of relationship(s) I am looking for and what apps would warrant the best results.
This inspired me to download OkCupid, an app created for folx to find deeper connections and, hopefully, “The One.” Created by Sam Yagan, Chris Coyne, Max Krohn and Christian Rudder, the platform is owned by Match Group, the dating app conglomerate that I discovered to be the owner of Tinder, Hinge and several other services. Knowing this, I was already leery about OkCupid and what it would have to offer. However, I tried to go into the process with an open mind and created a profile.
Yvette Chaskel published Should the internet be a place where people are free to insult each other? in News 2021-03-25 12:36:29 -0400
In Both Sides Now, author and ethicist Leslie Cannold (SHS 1983) presents two sides of an argument and then it’s over to you: what do you think is true, and what do you think Cannold really believes?
Today she asks: as the yearly debate around Australia Day flares up in the press and on social media, do traditional ideas about free speech and censorship still make sense?Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Visionary Proprietor, Lisa M. Berman (SHS 1984) , of Sculpture to Wear Gallery Celebrating 22nd Anniversary in News 2021-02-01 12:10:52 -0500
Visionary Proprietor, Lisa M. Berman (SHS 1984) , of Sculpture to Wear Gallery Celebrating 22nd Anniversary
Visionary Proprietor Lisa M. Berman of Sculpture To Wear Gallery will celebrate their 22nd Anniversary. The inaugural exhibition Structural Integrity - Jewelry's Foundation in Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica not only launched the West Coast iconic gallery but the careers of dozens of important designers of today. Sculpture To Wear, similar to the Algoncqin in NYC was the gathering place to find the most interesting and cutting edge works creating a new genre of art – Wearable ART by international artists. Art Directors and Stylists loved working with the unusual pieces because they made a bold statement and Berman innately understood their vision. From the cutting edge shows which were curated geographically or with a specific theme in mind, the works were shown in a museum quality presentations and caught the eye of collectors and museums alike.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Eric Alterman on Holding Trump Enablers Accountable in News 2021-02-01 12:04:15 -0500
I’ve been forced to write about Donald Trump an awful lot during the past five years and the problem I always face when writing in a limited space, like this one, is which of his countless horrific qualities to focus on. The same thing happens when I need to address the consequences of the policies of his administration. There are so many terrible ones, so many victims and so many enablers. I always found myself asking, “Who deserves a thousand words today?”
Not today. I don’t dispute the genuine horror, outrage and sadness genuinely patriotic people feel at seeing the desecration of one of the most potent symbols of American democracy. I share those feelings. But another part of me is glad about it. Finally, Trumpism has clarified itself. It’s not about “economic insecurity.”Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Thomas Ricks: Politics, as Seen from Aristotle to Trump in News 2021-02-01 11:57:33 -0500
On January 5th, Thomas Koenig was joined by Thomas Ricks to discuss his latest book, First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country. Mr. Ricks is a journalist and author specializing in military affairs and national security. He was part of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. In this interview with Mr. Koenig, Mr. Ricks discusses how ancient Roman and Greek philosophies can inform contemporary politics, how the Founders were influenced by these philosophies, and the policy changes he supports after having explored these ideas in First Principles. This interview was conducted one day prior to yesterday’s events at the United States Capitol.Read more
Gish Jen will discuss her newest book, The Resisters, at an online event sponsored by the Scarsdale Library, on Thursday night January 14 at 7:30 pm. Sign up here:
Some authors don’t fall neatly into a genre. Their books cannot fit tidily into a designated section of the bookstore or be catalogued as women’s fiction or immigrant literature. One such author is Gish Jen, who is not easily categorized as a person or as an author.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Both Sides Now: Should Dan Andrews apologise for locking down Melbourne’s housing towers? in News 2021-02-01 11:38:57 -0500
In Both Sides Now, author and ethicist Leslie Cannold (SHS 1983) presents two sides of an argument, and it’s up to you to decide what’s true.
Today: In December, the Victorian ombudsman found that citizens subjected to hard lockdown in Melbourne’s public housing towers had their human rights violated. Should the Andrews government apologise?
On July 4 last year, the Victorian government ordered residents of nine inner-Melbourne public housing towers to be detained, effective immediately.
The state, having been in lockdown with the rest of the country since March, had been enjoying the return of limited freedoms, before restrictions were reimposed to defeat what we now know would become a second wave.Read more
Yvette Chaskel published Fresh Air Weekend: Nina Totenberg; 'Watchmen' Writer Cord Jefferson in News 2021-02-01 11:33:20 -0500
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Nina Totenberg On Amy Coney Barrett, Anita Hill And Saying Goodbye To RBG: NPR's legal correspondent has spent decades covering major shifts in the Supreme Court. "Often, in the beginning, I was the only woman in the newsroom," Totenberg says.
Emmy-Winning 'Watchmen' Writer Explores Generational Trauma And Racism: The HBO show uses sci-fi and superheroes to examine American racism. Cord Jefferson wrote the episode in which the main character goes back in time and to relive the trauma of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.Read more