Alastair Macaulay @ NY Times
Posted 16 February 2007 - 01:34 PM
Dance Insider has the story, and I believe it's a scoop:
Posted 16 February 2007 - 01:41 PM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:59 PM
Thanks for that link, Dale. I'm not sure this appointment makes Macaulay a rooster among hens or that being from the UK is necessarily a disadvantage. It’s not as if the Times has never had a woman in the top slot.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 03:09 PM
AM: As far as I know, not only will they, but so will Claudia La Rocco. I have been in regular contact with Jennifer Dunning (whom I first met in 1980) since November about the possibility of working together at the "Times."
The offer only materialized at the end of last week (February 8-9), I only spoke to the FT and considered their counter-offer on Monday (February 12), and only on the afternoon of Tuesday 13 (British time) did I advise both newspapers that I would be accepting the Times offer.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 03:53 PM
Or, to put it another way:
Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:12 PM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 06:14 PM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:27 PM
Can you imagine, a critic who can teach us what we'd like to know:
Writing on the Fred Step
Who can place a new Mark Morris work in context:
Reviewing last month's world premiere of Mark Morris’s Italian Concerto:
And review Mr. Wheeldon too:
Now let us hope that the NYT gives him enough space!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:08 AM
Heavens -- someone get the smelling salts and help the delicate Ms. Scherr to the fainting couch! I've been in journalism for almost 30 years -- and female my whole life -- and have never seen such a ridiculous description of the business. I can't count the number of tough, smart women I've known over the years who are doing just fine in this allegedly hostile "journalistic culture" and have risen to the absolute heights of the editing and writing and, yes, critical, ranks of their newspapers. If this critic didn't find her voice until her mid-30s, maybe she needs to look inward rather outward. I doubt it's because she's a "girl."
Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:30 AM
Posted 17 February 2007 - 09:24 AM
Dirac quoted the following from the Scher piece:
It can be dangerous to romanticize "local" quality of any artistic subculture: even a rich subculture like the dance scene in New York City. A really big danger is that those who inhabit the scene exclusively (and relate primarily and sometimes incestuously to other people who inhabit it) may start to lose their objectivity, and care nothing about the new insights that an outsider can bring.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 11:40 AM
I consider myself a feminist and agree that it's inappropriate for John Rockwell to refer to the women working there as "the girls."
But that has nothing to do with Alastair Macaulay's appointment. He hasn't adopted that policy so far as we know. She seems to tar them with the same brush just because they are both men. Which is, quite frankly, just as sexist as she states the Times' behaviour is.
Quite frankly I don't think any of the reviews in the times are very good.
She admits herself that none of the women merit promotion to the top spot, but then suggests having dual chiefs, with one being a woman, even if she has fewer credentials. Why? Clearly women have as many opportunities within the field as men do now, as a run down of the dance critics at the times shows. If none of the women currently working in the field (in NY, another of her requirements) merit promotion to the top spot, you don't promote them. I don't think you do the cause of women's rights any favors by promoting a clearly underqualified and unprepared person to the top spot and then watching them get roasted on the fire.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 06:50 PM
That question will be asked of any writer who questions the appointment, I think, but if this was in her blog, she may just as well be writing to be proocative -- asking a question to encourage discussion.
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