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Kathleen O'Connell

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  1. By chance I ended up sitting next to David Koch at an NYCB performance a few years back. He seemed very engaged by the performance, for what it's worth. PS: Let me hasten to add that no amount of philanthropy makes up for the vast sums the Kochs poured into climate change denial. I'd exchange Ratmansky's entire oeuvre for even a handful of the senators the Kochs bought.
  2. Randy Rainbow noticed too. GMA better hope that Lara Spencer isn't his next target.
  3. Many public libraries offer free access to JSTOR. You can search for your library on JSTOR's "Log in via an institution" page. Jake Orlowitz, "Internet Citizen" and Head of The Wikipedia Library, has put together a handy little post entitled "You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?" that's worth checking out. As Orlowitz points out, "local" doesn't necessarily mean the town you live in: some institutions will grant you access to their collection if you live in the same county, state, or region.
  4. I have neither daughters nor sons. It doesn't matter: no one should have to endure unwanted sexual attention from anyone at anytime anywhere for any reason. No one should be put in the position of believing that they have to have sex with someone to get a job, or keep a job, or be considered for a job. No one should have to submit to workplace harassment of any kind—and that includes garden-variety bullying as well as slurs grounded in prejudice—just to keep a job. Consent is freely given, not coerced. And yes, people with power shouldn't abuse it and should be sanctioned when they do.
  5. Yes, sexual harassment is universal. That being said, a minimum-wage service worker who depends on her job to put food on the table, who has few other employment options, and, who simply can't risk reprisal if she complains about a manager, or a customer, or a colleague is more vulnerable than a white, well-educated professional woman with sufficient personal, professional, social, and material resources to ensure that she has the kind of harassment-free workplace we all deserve. No one should have to "cope" with harassment of any kind, nor should they be expected to give up their job or their aspirations if they can't, or choose not to. And I can assure you that workplace sexual harassment isn't any better than being groped by a stranger on the bus. ETA: I won't strike it now, but I think using the term "white" wasn't a good choice. There are plenty of white service workers who also endure harassment, and plenty of well off women of color who do as well. I was thinking of my own privilege as a white woman when I wrote that.
  6. It doesn't matter if they were nobodies. No one should have to endure unwanted sexual attention at any time, ever. Unfortunately, it's the least advantaged and least powerful among us who have to endure harassment of every kind with little hope of redress.
  7. Here's the thing: it seems clear from the linked article that everyone—including presumably powerful men like opera administrators and conductors—knew what was going on and knew it was having a deleterious effect on the health, well-being, personal, and professional lives of the women involved and yet none of them appears to have done anything to stop it. At the very least you'd think one of Domingo's friends might have intervened for the sake of him and his family, if not his reputation. Honestly, I'm just about as dismayed by their behavior as his.
  8. Oh it's worse than that. Any number of people would have happily believed that Domingo had gotten "handsy" (if not worse) with his accusers. They just wouldn't have cared very much, if at all. Back in the day I had more than one person explain to me that that kind of behavior should be taken as a compliment.
  9. Domingo: “Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone. “However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.” What is it with these people? The thinking must go something like this: She didn't throw her drink in my face, so it must have been consensual! You can't judge me if she didn't protest. Back in the day you could put your hand on a woman's knee during a business lunch or plant a big kiss right on her lips and still be considered a gentleman, but gosh the rules are just different now. You can't judge me if I thought I was obeying the rules. These lame protestations-cum-fauxpologies are driving me around the bend. Just own up to it, apologize, and tell your bretheren to cut it out too while you're at it.
  10. Seriously. Hurry back, but please, not a moment too soon.
  11. I'm going to respectfully push back just a little re WP vs NYT on national news. The WP has spent the last couple of years hiring a boatload of talent away from other news organizations and it shows. (Especially when it comes to national security reporting.) I happen to subscribe to both papers, but I'd hardly feel under-informed if I only subscribed to the Post. I suspect that the NYT has a broader reach when it comes to global news, however - I don't know if the WP has as many overseas desks or has been able to staff them as fully as the NYT. The NYT is indeed more robust on the arts and still produces a stand-alone book review. (Given that Jeff Bezos owns both the WP and a majority stake in Amazon, you'd think he'd bestow one on the WP just to hawk more books. At one point he was musing very publicly about what to do with all his money, and I wanted to stand on my desk and shout: buy and fully fund local newspapers, Jeff!)
  12. I think you have to be a Prime member to get the WP for $3.99. You get full access to the paper, and the iPad app is very good (much better than the NYT's imho). Even if you're not a Prime member, you can still get the WP for $5.99/month if you subscribe through Amazon.
  13. That is gorgeous. Thanks for posting the link! I'd like for someone to get around to performing this a few more times in NYC. (Ahem, like at ABT's fall season ...)
  14. I cosign the WP at $3.99/month. The reporting is indeed excellent and well worth the price of a foamy caffeinated beverage at your local coffeeshop. Also, a PSA for your local library, which may well make digital media available to you if you have a library card. My NYPL library card gives me access to a ton of digital media via both my desktop browser (the very one I'm using right now) and apps on my phone and tablet. The New York Times doesn't make itself as easy to acquire via public resources as say, The Washington Post, the LA Times, USA Today, or any number of magazines and journals (including The New Yorker if you want to see what Jennifer Homans is up to, which isn't much), but NYPL cardholders can access a database of text-only versions of all of the articles the NYT has published since 1980, including the ones it published this morning. It's not the best way to peruse the paper as part of your morning read, but the database's search engine is excellent and it is a dandy tool for research. The NYPL is admittedly a powerhouse version of a local library, but one shouldn't assume that one's own hometown library doesn't make these resources available to cardholders - especially if it's plugged into a state-wide or regional library network. Lots of digital educational tools — e.g., Mango Languages, Lynda.com, Naxos Music Library, Oxford Reference Online, etc — have portals designed for public & academic libraries. Really, take a look at what your local public library has to offer — you might be pleasantly surprised at how much is there.
  15. This lovely appreciation of the great Odissi dancer Bijayini Satpathy is Exhibit 1. Dip into her dance writing at The New Yorker, DanceTabs, The New York Times, and WNYC to get a sense of her range. PS - Go see Bijayini Satpathy if you can! She is magnificent. (She's the dancer on the right in the linked video.)
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