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2018

Arts attendance is up

Movie ticket sales down 6% in 2017

2015

Increase in percent of films that depict killing

Arts attendance continues to slide

In 2007, a whopping 400,000 books were published or distributed in the United States, up from 300,000 in 2006, according to the industry tracker Bowker, which attributed the sharp rise to the number of print-on-demand books and reprints of out-of-print titles. University writing programs are thriving, while writers' conferences abound, offering aspiring authors a chance to network and "workshop" their work. The blog tracker Technorati estimates that 175,000 new blogs are created worldwide each day . . . And the same N.E.A. study found that 7 percent of adults polled, or 15 million people, did creative writing, mostly "for personal fulfillment.". . . IUniverse, a self-publishing company founded in 1999, has grown 30 percent a year in recent years; it now produces 500 titles a month and has 36,000 titles in print, said Susan Driscoll, a vice president of its parent company, Author Solutions. . . Driscoll said that most writers using iUniverse sell fewer than 200 books. Other self-publishing outfits report similar growth. Xlibris, a print-on-demand operation, has 20,000 titles in print, by more than 18,000 authors, said Noel Flowers, a company spokesman. - Rachel Donadio, NY Times

2014

MUSIC SALES DOWN 21% THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

AMERICANS DOING LESS READING FOR FUN. . . AND IT SHOWS

ROCK ARTISTS TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE EARLY

Art is the serendipity that occurs when imagination meets discipline and skill. Every work of art is a challenge to the status quo because it proposes to replace a part of it - Sam Smith

How art museums are handling sexually abusive artists

As artists fall into disgrace, must their art be consigned to oblivion?

Rising street artists

Providing homes for artists

How important are the arts to GDP?

Bright yellow colors in Matisse and Van Gogh paintings are fading

Who goes to Broadway?

Federal govenmment arts spending 1/40th that of Germany

At what age are artists most creative?

A brief history of applause

Being rejected can increase creativity

70% of 11,000 silent movies made in America between 1912 and 1930 have been lost

What is poetry for?

ADVANCED ART TECHNIQUES: BOADWEE RECTAL SQUIRT METHOD

AVERAGE AMERICAN CONSUMES 100,000 WORDS A DAY

UMBERTO ECO ON THE VIRTUES OF LISTS

COMIC BOOKS GOOD FOR READING

OVERTHINKING IT PROVES THAT WHILE CORRELATION IS NOT NECESSARILY CAUSATION, IT CAN STILL BE A LOT OF FUN

A GUITAR DUET LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

NEW BOOK ON THELONIOUS MONK

MAN READS FINNEGAN'S WAKE ALOUD FOR 29 HOURS & 15 MINUTES

WHERE MUSIC WENT

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HANDWRITING?

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN BAD TIMES

WHY AREN'T MUSICIANS BIGGER SOUND FREAKS?

HOW LITERARY STUDIES HURT LITERATURE