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“If you’re creating things, you’re doing things that have a high potential for failure, especially if you’re doing things that haven’t been done before. And you learn from those things. No matter how you cut it, you say, “Well, that didn’t work,” or...
David Chase. Photo courtesy of Mr. Chase
In 1999, HBO already had a reputation for pushing boundaries with shows like Oz -- which dared to be sympathetic about prison inmates -- and The Larry Sanders Show ,...
"Failure is another word for experience."---George Lucas The story starts a long time ago in a galaxy far far away in 1950s Modesto, California, where a young boy grows up liking to draw and build things. A lot. Thanks to parental disapproval, he studies anthropology not art in college,...
"I was so moved when I saw [Judy Garland] for the first time… I felt as though she was singing just for me and I was intent about learning how to do that." --- Lainie Kazan Whether you know her from Broadway's My Favorite Year , TV's Will and Grace , or her scene-stealing...
When it comes to water cooler talk, conversation generally centers around last night’s game, next summer’s vacation, or the latest office gossip. But a few years ago at Facebook, a series of comments on an internal message board (the modern version of a water cooler) led to a headier...
Meet Radhika, the heroine of Half the Sky Movement: The Game , a Facebook game that takes players on a journey of empowerment through opportunity. Players meet Radhika in her small village in India where they have their first chance to co-create solutions to significant problems facing many women...
Here's a podcast to mark the finals of the NEA's national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, which took place this week---and a big shout-out to the new champ, Langston Ward! In the past few weeks leading up to the competition, I've been giving a lot of thought to memorizing poetry...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
Kickstarter founders, from left right: Charles Adler, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler. Photo by Jon Vachon In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more interesting projects that marry technology and the arts. One of the most successful examples of this marriage is Kickstarter, which...
This week's podcast is part two of our conversation with Hollywood writer, producer, and executive Frank Price. Last time , we concentrated on Price's career in television. This week, we focus on his films. In 1978, Price left Universal Television and moved to Columbia Pictures, first as...

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