Quick update while I distract myself from the mounting tower of schoolwork that threatens to keel over on top of me this week:

  • Newly graduated or newly jobless? Fractured Atlas is hiring. If you’re in the early stages of an arts administration career, this would be a great place to start.
  • Vermont Arts Council director Alex Aldrich tells us what we know and don’t know about how the NEA’s stimulus money is going to be distributed.
  • Old friend Corey Dargel has a cool new blog about a piece-in-progress, 13 Near-Death Experiences. This is the first blog I’ve seen that features genuine shop talk between author and audience as the creative process unfolds.
  • Google.org chief Larry Brilliant is stepping down, heralding a new direction for the hybrid foundation/investor. Interesting implications for those interested in corporate philanthropy/social responsibility. Although I have to admit that at least half the reason I included this was so that I could write “Dr. Brilliant” in my post.
  • The LA Times has a feature called “If I ran the NEA,” with contributions from celebrities that are mostly very stupid. The major exception is the one from Jon Robin Baitz, a playwright and screenwriter, who sounds like he’s auditioning for the job. Some of his more intriguing ideas include imposing a special NEA tax on artists who make more than $500,000 a year and funneling a portion of the profits from cable and broadcast networks to fund NPR and PBS.