Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It’s an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?
“Time works like a damp brush on water color. The sharp edges blur, the ache goes out of it, the colors melt together, and from the many separated lines a solid gray emerges.”—John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via myownsweater)
He is such a smart singer, both in the way he approaches each role, and in the way he manages his career.
My favorite quote from this article:
MO: What would be the one important thing you would want to transmit to a student?
JK: The most important thing is never to imitate. Always try to find your own voice, your own sound, your own instrument, because that’s the most reliable instrument. Every other instrument that you pretend to have will break sooner or later. This is the most critical process, but once you have found that, then it’s only a matter of proper training to get the right confidence…
And, just for the record, it wasn’t the fifth row, it was the stage right balcony box.
With his matinee idol looks, unruly dark curls and come-to-bed eyes, he’s won the hearts of legions of fans across the world. But now the 42-year-old opera star Jonas Kaufmann– who also happens to possess one of the finest tenor voices of our time – would like to set the record straight: he is not just a handsome face. “As much as you want to give every hair of yourself to this profession, there has to be a difference between you as a performer on stage and you as a private person, and very often now, it happens that those two things are combined, or misinterpreted,” he says. “People are getting confused about what is reality and what is opera.”
His admirers send him letters, he says. “They say things like: ‘I was the girl in the fifth row with the glasses and you were only singing for me, and what are we going to do now?’ It’s amazing and sometimes frightening that you have the power and potential to, manipulate people in such a way.” But doesn’t he take these comments as a compliment? “Yes, but sometimes I wonder what do they think that I am: am I really this evil guy, this sex monster like the Duke in Rigoletto… Read more.
Rupert Penry-Jones has confessed he hates stripping off on camera and always checks his scripts for nude scenes.
The Whitechapel star became a TV heartthrob off the back of his role as secret agent Adam Carter in hit BBC series Spooks, but admitted to the Reader’s Digest that he is not a fan of the tag.
Rupert said: “I’m not about to turn down roles because they involve nudity. But, given the choice, I’d rather keep my clothes on.
"You want to be doing something because you’re a good actor, rather than because you look a certain way. You only get such parts for a while anyway, and I’ll get less and less as I get older and my belly gets bigger."
The 41-year-old father-of-two, revealed his wife, actress Dervla Kirwan, would never let his heartthrob status go to his head.
He said: “Sex symbol wasn’t a label that ever attached itself to me until I did Spooks, so I think it’s more about Adam Carter than me.
"He was this brave, ultimate hero, prepared to put his life on the line for Queen and country. No wonder people thought he was wonderful.
"Even if it was, in any sense, about me, I’ve got a wife who wouldn’t let me get away with an ‘Oooh, I’m a heartthrob’ attitude. When I’ve made a list of fanciable or stylish men, she’s said ‘they should see you first thing in the morning’."