Because finding the space within isn’t always an inside job.

I’m terrible at meditating. I never feel less enlightened than when I’m sitting down, searching out stillness and a touch of the divine while sheepishly making a grocery list. I can’t focus on my breath. I can’t find the inner…

“Framing Britney Spears” asks big ethical questions about our smallest entertainers

The New York Times’ recent documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” has sparked universal condemnation at the mistreatment and manipulation of Ms. Spears, and even calls for a congressional hearing. The fixation on her sexuality. The obsession with her body. Her father, taking his cut. Her mother, relegated to a supporting role…

Even in a year of big crisis, small acts inspire calm and creativity

While growing up in Europe in the fragile aftermath of World War II, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi noticed that many people couldn’t find the strength to put their lives back together. He dedicated his life to discovering what makes life worth living. And Csikszentmihalyi believes he has found it.

His seminal research…

Is the new face of livestreaming a way forward for live music?

Twenty years ago, Metallica famously filed suit against Napster after it leaked Metallica’s hush-hush track, “I Disappear,” which was slated to appear on the Mission Impossible:2 soundtrack. In advocating Metallica’s position, drummer Lars Ulrich testified to Congress that…

What’s in a name? Everything.

Under standard music industry parlance, Stormzy, a British grime artist, Kanye West, an American rapper, and Sade, a British-Nigerian R&B singer, would all be considered “urban” artists. The catch-all term has long condensed the diverse contributions of black artists into one amorphous category. Apart from being unapologetically devoid of nuance…

Artists raise awareness to an epidemic of violence during the pandemic.

The coronavirus has been called the “great equalizer.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said: “Everyone is subject to this virus . . . . I don’t care how smart, how rich, how powerful you think you are, I…

We need to turn up the volume in quarantine.

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison in solitary confinement. At Robben Island, Mandela found his world reduced to a 7-by-9-foot room. His toilet was a lidded metal bucket. His view was obstructed by stone towers. A single…

Elizabeth Webster

I’m an attorney, a writer, and a boy mom. I write quasi-legal articles about the arts. My Twitter is @es_webster.

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