On Stage Now: Venus in Fur

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This week, David Ives’ Venus in Fur opened at Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theatre for a limited run, with Nina Arianda playing opposite British actor Hugh Dancy.  The show opened Off Broadway in January 2010 and killed; the New York Times’ critic called Arianda's performance sensational, ...

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A Great Moment for 20th Century Photography

Monday, November 07, 2011

Right now 20th century photography geeks are experiencing something of a perfect storm. From a new coffee table book, to a major museum exhibition, to images just made available on Wikimedia Commons ...

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St. Vincent: Queen of Indie Rock

Friday, November 04, 2011

Last night, New York City’s famed Webster Hall played host to the second-to-last stop on St. Vincent's sold-out North American tour.  Her 80-minute set was dominated by songs off her critically acclaimed new record Strange Mercy ...

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360 Staff Pick: MetaMaus

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It’s been 25 years since Art Spiegelman published Maus, the graphic novel about his father's experiences in the Holocaust. This is the book that opened the doors for graphic novels and eventually graphic nonfiction, and made alternative comics a mainstream ...

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Hipster Halloween: Canine Edition

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An estimated 500 canines and 3,000 humans gathered in New York City's oldest dog run last weekend for the 21st annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. This year’s attendees included Elvis, Yoda, a Doggie in the Window, and the M23 bus (named Best ...

Slideshow: Dogs on Parade

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Abstract Expressions of Willem de Kooning

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If you live in New York or can make it there by January, the season's must-see painting exhibition is the new Willem de Kooning retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which spans the artist’s long and productive career. We see his early days ...

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360 Listener List: What to Reread & Rewatch

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen realized that he’d never read a book or seen a movie more than twice. The reasoning seemed clear: with so many great works (new and classic) to be discovered, life is just too short for revisiting old favorites. Right? We wanted to test Kurt's theory, so we asked: Are you an avid rereader / rewatcher? And if so, which works are worth a second look? ...

The List: Best Books to Reread and Movies to Rewatch 

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National Book Award Nominees Announced

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced today. The nominees include a first-time novelist and the recently deceased biographer of Malcolm X.

Bonus tracks: interviews with Stephen Greenblatt, Téa Obreht, and Manning Marable

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Imagine Science Film Festival

Friday, October 07, 2011

The fourth Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) will be held in New York City October 14-21. Venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will host 80 films from 15 countries. They are diverse in style and subject, but the selection committee clearly placed a high value on striking visuals. The films may not have been created for wide commercial distribution, but ...

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Apple, Steve Jobs, and Me

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I started writing on a computer in the early 1980s when I worked at Time magazine. The several of us younger writers, including Walter Isaacson, who were eager to abandon typewriters had to go to use special non-PC consoles in a special little room. There were no PCs, no on-screen icons, ...

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Jon Brion Makes the Rounds

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Before I left Los Angeles for New York City, one of the cultural experiences I was encouraged — no actually commanded — to experience by the culturally elite of my friends, was a Jon Brion show at the Largo.  (He had an ongoing residency at ...

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2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Teaches About Music

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Saul Perlmutter, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, teaches "Physics and Music" at UC Berkeley. From his course description: "The mysteries of music have long inspired scientists to invent new tools of thought, and some of the earliest scientific concepts were invented to understand music. ... Questions as simple as "Why do different instruments ...

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360 Staff Pick: General Orders No. 9

Monday, October 03, 2011

“General Orders No. 9” was the document in which Robert E. Lee ordered his troops to surrender to Ulysses S. Grant.  A film of the same name by Robert Persons never refers to this document or to the Civil War itself, which is strange.  There is a lot ...

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Survey: Are You A Rereader?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Are you an avid rereader of books or rewatcher of movies?  Or is once enough?  Take our survey.

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Bring Back Wonder Woman

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In September, DC Comics rebooted all of its main story lines, wiping the slate clean for the best-known superhero titles.  Each starts over at issue #1.  Fans were puzzled as Wonder Woman came back as a horror comic, fighting supernatural ickies rather than putting bad guys in the place. It’s been a tough year for Wonder Woman.  NBC’s much-anticipated pilot ...

Slideshow: Wonder Woman Through the Ages

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The Latino List

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary The Latino List explores the complexity of Latino identity in America. The film is comprised of 15 interviews with a range of contemporary Latino icons: from the actress Eva Longoria to professional golfer “Chi-Chi” Rodríguez, to US Supreme Court Justice Sonia ...

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R.E.M.'s Admirable Legacy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Back in the 1990s, R.E.M. used to joke that they’d play their final concert on December 31, 1999 and break up the next day.  Had they done that, with the original lineup intact (drummer Bill Berry left in 1997), they would have certainly gone out with a bang.The ...

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Seeing Stats: The Art of Data Visualization

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Many scientists have no trouble conjuring rich images in their heads just from scanning columns of data. For the rest of us, it's essential to turn that data into something we can relate to more easily. This is where the designers of scientific visualizations come in. Using models enriched with colors and contours ...

Video: Earthquake simulation

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Online Gamers Make Discovery in HIV Battle

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last weekend, the journal Nature Structure & Molecular Biology published a key discovery in the study of HIV — and it was made with the help of online gamers. They were playing Foldit, a game which challenges players to figure out the structures of real enzymes and proteins.  One of those puzzles was a protein ...

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McQueen’s Savage Beauty to Make World Tour?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

This summer, Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art drew in over half a million visitors, making it the most viewed fashion exhibition in the museum's history.  It was also one of the hardest exhibits to get into — I personally made four unsuccessful trips to the Met. But a recent Twitter campaign may help the show go global. ...

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