Big Dance at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The first thing you notice walking into Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory is its awesome scale.  In a city where every nook and cranny seems to be spoken for, the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall looks like it might have landed from outer space.  Completed in 1881, ...

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Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Inventor in the World

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hollywood likes to cast model-type stars as high-level as high level scientists (remember Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in a James Bond movie?). In this case, it’s true. Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood ...

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Julian Barnes: Writing History

Monday, November 21, 2011

Last month Julian Barnes received the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. In 2006, Kurt Andersen interviewed Barnes as part of the National Book Foundation's "Eat, Drink & Be Literary" series ...

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360 Staff Pick: Sigur Rós Live

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inní by Sigur Rós is both a trippy documentation of the band's 2008 tour and the band's first-ever live album.  The DVD/CD set is out today and the New York Times calls it a concert film that "leaves most of its genre in ...

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A New Multimedia Masterpiece: Brooklyn Babylon

Monday, November 14, 2011

This weekend, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented a new work of originality, power, and beauty that left an audience slack-jawed. Brooklyn Babylon is a collaboration between the graphic novelist Danijel Zezelj and composer Darcy James Argue, and it is destined to be considered a classic of the ...

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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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