Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Richard Holmes tells the story of chemist Humphrey Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas). It's a wild tale of how the scientist convinced friends — like the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mark Roget — to be human guinea pigs. Ironically enough, Roget (the future creator of Roget's Thesaurus) had trouble picking words to describe his experience: "I felt myself totally incapable of speaking."
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Studio 360 has a summer project in the works and we need your help: we're redesigning the Fourth of July. Don't worry, it's not a complete gutting. We're keeping the red, white, and blue, the cookouts, and the fireworks. But there are a couple of elements that we think can use some sprucing up.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Caetano Veloso is called the Bob Dylan of Brazil; it may be Dylan who’s flattered there. At 67, Veloso continues to make music with the grace of a poet and the ebullience of a kid. In recent years his sound has been reinvigorated by the sharp edges of his son ...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We were sad to learn that among those killed in last week's Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya was the talented Irish-born writer Bree O’Mara, 42. She was en route from her home in South Africa's North West Province to London to sign a publishing deal for her ...
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Last week, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space was packed for Studio 360 Live — a night of stories and music about growing up with Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz. One of our favorite moments of the night: Josh Ritter’s beautiful, understated take on “Moon River.”
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A playwright swaps homes with a longtime collaborator and friend — an actress named Molly Fox. Throughout the course of a single day in the Dublin cottage, the unnamed playwright ruminates on her friendship with Molly as well as other friends and family members. All the while, she's trying -- ...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Shirin Neshat creates visually stunning short films and art. The Iranian-born artist may be best known for her photographic series “Women of Allah” (1993-97) which depicts women wearing the chador, some carrying guns, their faces and hands covered with finely written Persian script. Her first feature-length film, "
Friday, May 07, 2010
Earlier this year, we blogged the spectacular season opener of the Metropolitan Opera: a gorgeous (and perhaps scandalous) production of Bizet’s 'Carmen.' I was fortunate to see the final performance last weekend -- and while I must admit that opera has never been one of my ...
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Last fall Studio 360 looked at how the NFL used throwback jerseys to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the old American Football League.
Those uniforms used design to honor the game's past. But now the NBA's Phoenix Suns are using uniform design to try to impact the ...
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
This season, Broadway got a boost from some serious Hollywood star wattage -- and from great productions imported from London's West End. But we can see from the Tony nominations there were also some homegrown stand-outs.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
The late Leslie Buck (nee Laszlo Büch) had no training in graphics – he was in the cup business – but he had an eye for design, and he achieved something singular: an immortal disposable cup. The pseudo-Grecian lettering and ornament celebrated the venerable New York institution of the Greek ...
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Spring has officially arrived in New York City and that means getting out of the apartment--at last!--and into the parks and playgrounds.
This foot-long block of blue foam reflects this happy change: it's a miniature, pop-out playground sent to us by the Rockwell Group, designers of
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Pen/Faulkner Foundation announced its annual PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story on Monday. The prize, which in recent years has be shared between an established writer and an emerging one, went to Edward P. Jones (Lost in the City ...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A couple weeks ago, Studio 360 featured the good works of David Ellis Dickerson — former Hallmark greeting card employee gone solo. He takes commissions at his blog, Greeting Card Emergency. He has a real gift for making greeting cards for sticky situations. Little did we know we'd soon have one of our own.