Monday, April 19, 2010
Four twenty-something women (and their lone male buddy, good-looking but a loser) navigate careers and relationships in the hippest precincts of New York. But let's be clear: Smith Rakoff's novel is not Carrie Bradshaw territory. Instead, it's an homage, 70 years later, to Mary McCarthy's satirical novel The ...
Friday, April 16, 2010
Perhaps you remember the dead-on Broadway-style music in South Park's 1999 movie Bigger, Longer, & Uncut. The plot of that movie, advanced by escalating tension between Canada and the United States, is carried by full-scale animated production numbers like 'Blame Canada' and 'What Would Brian Boitano Do?'
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I recently discovered The Messengers, the amazing remix project by hip hop artist K'NAAN and producer J.Period. The collection is a tribute to musical greats Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan. On the track 'Messengers and Prophets,' K'NAAN explains why he chose the artists: 'Who has ...
Monday, April 12, 2010
A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife? Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too. But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking. And it just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
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Thursday, April 01, 2010
Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being male-dominated and misogynist. But female MCs have been on the cutting edge of hip-hop since the beginning. The 80's saw outspoken artists like MC Lyte, J.J. Fad, Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah; in the 90's we had Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lauryn Hill. If you ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun. Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it successfully smashed two protons at record-setting energies.
Monday, March 29, 2010
First there was the Knife, the Swedish Electronic duo of brother and sister Karin and Anders Dreijer. Now there's Fever Ray. Last year sister Karin went her own way (as she’s been known to do) and formed a new band. Fever Ray's self-titled album is full of dark Scandinavian incantations and it is spectacular. ...
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Last week on Studio 360, we explored how arts and creativity can teach us about autism. And last year, Kurt talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page whose Asperger’s Syndrome wasn’t diagnosed until he turned 40. For others, it may go undiagnosed for a lifetime. ...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We all know that the Internet has its drawbacks. (Why do I know that Sandra Bullock's husband cheated on her? Why does a certain relatives think I enjoy videos of kittens?) But its power to aggregate—pulling material from across time and around the world—can still knock your socks off. I ...
Monday, March 22, 2010
In her new collection of short stories, now out in paperback, Mary Gaitskill plumbs the depths of her characters' hearts and minds. As always, her insight into their behavior is spot-on. When Gaitskill induces cringing, it's only because her characters' actions ring so true.