Derek John

Derek John appears in the following:

Hunt Slonem's Artist Aviary

Friday, February 24, 2012

Manhattan’s West Side has plenty of artist studios, but none quite like Hunt Slonem’s. Kurt Andersen recently dropped by the artist’s eccentric space, which is housed on the third f...

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Remembering Barney Rosset, Malcolm X's Publisher

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The boundary-pushing publisher Barney Rosset died on Tuesday. He was 89. Rosset was the founder of Grove Press, where he made a name for himself publishing titles no one else would to...
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China Made Your TV. Can It Make Your TV Shows?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that his government was investing heavily in homegrown, exportable cultural programming. And yet, just days later, the government s...

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Garage Inventors

Friday, January 27, 2012

All over the country, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. We visit inventors working in garages, basements, even a Quonset hut on a farm. Rache...

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Iran Cracks Down on Film

Friday, January 20, 2012

Despite success abroad, the Iranian film industry is in serious trouble with the government. Prominent directors have been jailed, and last week the government shut down the House o...


Mitt Romney, American Dad

Friday, January 13, 2012

As Mitt Romney wraps up his audition to be the Republican nominee, he looks increasingly in control of everything but his image. The problem, according to New York film critic Da...

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen notes that we're in an age of flux and paralysis at the same time. In entertainment, we yearn for authenticity — but ten million of us watch the Kardashians every week...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John ...


This Must Be the Playlist: David Byrne's iPod Picks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There is no shortage of 2011 year-end playlists, but few are as trustworthy as what's currently on David Byrne's iPod. The former Talking Heads front man sat down with Kurt Andersen this week to talk about the new Talking Heads: Chronology DVD, a collection of rare ...

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Kurt Andersen on the Year of 'The Protester'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This morning, TIME announced 2011's Person of the Year: The Protester.
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Romare Bearden: an Artist in Winter

Friday, December 02, 2011

The centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth is being celebrated by a number of museums this year and early in 2012. Probably the most famous African-American visual artist of the 20th c...

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Harold O'Neal's Marvelous Fantasy

Friday, December 02, 2011

A few hundred years ago, classical pianists would impress audiences by original cadenzas in the middle of a concerto — riffing, we would say now. Now improvisation is firmly in the r...

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David Cronenberg

Friday, November 18, 2011

David Cronenberg is best known for films like The Fly, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers and A History of Violence. They can be shocking, violent, and gory — but they’re also unmistakably ...

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Craig Marks: I Want My MTV

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thirty years ago, hardly anyone knew what a music video was. On the night MTV was launched, its founders — a ragtag bunch of music fans and rookie television execs — had to take a bu...

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Amazon Moves Into Publishing

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last week Amazon had its second Campfire conference, bringing a group of writers together for an under-the-radar gathering in Santa Fe, NM. Kurt Andersen attended last year, and he felt the company was trying to soften up the literary establishment as it moves toward publishing. In recent months ...

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Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Gadget

Friday, October 07, 2011

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher, and author of the manifesto You Are Not A Gadget. “The thing about information is that it can hypnotize you. It can make you think ...

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Friday, October 07, 2011

In the last year the Federal Trade Commission announced they were considering a DO NOT TRACK list — web users could click and sign up for greater anonymity, to hide from online mark...


Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are runnin...

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DC Comics Overhauls Superheroes

Friday, September 23, 2011

With the proliferation of big-budget superhero movies, it’s easy to forget about the pulpy comic books on which the characters are based.  But it seems many people have: sales of co...

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Women Take Over Primetime TV

Friday, September 16, 2011

The new fall TV season is upon us and there's a not so subtle subtext: women rule. The primetime lineup is dominated by new half-hour comedies featuring women in the lead roles, inclu...

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