Greatest Person of the Day,
Tibetan Freedom Movement,
Adam Yauch Tibet,
Tibetan Freedom Concerts,
I met Adam Yauch only once. It was during a bathroom break, which came at the end of a heated session in a Tibet-China conference at Harvard in 2002. We greeted each other in Tibetan.
Included in its list of crimes: entrusting the Beatles' most innovative work to the likes of the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Steve Martin and Alice Cooper, among an almost infinite roster of incomprehensible casting choices.
Robert Downey Jr,
The Incredible Hulk,
The Avengers shatters the last barrier separating the printed page and the celluloid image, fully wresting the superhero genre away from the medium that birthed it.
With so much at stake, the studio instinct would be to make The Avengers as big, stupid, and loud as possible. This is called "broadening the appeal," which is a polite term for dumbing a movie down.
Pardon this indulgence, but last weekend I said goodbye to my best friend, Sean Holton, a stellar journalist who passed on last November after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
I find myself now in St. Louis rehearsing Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for performances with the Opera Theatre of St Louis. The last time I sang with the company was in 1983. And here I am, having the time of my life.
I've always had a really bad memory. So when my mother got Alzheimer's disease, I knew that I had to record what was happening to her and to our family. I wanted to be able to look back over my notes and remember all the moments of craziness, beauty, and...
I try to avoid Fox News, and I'm not a fan of Bill O'Reilly, but as the mother of a self-identified gay 7-year-old son who has a crush on Glee's Blaine, the most recent media controversy involving Mr. O'Reilly caught my attention.
I want to mourn the death of an icon by watching tributes on a so-called music station. Yauch and the Beasties were pioneers in the hip hop and pop culture world. This news hurts. It's time for MTV to return to its roots.
Cosplay -- dressing in costume as characters from comics, science fiction or anime -- is a worldwide phenomenon that thousands of couples, from nerds to neurologists, have embraced as a way to indulge in some healthy escapism while simultaneously having a blast with each other at comic conventions.
The book is coming out in June and although it's about much more than Obama's early love life, "sexually warm" is what is going to heat up the sales. With the presidential election getting into full swing, Obama is in need of a little bit of makeover.
January 2011 marked the resurgence of an epidemic the indie theater community hadn't experienced since 2003 -- a series of serious losses of space and companies in the Off-Off Broadway community.
Tulsa Ballet Theater,
University Of Oklahoma,
Moscelyne Larkin Death,
Moscelyne Larkin was my ballet teacher, and the studio, her home. Although she toured the world with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, her home was Oklahoma. As I read her obituary recalled the last time I spent with her several years ago.
When I grow up, I want to be Julia Ormond. Not the unsatisfied booze-swilling character she plays on Mad Men but the woman herself. A woman who appears comfortable in her own skin, even as she ages.
Though she could speak up about equality, the rights of others--even, occasionally, sexuality--Helen Keller was not granted the rights she sought for others.
What could you possibly glean from a book about two men who've been in the public eye for over fifty years, where everything there is to know about them can be uncovered by the click of keyboard? Well, it turns out, plenty.
For nearly 30 years, My Little Pony has been coveted by kids of all ages. Today, it has reached a new generation of li'l pony-seekers, and the colorful childhood staple continues to be a source of inspiration for old-school fans, too.
Star Wars represents something that has gone somewhat astray amidst the background noise of our snarky modern discourse, and deserves to be brought back in full vigor.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
As Sonny desperately struggles to build his dream by rebuilding the shambles of a hotel bequeathed to him by his father, the six retirees and one medical traveler all go their separate ways, each in search of something they may not know they're searching for.
"My eyes had been opened wide," Roth Martin says. He smiles. He has just described how his life had changed. "And it all began with some fireplace mantels."
Yesterday the interwebs were abuzz with stories about Obama's "composite girlfriend" -- the supposed bombshell that the story in Dreams From My Father about the white woman he had an affair with wasn't strictly true.
Alex Van Halen (Van Halen),
André 3000 (OutKast),
Bernie Taupin (& Elton John),
Beverly Sills (Aldo Ceccato & London Philharmonic Orchestra),
Big Joe Turner,
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath),
Bob Seger (& The Silver Bullet Band),
Irving Berlin (& Fred Astaire),
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (TLC),
NBC Symphony Orchestra,
Paul Weller (& Graham Coxon),
Tchaikovsky (Erich Kleiber,
Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics),
This week our playlist includes music by André 3000, Tammy Wynette, Bob Seger (& The Silver Bullet Band), Young M.C. and more.
This is an exciting time to work in libraries -- technology affords us the opportunity to make accessible materials that have for years been kept in dark rooms in protective boxes.
Marshall Fine Movie Reviews,
The Perfect Family,
The Perfect Family Movie Review,
La Cage Aux Folles,
Don't trust the trailers for Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. They make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire, one that attacks hypocrisy among the pious -- like something from the Farrelly brothers or, perhaps, John Waters.
During the long year that The Forever Marriage was circulating, I sought out portraits of imperfect but redeemable women.
The Scream, one of the most immediately recognizable images in the world, is cultural shorthand, a floating symbol that is readily available for adaptation.
Marshall Fine Movie Reviews,
Robert Downey Jr.,
Samuel L. Jackson,
The Avengers Movie Review,
Marvel's The Avengers,
The Avengers is veined with wit, even as it offers exactly the kind of action that fanboys and normal movie-goers alike want out of something like this.
Trailers for movies make sense -- a visual medium for a visual product. If you aim to read a book, why do you need anything more than the synopsis of the book before you know whether you want to read it?
In a particularly affecting moment, Susan Roemer, held in a tight clinch by Jonathan Dummar, dove head first toward the floor from the height of a lift, her body inscribing a circle in the air in slow motion as she descended.
Sex History Book,
Sex Law History,
Sex Punishment History,
Sex Punishment Law,
Given that sex and power politics often intersect, the history of sex law illuminates many of today's hot-button issues.
Controlling the development of culture has been the dream of tyrants and humanitarians alike, but neither has been successful. Yet we seriously posit that some "Secretary of Culture" can manage, coerce, shape, tinker, tailor, or soldier it into submission?
Creativity And Madness,
Depression Mental Illness,
Healthy Living News
The myth that creativity and madness are inherently linked has a certain romantic appeal, but it does little -- if anything -- to promote human well-being.
On May 7, 2012, a brass plaque will be dedicated - In Honor Of Roger Englander whose visionary "peep hole" (created in 1960) opened the eyes of children and music lovers worldwide to the magic behind the music.