Of course there are lessons to be learned from rock music. As a songwriter, I know this and I try to use it to everyone's advantage. After all, the songwriters I'm referencing all went through their own stuff and toiled to put it all to paper in a concise and relatively snappy, relatable fashion.
If you asked the average person how they feel about the Federal Reserve's latest economic projection that trimmed its estimate of 2014 U.S. GDP growth to a range of 2.1-2.3 percent, they would probably say that's not so hot -- not a recession, but quite depressing nonetheless.
For Eleven Madison Park, Chef Humm selected classic Miles Davis prints ("so cool, fresh, innovative and collaborative"), while the more raucous Rolling Stones photos preside at NoMad, which he calls "our looser, louder sibling."
The new-wave acts of the early '80s represent everything that mainstream pop acts aren't so free to be today. Imagine One Direction hitting the stage dressed like Kajagoogoo. Would teenage girls still go wild? Would Taylor Swift have dated one of them?
Was Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune, "the greatest movie never made?" The South African director Richard Stanley makes that claim in Frank Pavich's documentary about the ill fated project, currently playing at Film Forum.
Darren Aronofsky is one of the most visionary directors of his generation, a filmmaker who isn't afraid to challenge an audience or to entertain it. I may not always like his films but they always give me a lot to think about.
Shortly after her death, a group of Elaine's regulars started the Table 4 Writers Foundation, named after Elaine's regular table, to continue her tradition of encouraging young creative types in general and writers in particular.