In The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell examines the popular tradition of the young genius: Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at twenty-five. Mozart wrote his breakthrough Piano [...]
Click on the logo to watch the video: Get the Flash Player to see this content. Krys Boyd talks to French chef Jacques Pepin, host of the TV series, Fast Food My Way.
Philip Roth by David Levine, 2004 ____________________________________________ David Levine, the great caricaturist for The New York Review of Books and the New York Times, is going blind. Image from nybooks.com/gallery
Garrison Keillor has written a number of books centered on the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, including Lake Wobegon Days (1985), Leaving Home (1987) and Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon (2007). His latest, Liberty, follows the town folk as they prepare for the Fourth of July and learn that one of their own has [...]
Marjorie Garber, author of the superb Vested Interests:Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety as well as Patronizing the Arts, writes in the Boston Globe: This is an era of what could be called the “visual intellectual.” Students on college campuses and members of the general public flock to hear – and see – addresses by filmmakers, artists, [...]
… which is how I heard one literature professor describe the Texas Book Festival. At any rate, the TBF’s official calendar for this fall’s edition, Nov. 1-2, is now online, including a session with NPR’s own Scott Simon, author, most recently, of the novel, Windy City.
Get the Flash Player to see this content. Roma, Texas, gets a mini-history in words and b&w photographs by Jeffrey Gusky, co-author of Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place. He talks to Krys Boyd about the town, used in the film Viva Zapata!, and restored.
Best boy grip Sloane Schoeneberg on the set of Exposed. Actors are being coiffed, grips are hauling equipment between sets, Joey Stewart is barking at his crew, and Jon Keeyes is being a great guy. This could describe a lot of film shoots that have taken place in North Texas in the past 10 or [...]
Elizabeth Lunday is the author of The Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors, which includes intriguing, seamy and just plain curious trivia about the 35 artists whose lives she recounts. Some of the biographical facts are not so secret (Caravaggio murdered a man). Others, on [...]
Doug McLennan is the mind behind Artsjournal.com, one of the best arts-news websites and art blog collectives around. Confession: I blog there as book/daddy, but seeing as Doug has been doing this for nine years and Artsjournal.com gets 45,000 users per day, my estimation of his achievement has some basis. Amanda Neer of Life’s a [...]