by | 01.31.2011
So you've heard Kanye West talking shit like he's the next Michael Jackson, no? If not try this one on for size: "As far as rapping goes, how can I say this? Jordan, Michael Jackson - it's what I do."
by | 01.27.2011
The new Arcade multimedia page went live today, thanks to the incomparable Zach Chandler, who also put together the excellent wax cylinder image that's now on the front page. Remember that great sequence in L'Ève future when Edison chastises every previous inventor for not coming up with the phonograph? So brilliantly weird.
by | 01.27.2011
Thanks to my friend Tom Luddy, the Director of the Telluride Film Festival, I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me in my mailbox on Sunday afternoon, “A Bitter Taste of Freedom” (2011), a cinematic biographical tribute to and about Anna Politkovskaya.
by | 01.26.2011
This winter break, I had the opportunity to do a studio visit with Halsey Rodman, whose piece The Wolves from Three Angles is up in a three-person show “A Room in Three Movements,” currently at Sue Scott Gallery (http://www.suescottgallery.com/).
by | 01.25.2011
No, they shouldn't. At least according to Douglas Hofstadter, who holds Ph.D.s in Comp. Lit. as well as Physics and has published extensively on artificial intelligence. His reasoning? Does making swooshing sounds while holding a toy plane qualify you to be a pilot? (That's exactly how he put it to me in an impassioned message.)
by | 01.24.2011
The estimable Waggish has been pondering Hamlet's notorious explication of the action in The Murder of Gonzago, that the murderer who pours poison into the porches of the player king's ear is "one Lucianus, nephew to the King."
by | 01.22.2011
I've been the managing editor for Transactions for several months now, and since that time the Transactions section of Arcade has remained mostly static. "What," people have been asking themselves, "does that mean lady even do around here?" Well, I'm pleased to announce that some of our Top Secret Work in Transactions will soon be public.
by | 01.21.2011
In 2010, Sufjan Stevens came out of a self-imposed bout of musical silence. In 2011, Iron & Wine releases his first major label statement. What do they have in common? Here is some musical mathematics.