No, he’s not back on TV, but he is talking to New York magazine’s David Marchese about retirement (“I’m lonely, I can’t stop talking. This is like visitors’ day at prison for me.”), late-night TV today (he never watches), and what he’d do if he got The Donald on camera.
“The awful thing is, I’m very aware when I’m being difficult, but I’m usually so scared. And that’s shaming, at the age one is. Because every time I start anything, I think, ‘This time I’m going to be like Jude, and it will all be lovely, it will be merry and bright, the Quaker will come out in me.’ But it never works.”
“[He] was an imposing presence in any opera house; his height appeared greater than the 6ft 2in he claimed, his voice sounded deeper than the booming basso profundo he was billed as, and his personality exuded warmth and charm both on stage and off.”
When she started teaching at LAMDA in 1955, “traditional movement training might have involved elocution, fencing and a bit of traditional dance … Trish’s genius lay in creating a methodology and approach” – which came to be known as Pure Movement – “that worked from impulse (initial mental, emotional and physical responses) and release (letting go of habits of movement), so that actors could adopt the physical signals that help an audience recognise a character on stage or screen.”
Mr. Hays had been a Bible salesman, an apparel salesman and a majority shareholder in a business employing college students to sell magazine subscriptions every summer. And he and his wife adored Paris, and French art. “The gift — the largest foreign donation of art to France since World War II — was announced by President François Hollande in a ceremony at the Élysée Palace in October after months of negotiations with the couple.”
She hasn’t changed, but she’s getting nonstop invitations to what she calls “feminist things,” and she’s published a new book to help a friend raise a daughter. “Adichie recently came across her own kindergarten reports. ‘My father keeps them all. You know what the teacher wrote? ‘She is brilliant, but she refuses to do any work when she’s annoyed.’ I was five years old.'”
She had a “prodigious” list of roles in movies, usually character acting and bit parts, but one of her biggest contributions was founding the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.
Fox wrote for every age, and so, critics said, her adult work was often discounted. “Fox’s best-known novel for adults is ‘Desperate Characters’ (1970), about the disintegration of a marriage. It was made into a film of the same title, released the next year and starring Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars.”
“Over a century ago, Henri Bergson, one of the first modern philosophers to think deeply on the subject, pointed out that laughter is an “inherently social” activity, and in recent decades, academics have found data to support this theory.”
“Yeah, see, this always drove me crazy. Not that in particular, but just the parsing of what you had to say and when. I don’t like to be told what to do. … I didn’t come out to my parents. I didn’t accept or embrace that trope, and say, ‘Oh, this is a thing one must do.’ Instead, I introduced them to the guy I love and he ended up being part of the family.” From a long Q&A with E. Alex Jung.
“Mr. Metzger developed his concept of auto-destructive art in 1959, defining it as ‘art which triggers its own destruction.’ He saw it as … an instrument to strike back at authoritarianism, nuclear weapons, commercialism and modern media.” And yes, as Matt Schudel explains, Metzger was responsible for developing two iconic facets of ’60s rock culture. (Pete Townshend studied art with Metzger.)
“The four other candidates in the competitive race, including incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan, may wish to take notes [from Ingrid LaFleur] on how to do politics real-Detroit-style.”
I realized the problem began with the fact that adjectives are mostly required of the less powerful. Thus, there are “novelists” and “female novelists,” “African-American doctors” but not “European- American doctors,” “gay soldiers” but not “heterosexual soldiers,” “transgender activists” but not “cisgender activists.” As has been true forever, the person with the power takes the noun — and the norm — while the less powerful requires an adjective.
“To me, Trump was someone who, he’s always searching for a stronger, better word, and he never finds it.”
“[He] overcame the limited use of his right hand to develop a distinctive punchy style that made him a stalwart of the hard-bop movement of the 1950s and 1960s and a notable collaborator with such stars as Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon.”
“Early cultures heavily emphasized the importance of communal bonding and obligation, urging the sacrifice of the self to the greater good. But while such bonding is necessary to keep civilizations alive, we’ve always prized those who rejected this: Outcasts like Socrates, Lao Tzu, and Jesus. And while the latter would become a fisher of men, his time alone in the desert would also in time inspire his followers: By the fifth century, the deserts of Syria were pockmarked with hermits, each looking for a little desolate wasteland of his (and occasionally her) own.”
Sphere – more officially called, by the sculptor, Grosse Kugelkaryatide (Large Spherical Caryatid) – “was the best known of his sculptures, though Mr. Koenig produced powerful memorials, including one at the former Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria” and another for the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
“‘He’s either going to be fantastic – or dead.’ That was the verdict of some of opera’s keenest vocal judges a decade ago when they awarded Michael Fabiano … a career-making win at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. [Now] he is one of the most exciting, sought-after singers in the world – but the fatalistic warning was still ringing in my ears a few Sundays ago when Mr. Fabiano, who likes to pilot planes on his days off, took me for a flight.” Michael Cooper white-knuckles it for us.
A visit to the building where the playwright and his six siblings grew up (Seven Guitars is set in its backyard), the neighborhood’s Catholic church, the house where Fences is set (and the film was shot), and other spots and scenes from Wilson’s Century Cycle.
It would be enough that he steered two of the country’s key public stations away from looming financial ruin, or that he’s the executive who made the young Ken Burns’s career possible. But Chamberlin, as founding chief operating officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, actually ceded a huge piece of his own power by insisting that each individual public television station operate autonomously, independent of the PBS network.
“How much responsibility does Warhol bear for our culture’s shift from substance to flash, human interest to spectacle? How much responsibility does a mirror bear for whatever beauty or ugliness it beholds? Warhol loved both the heights and depths of American culture, and reflected it back at us through his work, which remains resonant to this day.”
Here’s the deal: “It’s not a given that he’ll remain on the industry’s radar for very long. That’s because to be a leading man in Hollywood requires more than just box office success, an award-winning list of credits, or even the esteem of your peers. You also (still) need to embody the American film industry’s narrow ideals of romantic masculinity.”
Jeanine Tesori, among the most-nominated composers in Tonys history, says music is where science and art meet.
The Emmy award-winning actor, co-star of “Apollo 13” and star of “Big Love,” died on Saturday, according to Rolling Stone. Tributes continue to come in from his shocked co-stars and directors.
In the States, until recently she’s been familiar mostly to art-cinema fans. But with this year’s Hollywood awards season, her cool, ambiguous, insouciant je-ne-sais-quoi has caught the fancy of the fashion press. Says Simon Doonan, “She has what the French used to call chien.” Ruth La Perla explores the mystique with the actress herself.
“Mr. Stevenson did not restrict himself to drawing cartoons at the magazine; he was one of the rare people there who wrote and illustrated articles, including Talk of the Town pieces. And, away from The New Yorker, he was the author or illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, as well as novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist, who died last year.”
The Gehry-led course on design and architecture will be hosted by online education service Masterclass. The architect will be offering more than a dozen video lessons where he will teach “his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.” He will also be drawing on case studies, sketches and his “never-before-seen” model archive.
During the 1960s, his job was to churn out B-movies for the Nikkatsu studio; he livened them up with elaborate, sometimes surreal pop-art scenery and costumes (with performances to match). What’s now his most famous movie initially got him fired from the studio.
“For at least a month before his death, Warhol had been ill, but had done his best to keep up his usual exhausting pace. His terror of hospitals had prevented him from getting any serious treatment. Even once Warhol had finally ended up in the office of Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a leading surgeon — he was known for treating the Shah of Iran — Warhol had begged for some kind of stay-at-home treatment. “I will make you a rich man if you don’t operate on me,” the artist had said, Dr. Thorbjarnarson recalled during my visit to his New Jersey home in 2014. (He is now 95 and lives in Florida.)”
“He puts his ear to my chest and listens to my heart and counts the beats. ‘Sixty-two,’ he says with a satisfied smile, and I can’t imagine anything more intimate.” Bill Hayes, partner of the late neurologist and author, shares snippets from the diary of their life together that Sacks convinced him to keep.