“Even after 50 years it is difficult to name a coterie—even a couple of writers—that the NYRB nurtured or found. From Gore Vidal and Christopher Lasch in the early years to Amartya Sen and Paul Krugman today, the NYRB gave space to important figures—but only once they were already important.”
“While artists performing others’ songs is as old as pop and rock itself, over the past couple of decades the faithful reinterpretation of earlier groups’ repertoires, looks and quirks, even appropriately-accented onstage chat, has become big business and a process whereby the greats of the past are presented to new generations of fans.”
“In 1968, Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art bought a painting called LOVE — and made artist Robert Indiana famous. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards. And it obliterated the rest of Indiana’s career. The artist has been pretty much ignored by the art world for the past few decades.”
The 76-year-old actor, who will be playing the mad monarch in Brooklyn next week, turned down the role in his 60s – because he didn’t think, back then (not having read the play), that it was worth the trouble to play such a spoiled, mean-spirited old whiner. Langella explains why he thinks differently now.