Among the more than 100 books he (actually) authored were Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes, the Murder, She Wrote books that were a spinoff of the TV series, and the notorious 1967 faux-memoir Coffee, Tea, or Me?, which purported to be the true-life escapades of a pair of swinging stewardesses (as they were called back then).
“It turns out, machines can be pretty damn good at spinning up a tale of murder, dread, despair, and supernatural terror. At least one is—Shelley A.I., a horror-writing bot created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, debuting just in time for Halloween this year. Named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, the little horror-author-that-could is a deep learning algorithm that reads stories published in terror-inducing /r/nosleep subreddit and trains itself to write its own horror fiction.”
“The title page and dedication page have encrypted in them the exact church, the exact part of that church and the exact spot … where Shakespeare is buried. It’s like an old-fashioned treasure island map. You overlay the title page on to a ground plan of Poets’ Corner and it just points to exactly where he’s buried. It’s just phenomenal.”
The Scream and Charmed actor, now a multimedia artist with an intense following on Twitter, got the offer to sign a nondisclosure agreement mere days before the New Yorker and New York Times articles about Weinstein’s assaults came out. She says she countered with a request for $6 million, partly as “slow torture” for Weinstein, but she quickly withdrew the offer.
Basically, galleries are becoming more like happenings, or “pop-up restaurants,” just to deal with a world that’s filled with high rents and art fairs. “The idea is to create a model that is more affordable and flexible and allows galleries to come and occupy a space for a designated period of time.”
Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing, says it’s not easy to recreate the feel of writing her first novel, which she wrote in a dank little apartment in Iowa City. “Every day I would wake up in the dungeon, head to my nook, sit at my desk and feel proud and productive and contented. I’m trying to recapture that feeling.”
Basically? Hire a good choreographer, or two. “The critic in all of us gets particularly savage when watching a dance film or a musical. We demand great acting and exceptional dancing, seeking both to transport us. During this current resurgence of the musical genre, and as more dance-focussed films emerge, the choreographer has become central to many productions.”