David Krasnow appears in the following:
Monday, October 03, 2011
“General Orders No. 9” was the document in which Robert E. Lee ordered his troops to surrender to Ulysses S. Grant. A film of the same name by Robert Persons never refers to this document or to the Civil War itself, which is strange. There is a lot ...
Monday, September 12, 2011
The first track on Wild Flag’s debut release is called “Romance,” and ends with this: We love the sound, the sound is what found us, sound is the love between me and you. I love how we don’t know who the “you” is. The song might be about a lover, but the way Carrie Brownstein switches to “we” suggests something else. She could be singing to us fans, who’ve kept the indie-rock flame alive in our hearts. ...
Friday, August 26, 2011
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Until the movie District 9 came out two years ago, “South African science fiction” didn’t ring any bells for Americans. But that may change. The winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, more or less the Pulitzer of sci-fi, is a journalist and novelist from Cape Town. Lauren Beukes’ novel is called Zoo City ...
Friday, August 05, 2011
It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock – writers can’t live without Lucy.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
There are ex-spouses who communicate through their lawyers; ex-spouses who send each other Christmas cards; ex-spouses who remain cordial out of affection or for the sake of the kids. And there are ex-spouses who perform together, playing duets for bass guitar. ...
Friday, June 17, 2011
At 91 years of age, Kitty Wells is the oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. And she can still surprise unsuspecting listeners. Despite her demure gingham dresses and sweet plaintive melodies, Wells was a radical. Some of her songs all but declare infidelity and promiscuousness. Laura Cantrell — a singer and songwriter, and a...
Thursday, May 05, 2011
No stranger to controversy — the cliché fits Tony Kushner, whose groundbreaking play cycle Angels in America (subtitle A Gay Fantasia on National Themes) was one of the major flashpoints in the modern culture war. Now Kushner's views are once again subject of debate, this time from an unexpected quarter.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mark my words: the beginning of the 21st century is going to be remembered as a golden age of chamber music. A case in point is the new debut from the Janus Trio, I Am Not.
Monday, January 03, 2011
This is the handsomest set of the essays that made H. L. Mencken famous.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Kurt Andersen explores how episodes of false identity, living large, and murder in the suburbs add up to the great American novel.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Using a whammy bar and a fuzz box, Hendrix captured the sound of bombs falling overseas and screaming protestors. “I didn’t think it was unorthodox,” Hendrix said. “I thought it was beautiful.”
Monday, July 26, 2010
Matt Schickele is a tragically underrated songwriter who has put out a handful of solo records of piercing strangeness and beauty. Delicate and jagged, Schickele's harmonies constantly edge toward the dissonant while staying just this side of earworm. On The Badger Game, he sings over perfectly realized small chamber arrangements, but there's nothing trendy about it. Son of the composer and educator Peter Schickele, Matt comes to his classical eclecticism by birthright, and he has composed an opera (in progress), a large number of published bagpipe tunes, and music in many other genres. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and Andrew Bird should all take note: this record bears repeated -- obsessively repeated -- listening.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
A volume of collected stories by any writer can be daunting, but Lydia Davis’s are all so small and seemingly light that dipping in and out feels easy. Her tone often seems dry or ironic (as with the wonderfully titled 'Samuel Johnson Is Indignant'). But beware: Davis packs a punch. ...
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Guillermo del Toro was an inspired pick to direct the The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If anybody can keep Bilbo from getting cute – and keep Gollum genuinely creepy -- it’s the director of Pan’s Labyrinth. When del Toro visited Studio 360 last ...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Caetano Veloso is called the Bob Dylan of Brazil; it may be Dylan who’s flattered there. At 67, Veloso continues to make music with the grace of a poet and the ebullience of a kid. In recent years his sound has been reinvigorated by the sharp edges of his son ...
Sunday, May 02, 2010
The late Leslie Buck (nee Laszlo Büch) had no training in graphics – he was in the cup business – but he had an eye for design, and he achieved something singular: an immortal disposable cup. The pseudo-Grecian lettering and ornament celebrated the venerable New York institution of the Greek ...
Friday, April 23, 2010
We've heard how contentious the process of confirming judges has become. So how exactly did Denny Chin get appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a 98 to 0 vote? Perhaps the senators took into account his extracurriculars. Chin has led an unusual project in which lawyers create ...
Monday, April 19, 2010
Four twenty-something women (and their lone male buddy, good-looking but a loser) navigate careers and relationships in the hippest precincts of New York. But let's be clear: Smith Rakoff's novel is not Carrie Bradshaw territory. Instead, it's an homage, 70 years later, to Mary McCarthy's satirical novel The ...