Spark: How Creativity Works doesn't hit bookshelves until February 15. But to get you in the mood, we've got a sneak-preview. In his foreword to the book, Kurt describes how he embraced Daniel Boorstin's "Amateur Spirit" and summoned the courage to keep trying new things.
Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. Today The New York Times is reporting that the leaders of the Belarus Free Theatre have been forced into hiding following an incident at a protest rally.
What, you think you're too cool for Christmas records? You're going to like this one, and so will your granny.
Requiem for Steam is photographer David Plowden's love letter to the steam engine, full of moving portraits of the machinery, the rails, and the people he's met on a lifetime of journeys.
While doing research for our art and medicine episode, we called our colleagues in the NYPR archives — a treasure trove of nearly a century of media made or collected at the station. And they found some pretty fantastic things in the stacks.
About a year ago, Carrie Fisher (script doctor, memoirist, recovering Princess) took to Broadway a one-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” — an account of her struggles with alcoholism, failed romances, and brushes with death. A filmed version of her stage show airs this weekend on HBO.
In the 1960s and 70s, the photographer Lee Friedlander took his family on summer road trips. Along the way, he took pictures that established him as one of the most acute, celebrated, modern chroniclers of America. Friedlander’s young son Erik (now a noted cellist) was sitting in the back seat.
Daniel Day-Lewis, you're great and all — but we would've cast someone else as Lincoln in the upcoming biopic.
Last week on the show, we heard about the first volume of Mark Twain's new autobiography, released (at Twain's expressed direction) a century after his death: “It has seemed to me that I could be as frank and free and unembarrassed as a love letter if I knew that what I was writing would be exposed to no eye until I was dead and unaware and indifferent.” If you don't love Twain enough for 743 pages, here's a treat.
Recordings of choral music can be discouraging: soft and diffuse, like the music is coming through cotton balls. That’s what so fantastic about Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “The Forty-Part Motet,” now on view at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Just last weekend, the British novelist Howard Jacobson was lamenting that he wasn't being taken seriously. "There is a fear of comedy in the novel today," he wrote the Guardian Saturday Review. "When did you last see the word 'funny' on the jacket of a serious novel?" Well, perhaps we'll see it more often. Jacobson just won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
I’m as patriotic as the next guy. But this morning on the subway, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated by the sight of our national mascot peddling fast cash. Uncle Sam, how could you? Playing into our all-American desires to get rich quick and bling ourselves silly. That’s why Studio 360 proposed ...
Part history lesson, part satire, part blood bath — a lovely night at the theater, no? “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (now up at New York’s Public Theater) is a singing, dancing, punk-rocking rollick through the 7th presidency.
Earlier this year, we introduced you to an Indian artist named Vijay Singh. For decades, he painted the bright, larger-than-life murals that showcased current attractions in Delhi’s old Bollywood movie theaters. Then digital printing put him out of a job. But he may have found a new market: hipster home decorator CB2.
Richard Holmes tells the story of chemist Humphrey Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas). It's a wild tale of how the scientist convinced friends — like the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mark Roget — to be human guinea pigs. Ironically enough, Roget (the future creator of Roget's Thesaurus) had trouble picking words to describe his experience: "I felt myself totally incapable of speaking."
Janelle Monaé may look like a petite, pompadoured doo-wopper straight out of early Motown. But when she hits the stage, she bursts into something light years beyond that.
Last week, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space was packed for Studio 360 Live — a night of stories and music about growing up with Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz. One of our favorite moments of the night: Josh Ritter’s beautiful, understated take on “Moon River.”
As a child Quang Bao fled Vietnam and lived in a refugee camp with his family. They eventually settled in Sugarland, Texas, and he was in high school when he discovered e. e. cummings. "i like my body when it is with your" set him on the path ...
A couple weeks ago, Studio 360 featured the good works of David Ellis Dickerson — former Hallmark greeting card employee gone solo. He takes commissions at his blog, Greeting Card Emergency. He has a real gift for making greeting cards for sticky situations. Little did we know we'd soon have one of our own.