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.
A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife? Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too. But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking. And it just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun. Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it successfully smashed two protons at record-setting energies.
The tea ceremony is a 400-year-old ritual for serving green tea. But in Japan's techno-centric society (increasingly fueled by coffee) can the tea ceremony survive? Studio 360’s Jenny Lawton talked with tea masters, old and young.
Some people solve their midlife crises by buying a motorcycle — Jasper Rees decided to face down his childhood enemy: the French horn. Now available in paperback, Rees' account takes us from band camp to the concert hall and back again. Rees visited Studio 360 last spring — and he brought his horn.