Julia Barton

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Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Friday, November 14, 2014

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, romanticizes faraway people and places in his music — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot. 

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. With Untitled Film Stills, she also created some of the most recognizable images in 20th century art — and maybe even invented the selfie.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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Aha Moment: Madonna’s “Live to Tell”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Holly Welker was already doubting her Mormon faith when she went on her mission to Taiwan. She found herself in a strange city with few friends, suffering from a crisis of faith as well as symptoms of depression. She found an unlikely source of solace during a visit to a night market. ...

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What Lies Beneath

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In “Neither Confirm Nor Deny,” we spend a fair amount of time on the remarkable cover story that disguised a CIA mission to lift the Soviet submarine K-129 from the bottom of the Pacific. That cover story puts the movie-cover-story of “Argo” to shame: from about 1970-74, the ...

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, October 11, 2013

In the 1980s, Cindy Sherman began taking self-portraits that showed her in costumes and scenarios that looked just like movie stills, although they were her own inventions. In a media-saturated age, Untitled Film Stills have influenced a generation of artists as well as pop stars who play with identity as a kind of performance.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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The Where, the Why, and the How

Friday, January 18, 2013

Science has had a pretty good run these last few centuries: immunology, space travel, the Higgs Boson. But there are still plenty of phenomena at the edge of our understanding. The Where, the Why, and the How is a sort of text book for grown-ups that addresses science’s enduring mysteries ...

Slideshow: Inside The Where, the Why, and the How

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Michigan Film Industry Goes Dark

Friday, December 07, 2012

The new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful comes out next spring. But like Dorothy said, they're not in Kansas anymore; this Oz was shot in Michigan. Oz was the high-water mark of an ambitious program to convert some of the state's abandoned auto plants to film studios ...

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Andrew McCarthy: From Brat-Packer to Backpacker

Friday, September 28, 2012

If you were alive in the 1980s, you, or someone you loved, had a crush on Andrew McCarthy. He played Blane McDonnagh, the rich kid who captures the heart of Molly Ringwald’s character in the teen drama Pretty in Pink. But when he awoke to adult life, McCarthy became a travel writer ...

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Inside North Korean Cinema: Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Friday, September 28, 2012

North Korea is such an insular nation that almost any glimpse of life in the country makes news. This week is the country’s Pyongyang Film Festival, drawing crowds of North Koreans to the rare opportunity to see foreign film. But also screening is the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying ...

Video: Comrade Kim Goes Flying trailer


Why Salman Rushdie Became Joseph Anton

Friday, September 21, 2012

On Valentines Day, 1989, Iran’s dying leader, the Ayatollah Khomeni, issued a fatwa (death sentence) against Rushdie for supposedly blaspheming Islam's prophet in his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie went into hiding for most of the next decade. His new memoir chronicles that ...


Susanna Moore: The Life of Objects

Friday, September 14, 2012

Susanna Moore remains best known for her 1995 erotic thriller In the Cut, about a writing teacher who descends into a seedy world of murder and sexual violence. Her latest novel, The Life of Objects, is told from the point of view of an Irish girl, Beatrice, who comes to work ...


The Legacy of David Foster Wallace

Friday, September 07, 2012

New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max has written the first major biography of author David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. In it he uncovers how the author was personally stuck in a state of “perpetual adolescence,” symbolized by the signature bandana he wore ...

Bonus Track: David Foster Wallace reads from Infinite Jest


What Good Are Film Festivals?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political reporters on the campaign trail aren’t the only journalists racking up the frequent flyer miles right now. It’s the season of major film festivals, and people who cover movies get the better destinations. Sharon Waxman, of the entertainment news site The Wrap ...

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The Tools for a Creative Life

Friday, August 24, 2012

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are Hollywood psychologists with a roster of A-list clients. “Especially among the actors, you have people where no one’s told them the truth ever for the last eight years, 12 years — literally never,” Stutz tells Kurt Andersen. In Stutz and Michels' book The Tools ...

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Born to Run: Campaign Earworms

Friday, August 24, 2012

It’s been decades since any political business was hashed out at a national political convention. They’re stage productions, and music is a big part of the image they’re designed to project. At smaller rallies out on the campaign trail, music plays a more mundane but essential role ...

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Michigan Voters Raise Property Taxes for Art Museum

Friday, August 17, 2012

Talking about raising taxes during an election year is considered political suicide. But that’s exactly what voters in Michigan did on August 7. Residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties voted to raise their property taxes a fraction of a percent to help fund the Detroit Institute of Arts ...

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Disputed Art Disappears from University Campus

Friday, August 03, 2012

A year ago, the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum commissioned an outdoor sculpture from British artist Chris Drury. Carbon Sink was a 36-foot-diameter vortex of logs killed by pine beetles atop a bed of Wyoming coal. The artist said he wanted to draw a connection ...

Video: Chris Drury explains Carbon Sink

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Hollywood Violence Gets Real in Colorado Shooting

Friday, July 27, 2012

Adam Gopnik has written frequently — too frequently, he laments — about the gun rampages that convulse America. “The killings will go on; the cell phones in the pockets of dead children will continue to ring; and now parents can be a little frightened every time their kids go ...

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Comic-Con 2012: Nerds + Hollywood 4EVR

Friday, July 13, 2012

The annual comics extravaganza Comic-Con International is underway, with 125,000 fans geeking out at the San Diego Convention Center. What started as a swap-meet in 1970 is now the nexus of American pop culture. But the comic book industry isn’t the gold mine you might imagine ...

Crack Kurt's code


Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Friday, June 29, 2012

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, romanticizes faraway people and places in his music — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot. His new album, Barchords, is instrumentally spare but emotionally rich.  He performs live in in the studio.

Video: “Already Yours”

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