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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My time in Los Angeles is coming to an end. I will miss the phantasmagorically perfect weather, the hiking trails (with coyotes!) 5 minutes from my house, the focused and talented students (and faculty) of Art Center, and all the interesting strangers who tend to be, I think, more gratifyingly...open than your typical New Yorker. But it'll also be good to get back to a place where urban life teems just outside one's front door, where I don't have to drive everywhere, and where the city (physically as well as culturally and intellectually) is more coherent, more truly (or at least obviously) a city.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I am not on the payroll of the California Travel & Tourism Commission, I swear. But as if the weather in general were not splendidly un-wintery enough, here's some of what I encountered a couple of hours west and north of Los Angeles, by aiming for Santa Barbara and then more or less aimlessly wandering. My daughter Kate provivded a perfect iPod score, dominated by Four Tet and the soundtracks of Jungle Book and Carnivàle.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
When I visited Johannesberg a few years ago, I was startled by how much, townships aside, it reminded me of southern California -- the topography, the sunniness, the freeways, the shiny Americanism in general. So the other day when I interviewed the delightful founders of the cool South African rock band BLK JKS, Mpumi Mcata and Lindani Buthelezi, before their gig at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, I asked, a little nervously, if they agreed. Yes! They also thought it was cool (and, um, ironic) that they were about to perform next to ethnographic dioramas depicting indigenous Africa. The interview -- and exclusive acoustic performance! -- airs starting Friday.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I’ve just spent a fascinating day in the desert an hour and a half north of Los Angeles.
It was an Art Center College of Design field trip. First stop was a hangar-cum-workshop at the Mojave airport – officially, and very grandly, the Mojave Air and Space Port -- where ...
Monday, February 23, 2009
Attending the Oscar ceremony last night, I realized why the pre-show red-carpet rigmarole has become more and more a focus of the television coverage over the last decade or so: that's the juiciest part of the quasi-official event, a reality-show The Day of the Locust without the apocalyptic ending.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Last night I visited the new highrise called Tokyo Midtown, which is the tallest building in the city and on its lower floors contains -- thanks to vast swaths of wood, elaborate lighting, and other beyond-the-call-of-duty architectural and furnishing details -- the most convincingly, tastefully luxurious shopping mall I've ...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I will probably never be an expatriate. But that doesn't mean I don't fantasize in every foreign city I visit about which neighborhood I'd live in. In Tokyo, I think it'd probably be on the Naka-meguro canal, a quiet, Amsterdamish stretch of just-hip-enough gentility only two subway stops from the ...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I knew about otaku, the term for Japanese obsessively interested in particular cultural artifacts -- particular kinds of anime, arcade video games, 1950s L.A. jazz, whatever. But I had no idea how deep and odd the obsessions ran until today.
As I was wandering through the neighborhood of ...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The motto of a fictional character of mine was All Cliches Are True. As I was reminded twice, spectacularly, during my first full day in Tokyo.
Friday, June 01, 2007
New York, NY —
Early in his career the sculptor Richard Serra was ridiculed for his mammoth metal sculptures. He's gone on to become one of the most influential sculptors of our time. Starting this Sunday, The Museum of Modern Art is launching a retrospective of his work.
Studio 360's ...
Friday, December 22, 2006
New York, NY —
WNYC's Kurt Andersen has also been thinking about how to re-make Christmas.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
All of us are tempted and sometimes give in to the temptation to indulge in stereotypes of unfamiliar places and people, instead of really knowing and experiencing them.
Friday, April 16, 2004
New York, NY —Advertisers use celebrities to hawk their products on TV all the time. But Studio 360's Kurt Andersen is still getting over the shock of seeing a musicial legend during the commercial break.
Read the entire commentary on Studio 360's website
Friday, October 05, 2001
New York, NY —New Yorkers are already debating what should happen next at the site. Studio 360's Kurt Andersen has this look at what architects, critics and people on the street are thinking.
Saturday, June 02, 2001
Kurt Andersen finds a movie musical he actually enjoys.