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Hit the Reset Button

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kurt Andersen, novelist and host of PRI's Studio 360, wrote the cover article for this week's Time Magazine called "The End of Excess: Why This Crisis is Good for America", talks about the end of an era and a way forward.

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A day in the country

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.

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City of angels

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.

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Desert Planes and Automobiles

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 ...

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Kurt on the Red Carpet

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.

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Post-Tokyo high

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 ...

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New Amsterdam, New Paris

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 ...

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Tokyo Confidential

Thursday, November 20, 2008

As we walked down one of the narrow side streets of the Times Square-ish entertainment district around the Shibuya train station, past swank rock clubs and 'love hotels,' we came upon an unlit, grimy, highly decorative stone-and-stucco facade that looked to be from the first third of the 20th century -- an ...
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Sun(glasses) King

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 ...

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I saw the light in Naoshima

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You'd think that a New Yorker wouldn't succumb easily to urban claustrophobia. But when I finally got to the fields and mountains of rural southern Japan -- three trains and four hours later -- the sense of relief and calm I felt were palpable. I was making a pilgrimage to ...
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Kawaii Kurt

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.

Of course I knew about the (cliche of the) Japanese schoolgirl subculture, and its devotion to cuteness, uniformity, pinkness, intense girl-to-girl friendliness, technology, and ...
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Richard Serra Reviewed

Friday, June 01, 2007

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.

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Re-Branding Christmas

Friday, December 22, 2006

WNYC's Kurt Andersen has also been thinking about how to re-make Christmas.

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Commentary: Idaho Dynamite

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.

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Bob's Secret

Friday, April 16, 2004

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

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Plans for the Former WTC Site

Friday, October 05, 2001

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.

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Commentary: The Movie Musical Returns

Saturday, June 02, 2001

Kurt Andersen finds a movie musical he actually enjoys.

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Moulin Rouge

Friday, June 01, 2001

Moulin Rouge

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