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Matt Frassica

Matt came to Studio 360 in 2014 from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a features reporter for the Courier-Journal. There, he wrote about celebrity chefs, the world’s largest collection of poisonous snakes, and a former monk turned furniture maker to the presidents. He also taught courses on literary journalism, feature writing, and arts and culture reporting at Bellarmine University. Although he lived for four years in Louisville, he still doesn’t know how to bet on a horse race. His writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Observer, USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Studio 360 intern, Matt’s first piece for the show was on the design of that quintessential 1970s mode of transportation, the moped.

Matt Frassica appears in the following:

Why Did Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" Disappoint?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The Newsroom” marked Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated return to TV, but it got canceled after just three seasons. Willa Paskin of "Slate" diagnoses its fatal flaws.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The director of “Boogie Nights” and “There Will Be Blood” explains why he took on the supposedly unfilmmable novelist Thomas Pynchon in his latest movie, “Inherent Vice.”

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Indie Rocker Mike Doughty Tackles the Book of Revelation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mike Doughty’s plan was simple: adapt the Bible’s Book of Revelation into a rock opera. In one year. How did he do?

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Marianne Moore’s Odes to Animals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marianne Moore loved learning about animals, and she crammed more scientific detail into her poems than anyone before.

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Decoding Nature’s Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Yale ornithologist argues that our definition or art is way too narrow. It’s not just a human activity — lots of plants and animals have aesthetic experiences, too.

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Rediscovering Bert Williams

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The first movie with an African-American cast starred Bert Williams, the first superstar black entertainer. No one has seen it until now.

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The Ballad of a Failed State

Friday, November 21, 2014

For decades, Mexican culture has celebrated the exploits of drug traffickers in songs known as narcocorridos. With the drug war become ever more violent, the songs have followed suit.

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Bill Cunningham's Old School Photography Meets Instagram

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Cunningham, one of the most charming and old-school of fashion photographers, still shoots on film. But, thanks to his assistant, he's a must-follow on Instagram.
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What's Your Word of the Year?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Every year, dictionaries announce the words that made the biggest impression. And once in a while, they even get it right. What word would you pick if you had the choice?
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A Painter Makes Peace with Working in the Kitchen

Friday, November 14, 2014

Adrienne Ognibene responded to our call for creative New Year’s Resolutions with the goal of rediscovering her painting and drawing skills. Suddenly she’s a blacksmith?

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ISIS’s War on Culture

Friday, November 07, 2014

As ISIS has rampaged across Syria and Iraq, they’ve destroyed irreplaceable artifacts from the cradle of civilization.

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Christopher Nolan: My Movies Aren’t Puzzles

Friday, November 07, 2014

The director of Interstellar and Inception says people who think too hard about his movies won’t enjoy them as much.

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Trading Travel for Photography

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Shantanu Starick once dreamed of quitting his day job to pursue photography full-time — now he's traveled the world shooting photos, without spending a dollar.
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What Is Gamergate?

Friday, October 31, 2014

A backlash against feminist critics of videogames has led to threats of murder. Where is the hate coming from?

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Dan Gilroy Gets Dark with Nightcrawler

Friday, October 31, 2014

The director of Nightcrawler explains the real-life inspiration for the film and why Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy character is our future.

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Older Musicians Would Like Some Royalties, Too

Friday, October 17, 2014

Right now, songs recorded before 1972 don’t get the same royalties as newer songs. Rosanne Cash says that’s not fair to aging artists.

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Great Album Covers Become GIFs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The artist JB turns your favorite album covers into animated GIFs. The result might be even better than the originals.
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The Artist vs. The IRS

Friday, October 10, 2014

Susan Crile has paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, but the IRS said her art was just a hobby, so it sued her to reclaim more than $80,000 in back taxes.

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Marcel the Shell Reads From His New Book

Monday, October 06, 2014

When Jenny Slate came in for an interview, she brought along YouTube's most famous mollusc shell. He reads from the new book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.
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Jenny Slate Comes Out of Her (Snail) Shell

Friday, October 03, 2014

Jenny Slate’s character Marcel the Shell is half an inch long. But she’s getting very big these days, starring in movies and TV and writing children’s books.

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