Michele Siegel

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Finding the Future in a 2,000 Year Old Poem

Friday, September 30, 2011

An epic poem written more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman named Lucretius may be one of Western culture's most profound examples of art anticipating scientific discovery and modern thought. The poem is called "On the Nature of Things", and it presents all kinds of radical ...


Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are running high — even about an exhibit at a tiny museum in Oakland, California. This weekend, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) planned to open an exhibition ...

Slideshow: Work from “A Child’s View from Gaza”

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Albert Brooks Goes Gangster

Friday, September 16, 2011

If you’re of a certain generation, you will always love Albert Brooks for his role as a nervous TV producer in Broadcast News; if you’re of another, you will always love him as the voice of a daddy clownfish in Finding Nemo. But his latest performance may also be his greatest, and is already generating Oscar buzz ...

Bonus Track: Brooks on Twitter

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Miranda July Sees the Future

Friday, July 29, 2011

Six years ago, the indie film Me and You and Everyone We Know took everyone else by surprise. It was a smart, funny first-time feature by the short story writer and performance artist Miranda July. Her second film, in which she also stars, is called ...

Inside: July performs psychic readings for listeners

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Sapphire: From Precious to The Kid

Friday, July 22, 2011

When you’ve invested hours in the lives of characters in a book, you naturally imagine what becomes of them after the last page.  The novelist Sapphire has done the same, in a sequel to her 1996 book Push (which was the basis for the movie...

Bonus Track: How Push became Precious

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The Waste Land 2.0

Friday, June 24, 2011

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that’s selling like gangbusters...

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Apple’s Newest Update

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a design presentation — not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple’s future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant ...

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Aha Moment: Designer Karim Rashid

Friday, May 20, 2011

Industrial designer Karim Rashid creates ordinary household objects known the world over: he has more than 3000 in production, including the Umbra “Oh Chair” and the Bobble Water Bottle which filters water as you drink.  He found his calling early, when his family crossed ...

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When Art Just Isn't the Best Agent for Social Change

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Back in 2007, Kirsha Kaechele decided to take the New Orleans neighborhood St. Roch, with its decaying shotgun shacks, and renew it by building an arts community.  But four years later, the area is once again in ruins leaving neighbors to ask: what went wrong?

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World's Biggest Museum Opens in China

Friday, April 01, 2011

"That is one mother of a Confucius!"  Beijing-based reporter Jocelyn Ford is not prone to hyperbole, but that was her uncensored reaction this week when she visited China's National Museum on Tiananmen Square. On April 1, the museum opens to the public after a three-year expansion...

Slideshow: The National Museum of China Reopens

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Saved from Obscurity: Vivian Maier's Street Photos

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's the final days of an extraordinary exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center: a photo show by an unknown genius who quietly toiled away at her talents, alone, for decades, but who was almost lost to time.

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Patton Oswalt Geeks Out

Friday, March 04, 2011

The comedian Patton Oswalt reads the title essay from his new memoir: Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland. As Oswalt sees it, we all fall into one of these three science fiction fantasy archetypes. Take our survey and let us know which group you're a member of!

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Tagging in the Streets

Friday, February 04, 2011

Amid all the journalist-bloggers on the Cairo streets this week, Ahmed "Danny" Ramadan's posts on the arts news site Hyperallergic stood out to us. Especially the way he noticed how street graffiti had changed since the protests began. When Studio 360 reached Ramadan earlier this week, he told us that the "graffiti started out with simple slogans like: 'We love Egypt' and 'Down with Mubarak.'" But then it got more creative, Ramadan said.

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Poetry at the Revolution

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Some of the world's greatest art has been inspired by revolution, but how often does a work of art become part of the revolution itself? Watching the protests in Cairo last week, Egyptian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti was inspired to write a brand new poem -- its Arabic title roughly translates as "Oh Egypt, It's Close."

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Novelist’s Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Like the rest of the twitterati the novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

As events unfolded, Kirn’s tweets stood out. By Sunday night, Kirn realized the uncanny similarities alleged shooter Jarred Loughner shared with Kent Selkirk, the socially-inept-loner-on-the-internet protagonist of Kirn’s novel, The Unbinding.

“It was a sense of recognition,” Kirn told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen. “The forces that created this Loughner may be spawning more of him.”


Novelist's Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Like the rest of the twitteratithe novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

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This Book Will Not Be Digitized

Monday, November 22, 2010

To the list of labels Jonathan Safran Foer has acquired over the years--wunderkind author, outspoken vegetarian, one of those Brooklyn "Jonathans"--  we can now add "literary sculptor." This month he's turned the paperback novel into an interactive sculpture which needs no battery power or wifi. Foer's new book will *never* be able to fit on a Kindle or Nook and that's kind of the point.

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Franzen on Wharton

Monday, November 01, 2010

So, it's mid-autumn and if you're done reading the it-novel of the fall of 2010 --Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, natch-- how about cracking open the it-novel of the fall of 1905? Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, October 29, 2010

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.

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360 Pick: Rotary Downs Plays On

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hurricanes and oil spills won't stop this New Orleans band. They embrace city's gumbo-like spirit layering each tune with a jillion textures and the odd horn riff. Through it all, they never lose their rock n'roll cred. Take 'Montrez-Vous:' it's got a seriously danceable hard-driving percussion but also includes xylophone, cowbell, maracas, bongos, organ, and a chorus in French. The final track 'Indian Summer' makes time for trumpets, gorgeous vocal harmonies, whimsical lyrics, and messy jam-bandy moments. Worth putting on repeat in any season.

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