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Criticism

Studio 360

To Hell And Back

Saturday, March 12, 2005

The dark and sleek but dangerously sexy world of film noir conjures a very modern vision of the underworld. Jocelyn Gonzales talked to two film critics who see Orpheus in Jimmy Stewart, and a robot.

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Painting with Pills

Saturday, February 19, 2005

For some art critics, calling a painter’s work "beautiful" is a subtle dis while calling a work “decorative” is a total slap in the face. But Fred Tomaselli’s work is decorative. It is also beautiful, smart and provocative. Tomaselli covers his canvases with beautiful arcs, ovals and swirls ...

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Special Guest: Michael Kimmelman

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Michael Kimmelman is the chief art critic for The New York Times and the author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere. His forthcoming book, The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa, will be out in May ...

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Special Guest: Greg Tate

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Kurt Andersen and music critic Greg Tate talk about why creative people feel the need to steal from each other.

Greg Tate is a music critic for the Village Voice, and he leads the ensemble Burnt Sugar — an improvising big band that borrows equally from ...

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Commentary: The Dumb and the Bland

Saturday, June 26, 2004

We wait all year for the delicious bounty of summer produce, but as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen noticed, this summer’s crop of television shows is dry and withered — as TV has been for a while. 

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Adams VS. Derogatis

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Ryan Adams played in Chicago last December, and the Sun-Times' music critic, Jim DeRogatis, panned him. Adams left a heartfelt, enraged message on the writer's voicemail, which DeRogatis then broadcast to all of Chicago when he did his weekly radio show. Mayhem ensues. Produced by Steve Nelson.

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Special Guest: Terry Teachout

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Kurt Andersen and Terry Teachout explore the role criticism plays in the arts today, and how the internet is changing what it means to be a critic.  

Terry Teachout is the rare critic who covers music, dance, books, and the visual arts. He is a columnist for The Washington Post, ...

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Kids' Books

Saturday, April 17, 2004

We asked two prominent book critics the question: How do you write a serious review of a book called Everybody Poops? Produced by Matt Holzman.

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Norman Mailer

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Norman Mailer never took critics very seriously; 50 years ago he bought a full-page ad quoting their attacks on one of his early novels. He told us about the critic he liked best: Dwight MacDonald, one of the literary heavyweights of mid-century America. MacDonald was anything but dogmatic. Produced ...

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Musical Invective

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Critics make mistakes all the time. A musicologist named Nicholas Slonimsky collected them — short-sighted, ignorant, or vitriolic reviews of what we now consider masterpieces. We set excerpts from Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective to music. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Diamanda Galas

Saturday, April 17, 2004

We asked the avant-garde composer and vocalist Diamanda Galas what she looks for in a critic of her music. Galas is Greek and sings many languages, so she immediately went to the etymology of the matter. Produced by Trey Kay.

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The Passion

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Kurt talks to New Yorker critic David Denby and Newsweek religion writer Ken Woodward about Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ. Woodward says the film brings back an “edginess” that’s been missing from contemporary Christianity. Denby called the movie a “sickening death trip.” 

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Creepy Kids

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Hollywood has explored every kind of monster — including the monster child. There are more movies about kids turning into monsters than you might think. And two film critics, Julian Cornell, a professor of cinema studies at NYU film school, and Owen Gleiberman, a film critic for Entertainment Weekly, tell ...

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Don Quixote

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in 1605 as a satire of the adventure tales of his day. Still popular 400 years later, Don Quixote is also a whimsical work of literary criticism as much as an adventure story. Matthew Schuerman has a look at the epic tale and some of the ...

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Special Guest: Marcia Tucker

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Kurt Andersen and art critic Marcia Tucker talk about the art of impermanence.

Marcia Tucker is an art critic and curator. She was the Founder and former Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, a New York museum dedicated to groundbreaking art.

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Commentary: Grading Art on a Curve

Saturday, May 04, 2002

Kurt examines how art criticism can be based on more than just the work itself.

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