Derek John

Derek John appears in the following:

American Icons: The Outsiders

Friday, May 04, 2012

Susan Eloise Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, the story of rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the pen name “S.E.” so readers wouldn’t know she was a girl, an...

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Recession Wanes, But Artists Still Starving

Friday, April 27, 2012

We’ve been inundated with reports of corporate layoffs and manufacturing jobs vanishing. But the creative class has been particularly hard hit. In an ongoing series for Salon, repo...

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Wayne Coyne's Lips Are On Fire

Friday, April 20, 2012

Back in the 1980s, the Flaming Lips were just an alternative rock band from Oklahoma. They toured for a decade before finally hitting it big in 1993 with their song “She Don't Use Je...


Appropriating Images for Art: When Is It Okay?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Last year the artist Richard Prince was sued by Patrick Cariou, a photographer, for copyright infringement. Prince had used dozens of Cariou’s pictures — arty portraits of Rastafarian...

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Herb Alpert

Friday, March 30, 2012

If you ever watched The Dating Game, you know his music — and now you can’t get it out of your head. After a half-century in the music business, legendary bandleader, trumpeter, and...

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Shapeshifter Willem Dafoe

Friday, March 23, 2012

Over 30 years and 80 films, Willem Dafoe has played a vampire and Jesus Christ; a drug dealer and an FBI agent. This spring, he’s particularly prolific, appearing in three new movies...

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Fighting the ‘War on Women’ with Laughs

Friday, March 09, 2012

Birth control is currently the hot button issue of the campaign season. Rush Limbaugh’s noxious remarks to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke led to a rare apology. Liberals, howev...

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Can Kickstarter Fund Art Better than the NEA?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Last week one of Kickstarter's founders bragged that he expected the three-year-old crowd-funding site to give more money to the arts this year than the National Endowment for the Art...

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Are the Oscars Hurting Hollywood?

Friday, February 24, 2012

While it's become an annual rite to complain about the Oscars, aside from the Super Bowl, more Americans still watch the Academy Awards than any other TV show. But according to agen...

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Hunt Slonem's Artist Aviary

Friday, February 24, 2012

Manhattan’s West Side has plenty of artist studios, but none quite like Hunt Slonem’s. Kurt Andersen recently dropped by the artist’s eccentric space, which is housed on the third f...

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Remembering Barney Rosset, Malcolm X's Publisher

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The boundary-pushing publisher Barney Rosset died on Tuesday. He was 89. Rosset was the founder of Grove Press, where he made a name for himself publishing titles no one else would to...
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China Made Your TV. Can It Make Your TV Shows?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that his government was investing heavily in homegrown, exportable cultural programming. And yet, just days later, the government s...

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Garage Inventors

Friday, January 27, 2012

All over the country, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. We visit inventors working in garages, basements, even a Quonset hut on a farm. Rache...

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Iran Cracks Down on Film

Friday, January 20, 2012

Despite success abroad, the Iranian film industry is in serious trouble with the government. Prominent directors have been jailed, and last week the government shut down the House o...


Mitt Romney, American Dad

Friday, January 13, 2012

As Mitt Romney wraps up his audition to be the Republican nominee, he looks increasingly in control of everything but his image. The problem, according to New York film critic Da...

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen notes that we're in an age of flux and paralysis at the same time. In entertainment, we yearn for authenticity — but ten million of us watch the Kardashians every week...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John ...


This Must Be the Playlist: David Byrne's iPod Picks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


There is no shortage of 2011 year-end playlists, but few are as trustworthy as what's currently on David Byrne's iPod. The former Talking Heads front man sat down with Kurt Andersen this week to talk about the new Talking Heads: Chronology DVD, a collection of rare ...

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Kurt Andersen on the Year of 'The Protester'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This morning, TIME announced 2011's Person of the Year: The Protester.
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Romare Bearden: an Artist in Winter

Friday, December 02, 2011

The centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth is being celebrated by a number of museums this year and early in 2012. Probably the most famous African-American visual artist of the 20th c...

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