Derek John

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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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David Cronenberg

Friday, November 18, 2011

David Cronenberg is best known for films like The Fly, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers and A History of Violence. They can be shocking, violent, and gory — but they’re also unmistakably ...

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Craig Marks: I Want My MTV

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thirty years ago, hardly anyone knew what a music video was. On the night MTV was launched, its founders — a ragtag bunch of music fans and rookie television execs — had to take a bu...

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Amazon Moves Into Publishing

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last week Amazon had its second Campfire conference, bringing a group of writers together for an under-the-radar gathering in Santa Fe, NM. Kurt Andersen attended last year, and he felt the company was trying to soften up the literary establishment as it moves toward publishing. In recent months ...

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Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Gadget

Friday, October 07, 2011

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher, and author of the manifesto You Are Not A Gadget. “The thing about information is that it can hypnotize you. It can make you think ...

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Friday, October 07, 2011

In the last year the Federal Trade Commission announced they were considering a DO NOT TRACK list — web users could click and sign up for greater anonymity, to hide from online mark...


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 runnin...

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DC Comics Overhauls Superheroes

Friday, September 23, 2011

With the proliferation of big-budget superhero movies, it’s easy to forget about the pulpy comic books on which the characters are based.  But it seems many people have: sales of co...

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Women Take Over Primetime TV

Friday, September 16, 2011

The new fall TV season is upon us and there's a not so subtle subtext: women rule. The primetime lineup is dominated by new half-hour comedies featuring women in the lead roles, inclu...

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Friday, August 26, 2011

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Public Art vs. the Public in Indianapolis

Friday, August 19, 2011

A work of public art is causing a stir in Indianapolis — and it hasn’t even gone up yet. The dispute involves a monument of a freed slave that was supposed to be placed in downtown ...

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Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Financial Story

Friday, August 12, 2011

The sickening ups and downs of the debt ceiling crisis are feeding worries that American politics and the economy are unraveling. For the novelist Gary Shteyngart, it all sounds very familiar: “I’ll turn on the news, I’ll vomit from nervousness and then I’ll wipe my chin and say ‘Oh, you know ...

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A Homecoming: King of Latin Soul Joe Bataan Returns to Central Park

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

On Wednesday night, Central Park Summerstage presents a free concert of old school Latin boogaloo music with local heroes Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan. For Bataan, who is now 69 years...

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Wayne Coyne's Lips Are On Fire

Friday, July 29, 2011

Back in the 1980’s, 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 J...

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Rupert Murdoch: The Political Thriller

Friday, July 22, 2011

The News of the World phone hacking scandal is rocking the UK to its core and riveting Americans. It's a tale of vast illegal snooping, cover-ups, political liaisons, a mysterious death. The cliché is, ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ — but lots of ...


Swamp Dogg Rides Again

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One of America's most original soul singers, the man who put the funk in R&B's trunk, is touring again. Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop) is playing just a few dates, including a free...
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Libya’s Soundtrack to the Revolution

Friday, July 01, 2011

The political and military chaos in Libya is about to enter its sixth month. As the rebels wage war against Muammar Gaddafi from their capital in Benghazi, and NATO air strikes contin...

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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 ...

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New Nitehawk Cinema Brings the Silver Screen Back to North Brooklyn

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roll out the red carpet: the big screen is officially back in North Brooklyn. On Friday, the new Nitehawk Cinema lifts the curtain on its three-screen movie theater in Williamsburg.

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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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