Even those out there who are disinclined to read self-help literature might find something worthwhile in The Tim Ferriss Experiment, precisely because it’s not The 4-Hour Workweek or the sequels it spawned. The new half-hour show on upwave on HLN (Sundays at 8 pm EST) is as much about content as it is about methodology. So for every week Mr. Ferriss brings his credo to a new undertaking, the focus is as much on the subject as how fast the author can learn it.
The pilot episode of the series has Mr. Ferriss working out how to play the drums during a live rendition of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” on-stage during a live stadium show with the band. Though he applies his “80-20 Rule” methodology–finding the 20 percent of work to focus on that will yield 80 percent of the results–to learning how to both play the drums and the song in under a week, he admitted during a live screening with The New York Observer that it’s not always a case of mind over matter.
Elgin James, a onetime juvenile hall inmate, singer for the punk band Wrecking Crew, and member of a group, FSU, that robbed from drug dealers and redistributed money to Boston charities, has left all that behind. After a move out west from Boston and quitting FSU, Mr. James is now the writer and Read More
Topher Grace, a sometime romantic lead in sick-day favorites like Valentine’s Day and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, plays the antagonist in The Giant Mechanical Man, his film that premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival. “There was a scene where I’m kissing Jenna [Fischer] and Chris [Messina] is watching and the camera Read More
Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt cop in the new film Rampart, depicting the police-force meltdown in late-1990s Los Angeles. But the actor has nothing against the fuzz—even despite his history of arrests and liberal stance on marijuana. During his research for the role, Mr. Harrelson rode along with police officers, and “most of the ones Read More
Today, to celebrate the launch of Jay-Z’s not-very-personal lifestyle site Life and Times, Gwyneth Paltrow interviewed the rapper for her newsletter Goop–and Jay-Z returned the favor, interviewing Ms. Paltrow for his site. (No one told the two, apparently, that Interview magazine exists, and has for years, Read More
Cathie Black sat for her first live interview this morning and she said that as far as she knew, she was Mayor Bloomberg’s original pick to lead the city’s schools.
“What he said to me was, ‘You are the first person I have offered this job to,” she said.
This morning The Times reported that Read More
Media Matters is out with a fascinating report today that points out that in the wake of the Fred Dicker/Carl Paladino scuffle, most of the commentary on Fox News has favored the Tea Party favorite instead of their corporate allies.
They note Read More
Anna Wintour has given an explosive, revelatory interview to Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon!
Just kidding, it is almost aggressively boring. A selection of our favorite questions and answers:
HL: Ignoring budget and logistics, can you describe your fantasy FNO?
AW: Looking at the impressive lineup for this year, I think we are Read More
Don DeLillo is not so keen on the press: He became notorious for handing reporters cards reading “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.” He did submit to an interview with The Guardian‘s Robert McCrum, however. What did DeLillo have to say?
On Aging: “I can’t quite imagine myself Read More
“I’m a media guy, not a fashion guy,” said Peter Kaplan, the new editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Group. “What I want to be thinking about is how to take these brands and get ahead of the culture in media terms.”
Though Mr. Kaplan emphasized again and again that he is not taking over Read More