Now A Major Motion Picture
Today is Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday and for those who really do know nothing of his work (at least beyond “the medium is the message”) there is no shortage of opportunities in the news today.
Did you know, for example, that McLuhan was Canadian? Because he has been “virtually forgotten” in his hometown Read More
John O’Brien, the publisher at Dalkey Archive Press in Chicago, has seen steady sales of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans for the past sixteen years.
“Given the size of the novel (925 pages) and its ‘difficulty,’ it has always sold relatively well (perhaps with an emphasis on ‘relatively’),” wrote Mr. O’Brien in an e-mail Read More
The Eight-Day Week
I’ve always said that Woody Allen on a bad day is better than everybody else on Sunday. Since he makes more movies than anyone else-and turns them out faster than procreating gerbils–this adage has become a reality. But Mr. Allen is an artist brimming with vitality and imagination, always ready to explore new ideas. When Read More
Wednesday, May 18
Most creative types have ambivalent memories of recess. While a respite from the strictures of the classroom were nice, the humiliations of dodgeball and other childrens’ “games” were for many the anvil on which a future of creative genius was hammered. But, hey, we’re past that now! Recess Activities Read More
Want to know how the 64th Cannes Film Festival gets gritty to honor Robert De Niro? Imagine gnomish Brit crooner Jamie Cullum delivering a painfully jazzy version of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” on his grand piano while New York’s native son squirms helplessly onstage at the cavernous, VIP-filled Grand Théâtre de Lumière. Nothing like watching 2,000 black-tie film fanatics Read More
Fashion Week 2011
Woody Allen may soon need to ask the State Department for extra pages in his passport: he’s just announced that he’s making yet another film in a foreign land. This time, he’s off to Rome (we hope his film’s more La Dolce Vita than Nine)–this after four films set in London, one in Read More
It was an eyeball-to-eyeball meeting of the world’s most iconic glasses. Spectacular, you might even say. Last night, at the amfAR gala, Woody Allen spoke to The Observer about his friendship with Elton John.
“Yes, I’m excited,” Allen said in reference to the song Elton would be performing with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Dionne Read More
For a long-darkened building on Broadway, the Metro Theater still manages to incite sudden outbursts—impromptu manifestos, eager litanies of trivia, all but priestly intercessions—from its passersby. Stand too long gawking at its Deco lettering (one of its M’s was recently felled by a snowdrift), and strangers will materialize out of the passing crowd Read More
It’s worth noting that Zach Braff began his career playing Woody Allen’s son.
That was in 1993′s Manhattan Murder Mystery, his first role, before his hit run on Scrubs, before his writer-director turn with Garden State. Armed with those financial and artistic successes, Mr. Braff has returned to the stage-he’s done a few small parts Read More
MTA hikes, unsurprisingly met with anger. [NYT]
Both the Post and the Daily News examine the dark secrets of Chelsea’s future in-laws. [NYP/NYDN]
New Kindles Today. [BloombergBusinessWeek]
That’s more like it: higher standards mean half of all Read More